Pottery!

On Saturday, I drove my tired ass all the way from Los Gatos to Emeryville to take a pottery making class.

The first thing you need to know about throwing clay is that it’s not as easy as it looks.

The second thing you need to know about throwing clay is that having fingernails makes it very hard to work with the clay. One wrong move and your project is ruined.

That said, I embarked on my adventure with enthusiasm and visions of “Ghost” in my head.

There are stages to making any object out of clay and one stage is to make a cone. My cones always looked more like a phallus and I kept stroking it to try to get it to become more of a cone, but no luck. Still, it was fun.

My favorite part of the whole process was simply getting dirty and messy, kinda like I was a kid in kindergarten all over again.

In the end, I found the clay harder to manipulate than I had anticipated but still very fun to work with.

I definitely recommend taking a class or two and learning to make your own pottery.

Pottery Class

On Saturday, I drove my tired ass all the way from Los Gatos to Emeryville to take a pottery making class.

As a side note, I had been praying for money that morning on some sacred beads my friend Danielle gave to me. But as I drove through the homeless encampments that surrounded the pottery studio, I got the message loud and clear, “you have enough.”

So I’m not expecting a sudden windfall, to say the least.

But on to pottery.

The first thing you need to know about throwing clay is that it’s not as easy as it looks.

The second thing you need to know about throwing clay is that having fingernails makes it very hard to work with the clay. One wrong move and your project is ruined.

That said, I embarked on my adventure with enthusiasm and visions of “Ghost” in my head.

There are stages to making any object out of clay and one stage is to make a cone. My cones always looked more like a phallus and I kept stroking it to try to get it to become more of a cone, but no luck. Still, it was fun.

My favorite part of the whole process was simply getting dirty and messy, kinda like I was a kid in kindergarten all over again.

In the end, I found the clay harder to manipulate than I had anticipated but still very fun to work with.

I definitely recommend taking a class or two and learning to make your own pottery.

Up next… Part two: Glazing your own pottery.

New Adventures Coming…

I signed up for a few new adventures which I’m sure you will all be pleased to know have nothing to do with orgasm, sex, or nudity.

They’re actually quite arts and crafty.

First, I signed up for a pottery class at Play with clay in November. In a 3 hour class with a master ceramicist, I will learn to spin and make a pot at their studio in Emeryville. Yes, I know Emeryville is a bit of a drive a way but what else am I going to do on my weekends? OM? Don’t answer that 🙂

The second class I signed up for I’m really excited about. I signed up for a glass blowing class in San Jose at Bay Area Glass Institute. I can’t wait to see hoe glass is formed into art and to make my own glass bowl. It sounds really exciting and I’m really looking forward to making my own piece to take home. If nothing else, I’ll gain and appreciation for all the effort the goes into making hand blown glass.

So there you have it. Two arts and crafty classes I am taking which have nothing to do with any of the other classes I’ve taken recently. I can’t wait to let my creative side run wild and make my own art pieces. It’s been a while since I worked on a quilt but I confess, I’m rather excited to work on a 3-dimensional project.

Wish me luck!