Coffee in the Los Angeles Skyline mug, "The House is Rockin'" by Stevie Ray Vaughn on iTunes. No, it's not random chance; it's fate. The piece at right is the pot melt I did yesterday afternoon. My own firing schedule, and my own method to get the design. This piece is the basis for one of the book projects and I am so psyched!
Every melt I have done so far has been by someone else's schedule and with a standard unmodified pot. But yesterday I just said what the hell, I don't care if it fails. Better to fail on my own than to succeed on someone else. And it worked! Best melt I have done so far in terms of glass flow, color preservation and kiln wash adherence.
The final project review with the editor yesterday went equally well. It was again two hours long, but we got a lot of things cleared up and I made myself comfortable saying "No", "I don't know, I'll have to get back to you on that" and "I'm not prepared to make that decision right now". All are phrases which have historically caused me great anxiety.
So I ride the high of self-assertion and firing success to another day in the studio. Today I am going to do, photograph and begin writing up a beginner project. I am also going to fire a full load of gallery pieces in Big Bertha. But first I am going to shower and brush my teeth. The niceties of society and social conventions must be observed, after all.