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My name is Joe Sink, I am 22, and I am a potter! I am building a 50 cu ft Anagama wood kiln to fire my work in!
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My name is Joe Sink and I am a potter!

I am building at 50 cubic foot wood fired Anagama Kiln to replace a temporary wood kiln that I built when I was in college at Appalachian State University. I soda glaze my pottery, which means I take baking soda and introduce it into the kiln when I reach peak temperature (about 2350 F) - and this produces a glaze on the pottery that holds an appearance you can not get in any other type of firing! This method, along with the wood ash gives me the desired surfaces that I like my work to have. 

I plan on firing this kiln quite quickly, and because I am I need an electric kiln  for the interior glazes on pieces and for peace of mind when I am firing (because if you fire too fast, and your pieces have not been fired already to bisque temperatures, then they can blow up)! Having an electric kiln will allow me versatility when I am choosing glazes for the inside of my pottery, allowing my work to further develop.

Your money is going to help me be able to purchase the materials that I need to:

Build the Wood Kiln

-Hard Bricks  -  I will have to purchase roughly 1000 high duty fire brick for the majority of the kiln.

-Soft (insulating) Brick  -  These brick will insulate the hard brick, making my kiln more efficient!

-Mortar and Refractory Castable  -  I am using Mortar between each course of brick and a castable product to fill in gaps where the hardback will not fit. These two products are quite expensive so they will only be used when absolutely needed. 

-Portland Cement  -  I will use a top coat of portland cement to cover the layer of insulating brick. The cement will protect the soft brick and give the kiln a tasteful, uniform appearance!

-Excavation - I have a good friend who is going to excavate the hole for the foundation of the kiln to rest in. He is giving me a really good price on the work!

Build the Shed over the Kiln

-Lumber, Roofing Materials, Excavation Fees for posts

Purchase and Electric Kiln

-I plan on purchasing a kiln second hand from a website like craigslist to cut down as much cost as I can!

A Coffee Mug in Process
A Coffee Mug in Process

 

Small Succulent Pots
Small Succulent Pots

 

Small Bowls
Small Bowls

 

Coffee Mug
Coffee Mug

 

Pint Glasses
Pint Glasses

 

Beer Stein
Beer Stein

 

Lunch Plates
Lunch Plates

 

Large Succulent Planter
Large Succulent Planter

 

Coffee Mug & Hatchet Coffee
Coffee Mug & Hatchet Coffee

 

Coffee Pour-Over
Coffee Pour-Over

 

Dinner Plates
Dinner Plates

 

Espresso Cup & Saucer Set
Espresso Cup & Saucer Set

 

Serving Trays
Serving Trays

 

Jug
Jug

 

Pitcher
Pitcher

 

Plate Setting
Plate Setting

 

Risks and challenges

There will certainly be obstacles along the way to get the kiln to a functioning state!

I have all the materials located and secured and are basically waiting on me. The only products that I might have trouble acquiring is the electric kiln. If push comes to shove and I can not locate a good used kiln, I will use some personal funds to get a quality kiln!

All wood firing techniques have variables and uncertainties involved. The new anagram kiln will be different from other kilns, but should fire similarly. I will have to learn the kiln, its quirks, which could be challenging - but I certainly have confidence that it may produce the best results I have ever had.

I will be working hard to get you all the pottery that you have purchased to get my project off the ground! I am 99% sure that I will have your gifts to you by the middle of December, which will allow you to plan on giving them as gift if you like! I have budgeted time just in case I have to fire the kiln an extra few times to get all the rewards out!

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    Small Succulent Planter

    A small planter for your favorite succulent!
    Perfect for your desk, your windowsill, or even your nightstand!

    3" W x 3" H

    This flower pot is not considered food safe, only succulent safe :)

    Thank You So Much!

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    Small Bowl

    You will receive what I have been told is the perfect bowl for all occasions! This is my go-to bowl for ice cream, pasta, and cereal!

    At your door within no time will be a custom bowl from the first firing of the wood kiln, which means there is not another one like it anywhere in the world!

    This bowl measure about 6" wide and 2" tall.

    Microwave and Dishwasher safe.

    Thank You so Much!

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    Coffee Mug

    You will receive a unique coffee mug that is a bit wider in stature, for those who need a more stable option for their morning beverage.

    Your mug will have been fired in the first firing of the new wood kiln! I would be thrilled if I could make mugs for the rest of my pottery making days!

    These are microwave and dishwasher safe!

    Each mug will have a unique surface due to the nature of the wood fired atmosphere inside the kiln and process! There will not be anyone on earth with the same mug.

    No way! No How!

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    Pint Glass

    You will receive a extrodinary pint glass. I think potters often like to show off by throwing thin, so I guess this is where I give it what I got! I take the least amount of clay (about a 1.25lbs) and try to throw a pint that stands just shy of 9 inches! When the pint is fired it shrinks to about 7.5" or so - but certainly holds 16oz!

    A perfect gift the beer drinker or one who loves a tall glass of anything!

    Don't fear, these pints hold atleast 16oz.

    The average height is about 7.5". Color and surface will vary due to the atmosphere and nature of the woodfiring process!

    Microwave and Dishwasher Safe

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    A Beer Stein

    You will receive a one-of-a-kind stein from the first firing of the woodkiln!

    I throw these steins with a good bit more clay to create a thicker, tougher drinking vessel!

    A perfect gift for your favorite craft beer drinker or someone who loves a BIG cup of coffee in the mornings!

    Dont worry, these steins also fit the hand perfect and will hold atleast 16 oz!

