No, I’m not out of my mind.  I know, it’s dull, dreary and rainy out there … not to mention coolish and damp.  So, what could make me hop up and down feeling like it’s Christmas?

 

First, today a doctor apologized to me for keeping me waiting.  (I’m not going to tell you who this is, because you’ll want to get in the queue.)  I’m still in shock.  Last time I went to see a doc I waited 2 1/2 hours … and he didn’t even acknowledge it.  Not only that, this doc likes my chiropractor.  Imagine that!  Maybe there’s light at the end of the tunnel for this poor old shoulder (I think I told you the story of the shoulder?  Lifted a box of clay wrong, got out of the tub wrong, then to add insult to injury fell off my bike onto the same poor shoulder.  Ongoing saga for 16 months … ).  So first ‘Christmas’ present of the day.

 

Some of the student pots in this firing ...

Some of the student pots in this firing …

The second?  It’s the first firing for this session’s student work.  This means we’ll either have lots of people jumping up and down for joy with me, or some sulking and tears — just like Christmas!  Luckily, they’re a pretty grown up bunch, so I’m hoping those who are not thrilled with their pieces will realize that  they’ll make great teacher presents — throw in a few mints or something.  Better than apples.

 

The work comes out of the kiln tonight.  Always a blast (of either cold or hot air), and I don’t even care if we have to carry the pots in the rain (the kilns are out in the shed).  You see, the thing is, once a student gets a finished pot in their hands, feels the glass of the glaze, and the see the magic of heat, oxides, + glaze … it’s game over!

 

I’m almost out of spaces for the next session starting in November, so I think that there are lots of people who want to get down and get dirty.  I always warn them though.  This stuff is addictive.  They’ll become crackpots …

 

If you want to have an actual chat about pots, I’m doing demo’s at Grill’s Orchard on Saturday.   Might even give you a free spoon rest (if you ask the right questions!).

 

Hope you’re having a great day,

Susan McD