FYI-my background is in ceramics. More can be read about it in a post I wrote back in 2008.
My first week in the pottery studio went very well. The studio is an amazing place. If I could imagine working in a pottery studio, I would imagine this one. It is located in a small downtown area on a quiet street. The building was once a store or business. All the furniture, chairs, tables and cabinets were donated from an old bank. The converted studio has an artsy vibe conducive for creating – lots of clay dust everywhere.
I am the only one there on most days, and I can work without any distractions.
Day 1: Working on the wheel again was like riding a bike – that was a good thing. The bad part was I didn’t make any pots because the clay was too hard. To soften the clay for next time, I put it in an air-tight container, sprayed with mist, covered with a wet towel and then with a plastic bag and covered with the lid. The clay should be ready when I return.
Day 2: Successful day! The clay had softened quite a bit and I made five small pots.
Day 3: Daniel and Ian visited the studio with me, and I showed them how to throw. They had never thrown clay on a wheel and both did very well.
Left to right: Ian’s snack bowl, my pot, Daniel’s mug.
The hour drive to the studio is turning out to not be so bad after all. I’m listening to a lot of music and doing a lot of thinking – two things I don’t make enough time for.
One week down, three more to go.