It’s the last post from our
Last but not least? Our ceramics workshop. I’ve been wanting to learn ceramics for so so long, but have never found the right place (or, any place). When I discovered
Our Ceramics Class
Anyone who knows me knows all about my addiction to ceramics – cups and bowls in particular, but I’ll take what I can get! Nothing makes me happier than the perfectly imperfect element of hand thrown mugs, and so naturally I’ve needed to try this for some time.
We did our class at
What We Learnt
As part of the private class we were given an option for what we wanted to do – hand modelling like coiling or throwing on the wheel. Because of the amazing set up I couldn’t go past the wheel lesson… and it was such an eye opener! I think you get so used to seeing videos of it and people just make it look so easy, but it turns out so much strength and technique goes into it. Plus there is lots of
First we learnt how to prepare the clay, then how to place it on the wheel. We were instructed about how to use the wheel, and then got started throwing, learning about the various shapes you have to create with the clay to get it into the right shape for creating a bowl or a cup. Turns out it takes a lot of arm work and my arms were hurting so much after!
I wish I could give you more detail about how to do it yourself, but it’s truly something you you learn through doing. Not to mention the complicated wheel! Book yourself a class to try it out. It was a truly lovely way to spend a day.
Speaking on spending a day, it felt like a lot of the people in the studio, all going about their own business, had taken longer stints of time to work on their skills, like hiring sections of the studio and working out of them for months. What an amazing thing to do!
Photos by Nicola Lemmon