This is the third year that I’ve had a sample sale on the first Saturday in October. The first year it rained, the second year was very cold, and this year it will be just right! This is a chance to clear my studio shelves of everything I’ve learned and tried in the past year to make room for upcoming new techniques and projects. It’s also a chance to “let go” of other pottery items that I thought I loved– a chance for someone else to love them. My optimism was buoyed by two of my biggest fans, my daughter, Lily, and her boyfriend, Christian. Their timing was perfect as they got to experience the potter’s Christmas–the opening of a kiln after a glaze firing. The kiln goddess was very kind. The weather is great this week, and I’m using it as a chance to “push” myself to see how much I can accomplish this week–glazing, firing–without getting to the point of making a regrettable mess of something. (all potters know what I mean….) Pacing myself and enjoying the process. Anyone have any advice to share?