Hobbies – Making Pottery

I found this first couple months of the year hard. Not for any particular reason but if you wanted to know what I was doing it was pretty much working my way through all seven seasons of The West Wing and making pottery in an evening class. I have to say doing these two things got me by and was highly enjoyable.

This is my first ever attempt at making a mug. It was hand-built and is probably the most bizarre looking mug but its made by my fair hand and I use it for having my favourite liquorice tea in. I loved the colours that this ended up. As the thing I found so difficult with pottery was knowing how the slips and glazes would end up. I have to say none were as I had thought but I am very happy indeed with the end result.

I love how the handle is on my mug as I spent a long time getting it smooth. And whilst I won’t be making a career as a potter anytime soon it was the most relaxing experience to have on wet and cold January evenings.

Next was my chance behind the pottery wheel which is far more difficult than you might imagine if like me you had pictures of Demi Moore behind a wheel well you might be disappointed. I was so surprised at the amount of strength in your arms and legs you need to steady and secure the clay and make it into something.

My first attempt and I am so proud of this. I know you might be looking at the photo think oh my really. But I know the time and effort it took and I adore the colour of the bowl.

This time (this is the second pottery course I have taken) I was super surprised at the skills about making your bowl be and look finished which is why I am showing you the bottom of the bowl. I carved the bottom to making it  almost be a stand for the bowl something that until I did it I just took for granted. Now I appreciate the effort that potters take.

I loved doing hand free decorating on this bowl. Again I won’t be giving up my career but I am very pleased with how it turned out. Apparently all my pottery is dishwasher friendly but I won’t lie to you I am scared to try.

This bowl is the most scrappy of all and isn’t thrown on the wheel. It was a last-minute attempt at using clay mould. This one is a bit random as it rolls when it sits but I had it in my mind I would use it as a bowl for cotton balls. Because of course I can. 

My next attempt at hobbies will be wood carving so watch this space. What I get from all this is the way you just zone out whether it was my paper making class or pottery. I do love new hobbies. 


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