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A couple days ago, I re-pinned this on Pinterest.  Little did I know then that I would be making use of the principle today. 

Last night the studio door was left open with outdoor temps of -20F.  Needless to say, the heater couldn’t keep up with that and everything inside the studio froze.  Faucets, sink trap, clay, glazes, slip, wax resist, leather hard pieces and the stuff I’d just thrown all were hard as a rock this morning. 

Check out the ice crystals on the bottom of this mug


Glaze bucket frozen solid

Definitely not what I’d planned, but today I’ll take a deep breath and spend some time thawing stuff out, determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be reclaimed.  Then we’ll just have to go from there.

Lots of work, but ultimately, I’m so glad we are on the back side of this polar vortex.  We’ve got more comfortable weather heading our way and are supposed to see temps above freezing by the weekend.  
Stay warm friends.  

ps.  Any pottery friends ever had to deal with this?  Would love to hear what I can expect from the work that froze.