I would say for what I'm after, my standards, my artistic view, I re-fire 'till the piece has what I view as artistic merit. Sometimes it needs more ash, needs to be moved closer to the front/fire = hotter, needs to be turned to expose a different side... that kind of thing. Some get refired and get worse or crack (not in a good wabi-sabi way) ... they go into my discard pile that is growing under the pine tree to the side of my kiln.
I feel that if something has my potters mark/name is on it and is going to be around for hundreds if not thousands of years, I want people after me to see my level of quality, what I view as an artistic statement.
I also think about the fact that the piece will be in someone hands many, many times. It will become a very intimate part of their life, hopefully bringing quiet joy to their life for that time that they are using it. I know I have my favorite pieces that I truely enjoy holding and look forward to using and looking at. I find almost every time I use something hand-made , I find something new I hadn't seen or felt before. For me, thats a nice little escape from the busy world around us. To get "lost" in the surface of a wood-fired piece of pottery.... works for me.
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