Since the much lamented closing of the UCSD Crafts Center, I have been mourning it, deciding it is high time to learn mid-temperature oxidation firing (which I can do at home), buying clay and glazes for that temperature, and trying, with test pots. And so I discover what I suppose is the usual lesson: it's not so bad after all!
I find I like being in control of the whole process, instead of
sharing the firing under other people's management. I feel I know better
what I am doing and choosing. I've found some wonderful new glazes and
glaze combinations. Eventually, as I find my way, I expect I'll mix my own glazes.