One thing is set down on to the shelf in the kiln. It's not completely a total crap shoot. There's a plan. A pile of choices. Use this clay. Make this slip. Use a wash? Which oxide? Choose a liner. Choose a glaze.What kind of kiln? Where is it set in the kiln? Seriously. There's a plan.
Still, One thing is set in the kiln. Another thing is taken out.
Dispite the plan, it becomes evident that even when all things are equal. That while it's not a complete crap shoot...it's still a crap shoot.
Different levels in the kiln
This is one of the fundamental attractions to ceramics for many of us. That despite our need to be control freaks, at some point we have to let go and let things happen. The work that goes into the kiln does go in with a plan, but I we do our job right, it's Christmas when the door opens.