I shared the first batch of finished pieces back in October, about a month after starting the class, and then shared more finished pieces in November. So everything below is what’s come out of the kiln from November until the end of March. (I’ll share the newest pieces soon, once I’ve caught up here on the ol’ blog.)
Let’s dive in!
As you can see, not everything in pottery turns out the way you plan it! In fact, most stuff doesn’t — at least for those of us who are beginners.
We start with a ball of clay and joke about not being sure what we’re making because we’re “going to let the clay decide what it wants to be,” and it’s not really a joke — sometimes the clay really does decide, not us!
If you’ve ever thought about taking a pottery class, I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s so much fun, you get to take home really cool pieces (to keep or give as gifts to unsuspecting family members).
Um, in the case of “Fail Bowl,” I think nobody is going to want that one, which means it will go to my office to hold sewing pins a.k.a. Where The Bad Pottery Goes To Pasture.
I’m Heather Laura Clarke. I’m a writer living in beautiful Nova Scotia, I have a 12-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, I married my high school sweetheart, and this is the story of my handmade life.
I have depression and anxiety, and I fight like hell every day to keep them from taking over my life. Creating things helps.
Whether I’m writing novels, decorating a room, busting out my power tools to build furniture, getting muddy in the pottery studio, sewing clothes, or cross-stitching a swear word, I’m all about using my creativity to craft a life I love.
I’ve been writing this blog since 2009, so if you dig deep into the archives, you’ll meet a bright-eyed 25-year-old newlywed who was basically obsessed with having kids, buying a cozy house, and supporting herself full-time with her writing. (Spoiler alert: she got exactly what she wanted.)