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    A fun new thing - Pottery Class!

    I am taking pottery classes with DH and Sis at a very cool local pottery school/studio. It would be an understatement to say that I am not demonstrating any innate talent in this endeavor, but it is interesting and fun! We are enrolled in an 8-week session that meets once a week, but we have unlimited access for studio time to practice what we are learning, so we are trying to make it there twice a week. The pottery wheel is really hard, but it looks so easy when the instructor is doing it. I also have a bit of extra challenge because I'm a lefty. I'm supposed to see what instructor is doing and then reverse it, which is much less easy than it sounds! We are in week 3, and we've decided that we will sign up for the Jul/Aug beginner's session, and assess after that if it's something we want to continue. It isn't cheap, but if we're continuing to enjoy it, then I think it would be worth it.
    My shortest term goal is to make an object that is recognizable, lol.
    Mid-range goal is to hand build some mushrooms.
    Longer mid-range goal is to make some plant pots.
    Long-range "stretch" goal is to make a garden fountain. One of the instructors has a fountain on Instagram that she made and I'm in love with it.
    An interesting aside is that some of the premier clay artists in the area teach or have gone to school there. DH's favorite coffee mug from a local shop was made by an artisan at The Clay School.
    A consideration that you folks will appreciate is that we will be producing "stuff," and much of our early efforts will be unlovely. Sis pointed out that DH and I will have double the crap since there are two of us! DH dropped and broke the first 3 pots he made, so that took care of those, anyway. We may be flooding our local Saver's store with pottery class rejects.
    I will keep you all posted and hope to share some pictures soon.

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    What fun--I'll be looking forward to seeing what you produce!

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    Took a similar beginner class in pottery to learn how to play with clay, then switched to clay sculpture all for fun. Do you find that it makes you think differently? Creativity in woodworking or clay vs watercolour painting or flower arranging require such different mental approaches which makes it fun.
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    What fun, rr! And great time spent together with dh and sis. Continued good luck on mastering the techniques. And I, too, would love to see some of your creations.
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    It sounds like great fun. I took a teaching children's art class in college 1970 and I enjoyed the clay part. I have two pieces still- one was a coil vase for daffodils and the other was a sculpture of a woman holding a baby. I still like them! Apparently I gave a mug to a friend and she mentioned it not long ago! I was awful with the wheel...Have fun!!

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    There are some things I’d like to make out a slab, but I would guess that’s easier imagined than actually completed.

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    I figured one goal would be to recreate a scene from Ghost.

    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    There are some things I’d like to make out a slab,
    Throw clay on the wheel, press down with something flat and one slab.

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    Looking forward to seeing the finished products!

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    So awesome, rosa! You are a real Renaissance woman! First carpentry--now pottery!

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    Catherine: Yes, there is a lot of wabi-sabi going on so far for the three of us!

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