piling up

Originally uploaded by Bridgman Pottery
I am firing my kiln right now, for the third time in as many days. It didn't finish on Tuesday night, I couldn't figure out why, but thought that it was so full, maybe it just needed more time. Didn't finish last night, I was perplexed and a little worried. I woke up in a cold sweat at 3 am, went to check it, saw that the light had gone off, so I thought, "all is well" and went back to bed. This morning I went out to look at the kiln and saw that it STILL hadn't finished. Because the bottom element was on low while the middle and top were on high. Which meant that *perhaps* the ware in the center was properly fired, but the ware on the bottom definitely was not. Nor were the pieces on top, because I peeked. So I'm refiring. Again. And dreading my next utility bill. But grateful that we had a cold front come in and today's high is 70, so there is no need for air conditioning. Because, as I'm sure I've told you, I can not run the air and the kiln at the same time.

There are about 18 berry bowls in the kiln now, which will take me half-way through the last batch of orders. I haven't made any new ones yet because I threw so much last week that I developed a mild case of "owie arms," repetitive stress pain, in both arms. I haven't been on the wheel in 2 weeks to give my arms a chance to heal.

These plates were a custom order that I finished up the last week of May. I was so happy with them- happy enough to make more! They are 5" in diameter and I made 4 with different ferns, 2 with ginkgo leaves, and 2 with japanese maple leaves. I hope that Robert and Emma like them, too!

I'll be at the farmer's market this weekend- and I just saw that I'm on the front page today! The weather is still going to be nice and cool this weekend- I hope you're able to get out and enjoy it.