Stayin' Alive can be terrifying

I want to add another chapter to my ole buddy Robin "Grass" Hoppers book #Stayin' Alive- Survival Tactics for the Visual Artist". Chapter #8- Build an Anagama and bury it deep into the soil. I have two potter friends that survived in their kilns. Firstly Captain Brian Nettles had his studio wiped out by a 32 foot wave from that hurricane bitch Katrina. That's Brians moniker for her. Brian escaped in his pick up with a ladder and a chainsaw. He lived in his kiln for a year while rebuilding his house, studio and life. There are those that break and bend. Brian is the other kind. Secondly news today from a long time friend from Down Under- Dr. Steve Harrison. We tried to figure when we became acquainted. We think late 70's. I had built a two chamber wood kiln with a bourry box and I was having trouble. I heard of this dude Down Under who wrote a book called "Laid Back Wood firing" so I licked an evelope and stamp and wrote to Steve for a copy. The letter went by boat and months later I got the book and his response. Still trouble so another lick job and another wait for a carrier pigeon to bring me news. Then came the 90's and I purchased a used Mac computer ($3700 big money at the time)- little wee screen and huge tower of a HD. I joined the Clayart Discussion Group. At that time there were many ceramic brains on that forum- Steve Harrison, Owen Rye, John Neely, Pete Pinnell, Nils Lou, Phil Rogers, Ron Roy, Vince Pitelka, David Hendley and the list goes on. Steve and his partner Janine have been burned out 3 times. The last one almost took their lives. I read that he sent Janine packing and he stayed with the ship as the fire came racing at him. Janine and Steve had wrapped their house in the equivalent of aluminum foil ( they had a kiln building business). Steve put layers of fiber over his anagama as the fire raced towards him he took shelter in the kiln. Imagine the terror of being cooked like a sausage on broil. I can't imagine it! My knees would be knocking and my underwear would be filling up. Period, paragraph- they survived. The contents of their house survived. Studio,wood out buildings, gardens, equipment all lost. They now have a forest of preburned eucalptus trees they are using for a life times supply of heating and kiln firing. They have rebuilt their studio almost entirely out of steel and they are going on with their back to the land lives. There are those that break and bend. They're the other kind.
Hot n Sticky Pottery- Steve and Janine
How could you ever get flames out of your mind? Steve's reference on his work.
Return of nature. As Steve wrote after trauma therapy his flames morphed into flower gardens.
Their garden. They are truly people of the Renaissance. So is Captain Brian Nettles BTW. Just do it!
As an after thought here is a jug of Brians. I wonder if he is referencing the eye of the hurricane and the path of blood that bitch left in her aftermath.
Their stories prove my 2+2=5 theory. Sometimes two people get together and the sum total of their energy equals 5. First of all they are both 2's and together they are 5. Sometimes 2+2 equals 3. The other takes away from the total. You must be a total person to start off with. Brian and Rhonda, Steve and Janine you rock!


Anonymous said…
I'd dig a nice deep water feature, pond or pool and hook it up to an emergency sprinkler system, just in case a wild fire comes a knockin' at my door.

prepared pete
smartcat said…
A gardenis a lovesome thing, god wot.....and so is a kiln.
Suzi (smartcat) here in RI I live surrounded by state forest on ,y own eleven acres. We have a 10,000 gallon pool and a 3000gal fish pond.
In addition to the pleasure water features bring to our lives, we also regard them as a water source should fire break out. And yes we do confront smokers in the woods.
Enjoyed your little pictorial tour of your land the other day.
Anonymous said…
A for effort!

There's one trait you should cultivate above all others if you want to be successful too.
The one thing in life you can control is your effort, and being willing to do so is a huge competitive advantage, because most people don't.

Anonymous said…
Beware the pottery class!
Anonymous said…
Yes, you can worry about natural disasters, and then there are the man-made disasters, like
that maniac Putin always threatening to nuke the western world. He's bombed every apartment building in the Ukraine and he hasn't gotten what he wants, wait till the crazy really sets in and he starts firing off the nukes.

bunker brad
Anonymous said…
These women on TikTok are ripping some pretty loud farts.
Anonymous said…
May be you're in the wrong business, here's a job they don't tell you about on career day.

fartpreneur A TikToker Made $200,000 Farting In Jars. Here’s How She Did It.

Anonymous said…
Women who grossed nearly $254,000 from selling her farts in jars is retiring from the gassy business.

She reportedly made about $1,270 a jar, though she offered a 50% discount during the holidays.

When you throw, glaze and fire a jar, how much do you charge?
If you put a little something extra in it, you can charge a lot more!
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