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time for the kiln

with only one more pottery class to go, it is time for my six bowls to go to the kiln.  the last class is all about glazing and i am super excited.  i have picked out my colors and combinations so will be prepared next week!

throwing was natural for me.  i loved every second.  trimming.  now that was a whole other ballgame.  i destroyed two bowls in the process of finding my groove.  and trust me, after you have worked so hard throwing your bowls, to have them fly across the room and be destroyed is heartbreaking.

but like all struggles, we must keep going.  that is right, i busted out some life lessons from pottery class.  with the close eye of my instructor, along with her encouragement, i finally feel competent in trimming.  which if you know anything about pottery, then you understand, trimming is what makes the piece.  so it is mildly important.

my favorite two bowls are below.

i am already planning my next course to take.  

birthday pottery.

i will recap my 30 while 30 list and my wonderful birthday celebrations in a bit. but first i could not wait to share my pottery that i made.  last night was my second class and boy i can see such an improvement.  it is amazing to see such change in just one week!  
i made three more bowls.  two very similar, i would love to make a matching set, and one that i was just playing with the shape because there was only 20 minutes left in class.  

the bowl farthest to the right without the lip at the top was one of the two i finished last week.  it is still too wet to start trimming and taking it to the kiln.  oh i am so excited about that next step!

i am thinking of adding little decorative handles to the two bowls with lips to make them soup or chili bowls.  
i found this on pinterest the other day and i loved it. i immediately applied it to my pottery class.  i am sitting there and think i am going to make one thing.  then that goes terribly wrong so i try to make something else.   being wrong can become a beautiful thing if you loose the fear.  
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yes.  i am completely loving my pottery classes.

marking #4 off the list.

my 30th year is quickly coming to an end.  i turn the big 3-1 next monday.  i took a look at my list the other week and realized i should maybe stop making lists!  last night i was able to mark off #4 of my 30 while 30 list, learn a new art by taking a pottery class.

i thought what better time to do something just for “me.”  the husband was extremely supportive and encouraging.  even though i have always wanted to learn how to “throw some clay,” learning a new skill is challenging and intimidating.  especially when you are doing it alone.  well, for me anyways.

the class couldn’t be more perfect.  only three students, including me.  the other two have taken a beginning potter class before and are wanted to hone their foundation skills.  last night i essentially had 3 hours of one on one time with the instructor.  i was a lucky, lucky girl.

to my surprise this happened!

not one of those is mine, but BOTH bowls are what i did completely on my own!!  i first watched the instructor do a cylinder.  then she watched me and assisted my hands, etc.  then i started from the beginning on my own.  two bowls later i am so excited and can’t wait to get back into the studio.

my second bowl, the one closest to the camera, is a bit wobbly.  last night i couldn’t sleep because i kept going over the steps in my mind of what went wrong.  a couple hours after the husband had gone to sleep, i abruptly woke him up with my ah! ha! moment.  i don’t think he minded.  he just laughed and made me promise that i would at least finish the beginners course before i started showing him plans on how to build our own kiln.


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