Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I signed up for a class

So, feeling down about everything and contemplating a different life forced me to do something I've always wanted to do, but never did. The timing was right. I signed up for a pottery class. Beginning Wheelthrowing.

When we went to that art show last weekend, I was talking to one of the pottery artists and mentioning how I'd always wanted to learn to do pottery on the wheel. I live very close to a reasonably well-known pottery school, and he told me I should sign up. I did show off my purse and my sweater to him. He was impressed.

When I got home, I looked on the website of this school. Turns out that registration was today! It was kismet. I had to sign up. So I did.

I am so excited! It has definitely pepped me up. And to celebrate we're getting dumplings from my favorite Chinese place.

So I'm feeling a little better for now. I'm still looking forward to talking to my therapist on Friday morning.

I'm still questioning all of this, but for now I'm excited to start pottery class. It starts at the end of April.


DrSpouse said...

That sounds really nice.

I knit (as you know) and make stuff, mainly wearable or fabric. I wouldn't call myself an artist but I love trying new crafts. I was really flattered once when a friend with a real art degree who could draw put us in the same category of "people who have to have lots of art and crafty stuff on hand at all times".

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are excited about your class. You need something to look forward to! And just think about all of the things you will learn.

You know, I totally understand your funk. I think I am living in the same one.

Almamay said...

I took a wheelthrowing class as an elective at university and loved it. I had a Rasta teacher who added a zen dimention to the whole process. It's very physical and you do have to concentrate. I loved it and threw pottery for about three years. Your post reminded me how much I liked it. I'd love to find a class again. You are going to enjoy it.

beagle said...

Oh Yay!

Cassandra said...

Here from LFCA...

Hooray! I hope that pottery helps you get out of the funk (if you're not already out by the time the class starts). As I've written about many times on my blog, pottery has taught me a lot about Zen non-attachment, being in touch with my body, and focus. Just remember: process not product! If you end up with one decent piece after your first class it's a bonus, but it takes a long time just to learn the basic steps and there are sooo many points where you can mess up along the way. But with each ruined piece, you've learned a little more and hopefully enjoyed yourself.

Cassandra said...

Oh and I forgot to mention, it's great that your class is 14 weeks. Usually the sessions are too short for you to really get the hang of it, but 14 weeks is great.

My other suggestion is to go at least once a week between classes to practice. My first pottery teacher told me that a week is just long enough for your body to forget everything. I also find it helpful to try things without anyone watching, combined with getting feedback and tricks from the instructor.