While I am looking forward to the changing season I am reflecting on all that I have accomplished for the past three months. My normal summers are fairly relaxed but because I am working towards building up my inventory while supporting myself by teaching pottery classes this summer has whizzed by. I have really enjoyed teaching. It’s been 20 years since I taught and I hadn’t thrown any pots since 2001.
Well it’s like an old hat. Like riding a bike. And I didn’t realize how much I missed it. Years ago I designed much of my wares on the wheel but I made molds from them in order to actually make money. I stopped using the wheel all together and sold it. The last time I moved I noticed that most of my pottery had either been broken or chipped and I found myself wishing I had my ol’ potter’s wheel back. I felt like God had secretly answered my prayers when I was asked to teach at the Tucson Clay Co-op for the summer.
Of course I had to practice so I was eager to get started. So I made some fun stuff. But most of all I enjoyed hanging out with other clay people who loves clay as much as I do. I liked watching other people’s process and how they start out on the wheel. It is a risk and takes a bit of faith to even vision oneself making a pot on a wheel that spins. Watching my students brought me back to the days at Pima College where I learned. I told them the story of how I was so frustrated at times that I would leave the class in tears. But needless to say I persevered!
At the Co-op, summer classes have ended. I am now developing a clay program for Senior Living resorts, elderly and wheel chair bound communities. This is where I and my team come to the club house or a community patio for a clay class or a ceramic decorating party. We are still in the developing stages so stay tuned for more information. I believe it will be super fun activity for those who can’t get out. We come to them. Convenient and fun! If anyone had any input on that I welcome suggestions.