Treasures of the Earth is set up. It took longer than I thought (what else is new?) but I did get to spend an hour having lunch with my friend, Bobbie. My kiln firing schedule was a bit off, so I have things cooling that I will have to hustle to the reception Thursday evening.
My dear old Scutt that I bought in 1997, used, had it's elements replaced and some new brick work. It looks GOOD inside!
It's funny because I was thinking of how much money I had spent on this piece of equipment, what with buying the elements, getting my kiln expert out to install and replace a fair amount of brick (Yes, I know I could have done some of this myself, but I would rather pay him and spend the time making and marketing pots than trying to figure out how I messed up my kiln). Yesterday a former student asked me if I thought her work was good enough to sell. I told her a qualified "yes", but I was thinking that she probably had no clue what the materials and equipment cost, much less rent, power, etc. I know I didn't have a clue when I first started in clay. I began to realize it though when I bought my wheel in '95 and then the kiln in '97 and had started buying clay and glaze materials during that time. Thinking about all this made me realize that I had a responsibility not to let my teaching turn out students making pottery who were glib about pricing their work fairly. Right now it's not an issue since I don't have any ongoing classes, having taken a break from teaching. But I think it will cause me to restructure my class fees so they do reflect material usage and costs better.
I'm in training to become a better pack leader. This is for my dog's sake. We have had two lessons together and I have homework to teach Cherokee the "Come" command, that a clicker means treats, and that his bed "poops out treats" (the words of the dog trainer) so that when I say "Place", he will run to his bed and stay there until I give him a releasing command. All of it is needed since I intend to have him in the studio all day, and he will be exposed to people who may not enjoy large dogs. I'll keep you posted on how I shape up as a pack leader!