I'm sure many of you will roll your eyes at my epiphany this morning.
I have been working under the impression that as time goes on I will get not just better and better but faster and faster. After cutting mug forms in half for weeks and getting my mugs where I wanted them I have settled into leisurely throwing my mugs in 15-20 minute increments.
Have they gotten better? Yeah sure but the time hasn't been changing. I mean not changing at all.
So this week I have approached it with the goal of cutting it to 5 minutes centering to racking. Figured enough was enough and I should be able to throw 10 mugs an hour. The first couple of days I just tried to step it up and it didn't budge. All attempts resulted in a racked mug and all took right around 20 minutes.
This morning I hit it with a clock next to the wheel and decided the time limit was 7 minutes, no exceptions. 1 mug made it to the rack. I was actually laughing by the end of my throwing session as it just seemed absurd as I tossed failed attempt after failed attempt into the slop bucket.
yeah, yeah I get it now. I have spent all this time training myself to throw a good 20 minute mug. Big whoop. Now I have to tear it all down and start over and build a great 5 minute mug.
It's really not a speed thing, I love throwing but while fussing around with a form for 20 minutes might make it more detailed and that maybe would be considered a little better by some, I think in the end the form suffers because it is overworked and I suffer because I will end up not throwing to potential and my skills will be slow and mediocre.
I learned this morning it's going to take some work for me to be able to cleanly open and pull a 5 1/2 inch mug in 2 pulls but the one on the rack gives me hope :-)