Warning this is a bit***y vent. I went to see a professional yesterday seeking personal finance info. Not to give TMI but, in my current situation I don't need to work, but that will probably change in the future. So in a review of my situation I explained that I was working on being able to sell pottery part-time. This persons response was that I should think of investing my time more wisely toward a real job. It took a great deal of effort not to loose it. To be so easily dismissed that a potter isn't a real job. I live in an area that is doing fairly well economical. Locally I will have no competition. I have successfully ran a small business and have worked in large companies in the finance dept. The person went on to say that they had done ceramics in the past and it is an expensive hobby. This happened two days ago and I am still seething. I have worked very hard over the past two years on improving my skills.
On top of the above, this morn when I went out to check the kiln I see it has missed fired (probably human error) and fired, cool down to 1640 F and soaked for about 10 hours. I peaked inside and it doesn't look like anything completely melted on my new kiln shelves. Uuugh!! I will post more about this in Glaze forum.