This is my favorite time with my work ... the drying time ... the lull between creating and 'making' where everything is still OK.
Creating is a constant battle for me between what I see in my mind and what is rolling off my hands.
Firing is a tension filled time waiting to see the inevitable cracks, slumps and warping.
So this is a wonderful time ... I get to turn them and cover them ... watch them and imagine them all perfect and ready to go.
What is your favorite time?
For me it is all about the ideation, the time of designing, and redesigning. I often commiserate over a form or technique for many months before I get to the actual construction or throwing of the form. Many of these are combination forms where the slab and thrown bits have to be figured out to make certain they go together.
Throwing for me is too much fun, and enjoyable in itself. Many times I have done nothing more than sit on the wheel and throw with no intent of ever finishing. Just to see how thin, how tall, how far I can stretch the shape without losing it. It all goes back into a bag in the end to be rewedged. However, all of these things get me to understand the limits of my clay and myself. I guess I am too much a hobbyist/experiemnter anymore, and not into as much production. Yet at the same time, have several orders that I have been trying to finish up before the end of the year, and some that need to be done for the Spring as I will be away during part of my busiest time next year.