I had a show a few weeks ago in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I have the best spot every year, outside on the end. I love this show, A Wool Gathering, because it is low key, family friendly and just a lot of fun!
It was an absolutely beautiful weekeend, sunshine and in the 70’s.
Foot traffic was great but sales were down. The economy has really been hitting everyone hard.
This is my set-up for my 10′ ez-up tent.
It was very bright out and difficult to stand back and get a shot of the entire tent.
Something new I decided to try this year was to set up a table for jewelry and jewelry components.
Behind the table and gridwall is where I take transactions and wrap up sales. Showing off my new round business card that doubles as a display card.
On the left side was the wall o’buttons with shelves above. My yellow and purple theme, and thanks to my mom for sewing all the panels for me. The floor is the panel foam type that I bought in my specified colors. Very helpful when items are dropped, which happens a lot. Now you can find them. Without it, it was difficult to find buttons, earrings, etc. in the grass.
My guess is I hadn’t pay enough homage to the kiln gods. I had a total meltdown in my big kiln.
My husband got to see the horror on my face when I opened the lid. I lost three shelves and two bead racks, not to mention all the items that were being (over) fired.
The shelf is on its side to show you, nothing on it is going anywhere!
I can’t tell you what these were going to be, but I know they are melted to the shelf. I also lost many of the little star stilts.
I believe what happened was the top shelf prevented the kiln sitter (see arrow) from dropping after it had reached firing temperature of cone 06. I think the kiln fired to cone 10 or close to it, for the clay to become vitreous and fuse to the shelves.
Having a mush brain in the wee hours of the morning, I forgot to check everything and also forgot how long a takes my kiln to fire off at cone 06 so I could set the limit timer to the correct time. The limit timer was the fail safe after I had gone to bed.
Sh*t happens. Roll with it, not in it.
I had not choice but to try and forget about it continue prepping for the show.
So onward and upward we go!!
My question today is:
What recent studio disaster have you experienced?
Leave a comment answering the question and you could win a pair of my recycled earrings.
Made from aluminum cans!
Feeling Sassy as usual!
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