Wheel throwing


I've been wanting to take a pottery class for years and now I can officially say that, people, this is really, really hard. Finicky. Frustrating. Maddening, even. So when you throw a little pot that GASP looks like a little pot, you feel a triumphant surge of brilliance.


I am not generally someone who enjoys being bad at things. Like mini golf. Being bad at mini golf is just plain miserable. Being bad at wheel throwing is amazing. I could be bad at wheel throwing all day long.



This particular triumphant surge of brilliance lasted oh, a few days till it collapsed in on itself. A watery grave in the slop bucket for my first pot. Still fun, I promise.

29 comments:

  1. It's great you've started you can only get better from hear on out.

    P.S. I suck at mini golf.

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  2. ...Yeah, I could never do this. Like you said, to finicky. One lil' move the wrong way and 'bloop' - your vase is now an ashtray... :o)

    ...And mini golf? Fugetaboutit! ;o)

    ...Enjoy your new artistic endeavour - if anyone can do it, you can! You throw girl! *giggle*

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  3. I remember using the wheel in art class, and it was SO hard! Good for you for keeping at it, though; you're going to make awesome pottery. If anything, I already love the pictures!

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  4. wow i haven't done that in years. great pics, great fun :)

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  5. Makes me miss pottery class! I never mastered the wheel myself, I was big on hand-building. Glad you had fun!

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  6. I've never done it, so at this point what I'm most amazed about is the fact that you took the time to wipe your clay-caked hands and snap some beautiful photographs! I have a neighbor who makes pottery--his wife rescues his seconds from the garbage bin and brings them to us. He tries to throw away the most gorgeous, ginormous bowls! A crime, I tell you!

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  7. OMG. I hate mini-golf too! It's the absolute WORST when people suggest that. Double worse if it's a date. Pottery is also hard. But you get to muck about in clay! Totally makes up for the frustration station.

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  8. This is awesome! I've wanted to do this for years, too! You'll get better in time, I guess...

    Cheers,
    poet

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  9. Oooh. I want to be bad at wheel throwing!

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  10. I can completely commiserate. I took wheel throwing in college. It was so much fun but so incredible hard. But to this day I can walk around my house and see the jars, mugs, and bowls that I threw in that class. They all kind of suck but I made them.

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  11. I started taking throwing classes in 2007, and I love it! I have studio time tonight and I'm going to work on a set of coffee mugs (a xmas present for my hubby) and a pedestal cheese stand with a dome. If that's your first pot, it's actually pretty good! What type of clay do you use? Good luck!

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  12. Amy never stays bad at anything for very long...
    you always kept me on my toes
    (that's a good thing)

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  13. i remember my first time at the wheel...and immediately had major respect for potters. i never knew how difficult it was!! omg and i was horrible at it.

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  14. Ugh, is it terribly nerdy of me to get excited at the mere sight of the word potter? Puts me in mind of Beatrix and cute bunnies.

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  15. Yep, its really difficult. I never mastered it so I just enjoy hand-building my pots. There's more than one way to make a pot! Yours looks pretty good to me though.

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  16. When I hear "potter" I immediately think "Harry". And then I jump up and down because the first part of the Deathly Hallows movie comes out NEXT MONTH!!!

    I took pottery in college, and it was exactly as wonderful as you describe. The mere smell of the arts building (clay, paint, creativity) is enough to give me chills, even now.

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  17. You write so well.
    I adore the words you use and the way you string them together.
    As for your post...everytime I try something new it's ridiculously exciting the moment it looks as it should. I just made a pleat in sewing class! Now if only I measured the skirt pattern properly...

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  18. hi merrick!

    just discovered your blog & have spent a happy hour (i love those 2 words together)reading through it.

    have you ever considered fiction writing? you have such a lovely-magical-ethereal-joyous style, i think you would be wondrous good.

    just a thought...

    good luck with the pottery--for some reason your little brown bowl made me think "chocolate pot"..

    nanne

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  19. I think I prefer mini golf. I took a pottery class a few years ago and man was it frustrating. Although, as one person already commented, it is cool to have things that I actually made, even if they're ugly and clunky :) Somebody stole the best mug I made before I could pick it up from the studio...:(
    Your bowl is beautiful though. I think your sister's right, you won't be bad at it for long. :)

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  20. I took a pottery class in high school b/c I was obsessed with Ghost . . . and figured it would be an easy way to spend an hour. It was the hardest thing I've ever tried to do. This is amazing.

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  21. Its hard but easy to get. I love throwing, handbuilding is slightly like murder I can't seem to make anything! This is an adorable bowl <3 keep working!

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  22. I so feel you on pottery! Way harder than it looks! Another month of sludge and you'll be a pro at this rate! ;)

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  23. I couldn't agree more! It is awfully fun and gives you such a deep respect for potters. I had an amazing failed pottery experience in college and always think of giving it another shot. Every time I hold a teacup I am in awe.

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  24. I've always wanted to take a pottery class and I drive by the most wonderful of pottery places every day - red brick, great texture and people working there till late at night - you give me one more urging in the pottery direction. Now I really do have to give it a go :)

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  25. After discovering clay 18 years ago, it has taken me on an unending, wonderful journey, that has lead to me opening my own pottery school. Just keep at it, because once clay is in your blood, you are just screwed. Give in to the clay, and happy potting!

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  27. Oh Amy I love throwing pottery! My brilliant mother signed up for classes as a kid and I spent several years between the ages of 9-12 making tiles, soap dishes and the occasional stumpy pot. My brother did it too (2 years my junior, his pots were stumpier than mine) and we still have an incredibly heavy bin of it stashed in a too-full garage. My mother refuses to let any of it go. As do I.
    Makes me wanna try my hand at it again!

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