As I wrote last week, I was planning on doing a wood and salt firing at Baltimore Clayworks this coming weekend. Because of a scheduling snafu, we are not firing.
I am just rolling with the punches as best I can. But that doesn’t mean that I am not disappointed. I have 5 plastic bins of bisque-ware ready to go. About half of it wasn’t glazed yet, so no terrible loss of time there. About 1/3 of it is glazed in yellow salt however. So if I can’t get those pieces into a hi-fire kiln before Thanksgiving (preferably salt), I am going to have to wash them off and reglaze and fire in an electric kiln or hold them back for another day. But some of them are my most favorite pieces. I can’t even open the bins because I know I will get socked with the disappointment. I always suffer from having an idea in mind of how the pots will turn out (often to be initially disappointed with the results). But this is disappointment on the other end – really knowing that they won’t turn out how I had imagined.
This is where having the day job really helps. In a few hours, I will be at my desk worrying about other things. The bins of bisque-ware will still be there. But for right I can keep a lid on my disappointment and deal with it in a few days.