It's hard to believe that October is more than half over. Lately it has felt more like June. I am not complaining about that; I'd be perfectly happy if it felt this way in January although I know that would be catastrophic for our planet - and by extension, us.
the warm weather has served to make a difficult task just a little bit
easier. I have reprocessed all of the clay that I could, leaving only
one 5-gallon bucket of liquid clay that has to be protected from
freezing. I now have about 2,300 pounds of clay to store. That will give
me a huge boost when production starts again. I will not need to buy
clay for at least a year.
Everything I intend to sell at some
point is packed and ready to go. All of the bisque likewise. And today I
did something that proved as cathartic as it was sad. I took a hammer
and smashed every second and irregular piece on the shelves with a small
number of exceptions. "Why?!" you may ask. Well it's pretty simple.
keep the seconds and irregular items to sell for half price. They made
for my largest single sales day this year, although I do believe the 30%
sale on top quality items did it's share as well. But a large number of
the seconds have been sitting on those shelves for five years not
getting sold. When something sits on your shelf for that long, it's not
making you any money. It's costing you money. Why would I want to pack
all of that stuff up and lug it around when it has a proven track record
of not selling?
Nope. Smash. So now I have 8 boxes of shards to
take to the demo pile as soon as possible. I'd say one pickup truck load
of trash and I'll be pretty much done. That feels good.
I plan to
take Sunday off and spend as much of it lounging about in bed as I can.
Then I will rise, go to breakfast (I eat breakfast out on Sunday
morning) and then go back to bed when I get home. It will be bliss for
Monday the remainder of stuff at the pottery will be
redistributed. The glaze buckets will come home so I can use their
contents over the winter. I'm still looking for someone with a kiln, but
truth be told, I haven't really started searching yet. Too much else to
do right now. First things first.
I'll report on the events of tomorrow when all is said and done.
Day 17 down, 8 to go.