As I’m gearing up for the holiday sales (starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, Yikes!) I have discovered a rhythm that seems to have more to do with waking up before sunrise and milking cows than my normal studio practice. I found out that if I can get my kiln fired by mid afternoon it can cool enough to unload late next afternoon, I have a chance to digest new information, sleep on it, and then wake back up and repeat the process…. Which means I have to be up between 3 and 5am to get the ball rolling.
I have also discovered that I really LIKE being up that early and getting all sorts of work done before I’ve even had my coffee or breakfast. I really think I could have been a farmer. With just the outdoor cats to keep me company and the stillness of the world at that hour its some of the most pleasant and relaxing time I have spent recently. Of course I am exhausted by the end of the day, and am lucky if I can stay awake past 9pm, but it seems to be working otherwise. 🙂
Here are some pots from two of the recent firings. I’ve got another load heating up and possibly two or three more kilns to fire before I’m in the clear, but so far so good!