Everyone has that one thing they have wanted to try for the longest time. Maybe there’s more than one thing, but I can say for a fact everyone has something in mind that they have wanted to try but never found the time. For me that was pottery, I loved ceramics as a kid so much so that I had three birthday parties in a row at a ceramics studio. Real talk I wanted a fourth but my parents said no because they felt I should change it up, yeah I remember that mom! Even though I did a lot of ceramics as a kid (when I say ceramics I mean the pieces that have been sculpted and you pick out then paint it) I never tried pottery where you molded the clay on the spinning wheel. Until September when I decided that no matter what I was going to find a pottery class to take and guess what? I found one!
I finally took a pottery class this fall that was once a week from the middle of September until the middle of November. I decided to take the class with my mom as a way to spend time together and also because she loves crafting as well so I figured, hey let’s try pottery together. Needless to say it was pretty fun because we ended up just laughing at each other making an absolute mess on the wheel because let me tell you pottery is nowhere near easy.
I learned a lot from my pottery class, the main thing I learned is sometimes the easiest way to learn something is by just throwing yourself into it and learning as you go. That’s pretty much exactly what our teacher had us do, if we needed extra guidance he would help little but mainly we were just left to experiment and learn for ourselves. Even though learning as I went left the perfectionist/competitor side of me going insane, it really was the best way to learn pottery. You can watch someone demonstrate how to bring their walls up a million times but when it comes down to it, you aren’t going to be able to get it down the first time. I mean some people might, but I can tell you after hundreds of attempts I still am not great at bringing up my walls in order to make a vase. In fact I can tell you right now I can make a mean bowl but that’s about it.
I found the approach of just jumping in and learning as I go really refreshing. I think it’s hard to do because most of us are afraid of failing, but it comes back to the saying that we all have to start somewhere. Most artists spend years honing their craft until they are able to make masterpieces, but I think that’s the beauty of art. It takes dedication and there’s a learning curve that can only come from repeated practice. So why not throw yourself into that one thing you’ve always wanted to try? What’s stopping you from giving it a try and learning as you go? I want to encourage you to try that one thing, don’t be afraid! Plus it could lead to a really awesome story to share about your new hobby. Who knows, you could find a hidden talent you never knew you had. What’s the one thing you’ve wanted to try for years, let me know in the comments! I would love to hear what it is. I’m definitely signing up for another pottery class, the next thing I want to try is blow glass. If I do you can definitely bet that I will be sharing the experience here.