Coffee in the Alaska skyline mug, "Whipping Post" by the Allman Brothers Band on iTunes. Yeah. Sometimes I feel like I been tied to the whipping post, good lord I feel like I'm dyin'. Evidence? I sat straight up in my mind this morning at 6:30 (my body remained recumbent, it wasn't about to move before it had to) convinced that I had programmed Big Bertha for a fuse firing (way higher temp) last night instead of for a slump and ruined the load. And that's not the worst of it.
I lost a piece yesterday. Not lost as in I broke it or it broke. Lost as in, I know it was in the kiln, and then it wasn't. I was standing in front of the kiln unloading it, I lost a few moments, and I found myself with another piece in hand staring into the kiln and counting the remaining pieces. There was one missing. Had it been anything other than what it was I would have thought I just forgot to make it. But it was the bottom piece of one of the two lattices I fired Sunday--absolutely not possible that I didn't make it.
I lay out all five panels in the lattice pieces together because I have to put the color down in a flow. I laid out two lattices at the same time Sunday so there had to be even pairs of pieces or I really would have noticed. I remember laying it out, it's not still on the prep table, I don't pick up from the prep table and lay down anywhere else BUT the kiln so it had to go into the kiln. Yet it wasn't there in the middle of the unload. Was it there at the beginning? It's the most likely scenario. Occam's Razor sides against someone coming into the studio annex (the garage--the big door was open) and taking a cooling piece (200 degrees) out of the open kiln while I was in the studio.
Today I need to make two more lattice pieces... and a replacement panel for the missing one. Honestly, I looked all over the studio, the annex--even the house!--for half an hour before deciding that it would be easier to just make a new one. Where the heck could I have put it/it have gone?