For example, I've spent a total of 12 hours yesterday and today doing a marathon soft cleaning session. I had originally planned to complete it over the course of 5 days this week, one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon, doing creative stuff in between. However it's such a soul-destroying task that once I got going I couldn't face the thought of spreading it out and ploughed on through.
This is A Good Thing in that the whole batch is now done and loaded into the kiln and I still have three full working days in which to do creative stuff. However, it is also A Bad Thing as my hands have turned into desiccated witchy husks, I'm wracked with muscle and joint pain and I have a splitting headache.
I've blogged about soft-cleaning before. It's absolutely
The Best Thing about soft-cleaning is when it's over.
I've just finished loading it all into the kiln, another back breaking task as each tiny piece has to be individually placed onto a bed of kiln sand, inside my top-loading kiln. However this is the gratifying sight on both shelves when it's all done.....
I'll do the bisque firing tomorrow so at least there will be the added bonus of the house being toasty warm for the duration.
It looks as though, for the moment, my work here is done...... *sits back with a sense of hard won satisfaction....