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Well, I unloaded my kiln yesterday.  It’s a disaster.  Here is the the pile of pots which are messed up:

bad pots

Here are the pots that are ok:

good pots

Unloading was sad.  It took John and I about an hour.  I had to take a few breaks to catch my breath because I was so upset.

I’m so grateful that I am a studio potter.  I like that I know what I want to do each day, I like (most of) the pots I make, I like being able to stay on our land all day.  It’s really a good match for me.  For some reason this past firing cycle has been testing all that.  I’m tired.  For weeks now I’ve been telling myself that I’m almost done, and I can take a break soon.  And now I feel like I’m back to square one.

So I’m going to re-fire some of the pots in my electric kiln and with luck I’ll be able to salvage some of my work.  I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading.