Tuesday, January 6, 2009

LEARNING NEW THINGS.....

One of my resolutions for 2009 is to learn new things, particularly those things that would require that I actually interact with other people. As a "hermit in training", this is probably the most important part.
So, today was my very first pottery class! As I thought about this, it occurred to me that this is the first time I have paid someone else to teach me anything in the line of creativity. Huh. Self-taught can be limiting I think. The class is taught by Tomas Wolff ( who unfortunately does not have a web site) in a charming little house across the road from our coffeehouse. Each room is painted a different and bright color and there are large windows that let in lots of natural light. There were about 8 of us in the class. We sat around a large canvas covered table and began to know clay. I liked the feel, the smoothness and the ease with which it could be manipulated. We started by making pinch pots, moved on to a small sculpture and then finished with seed pots. Here are some photos of our innocent and sincere beginnings. This is Scott's cantilevered wine goblet, leaning against a plastic tub in hopes of drying while still upright. This was my seat, with the ever present travel mug of coffee. Next Tuesday we will do more!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

How exciting! Makes me want to get my hands messy, too. Post more pictures soon.
Suze

Vanessa said...

I've got the "hermit in training" syndrome too - does not manifest the same as your but responds to same remedies

We're hitting that "learn new" resolutely

Tomas said...

Enjoyed reading your comments and seeing the photos. Thanks!
Did you notice that Scott's leaning goblet is being held up by a container that says "Smart Balance"!

judemowris said...

Seriously? That's almost creepy.....wow.
(hey)Jude

Tomas said...

I also wanted to add, that I believe most art is self taught, anyway. I only act as the catalyst and technical advisor for my own particular medium-clay.

I do have a web page at: www.nmpotters.org/StudioTour/TomasWolff. Check it out!

judemowris said...

Tomas, thanks for your web page! My readers can now find you!
(hey)Jude

Anonymous said...

I just read an article about femo clay. When you no longer have clay classes you could do the shards in femo and make it look just like fired clay. d

judemowris said...

Well! Great idea!