I am currently without my bisque kiln, an electric kiln, while I wait on parts. This hiccup interfers with my cycle, no bisquing, no glazing. All part of making pots I guess. Over the years, I have rewired my kiln(s), put in new contacts, switches and elements and have done the necessary repairs to my wheel as well.
It occurs to me periodically, that most potters are the proverbial “jack of all trades”. In my arsenal is carpenter, electrician, plumber, chemist, mold maker, packing specialist, book keeper, inventory manager and more that I am probably missing or unaware of.
Of course these skills are mostly minimal and only as they apply to pottery, but it just amazes me how these skills develop out of necessity and economic restraints. Now all I have to do is wait patiently for the UPS truck to show up!