My sister and I threw pots back in the 80s. It was dirty, it was fun. I made clunky lopsided pots on a pottery wheel. Terri sculpted in clay and created some very cool pieces.
No pottery wheel is available in my current class. That’s okay, because two very strong hands are required to throw pots on wheel.
In this class, all our work is made with slabs or shaping by hand. A slab of clay is like pie crust, a flat sheet of malleable material.
We manipulate slabs into various shapes, sticking them together with a slurry of clay and water called slip.
So far, I have completed some clay lanterns and a couple of trays. All interesting in their own imperfect way.
My main accomplishment in pottery class has been learning to accept help when it is offered by my teacher and classmates. I have even been known to ask for help!
It’s a big deal.