Well if you haven't heard from my social media posts... I'm moving.
As I get ready to move from Lyndon, IL to Milwaukee, WI I'm hosting a moving sale. Since I live relatively remote, I thought it would be easier to reach you all using my etsy store .
I have everything listed in my store for 15% off. I would much rather ship these functional ceramics to you directly, than pack and move them to Wisconsin. Since I am in a bit of a hurry packing up my studio, this sale will run through Easter.
Looking forward to sharing my experiences as I set up shop in Milwaukee.
Arches National Park: Delicate Arch Trail
Additional Tip: follow advice to wear spikes when there is snow or ice. The very last part of the trail has drop offs and we even saw skid marks of someone sliding off the trail earlier that morning!
Zion National Park: Angel's Landing
This is a strenuous 5 mile roundtrip hike with sheer drop offs. I do not recommend this hike for anyone with a fear of heights. Honestly, I am still a little surprised I did the hike in the snow...thankfully we rented some great yak spikes that made the hike doable.
If you are up to this challenging hike, it is extremely memorable and beautiful. We even saw a condor soaring at the peak.
15 kilns in 15 days
This was a unique project with a unique donation to build 18 kilns in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua in just a few weeks. They put out this open call (advertisement as seen on the left) requesting volunteers, and I ceased the opportunity and went.
Images below are pictures from constructing one of the two kiln designs. Same design from multiple building sites.
1. Base Levels:
Leveled block base, first brick layer, first level of walls, the flue, stoking holes, and opening to body of kiln.
2. Floor of kiln, continuation of walls, flues to chimney and start of chimney's base.
4. Arch of kiln
The cut barrel is permanently left inside of kiln. The trickiest part of the kiln build is getting arch to come up at consistent level and even to attempt to have a consistent key brick.
5. Completed Kiln
It is a wood burning double cross draft wood to be fired to bisque temperatures.
A few of the families that were receiving the kilns and some of the volunteers.
Potters for Peace, is a non-profit that partners with local people in the developing world. They help rural potters become self-sustaining through access to local resources. This sustaining model builds skills and empowerment for future success of the villages. Potters for Peace also promotes simple, affordable ceramic water filter technology that brings life-saving clean drinking water to communities in developing parts of the world.