Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Play with Clay

My twin sister and I are getting older, but that doesn't stop us from playing like kids. Especially when our birthday is just around the corner.

This year, Alison found out about a pottery studio (through Living Social) where we could take a beginner's class. Our teacher demonstrated techniques for wedging the clay, and then threw a bowl on the wheel to show us what to do.

Back in the day, I had one semester of ceramics in college. That was a few years ago- about 37 years ago, if you must know! I tried throwing without success. Luckily, I did hand-built pieces to finish the class.

So today was a proud day- I actually centered the clay-TWICE! So I made two small bowls.

My students always want to do clay, but without a kiln, (and expertise), I've opted to do other types of 3D work. But there's just something wonderful about working with clay!

(Okay, this second bowl is kinda messed up on the bottom....oh well. It was FUN trying!!

Alison and I walked over to a park just across the way, and I loved the circles in the gravel walkway...

And the view of the riverfront was pretty nice too. But will you look at that sky color? Where is the blue sky and sunshine? July 19th and the sky is a perfectly invisible shade of gray. (Even for the Pacific Northwest, this is just wrong! But look at all that green. Okay, I'm not complaining...much.)

Thanks, Alison, for sharing a fun day!

Make it a Wonderful Day!


  1. Working with clay ion the wheel always brought a sense of calmness and peace to my husband and I. We took adult ed. ceramics for 3 years, Larry always wanted to own a wheel. I totally understand your pleasure in the day, so very cool ~

  2. This is the month for celebrating....an anniversary and now your birthday around the corner ;-) So fun to learn you have a twin sister! Sounds like y'all had a fun day playing with clay.

  3. Wow, what a great deal from Living Social. I, like you, took one ceramics class ump-tee-ump years ago. I did well on the wheel, but hand building was not my forte. If I saw that deal on the web, I'd sign up too. Lucky you! jan