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.

She’s crafty!

Yesterday was art day for my sister and I.

First we had a delicious vegan breakfast at Grate Full Gardens in downtown Reno.

Then we went to the Nevada Art Museum and stared at art.

This was outside and made me think of Burning Man:

We were so INSPIRED by the art we saw we decided to try our own hand at it and went to Clay Canvas to paint pottery.

I started with a small blank platter.

I added a little paint and voila. . . a nice cheese platter for my mom:

What amused me about the whole painting process is that my sister and I picked up a bottle of wine to sip and enjoy while we were painting.

Right next door to The Clay Canvas is a restaurant that sells bottles of wine to go.

It’s a match made in heaven.

So we got our bottle of wine, slipped it into a brown baggie, and opened it at the pottery store.

Since we didn’t have cups, I grabbed two dixie cups.

Classy, eh?

Well, the hostess at the clay store OBVIOUSLY thought this was insane, because she came to us while we were sipping out dixie cups and she handed us two clear plastic cups.

I mean, it’s okay to drink wine while you paint, but could you please drink your wine out of a proper cup?

That’s my sister and I – always classing up a joint!

So this is glazing

The first thing you need to know about glazing is that the colors in the bucket look NOTHING LIKE the final color.  Not one bit.

The second thing you need to know is that my mom took pity on me doing all these activities by myself and went with me to glaze my bowl and plate.  You can read about that experience here.

Step one is the underglaze – aka writing your initials and the date on the borrow of your piece – and let dry.

Step two is covering the base of your piece with wax to resist the glaze so your piece doesn’t stick to the kiln.

Let dry.

Step three is to apply the glaze first to the inside of your piece then to the outside of your piece.

Here is how my pieces started out on the pottery wheel.

This is my mom and I completing the underglaze stage:

 And the picture below shows the exciting “almost” finished product – a pale green plate and bowl.

In reality, the plate should be raspberry colored and the bowl will be celadon (that’s turquoise).

Pictures of the final products will come in about 2 weeks once they’re fired in the kiln.

As a side note, I originally decided on this activity because I found a Groupon for it.  I didn’t realize it would require me to drive from Los Gatos to Emeryville three time for a total of 330 miles.

Whew.  That’s a lot of gas when you’re driving a Hemi.