Today was one of those days that was busy from the moment I put my slippers on this morning until I put them back on again before sitting down to write this post. It has been a good kind of busy, but I won't lie... after having dinner and a small glass of wine tonight, I really didn't want to go back out again, but the classes have been paid for and truth be told, I am always glad that I went when I go.
So....tonight, we had a blast. I love the girls I am working with. Our teacher Jen reminds me so much of my daughter Ashley. I know that they would be great friends if they ever met....kindred spirits for sure. One of my class members just happens to be the mom to some of my youngest daughters friends as well and I really enjoy having her in my class. We have good fun in class laughing at our failed attempts and cheering each others successes.
As an extra bonus tonight, we were able to collect the items that we glazed and had fired from the last round of classes, because we will not be able to have the kiln opening party with the upcoming holiday. The picture I took was not the best as it was on the fly with my iphone in so so lighting.
I am going to take some better pictures with my big camera tomorrow and talk about the successes and failures of the finished items. Pottery is very much a process and it is slow. It is very tactile and takes many hours of throwing clay to get to the point where you are in control of the clay instead of the clay telling you what to do. While it may sound romantic in a way, letting the clay lead the way...truth be told, if you want to be consistent in what you are producing you need to learn how to control that clay so that you are able to produce the same thing, such as matching bowls, coffee mugs, etc.
Tonight I had what I felt was one real success. I made a batter bowl and I was in charge of the clay...it felt good. The other two bowls the clay was in charge, so the clay still beat me...but I had one win, so it's all good. ;-)