Or making up a 5 kilo batch of tried and tested glaze, only to find the kiln load you just slapped the stuff on came out a completely different colour than you expected.
How about the lower back pain after a long day at the wheel?
And why does semi-porcelain have to be so darned difficult to throw with?
Or sitting at a show for 2 days and knowing you aren't even going to break-even?
On the flip side, there are some things about pottery that just make me all warm and fuzzy....other than the expected heat of the kiln...
- How about that nervous feeling when cracking open that kiln? Man, nothing beats that rush of anticipation - it's like Christmas morning and wondering if I got lucky the Barbie camper set I wanted or if I got stuck ith a handmade knitted sweater with a big teddy bear on the front.....
- The reaction of people when you send or hand over their custom-made pot. The "wow, you made that?" reaction - how cool is that?
- What people say when you tell them you are a potter. There are the inevitable "Ghost" references roughly 80% of the time, followed by childhood memories in art class. My favorite reactions are the disbelieving ones who cannot contemplate that it is an actual profession. Nothing like surprising people to make my day!
- Conquering a new form on the wheel. Transforming an idea from paper to reality and it actually working out - WOW - the sense of accomplishment is fantastic!