There are many wonderful moments in the life of a potter but few are more satisfying that loading your kiln with freshly glazed work. I think there is an element of the gambler in me because the mixture of excitement and fear of still not knowing quite how things will turn out is, frankly, almost better than cracking open the kiln in a couple of days time and finding out. When these photos were taken on Monday I still had no idea whether the glazes would run, the pots would crack or exactly what colours I would end up with. The strange alchemy that goes on in a kiln means that, no matter how hard I try to control these things, I am nearly always in for a surprise. Obviously if you are keen to see how this lot came out do pop along to the '50 Dorset Makers' show and book launch this weekend.