I was holding my breath the entire way into pottery class. Would I be disappointed? Frustrated? Discouraged? or would the mugs I spent hours on have turned out OK?
…I… I… I love them!!!
The long-winded story was that my first set of mugs were too dark and brown for my personal taste. So I painstakingly designed new mugs and fretted over brighter& lighter glaze choices.
I’m thrilled with the results. I totally think it was worth it! The mugs are a lot more stream-lined and lightweight. That’s what happens when you try again, you learn from your past experience and everything improves.
Now, Do you like my hats?
Actually, I took this picture to try to explain my process. I am making bowls very similar to my mugs. I begin with the bottom of the bowl being thrown on the pottery wheel and the top of the bowl being hand-built with flat slabs of clay.
I gave these wide lips for holding on to. It’s my favorite shape for soup bowls. I plan on making three more bowls next session for a set of six bowls and I want each bowl to be different and unique.
I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere!
Well, now that I think of it, it has been a full year since I started pottery classes. I started a couple of weeks before this creativity challenge. I have come a long way in a year. If you asked me if I thought I’d be where I am now at a year I would have told you no way! Pottery is too hard! When I started, I couldn’t even center the clay on the wheel for the first few months. I also couldn’t choose what I wanted to make, I had to settle for creating whatever was left on the wheel after I mangled multiple lumps of clay. A full year later I can center clay, I can hand-build, I can come to class with an idea and accomplish it and now hopefully I can have a little success with glazes as well (we’ll see, it could have just been a fluke!).
I look forward to looking back after this challenge at all of my old pottery posts and observing my progress. I’ve never been one to journal so this year will be a great gift to myself. A little time capsule of all my thoughts and angst!
I’m glad I found pottery as an outlet for creativity. I can’t tell you how many years I had excuses for never even trying.
OK. Off to cook dinner. Thank you all for joining me on my journey!
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