Back in October I started a pottery course. I´ve been meaning to do this for ages but there aren´t any courses nearby; the nearest is a 60 km drive from our village. Anyway it was advertised as a "christmas course" that would only last eight sessions so I thought it would be a nice opportunity to try and see whether I liked making pottery at all. Turns out I do! I know the things I made aren´t very impressive but I love them. Above is a little tea light house that I think turned out cute. I wish it was glazed (wouldn´t it be lovely in white?) but I ran out of time.
This is my favorite piece. Even our teacher loved it - although she thought I should have glazed the stars gold (nope). Our teacher, by the way, was a gem. It´s funny how in community colleges you often end up with the nicest, funniest teachers. She had bright orange hair and called everyone "darling". Also, she knew a thing or two about pottery, it was really quite impressive.
Well it´s going downhill from here. Those candle holders we did in our first session to get a feeling for the clay. They are not the prettiest to begin with and then the glazing turned out really odd - the brownish ones should be a light grey and the blue... well it´s a little too much and I thought it would have a shine to it, but well. In fact as a group they look nice enough.
I am actually rather fond of this one. I am not sure how I will use it, somewhere in the kitchen probably. I think as a larger version this could be a very pretty planter. Ah, there are so many things I want to make for the garden. All the possibilities! Sadly I didn´t get a place in the advanced student´s course and really, the commute is a little too much anway. But maybe I could have my own little pottery studio at home and just talk a local pottery into letting me use their oven? We´ll see.
PS: Tomorrow is Winter Solstice (and my birthday, whee!). I loved what Artemis had to say about it. I really couldn´t agree more. Happy Winter Solstice!