I’m taking a pottery class! Actually, I am on my second one, but I just brought home my first finished objects last week.
I started in a wheel throwing class, which was not really a success for me. I wasn’t too upset about the fact that I wasn’t very good at it, because new skills take practice right? At least, I wasn’t upset in theory–in practice, I was simply not interested in taking the time to get better. I wasn’t enjoying the process enough. My hands felt all slimy, and I was really pretty terrible.
The lady teaching the class is very smart, though, and she started showing me some hand building techniques, which I enjoyed quite a bit more. So much that I signed up for a second session to learn more hand building techniques, and actually make something I like and can use (and give away for Christmas presents!)
This past weekend I spent a lot of time in the studio, because it takes time to get these things done. I have a ton of clay to use up, because I got 50 pounds of clay for each class, and the first session, I used maybe 10 pounds. Since I started doing hand building, I have been going through it much more quickly, but it still takes a lot of time. I can roll out a slab or a coil pretty quickly, but to get it looking like I want it to? That takes some time.
Last weekend I spent about 8 hours cranking out plates and medallions. A couple of years ago, I did button magnets for my family, and I think the medallions will make a fun addition–another kind of magnet. I didn’t get any pictures of the medallions, but I did get some pictures of the plates:
As you can see, these are all in progress, but I you get the general idea. They were fairly easy to do in concept–roll the slab, let it dry out a bit, roll a stamp over the whole slab, use giant cookie cutters, place in mold, take out and sit on the table to flatten out the bottom in the middle. It takes a while to do though, between waiting for the clay to dry and polishing off the piece. I have not gotten any of these back from the initial firing yet, but I am cautiously optimistic that they will be awesome, ;).
Anyone else into pottery?