Monday, January 15, 2007

Something new

Tomorrow I begin a pottery class. I'm so excited and a little bit nervous. I have thrown a pot only once before, but I loved it - the feel of the clay, soothing movements, beautiful glazes. I am hoping for great things, but steeling myself to start small and simple.

My teacher says I will have to learn hand-building techniques and 'get to know the clay' before she will let me on the wheel. It'll be good discipline for me - I have a terrible tendency to run before I can walk. It's something that frustrates me with trying to teach Mark, but the blame for his impatience can be laid firmly at my genetic door.

I've been having exploring sources of ceramic inspiration - my favourite so far: One Black Bird. My apron and old clothes are ready and I have cut off all my fingernails - yup, taking this very seriously!

D'you think I'll be coming home with one of these?

And in lieu of a pot picture to show you, here's a little glimpse of Johnny doing the baby equivalent of running before you can walk.


16 comments:

Angel Jem said...

He is sooo cute! I love the way babies do that little staggering run and never look like they'll walk in straight lines. Enjoy the time while you can!
And lucky you! Pottery classes are on my to-do list, but (ahem) I never seem to have the time/money/ability to get out on time* to go to one. I love playing with play dough, does that count? Have a great time!
*delete as applicable
Love Jo.

Angel Jem said...

Sorry to post again so soon. Yes, Judith Levine's Not Buying It is in paperback and in Tesco's for £3.47. A veritable bargain! And, of course, books count as essentials, so you have complete justification to buy it!

caroline said...

Oh wow, I hope you have lots of fun tomorrow - you lucky girl!

kirsten said...

i wish i could take the class, too - i love pottery classes. but mine have all been mostly hand-building and very little wheel. have fun!

Momma Pajama said...

Yay! Hope you have a terrific time!

melissa said...

you're so lucky, i would love to be going with you, ah well. will have to live vicariously once again.
what a sweet little boy you have there! i loved watchng him run along so happily.

Soo said...

enjoy your pottery class! is there anything you can't do?!!

Cherry Menlove said...

What a great little video clip. Bring on the babies!

Cherry xx

Amy said...

Sounds wonderful - a new class is always so inspiring! Will look forward to seeing the results!

monica said...

getting children drunk at such a young age... you should be ashamed of yourself!

julie said...

Great video clip - kiddies are so cute at that toddling stage. Have fun tonight - what a great way to start the new year. Hope you do better than Barbara in the Good Life - I always remember her very wonky cups! Lots of pictures of what you make please!

Zoe said...

Oh, I'd love to do a pttery class! I haven't done it since school which was hmmhmm years ago!!!

You'll have great fun...can't wait to see your creations.

Dee said...

oh, that sounds like a wonderful adventure!! Enjoy!

Kate said...

Have fun at pottery class, can't wait to see what you do. I hope it's not a pain, but I've tagged you for a meme.

tiel s-k said...

that is gorgeous. so nice to hear your voice too. my head got a bit twisted looking at it. hope you enjoyed your pottery class.

why is it that I have to tyoe the word verification always twice??

chocolatefun said...

I found this really cool site that has chocolate art supplies it is called Bellamentechocolate.com and my children just love the chocolate claydough and edible paint!!!