|“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster.”|
I've been using the same porcelain bowl for my throwing water since 1997, and today it finally broke. To get back at me, it left a small shard in my splash pan that cut my finger when I was cleaning it out. Payback's a bitch, as they say. But now I have an excuse to throw some bowls....
|Cinder block and first floor layer. We used hard brick for the outer walls and where the posts holding the shelves would sit, soft brick for the rest of the interior for added insulation.|
|First 3 rows of the walls, and the start of the chimney. The flue opening is 9x9 inches.|
|The walls are hard brick on the interior, soft brick on the exterior. Every 5th row is a header course. All are mortarted with a 50/50 mixture of fireclay and sand.|
|The steel is welded up. In addition to the usual perimeter pieces and along the arch skew bricks, we added a piece of 4" channel along the fireboxes, since the bricks tend to move a lot there. The corners are tied across the top with 3/4 all thread. The steel flanking the door jams are tied to the pieces flanking the chimney so it's all tied together front to back as well as side to side.|
|The arch form is set into place, held up by bricks.|
|Underside of the arch form.|
|Beginning to lay the arch brick. The arch has a total rise of 14" in the center. It is built entirely of #1 and #2 arch bricks, no straights.|
|Doug up on the arch, crammed under the exhaust hood.|
|The first layer of the arch completed.|
|Filling in the back wall under the arch.|
|Done, with mortar skim coat drying on the floor.|
Doug Jeppesen and I started on the new soda kiln at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago today. The layout went smoothly and we got the floor and first four wall courses finished. Tomorrow we'll complete the walls, put on the steel frame and build the arch form. Sunday we'll turn the arch. More photos tomorrow!
|What I would like to look like after the surgery.|
Holy cow! Over 2600 votes in one week! What can I say? You continue to amaze me. I owe you. Big time!
So here's what I know after one week of voting: We are doing great! Several of us here at the studio spent way too much time browsing through the American Made site to get an idea of where we stand, and from what we can tell we are doing very well. We really have no way to know for sure how we're doing, but after looking through about 100 of the 900 or so crafting nominees, we found that we are beating almost everyone. Almost everyone. Almost.
That's right, I'm trying to get you all riled up.
Now let's channel that energy into voting. Here are some fun ideas to help you help me get more votes:
1. Set up a voting stand outside the supermarket.
2. Force your children to vote. For real. I can't find anything in the rules that says your kids can't vote.
3. Forward this email to everyone in your email list.
4. Adopt more children and force them to vote.
If all this seems a bit extreme, it's not. It's perfectly normal to adopt more children in an effort to get a potter from the midwest into the second round of voting in a popularity contest run by a media goddess. Perfectly normal. Now stop asking so many questions. Shouldn't you be voting or something?
So that's where we are. Keep up the great work. I really can't thank you enough. I promise my next email will contain the photo you've all been begging to see- Martha and Me circa 1998.