Ready, Set… !

We are simply blown away by the beauty that will surround us at our new kiln location! Picturesque Garner Valley is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. This morning we found ourselves surrounded by wide open spaces, tall pine trees, and the softness of sage brush with a vast open sky. What an adventure this is going to be!

Storm clouds over Idyllwild

Oooooh, yeah. Looks like we might’ve died and gone to heaven, huh?

We all feel very blessed. Desert and Jill were accompanied by Terryann Halloran (member of the Idyllwild Clayworks Collective) who assisted in all areas, Jill’s 16 year old son, Prasad helped with sanding the lumber, and Colin Parker who owns the property gave us guidance as we got started.

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The building location needed some clearing out, so we removed a lot of sage brush and did our best to level the ground. We also hand carried lumber from the barn, then cut, stained and sealed several boards for the initial framing process. This evening we’re scheduled to dig holes and cement the posts so we can complete building tomorrow.

NOTE: See the image of the completed structure above? That’s included as a **sample** of what we’re going for, only a little larger at 12′ x 8′. Pictured is an outhouse on the same property (with a composting toilet and shower). We’re doing the same basic plan, but it’ll hold two kilns, shelves, and a small sink area. So far, so good!

 

Photo Credit: Garner Valley, by Chris Martin

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