    The average height is about 6.5". Color and surface will vary due to the atmosphere and nature of the woodfiring process!

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    A Lunch Plate

    You will receive a one-of-a-kind lunch plate from the first firing of the woodkiln!

    I make a very durable plate for all your luncheon needs!

    They measure about 8 inches in Diameter!

    Each plate will have the same form, but the decoration on each will be slightly different than all the others because of the wood kiln!

    But hey, no two people who will be meeting with you for lunch are the same either!

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    Large Succulent Planter

    You will receive a much larger version of the small succlent planter that will be unloaded from the first firing of the new kiln!

    I like to put a few different succulents in my larger planters and watch them grow throughout the year in my studio window!

    10" Wide x 6" Tall

    These planters are not inteded for food use.

    Each planter will be unique in surface decoration due to the nature of the wood firing process! But will surely be a stunner whereever you decide to put it!

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    Coffee Mug with Hatchet Coffee

    Every Mug needs it Coffee right?!

    Well here is the coffee mug paired with 6 oz of Hatchet Coffee!

    You will receive a unique coffee mug that is a bit wider in stature, for those who need a more stable option for their morning beverage.

    I have a collaborative effort with some friends who roast coffee in the town of Boone, NC! Jeremy, one of the owners of Hatchet Coffee, studied ceramics in college and has went on, with his business partner to start up Hatchet Coffee! Their product is a part of my everyday routine and they have partnered with me to help make it yours too!

    Your mug will have been fired in the first firing of the new wood kiln! I would be thrilled if I could make mugs for the rest of my pottery making days!

    These are microwave and dishwasher safe!

    Each mug will have a unique surface due to the nature of the wood fired atmosphere inside the kiln and process! There will not be anyone on earth with the same mug.

    No way! No How!

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    Coffee Pour-Over

    Like I said in my video, I love to use my pottery! Especially for coffee!

    When you donate 40$, you will receive a handmade pour-over that really works!

    These pourers are just what you need for your slow mornings that beckon a crafted cup of coffee! I make these pour-overs to work best with the Kalita Dripper 185 filters!

    Each pour-over will have been fired in the new kiln and will have a uniquely distinct glaze from the wood firing! Your new pour-over will be absolutely one of a kind.

    Microwave and Dishwasher safe!

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    A Dinner Plate

    Do I smell Chicken?!

    You will receive a one-of-a-kind dinner plate from the first firing of the woodkiln!

    I make a very durable plate for all your gatherings around the dinner table!

    They measure about 10.5 inches in Diameter!

    Each plate will have the same form, but the decoration on each will be slightly different than all the others because of the wood kiln!

    Microwave and Dishwasher Safe

    Now I'm hungry!

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    Set of Two Espresso Cups and Saucers

    You can start your morning with your fix in these little espesso cups! These are so fun to make because they require different movements of my fingers that I am not quite used to. Each cup holds about 2-3oz of your choice of liquid gold!

    These will come in a matching set that while similar, have unique surfaces. It would be an honor for me to be able to send you a set : )

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    Coffee Pour-Over and Hatchet Coffee

    Like I said in my video, I love to use my pottery! Especially for coffee!

    When you donate 50$, you will receive a handmade pour-over that really works

    AND!!!

    6 oz of Hatchet Coffee!

    I have a collaborative effort with some friends who roast coffee in the town of Boone, NC! Jeremy, one of the owners of Hatchet Coffee, studied ceramics in college and has went on, with his business partner to start up Hatchet Coffee! Their product is a part of my everyday routine and they have partnered with me to help make it yours too!

    These pourers are just what you need for your slow mornings that beckon a crafted cup of coffee! I make these pour-overs to work best with the Kalita Dripper 185 filters!

    Each pour-over will have been fired in the new kiln and will have a uniquely distinct glaze from the wood firing! Your new pour-over will be absolutely one of a kind.

    Microwave and Dishwasher safe!

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    Serving Tray

    You will recieve and one of a kind serving tray that measure roughly 10" x 7" from the first firing of the new kiln! whether you use it for decoration or every night at the dinner table - I hope you smile knowing that you helped a young potter in NC get started.

    I use my trays for plating whatever that night's dinner may be- from green beans to sushi!

    Each tray is crafted using NC clay that is dug near Seagrove.

    Microwave and Dishwasher safe

    Thank You so so Much!

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    Jug

    Do you needs another jug for your mantel or your choice beverage? Well I have one just for you!

    With the donation of 70$ you will receive and one of a kind jug out of the first firing!

    The jugs stand about 12inches tall, and can be used for whatever purpose you find right!

    Each jugs is wood fired and will hold completely unique characteristics from wood firing!

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    Pitcher

    With your donation of 80$, You will receive a pitcher that is fired in the new kiln! I love making these tall, functional pitchers! The pitcher you will receive will hold roughly a 3/4 of a gallon and stand about 12inches tall!

    They are completely designed to be used everyday for your water or tea, or sit as a elegant decoration!

    Each pitcher will be different in its surface character - but will hold the undeniable characteristics of wood firing!

    Made with lots of love!
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    Plate Setting for Four

    When choose this option you will receive four plates, four small bowls, and four pint glasses from the firing of the wood kiln! I am SO excited for there to be a chance that I might get to make the dishes that you use everyday! What an honor!

    The plates will be 10"-11" in width with varrying surface designs due to the nature of the wood firing process.

    The small bowls will be identicaly to the ones described above, and the same goes for the pint glasses.

    All the items will have similar characteristics, yet each one will be unique.

    Microwave and Dishwasher safe of course!

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