Making Art Because

So, I took the last session of an 8 week pottery course I took at the local Cultural arts center. I highly recommend it, making pots that is. I’ve always known about my love of clay manipulation, but it’s been over 8 years since I last did it and what a reminder I had…turns out (no pun intended) I love it. Also, note that it’s NOTHING like riding a bike, particularly throwing, it is a start-back-at-the-beginning type of thing.

But, there are just so many translate-able parts of pottery–things that represent themselves in life; balance, patience, embracing the unknown, focus, eliminating distraction, participating in the process, following the clay and letting go of the preconceived notions…

I’ll share some pics of more completed items, maybe next week. I’ll have to go back to the studio to tie up some loose ends.

I’ve also been playing a lot with this Instagram tool, which is pretty sweet. It makes you feel like you have 12 cameras in one. If you have an iPod or iPhone, it’s free and you can follow friends–of course. It’s a sweet surprise to see an unexpected picture of a friend on my phone, just for fun. Here’s another with instagram and one that just has beautiful filtered light–the room was amazing.

4 Comments

  • Becca Posted April 7, 2011 4:59 pm

    lovely photographs! and you make me want to learn some clay manipulation. ๐Ÿ™‚ sounds rewarding!

    i want to learn more about handcrafts and teaching them to Olivia. like some beginning sewing and knitting. i have been looking around on your site some and you have a lot of great posts. do you have any other reccommendations to help me start? thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • school house oils Posted April 7, 2011 6:51 pm

    oh rebecca! you have to check out the Rhythm of the Home–they always have great crafts and projects. as does the crafty crow & one pretty thing…

  • Whirliegig Posted April 9, 2011 2:17 pm

    In high school I took ceramics and learned to throw and mold. I never thought I would miss it, but have found I did over the past 5 years. I've been looking into home made kilns and rustic firing methods. How much fun!!

  • school house oils Posted April 9, 2011 11:54 pm

    i'd love to make a kiln! That'd be amazing. It's always been a dream to dig fresh clay from a creekside, make a pot & fire it in a rustic kiln!

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