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Yesterday, my husband and I declared a “no work day”. We work full-time jobs during the week, and on weekends have pottery and two properties to care for so we always seem to have some work that needs to get done. It’s been months since we had a nothing planned day, so we decided to go on a road trip.

We drove south to visit an instructor from a past wood fire workshop I’d taken who is setting up a new studio. Mike Knox has moved his studio from the LaCrescent Minnesota area to Strawberry Point Iowa and was busy this weekend rebuilding his wood fired kiln on the new site. Here’s a picture of the kiln at his previous studio. We were stupid and left home without either of our cameras so we didn’t get any new photos of his studio. His new kiln is larger than the one shown so it will be easier to load and unload without having to crawl into it. Very important as we age.

Mike’s was just one of the many places we stopped on our drive. We had a great dinner at a fun historic tavern in Fountain City Wisconsin called
The Monarch Tavern. I’d highly recommend stopping there for some fine Irish cuisine, a brew and a great atmosphere.

Our “no work day” is over so now I’m off to the studio to glaze.

Be well.