Hi Jeri! I enjoyed your post, and loved the story of how your husband surprised you with a wheel. Looking forward to learning from and sharing with you. Lived in New Mexico for a big portion of my life, now in Oklahoma.
I've tried many times to get something close to the grain that I have with this one, but haven't been able to do so.
I'm not giving up though! Each piece has it's own unique grain and always surprises me.
My three year old grand daughter wanted to 'help' one day and the results were this little pinch pot fish that she made with a little direction from me. She's been 'helping' me in my ity bitty home studio since she was 18mo. It was a fun little piece and I thought I'd share it.