Thanks for popping in.
Had a wonderful time at the pottery class this afternoon. You would be so proud of me!!
So I’ve been working on the coil pot for 2 full weeks now, remember?
Bit of a labour of love, but heyho. I am learning loads!
Look at the before and during here….
Started out looking pretty ropey indeed! At this point I have to admit, I wasn’t holding out much hope for my career as a potter!
But by today, and after a fair bit of burnishing with the back of a table spoon, it was starting to look far more appealing!
My homework since last Wednesday had been to think of a way to decorate it. I decided to cut a mask – or four. In fact, I die cut one of our new Birds in the Tree dies out of an old book, and took that along.
There was much interest among my fellow potters, I can tell you! Most folks reading this blog will know full well how I arrived at these papercuts, right? But that’s because we come from Papercraft world…
This was a real game changer in Pottery world! I do hope it works!
The thin book masks stuck easily to the wet clay, so I placed them North, South, East and West.
Next, I masked off the area below the line I had made and painted the upper area with black slip. Two coats.
Tomorrow, when the slip is completely dry, I am going back to remove the mask. Not sure where we go from there, but there are plenty of competent people to tell me. Even though the mask application and masking off the base was something I could do in my sleep, applying the slip (coloured clay, the consistency of paint) was new to me.
That’s it, isn’t it? When we learn something new, as I am here, and as you have surely done in many aspects of art and craft too, we create a shift. We move from a safe place where we know what we are doing into an area where we are what one might call incompetent. Don’t get me wrong! I mean incompetent as in the opposite of competent. Competence comes with learning and practice, and I am actually very comfortable in my state of incompetence at the moment, because it means that I have opened up a space in my life to develop new skills and acquire knowledge. I don’t care that I am clueless in the pottery realm; that’s one reason why I am attending a class! For me, this is the most nourishing part of the creative journey; when you are learning, trying to master something new, working it out – that’s the magical time.
There is a euphoria when you nail it for sure, when you master the art – whatever it may be. But I absolutely LOVE this state of comparative incompetence – there is still so far to travel!
Like a fantastic book. You read it, you devour each page, and when it is finished there is almost a sense of sadness. You know the story now, and you know the ending.
The best thing about pottery is that there is SO MUCH TO LEARN!!! It will take years I reckon! Especially if I don’t write anything down!! Hahahahaa
Time to go.
Love & Hugs,