One of the first things that a potter learns is that you never know what you will find when you finally open the kiln after a firing. There are so many variables that affect the finished product. So, to me, opening a load of glazed pots is like Christmas, hopefully beautiful surprises. I find it hard to wait till the complete cool down and often i have to crack the lid to peek but not touch, (to hot). After the kiln is unloaded it is time to inspect kiln for damage, recoat the shelves if needed,(this keeps glaze accidents from ruining a shelf, they are expensive) . Often I immediately begin to put in my next load of pots. The cycle never ends but it is great fun and forever exciting.