Not so long ago I was trying my hand at every activity I could think to try in the Bay Area.
Kayak with whales?
Did it and didn’t puke in high seas.
Race stock cars?
Did it and got the picture to prove it.
Tried my hand at it but discovered I was a better lap dancer.
Though I enjoyed most all of the activities – except for cave crawling – two activities stand out amongst the others:
Glass blowing and ceramics.
First I tried glass blowing.
I loved it so much I went back a second time and did the exact same thing I’d done before.
I made a beautiful bowl.
I’m still floored that I was able to make them (the second time I was with my friend Kimberly and she made a bowl too)!
My ceramics class was also wonderful.
I made a dish and a bowl, which I glazed and fired and took home to my mother, not because they were something only a mother could love, buy because I wanted to share the beauty of them with her.
The only downside to my ceramics class was that it took place in a shady neighborhood in the Emeryville.
I’ve decided that for 2020, provided I survive this pandemic, I’m going to take up ceramics and actually pay to join the local ceramic shop – Higher Fire.
And I’m going to go back to the glass studio and make more glass objects to gift to my friends and family.
Nothing says I love you like a handmade gift, yes?
My grade school art teacher would be very proud, I think to know that I can’t throw clay without remembering the big nose mug I made in his art class in junior high.
I still have that mug (I use it as a pencil holder in the kitchen), it was made so well.
Crafting is fun!