Guilt

Jul. 29th, 2017 09:36 pm
offcntr: (rocket)
 I always feel vaguely guilty when I skip a Saturday Market while I'm still in town. It's like I'm playing hooky, cutting classes (which I only ever did once in seven years of college, undergraduate and grad school. Too responsible; or possibly too Catholic…).

But I really needed to fire this kiln today, so we could unload it on Monday, sort the pots Tuesday and load up the van to leave for Anacortes Wednesday morning. 

We talked about doing both. If the firing was perfect and predictable, I could go down at 5:30 am and start turning up the burners, have the body reduction finished before I went over to Market to set up at 7:30, swing by Farmer's Market at 9:00, then go back and tend the kiln until finished, with a break at 5:00 to help Denise pack up and take down the booth again. She's more than qualified to sell for me; she's been doing it for years.

The problem is with that word: predictable. In my experience, this kiln is anything but. If I don't set the burners high enough overnight, I won't have body reduction early in the morning, so it'll conflict with set-up. Even if body reduction times perfectly--say, cone 08 is going down as I come in the door--that's no guarantee the firing will end on schedule. My last few firings have ended between 5:30 and 9:30 pm. I could work around the latter--just come back to the studio after sending Denise home--but our takedown usually lasts from Market's end at five to about ten past six, exactly the time I should be in the studio watching the cones drop.

So, after much discussion, we decided to let Market go for the day. I still went down to pick up produce, but parked on the other side of the Park Blocks, so nobody would spot me sneaking in. And spent the rest of the day being diligent and productive: mixing glazes, chipping and washing a kiln shelf, cleaning the studio floor.

Oh, and working on this--
stain on, stain off
Brushing iron oxide onto Clever Girl, then wiping it off again, to emphasize skin texture.

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