– 2018/86 – pottery(ing)

For the past few weeks I’ve been taking pottery class.  I’ve always thought I might like it and you know … I totally love it.  It feels a bit like magic turning a shapeless lump of something into something that it useful and useable and potentially even pretty.  AND working in such a tactical medium is really good for the soul, it’s calming and slow and has it’s own rhythm that can’t be rushed;  you have to agree that when life is getting faster and more frenetic all the time, slowing down is a good medicine.

Also, it’s another skill to add to my post-apocalyptic arsenal… just in case.

My ‘teacher’, Claire, has a lovely bright studio at the back of her cottage, a gorgeous dog and all the patience in the world… she also makes the most gorgeous things!

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My first pot was constructed with the coil technique … I guess all those days passed playing playDo with the boys paid off… but it certainly harder than it looks.  At each step it looked more and more ‘real’…

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not perfect but… it’s a pot! a pot where no pot existed before…

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… a couple of ‘fires’ later and it looks really like a real pot.

 

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I’m so so happy about how it’s turned out…

I made it! with my own little hands (and they are small, no kidding here)… and the new cactus looks at home in it.

Sigh…

My next project is a set of salad/pasta bowls which I have great hopes for.  Fingers crossed.

 

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