Anxiety has been eating away at me since Wednesday. It all started with the unloading of the exhibition pieces for Faces and Figures and the discovery that one of them was warped and I had only two days to make a new piece and make my delivery date. (Then there's this custom order that has been stressing me out and I really just want to give the customer back her downpayment and slink away with my tails tucked but we won't talk about that today).
I felt I might still be able to use the piece since the warping was adding to the idea of things washing away but decided hey! Let's make a new piece because I was not feeling good about this particular accidental bit of magic.
It has been raining non-stop all week. Not a good situation for wanting clay to dry quickly. And top it off since Friday, because of the flooding, my husband has been stranded on the other side of the country. (Thankfully his parents live up that way so he has shelter) It's still been rough to see people you know lose so much because of the flooding.
By Friday I realise that I will have to do a once firing in the electric kiln. Not really feeling it but not seeing much of a choice. Since one of the pieces broke this morning when the photo backdrop fell on it! (See photo below)
So right now I'm sitting here not knowing what's going on, hearing noises like things popping but that could just be the anxiety playing with my head. I've been indulging in misantropic pity parties and singing the end is near. I know eventually my faith will kick in but for right now I am in Gloomville.
I think my anxiety also has to do with the fact that the pieces mark a definite departure in thought from the fuctional work. They are dishes yes but not necessarily for the function but the theme.
I'll post pictures soon, promise. Until then, we await the kilns firng cycle completion with trepidation and a teeny bit of hope but lots of angst. In the meantime, pray for me! Thursday is just around the corner, EEEP!!!
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