Aside from the terrible food-- I mean, whhhhhhy are there crappy, store-bought cookies EVERYwhere right now?-- I'm actually feeling pretty damn good. I've got this holiday thing down. I've only lost one order so far and I found it again before the customer knew I lost it. I had a plague of broken stuff, all the same item, going to different people, broken in the exact same way. Why why why? I have no idea. I just made it all again, packed it in big boxes, and moved on. I crank my Duran Duran station and I feel ever so slightly pleased.
Then, I made an amazing discovery. My red glaze has been cursed for a while now. I started having this problem where it was coming out with nasty dark spots that looked like bruises. So annoying. Someone ordered a set of nesting lotus bowls in red and they came out so bad, with bruises all over, that I immediately hid them away from myself so I wouldn't have to look at them, and cancelled the order with the customer. Then I pulled them out a couple of weeks ago and decided they weren't so bad, but there was some glaze crawling that needed to be fixed up so I ran them through the kiln again. The kiln overfired by a bit, and the bowls came out SHINY PERFECT RED. Bruises, gone. I discovered the cure, which is the red needs to get just a teeny tiny bit hotter than a perfect cone 5. I got so excited I added it as a color option to my new website. Yes, I will charge you more because I'm still nervous, but look at this gorgeous baby:
And really, that's all I want for Christmas: glaze that behaves.