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kiln on a bender

updated sun 30 jul 06


clennell on fri 28 jul 06

Pleased to hear some of you have received your CM's and did enjoy the Green
Wood article. Thanks to many of you that helped me months ago trying to
figure out the phenomena of the steam. It still could have been my kiln on a
The reponse has been immediate with a e-mail from our friend Pete Pinnell
who was off to the engineering library to look up the thermodynamic
properties of water. Put that bee under Pete's seat and we're liable to get
a definitive answer.
More immediacy came in the form of an e-mail from one of America's biggest
wood fire collectors. At the last conference he bought a piece from every
participant in the conference. He must have spent well over $100,000. He
bought the bottle that appears on the Acers book from me. Anyway, he asked
me to pick out another piece of mine and two of Sheila's. No question of
price, size etc, etc. Pick out your best!
If you can write for Clayart, you can write for mags. If you take the time
to make some special work and photograph it then do an article. There is
payoff! Tom- your thoughts on the local economy would make a damn fine
article. Back it up with some fine work made for the local economy. Here's
your title- "Local Produce". Now, go get em!
If feels like Saturday and it's only Friday. There just might have to be
cocktails at 3 today.
P.S thanks Bonnie. I don't have a copy. But on the website it looks like I
get credit for Sheila's beaker. I'm in the shithouse now!

Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
Beamsville, Ontario

Lee Love on sat 29 jul 06


Have Pete look up the article on water and foodfire kilns from
Ceramics Techical I have referenced here previously. It explains it
pretty well.

I saw on the news last night: there is a new engine developed
by an independent developer. It is a normal gasoline engine,
modified into a hybrid steam engine. How it works, is that hydrogen
is injected and is ignited, and then water is injected into the
cylinder. The burning hydrogen turns the water into steam and powers
the cylinder. A van with this modification was just licenced for
road testing.


Lee in Mashiko, Japan
"Let the beauty we love be what we do." - Rumi