After pushing papers all last week, I finally got to the studio today and threw some more pots and was happy to find that I hadn’t completely forgotten how to do it – remember, I am still at that formative beginning stage of throwing where I could give up at any time things are not going well – and I made several more nice size bowls. Nice for me being about 8 inches.
Seems to me that the trimming is a little more difficult than the throwing part. Time to look up some you tube trimming videos. Hmm, I just remembered Ron Philbeck’s video from a few weeks ago. He sounds so relaxed he makes it look easy, maybe even fun. He tapped on the clay a couple of times while he trimmed. Someday, I might know what the various sounds of tapped clay mean. I will watch that again soon, and repeatedly.
I sculpted most of this head the weekend before last, but between working and the “other thing”, I didn’t finish it until today. The “other thing” is whatever I did to my right arm that has been provoking colorful swearing if I move it the wrong way – or any way.
It has been working up to the cursing stage for a few weeks and my usual practice of “ignore it and it will go away” needed a small adjustment so I spent the last few days off the computer, (or mousing and typing using my left hand – hilarious) and most everything else. Seems to have helped enough to get back to clay and computer today.
back to the heads: yes, I am behind on the head schedule. I only have made 9 and I should be at 12 by now, but maybe I will make 3 this week or 4 next week or 5 the week after. Or more realistically, maybe I will allow myself to extend my deadline – arbitrary as it is.