Pottery is something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. As a kid I always loved ceramics and when I say ceramics I mean where you choose the item that has already been sculpted and fired once and you just paint it. I literally couldn’t get enough of this, I loved ceramics so much I had three birthday parties in a row at ceramics places. THREE! Anyways I was looking online for some local pottery classes so I could learn how to throw the clay on the wheel but it took me awhile to find a class that would work for with my 8 to 5 work schedule. Finally I found one that is once a week for two months and decided to take the class with my mom, our first class was this past Wednesday and it was awesome!
I have to say at first I was getting quite frustrated, due to my competitive nature, the teacher kind of just had everyone jump into throwing without a whole lot of direction. So I was surrounded by people getting the hang of it quickly and then there was me making an absolute mess, clay getting absolutely everywhere and unsure how to shape my clay as it’s spinning on the wheel, so of course competitive Allie kicked in and I just kept trying, trying, and trying while getting secretly annoyed that my clay was not cooperating.
After observing how everyone else was doing it, I ended up making a bowl and then a little bowl (sort of like a trinket bowel/dish). I’m pretty happy with what I ended up with, considering I was struggling for a while to get the clay centered on the wheel. I won’t be able to work on these pieces for two weeks because I’ll be in New York next week but I’m excited to see the next steps and mainly excited for the painting section! Can you say abstract painted pottery?
Anyways I’m really excited for this class, I enjoyed throwing the clay on the wheel and I’m excited to practice more in order to learn how to manipulate the clay to create what I want. I would love to be able to make a vase by the end of the class. Who knows, if I end up getting good at this I could add some pottery to Allie Crafts Art. I definitely suggest trying a pottery/ceramics class if it’s something you have been considering. Don’t get discouraged if you have a hard time getting started with the wheel like I did, this definitely is a prime example of everyone starts somewhere, and with practice we will get better! Have you tried pottery/ceramics before? I would love to know your tips down in the comments.