We started out hand-building objects, which was fun. This was my first show-and-tell, when I got that first taste of the satisfaction of bringing something useful home!
There is a step here that is missing– my first few weeks on the potter’s wheel. Mostly, I made very small vases that were a little wonky/ wobbly, and thick. I learned about glazes the hard way in several cases, and, long-story-short, made quite a few pieces which I did not keep. I actually wish I had taken pictures of these as well, for the purpose of showing you what starting out looks like!
After a month (translating into only 5 hours, really) of practice on the wheel, I saw some big improvements. I was able to throw larger vessels, and found some good glazes I liked. I enjoyed showing some of the results here.
After summer break, I went back, and my new class had much fewer people vying for the wheels. This was great, since I really wanted to spend more time on them, getting through as many lumps of clay as I could, honing my skills and styles. The smallest ones below are a couple of my favorites, and they are the product of larger vessels gone badly– I salvaged the remaining small bit of clay on the wheel and was so pleased to be able to make something sweet out of it.
I didn’t actually improve in the last class of the year, in terms of being able to throw larger pieces. But I was able to get the sides much thinner, and I feel like I developed a style of ceramics that I like. The things I brought home began to look like they belonged together. I didn’t get pictures of everything, since I gave away about half of the better ones at Christmas. But here are the ones I held onto– as you can see, once I found this satiny white glaze, I couldn’t get enough of it.
It’s a lot of fun to use them for my own flower arrangements!
And I like seeing them all lined up together!
So, my next class starts in a few days, and I am looking forward to continuing to learn this skill, and see what else I come up with.
Did you learn a new skill in 2012? Do you have plans to try something new in 2013? I’d love to hear about it!