CMCook52Member Since 26 Oct 2013
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I took up pottery two years ago after a friend who teaches art brought home the class Aspire wheel. She invited my wife and I over for supper and showed us how to throw small bowls. The first time I picked up that ball of clay, That was it - I was hooked. I went home and read every book and ordered several videos from prominent potters trying to see how this art was done. I saved my money and bought a Clay Boss wheel and started throwing trying to follow instructions and videos I had collected. This went on for two years and about 200 doggy bowls. On a trip to a near by town, we happened by a lovely potters show room and entered. We met the owner and he spent time showing us his studio and all his wares. To make a long story short my wife and I signed up for a ten week beginners class. This was the best thing we could have done. We were shown how to prepare clay and then how to move clay around - up and down, in and out - and how to throw cylinders. More importantly he showed us how throw aesthetically correct forms from the cylinder. I do not consider myself a potter after one year, but I am working hard to learn the art the correct way. Maybe in five years i will be better - I hope so.
I also learned it is extremely difficult to teacher yourself the correct way to work in clay. I do not plan on selling the pottery I make. I love giving it to my friends and family and to auctions that help worthy causes in our area. I am content to sit at the wheel and play in mud all day long. For me it is simply the most relaxing and pleasing thing I do.
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- Age 66 years old
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I am a retired General Contractor. I have built houses and commercial building for 38 years. I have taught myself basket weaving, stained glass, wood turning, furniture making, wood carving and water coloring. I love to hunt, fish, golf, and doing absolutely nothing.