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!