♠ Posted by ArtMuse at 12:25 PM
The last time I had taken a course in ceramics I was about 20 and I had the worst time with it. There were quite a few students in the class and the friend that I was taking it with and I got little to no instruction on how to throw clay and shape it on the wheel. Needless to say 2 or 3 absolutely terrible ash-tray's later I had completely lost any interest in ceramics and vowed that it was something that "just wasn't for me". I dedicated myself to painting and drawing and have since for over a decade...Until now.
A coworker of mine had casually mentioned that after teaching her 3rd graders a fairly in-depth and lengthy clay unit, that she really wanted to do some ceramics herself. Spurred on by her comment, I thought to myself, I teach my students all about clay and yet I know little to nothing about it myself, maybe I should give working with clay another try. And so I enrolled in an adult education beginner ceramics course right around the corner from my job and for the past 5 weeks or so I've been going once a week for 3-4 hours and have been making all kinds of great things.
I spend so much of my time figuring out ways to teach other people that I never stop and take time to be a student myself. I'm proud of myself for taking a class in something I always professed I had no interest in based on one silly bad experience and find that not only don't I dislike it, but that I actually really enjoy it, and although my first batch of thrown clay bowls are uneven, shaky, and well, tiny, I am proud nonetheless that I am progressing and most importantly learning!
Just as an fyi we use high fire white, brown, or red clay and I used Amaco high fire glazes. The cup on the right is Amaco underglaze on bisque-ware.with 1 coat of clear gloss glaze over it.