It was a frantic morning, with two urgent issues to deal with at the office, and a number of technical difficulties (like an Outlook error on my main computer, preventing me from sending out important emails). But I managed to make it to my first class this morning at Shadbolt. The course is called "Spring Ahead" and is taught by Jay MacLellan. It combines my two favourite pastimes: pottery and gardening. We are making ceramic creations for our gardens.
Today was a very productive day for me. I threw 6 relatively large items, which will combine into a "totem" for the garden. In fact, I used a full bag of grey clay (approx 20 pounds) :
Next week we will trim the bottoms, and I may want to do a bit more "decorating" also. Here are the pieces in close up:
Next week we will trim, but also start on bird baths. Then pedestals for the bird baths. Later in the course, I think we will be making lanterns, maybe planters, I don't know what else. But I have a big garden, and lots of ideas, and look forward to lots of good things coming out of this course the next couple of months.
After the 10 - 1PM course (in which I think I only threw the first 2 pieces), I stayed on for the 1:30 - 5:30 workshop, throwing until about 3:30PM. After which point, I spent a lot of time cleaning up, and finishing up some small details, such as applying my signature stamp. I needed to leave by 5PM for my son's soccer practice, but by then I was happy to leave. I was quite exhausted, and now have some pain in my neck and shoulders. But it's for such a good reason, I don't even mind some pain and stiffness.