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This was my third week of my pottery class. It has been so much fun, but this week I had trouble focusing. I had a lot on my mind this week and zoned out a bit during my class. However, it was ok, I still made three pieces that I’m pretty proud of…check them out and tell me what you think.

The first piece started as something completely different, this is what I ended up with…

It started as a simple soup bowl, and I messed it up a bit so I decided to go in a different direction. Honestly, I like it. What do you think?

The second piece that I made was meant to be a plate, and that is what it ended up being! Yay!

The only thing I didn’t plan on was the decoration. This was something new that I was introduced to by my instructor, Leon. What it is, is dyed liquid clay. So, it dries like this and when it is fired, it will still be dark. I’m excited to see what it looks like after being fired. It should be beautiful!

The third piece is another plate that is larger and plain.

I made this one myself. All by myself. I’m so excited by it. I am surprising myself by everything that I’m learning. It has been so much fun, and I look forward to all the other pieces I get to make throughout my class.

Something else I have learned is even if there are mistakes made, it doesn’t mean that you have to throw the used clay into the “use later” pile. It just means that there is an opportunity to create something different. Use your imagination!

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As I shared before, my New Years resolution is to do things for myself that allows me to meet new people and to enjoy life.

Well, this week was the beginning of a new thing. My new “thing” is learning how to make pottery. I have been thinking about taking a pottery class for a few years, but there never seemed to be enough time or money to go around…I had to quit thinking that way.

So, I signed up for a class and signed up and paid for it.

There I was waiting for the instructor to arrive and strolling through the retail area looking like a complete knuckle head.

Everyone else strolled in, acknowledged the owner and continued into the studio and gathered all of their belongings ready for the class. I felt like a fish out of water, but I was determined to get comfortable because I was going to be there for a while.

So…I finally met my instructor who gave me a 25 lb. bag of clay.

Then, I chose a potter’s wheel.

After having a one on one with the instructor, Leon, I look back through the class and see what I made (of course I had a little bit of help).

This was my first bowl. I’m pretty excited and proud of it.

Then….I made another several messes and collapsed a lot of bowls, then this was the following result…

I think I might end up being a potter, yet!

I’m looking forward to going back next Thursday!!

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I rarely make New Years resolutions because they don’t usually turn out well. Most people don’t succeed with their New Years resolutions because it is such a sudden change to their routines, and I refuse to be one who pretends that a spontaneous lifestyle change will work for me.

However, this year, I decided to make a change.

Oh yes, I have put a New Years resolution into place and I think this is one that should have been put in place a long time ago.

Dum, Dum, Dum!!

My New Years resolution is to do more for myself.

For those of you who know me, I am a bit of a workaholic. I have two jobs and I’m working kind of crazy hours and have a high stress level. Nevertheless, I am thankful for where I am in my life and I am looking forward to finding out where this path leads.

So, because I work hard, I have recently decided to play hard as well. My first order of business is to begin a pottery class where I learn how to use a potter’s wheel.

That class begins next Thursday. A week from today. And apparently I misheard the beginning date because I went tonight to try to begin the class. When I pulled up, there was no one there and the store was dark. Only in my life would I make such a silly mistake!

This happens to be a regular occurrence though…I should be used to it by now.

Another thing that I’m doing for myself is preparing for a run…

…the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC that takes place at the end of March. It is a 10k and I plan to do this run with my roommate and best friend Amanda.

I probably will never classify myself as a runner, however I have participated in multiple races over the past 8 months or so and I have begun to enjoy running…WHAT? Enjoy running?? I know, I said it.

Weird.

Anyway, my roommate is a runner, but she also had ankle surgery about 2 years ago that she has been unable to return from like she expected. So, we are going with the mentality that when we run, we will run hard, but if we have to walk, then so be it. I’m beginning my training in the morning. That is because Fridays are rest days in my running journal.

Oh boy! Welcome to the New Year!

What are your New Years Resolutions?

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Pottery Festival

Oh my….how I LOVE pottery. It’s an addiction, you know. At least it is for me. Ask anyone who knows me at all. I live for pottery. All colors, shapes, sizes, and uses. Really, living without it is not an option. And really, who has to have pottery that matches?

That’s the beauty of it all…not matching perfectly, but mixing it all up.
Anyway, in my hometown, there is an annual pottery festival where there are over 100 potters from all over North Carolina and they bring such beautiful pieces of functional and decorative pottery. Amazing. I could simply walk through and not buy anything, but of course I did.
There are potters who I always make sure to see because they are my favorite or I know them personally or they fit into both categories. Of course there is some strategy that goes along with the shopping experience. My mother and I use the same method and my dad strolls ahead of us because we usually take too long.
First, we make a round just to see everything and as we do so, we make notes of booth numbers that have something we want to go back to see. Then on the second round, it is purchasing time. If we are lucky, the item we wanted is still there, if not, then it wasn’t meant to be a lasting relationship between us and the pottery, it was more lustful and appreciative of beauty.
This weekend I bought two beautiful pieces.

The first is from one of my favorite potters and a very special friend. It is all neutral, which is unusual for me, but it is a mug. You know how you have to have a mug which fits your hand? Well, this one fits my hand perfectly and the weight is ideal. I’m in love.

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The second piece is a baking dish which is more of my style. It is glazed with a chocolate brown and turquoise glazing and it is the perfect roundness and depth. I can’t wait to use it for my favorite stuffed shells recipe. This piece was made by a potter that I am unfamiliar with, but she has been added to my list of potters to watch.

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