Saturday, August 30
Ready to load
I finally finished glazing this batch yesterday. I'll load today and set up the kiln to do the majority of the firing overnight, reaching peak temp. in the morning after I wake up. I really need to be able to unload Monday, assess the situation and begin glazing again for a second firing before next Friday. Unless everything in this kiln turns out spectacularly beautiful, then there won't be that pressure. I'm under this pressure because of a small but crucial detail I forgot about.
NH has a League of Craftsmen. I was accepted in May. However, all members are accepted under conditional acceptance. You still need to send in three review shipments, probably so they can see the consistency of quality or whatever in your work. They have to be spaced at least three weeks apart.
In order to increase my chances of getting a booth in next summers League fair, I need to apply by Nov. 1. The fact that I hadn't sent in my review shipments yet completely escaped me until about three weeks ago. It wasn't that I was blowing them off for a while. Almost immediately after my acceptance I had surgery and was pretty laid up for about 5-6 weeks. Combine that with a pretty big change in the style I had been working in, and I've got a lot of work to do now in a short amount of time. Oh well. If it works out that's great. If not, there's always the next year. I'll still have other shows I can do this year. Okay bye.