I still have a few berry bowls left- need a Christmas gift? Why am I talking about Christmas in September? Well, say it gets to be mid October and a customer wants me to make an item in time for Christmas. This is approximately what the timeline looks like: It can take a couple of weeks to make enough pottery plus that item to fill the kiln. I really pack it to get the most out of the electricity I'm using. Now it's around Nov. 1st. Before I can fire, everything has to be bone dry. This can take up to 3 weeks. Some items, like mugs, need to take their time drying because handles will dry a lot faster than the rest of the mug which can result in cracks. Next is bisque firing, then glazing. Glazing takes about a week, then I'm ready to load the kiln again for the glaze firing. And that takes us into December already!