Oh yeah, this is why I do this.


On Monday, I was really feeling the post firing flu.  Headache, sore, sour stomach, all likely inspired by the lack of sleep and food over the weekend.  I was definitely questioning why I do anything other than electric firings.  But I was – not surprisingly – reminded today.  As Blair Meerfeld says being a potter is having little Christmases everyday.  Whether throwing a pot or opening a kiln, we get a present.

Today was the long awaited kiln opening.  For those who have been following my trials and tribulations, you know that today was a long day coming, with lots of mis-communications and breaking kilns along the way.

Traffic was awful with everyone traveling for the holidays.  But the crew gathered about 9:30 to unload and clean the kiln.  We were all happy with the results.  In particular, the oribe dancing ewer pictured here is my favorite pot of the firing, followed by a naked basket form.  In all, there were very few pots that I was unhappy with and only one pot that cracked.  More pics can be seen on facebook.

Despite the difficulties in scheduling this firing, I am thrilled with the results and  am already planning my return to Baltimore.

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About Claytastic

Health coach. Writer. Teacher. Artist. Living an amazing life with MS. Interested in bringing peace and beauty into people's lives.
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