I just finished a low fire glaze firing early this afternoon and I am so anxious and excited to see my wares completed. However, I have to wait until tomorrow morning before cracking the kiln.
Many folks don't realize just how many steps are involved with pottery and ceramics. I've always wondered just how many steps there are in making a pot, so here goes.
Okay, there are approximately 17 steps in the basic creation of a pot. I did not include the methods of recycling clay, cleaning the wheel and equipment, the making of glazes, or the cleaning of the kiln and shelves. Then there are the additional steps of selling your wares either in shows or online, taking photos, writing listings, figuring out expenses and shipping costs etc.
I suppose that with anything we do in life there are many steps involved. One of the many aspects of ceramics that I truly appreciate is how it encompasses earth, water, air, fire and metals. If I am not mistaken it is the only craft that encompasses all of those elements.
I'm afraid I patiently have to wait out the night before opening the kiln. It's my hope that these wares will be 95% successful and then I can take photographs and start my listings on Etsy.