Doing pot again

I started doing pot again last night. I'd forgotten how much I missed the high.

Did I say pot? I meant pottery. (Yeah, a terrible pottery joke. They don't get much better either!) This is not my first throwing class – that was about 8 or more years ago at a wonderful teaching studio in Austin: ClayWays. This time last year I took a class at Pottery Northwest but didn't get a whole lot out of it, either in skill or product. Not for lack of a wonderful facility and teachers, but because of my divorce. I wasn't motivated to attend class some weeks – much less go in during open studio time.

This time however, I'm motivated and excited. I'm focusing on more functional pieces – yes, more serving bowls but also spoon rests, salsa bowls, and maybe even some little ramekins. My focus in skill will be on glazing so I need to churn out some pieces early to get started on that ASAP.

Last night I made 2 jumbo spoon rests (ladle rests?) and a large salsa bowl. I need to get in on Friday to trim my pieces and let them dry with hopes of getting them in the Tuesday bisque firing. Yes, that's a crazy aggressive schedule and I realize the clay is not likely to cooperate with that speed, but that's the goal.

This class is a beginner class and as Jonobie pointed out, I'm far from a beginner. While I can always improve my skill in various areas fundamental, I'm firmly in the intermediate category. Really what I need is just more practice and enrolling in the beginning class allows me to do that. Every class at Pottery Northwest comes with open studio time. After you're enrolled you can go in whenever they're open (which is effectively 24/7) and work as long as there's an open wheel. I'm going to try and block out some time on my calendar to get into the studio outside of class to help move things along.

Support a local Austin business: ClayWays

ClayWays is a wonderful teaching pottery studio in the heart of Austin (right on Burnet near 2222). Before moving from Austin I took several wheel classes there and fell in love, not only with pottery but with the camaraderie that a teaching studio offers. In addition to a teaching studio, ClayWays has a gallery full of pottery created by local potters available for purchase.

Like many small businesses, ClayWays is having a bit of a rough time and could use any help it can get — both from new students as well as purchases from their gallery.

On Saturday, April 25th they are having a Show and Sale called “Small Wonders” from 5pm-9pm including pottery demonstrations from 5pm-7pm. From their website:

In response to drought, many cultures hold a rain dance. This show and sale is our response to the economic drought. In good times or bad we deliberately go to pot ever day – we are your community potters.

We are also your friends and neighbors and we need your help to create a ground swell of mindful local shopping to keep us in business. Come to our show and let’s get to know each other.

If you’re looking gifts to give, please consider attending and supporting a local business. Who knows, you might find a new hobby along the way!

ClayWays is at 5442 Burnet Road, Austin TX 78756.