I have been feeling a bit defeated in the studio as of late. I have had quite a few setbacks that have cost me both time and money and perhaps some of my sanity. I have just under four weeks to go until I make my way down to Maryland for my spring show. I still have a LOT to fire, but with one kiln, that means a pretty tight firing schedule with little room for error. Needless to say, I am not on schedule. Yesterday I was supposed to be loading the kiln full of glazed pots for a glaze firing, instead, I was refiring a bisque that failed to fire. It has been so cold here (in the teens) that my kiln has had trouble responding. I was greeted with the code, “TCL” which means thermocouple lag. In this case, it was too cold for my poor kiln to register the temp and therefore shut off. That has put me behind. Prior to that, I opened up the kiln after a glaze firing last week, only to find that EVERYTHING inside had shattered! Not just a break, but every single piece was broken in multiple places! This load had the final pieces of a dinnerware commission too! So infuriating! I think it had to do with how cold it was. My kiln is in a room without a controlled temperature and I think my pieces were shocked. That is the only thing I can think of. Major setbacks right now and I am feeling it. I am feeling the time crunch and everything that comes with it. Yesterday I glazed everything I could get my hands on and I am ready to load up and fire on Thursday after unloading the bisque. I am praying that all will go well!