AEDM Day 8 Throwing on the wheel!

Well, since my sculptures were done and glazed and waiting for the final trip to the kiln, I moved on to the pottery wheel and threw my first bowl with the help of Frank Goryl, the owner of Moscow Clayworks. Frank is a wonderful instructor. He's patient and encouraging and tells us that we MUST make mistakes to learn how to throw properly and to develop our own technique. No worries….I had no problem making mistakes! The bowl I threw with Frank's guidance was so nice I thought. I was so proud even though I had little to do with it's beginnings and then came the part where I had to trim the bottom and make a foot on the bowl….oh boy! My bowl went flying off the wheel and I pushed the pedal making the wheel spin faster instead of stopping it….sigh…. What resulted was a misshapen and dented bowl opening. I was devastated but Frank was not.  "It's all a part of the learning curve." He suggested I might want to trash it. Oh no…not my "baby!" So I sliced the top of the bowl down past the damage and saved it. Okay, it's a smaller bowl now. More dip than chip size and the rim at the top is not perfect but I sort of love that about it. I will always look at that bowl and remember the hard lesson I learned! And once it's glazed it won't be such an ugly duckling after all...   100_0142

6 Comments to AEDM Day 8 Throwing on the wheel!

  1. Andrea's Gravatar Andrea
    November 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Looks great too me, i have always wanted to learn to throw!

  2. November 9, 2014 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    I laughed at your story, but not at you. The visual imagery of you pressing the “fast forward” pedal really made my day. I have a friend who makes these pots all the time. It took her a lot longer to learn than that first bowl of yours. You can be really proud of it, and of course, the tale you can “spin” after it’s fired.

  3. November 9, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    making mistakes is one of the things I fight with my students about. They still believe that perfection is the aim, whilst I believe that learning is the aim and can only be achieved by making mistakes. Your tutor is my kind of artist!

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