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Happy 4th, bitches!

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I freaking repaired a kiln today. It was super easy (it involved a phillips-head screwdriver*), but that doesn't mean I'm not still impressed with myself. What even is this job? Like how did I get it? I totally fell into it, and I love it (and hate it so much). It's one of those things that just shouldn't have happened for me. I should not have just been handed this job. But I was, and I'm so grateful for it. It's one of those things that makes me certain there is some kind of divine force looking out for me.

*As a very important aside, I really couldn't decide whether that should be capitalized or not.

I remember the first day of pottery class when Karen and I signed up. I thought to myself, "You know, I could do this job." And I am. And I'm killing it. I'm good at this job. Sometimes I'm not perfect at this job. I have a lot of anxiety issues so there are weird things that are really hard for me. Took me most of the summer to get this kiln situation figured out because I don't like to use the telephone. But I've managed to plan an average of eight kids classes every week for the past eight weeks. I've kept up with firing people's stuff. Nothing has gotten stuck to the kiln shelf. I only broke (and couldn't repair) one thing. That's pretty good stats, I think.

So, one week left and then I get a whole month off. Which is so sorely needed it's not even funny. It was really odd loading the big kiln today. I guess my brain had just decided it would never be working again and was purely decorative. I decided to drive to Lawrence to get the part and some glaze because I didn't want to have to wait for shipping. Next week is all glazing which means we needed to have some glaze replacements. We were almost out of clear glaze. And since I'm going to have to fire a bajillion pieces of glazeware, I had to have the big kiln working. There was just no way I could get all of that done with just the little kiln since you can't stack glazeware.

Good day, sunshine. )

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