Welcome to my new little space on the supernet. Here I will be posting about my adventures, learnings and development in the world of ceramics.
I recently moved from Melbourne, Australia to the heart of Spain. Here I have been stumbling my way though the Spanish language (of which my partner is a native speaker), frolicking around the kingdom and attending a full time pottery course. Which is marvellous! I miss the clay when I am at home and the weekends are ever so long without the wheel. So here I am to share with you the development of my hopefully long relationship with this wondrous world!
For years I had wanted to do a short course in pottery, on the wheel of course, as I was (and still am) drawn in by the magic of the material, fluidly transforming from a lump of earth into beautiful forms.
When I discovered that a fellow spanish learner Jane Sawyer was a potter when she was at home I felt a huge rush of energy. What! You can actually be a crafts person these days!? This was and still is a wonderful encouragement… to know someone who actually works hands on in the craft, not just a hobby on the side, but fully immersed. She assured me is was a lot of hard work, but I was too inspired to worry.
After numerous hours of research, months of paperwork, and x amount of dollars I had a student visa for Spain. Many thanks to all those who supported me throughout the process! We got it…the day before the flight! phew
The same day my visa arrived I was ever so lucky to attended a studio workshop At Jane Sawyer’s new studio in Collingwood: Slow Clay Centre! What a delight! It was a porcelain workshop by Prue Venables. A name I was familiar with from some of the large shiny books I frequented at the start library, so it was very exciting! Although the course meant for potters with a bit of experience (which I didn’t have), they welcomed me and I felt very comfortable and privileged to be there.
On that day I sat at a potters wheel for the very first time and persuaded a delicious lump of creamy white porcelain into some sort of vessel. It was great fun! I was quite happy with my first ever wheel thrown piece: unconventionally chunky for porcelain. But the second, which I squeezed into the last 10 minutes of the workshop left something to be desired, so i decided to cut it up and made some modifications with my families kitchen utensils (thanks mum ;)). Almost as much fun as being on the wheel itself!
Numerous times Prue reminded us, “no judgment.” This was most important advice I received that day. It has stuck with me.