pottery on the wheel

learning how to throw at savannah's clay spot

I'm midway through a beginner's pottery class at Savannah's Clay Spot. There is something relaxing about working with a wheel, despite the challenge.. maybe it's because the speed and rhythm of the wheel helps with the work, and maybe because the pressure's off because I'm just beginning and if I mess up, I can start over. Or maybe it's because I watched too much Ghost as a kid. Whatever the reason, I don't remember ever getting this geeked out over learning a new skill. It is fun, and Lisa, owner of Savannah's Clay Spot, is a wonderful teacher.

With throwing on the wheel, you make the pot, let it dry for a short while, trim the bottom, let it dry some more, fire it (in which it turns hard and slightly pink like in the fourth photo below), glaze it, then fire it again. Crafting a pot is a lengthy process, but watching a mound of musty, wet clay turn into something smooth and functional is entirely worth it. Learning the steps gives me an appreciation for all the great potters out there.

The pots below are ones I've made so far, except the first photo. Those are way too good to be made by me - maybe someday.

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Above are my first finished clay pots! They are tiny, handheld things.. next step is to conquer larger projects. I'll share more photos once class is done in a couple weeks to show my progress.