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My first pottery show

I recently participated in a show & pottery sale at my studio. It was terrifying and very successful! This was the first time anyone outside of my family and friends saw my pottery, and the first ever “exposure” for my pots. The communal studio I work at puts on a bi-annual show and members are encouraged to take part, so I thought why not and signed up.  It was so great to see everyone’s work and the different things you can make with clay. I’ve seen everything from functional plant pots and mugs to odd sculptures like a large brown egg type thing with legs.  In the weeks leading up to the show, I spent lots of time in the studio panicking about not having enough things to sell and making so much that I’m now sitting on a large number of oddly shaped bowls. Oh well, I’ll keep them for next time! That being said, I also sold a substantial amount of things which I’m so happy about – I didn’t expect to sell …

The first pots

I made my first pots in August 2018, and I sometimes need to remind myself that it’s not even been a year since I started my first pottery class. Sharing a studio with dozens of extremely skilled people can sometimes be intimidating, and it’s hard not to fall into the comparison trap. Whenever I go to the ‘finished work’ shelf in the studio, I admire the craftsmanship and creativity of my fellow potters. They make truly great stuff! It’s inspiring, but I also catch myself thinking “I wish my pots would look like this”. It’s hard not to be impatient, but I know and have been told by several teachers that pottery is a craft, and you get better at it by practicing.   It’s annoying and amazing in equal measures how making something – anything – forces you to be patient, and that’s particularly true for working with clay. There’s so many steps to follow, from wedging the clay to get the air bubbles out to making sure you don’t apply the glaze too …