Tonight I felt a little better prepared.
We're still working on... how did she call it... hand pressed? hand formed?... objects d'art.
There was some sculpting going on; some more slab making and molding.
Me? I spent the entire 3 hours carving at a piece of clay that I formed last class into a "stamp".
I made mine really big, thinking maybe I could use it for a cookie press.
Someone recognized the emerging snowflake design, so I think it went pretty well.
It turned out a lot less symmetrical than I had planned, but it still looks alright.
On Thursday we're going to try "throwing" on the wheel.
Could be interesting!
I haven't done any sculpture type things yet though, so if I crap out at my first wheel attempts, I can always roll me a slab and make a sculpture. I think if I made it as per explained technique, (thin slab of clay molded over scrunched up newspaper to give it shape) and did some cool holes in it, I could turn it over and make it a votive candle holder.
I think my only problem with the pottery class could be that I need everything to be useful.
I don't want to be making things that are supposed to hang on the wall, or sit on a shelf just to be there.
A bowl that I could put fruit in? Good.
A wind chime that I can hang outside? Sure.
A candle holder? Fine.
A snowflake shortbread press? Excellent.
My secret ambition is to make a tea pot.
I think the cookie press has potential, and the chimes will be funky when they're done.
Anyway, so far so good.
And we are having fun yet!