Working at a community ceramic studio has taught me again and again, the art of patience. Below are some lessons I've learned to adopt over the years.
1. If a large platter you made (as pictured above) disappears from the drying rack, don't fret over it, just make another.
2. Do not have any expectation when your piece will be fired. This way, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you get it back from the kiln. It's like winning the lottery.
3. When you are working on the wheel, be prepare to move and dodge as people try to get behind you to their lockers.
4. If your pitcher never made it back from the kiln because it was unfortunately stuck to another bowl that melted on the shelf during firing, don't cry, just make another.
5. Watch for the flying stools. OK, this one needs a little explaining. The cleaning crew unplug all machines and place the stools on top of the pottery wheels so they can mop the floors once a week. If you or your neighbor absent-mindedly plugs in the pottery wheel before removing the stool and the pedal is down, well, you can imagine what happens next.
Please feel free to add more lessons in the comments section. I would love to read yours.