Branching Out

I have been at a creative impasse lately. My writing has been slow moving, and I am including the blogging on this point, and my sewing has been a bit of a non activity latterly. The last thing I worked on with my machine was a pair of pants that needed a waist adjustment.  I needed a little bit of pick me up, something that would allow me to stretch my creative legs.

Luckily for me, I was able to sign up for a pottery class.

Pottery has been something I have wanted to try for a long time.  My high school gave pottery classes, but my schedule was always too full to take one.  In retrospect I probably should have skipped drama one year and tried something new, but it is too late to change that now.

I can’t change the past, but I can change the future.  Or the present.  Whatever.

I’ve only taken two classes so far but it is a lot of fun.

photo 1

Look what I made!  A wonky cup thing!

Alright, so that was just my first class. I did not accomplish much, but I managed to center the clay and make this thing.  This picture is from before I did any trimming or anything, so it looks a little better now.  I guess I should have taken another picture, but my hands were in the clay mot on my phone.

That wasn’t all I made.

photo 2

Look!  A bowl!

Okay, this is a little wonky too, and my teacher told me I pulled the walls a little thin.  But he also told me the ability to pull the walls thin was an okay thing, so I’m choosing to look at it as a good.

I haven’t done much.  In two classes I have managed to make exactly two things.  The others in the class have each made more, and some of it is better than what I have managed to make.  But I am going to try to finish this class without being too hard on myself.  Maybe I need to let myself slow down, and work at whatever pace feels natural. And hopefully at the end, I will be happy with what I have done.

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2 thoughts on “Branching Out

  1. We all go at our own pace or so I remind myself as I struggle to keep up with others in the gym. But for a beginner I applaud you at least you are making great advances in another creative area. Best of luck with it and I am looking forward to seeing some more of your finished pieces, do you do giant cups for fat dogs or smiling ogres?

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