Just a quick update to throw out some pictures of new things as well as some stuff that’s in the second stage of its life.
Second phase (trimming and handles):
SO happy with the the pitcher. It looks fantastic! I’m afraid that the bottom is going to get cracked, though – as I was trimming it I realized how uneven the floor of the piece was. *sigh* We shall see! I threw these last week, and am sort of amazed that I had the nerve to trim them in class last night; they were still a little wet. Ah, well. I’m happy with how they look. ^_^
BUT. The major revelatory experience of last night! We had another sub (Lynn), and she explained to me how to lift clay that made so much sense to me that I threw a ramen bowl instantly. INSTANTLY. It was nuts. Basically, Lynn showed me a different position to hold my hands in when pulling up the clay. Everyone does this differently; there are certain “right” ways to pot, I guess, but everyone’s body is so different, and pottery is a hugely physical art. A lot depends on how well your body understands, or at least that’s been my experience so far… buy a lot has to do with your critical, cognitive understanding as well. Anyway, I had been holding my hands the way I’d seen plenty of other potters hold theirs, and it turns out that method doesn’t work for me. I was so glad to discover that it only took a minor correction to give me the control I need to throw better. ^_^
That is all for now. Just finished a four-hour shift at the studio and I’m exhausted!