Athletes talk about being in the zone. That is when everything is going perfectly, as they have trained for and they are performing the best they possibly can. They are so focused that the rest of the world seems to melt away. Or something like that.
As a potter, I find the zone occasionally. Most often at the wheel, when I making a series of something. It almost feels effortless. But I also get in the “zone” as I start preparing for a big firing. I am returning to Baltimore to fire 40 or so pots in the wood/salt kiln at Baltimore Clay Works in a few weeks. For the last two weeks, I have been singularly focused on waxing and glazing pots for the firing. Sorting which will go in which chamber.
Other tasks suffer during this period. Fewer blog updates. No throwing. Fewer facebook and twitter updates. My Etsy shop certainly suffers. I miss the feel of wet clay, but am excited to get this round of pots fired. Ok, back to the zone.