I'm glaze shopping again. For clear this time; the new batch of white is doing exactly what it is supposed to, but the clear- oh goodness. I tell you that it BITES to spend, say, six hours on a set of cups (start to finish, hands-on time is about 10 hours for these 20 cups, not including firing) and pull them from the kiln and find them rough and streaky and/or cloudy. I tried to reglaze them but the glaze wouldn't stick because it was too thin. Not terribly good for someone trying to fill wholesale orders. On Tuesday I cried about it and told my son I didn't want to be a potter any more. He asked what I'd do with my wheel and kilns. Good question.
And then I see lovely photos of my work in friends' homes, and someone I know sees me out at supper and tells me that she loves the new piece she bought, and my knitting friends are tickled with their newest batch of seconds, and I realize that it's ok. And that I am in serious need of a re-boot. A vacation. So we're taking one. I'll be back here in a few weeks, with some new clear glaze, and hopefully some work to share.
Happy Memorial Day. Enjoy your holiday weekend. Remember those who have given and lost and be thankful.