Happy Saturday, everyone! Just popping in to share something random with you this weekend. Last month Elsie, our mom, and I all took a pottery class together. I had never used a pottery wheel before and it was just something I had been wanting to do. So of course, I convinced my mom and sister to come with me.
We took classes at Creava School for the Arts, and I have to say, if you’re a Springfield, MO local and interested in pottery, I highly recommend you check it out. They even offer date night events. 🙂
We made lots of pots and mugs, basically lots of cylinders. 🙂 And I think one of my favorite classes was glaze night as I like coming up with different designs you can make with a wax resistant technique our teacher showed us. Although, not all my attempts worked out exactly how I wanted. But that’s sort of part of the fun anyway.
So, what’s the point of this post exactly? This isn’t a tutorial or a step-by-step guide. Trust me when I say, you don’t want to learn this type of pottery from me since I’m just learning myself right now.
I think as I was taking this pottery class I was reminded about a few different ideas that I just sometimes forget, so I thought I’d share.
-Try new things. It’s so fun! It’s totally fine to not be an expert.
-Creativity is all about making mistakes, messes and learning. My little pots are FAR from perfect, but I love them and had fun making them. And sometimes, that’s totally enough.
-Good craftsmanship is important, but it comes with time. Our teacher stressed craftsmanship and proper technique, and I’m a big fan of learning to do things the “right way.” But I also think often we learn the rules so we can break them, but that means you have to know the rules first! And also, good work takes time. If you’re not happy with something you make one day, there’s always tomorrow. I often get discouraged when I feel like everything I do has to be A+ all the time or else I’m a hack. Which is a lot of pressure to constantly deal with. I think I should move my focus to putting in an A+ effort, and if the work doesn’t turn out perfect every time, well, I guess I’m just human. Oh well. 🙂
-Making stuff is fun. Like, really fun. It was such a relief to get off work on Thursday nights and just go do something with my hands. Just getting out of my head sometimes is good for me I think.
Anyway, thanks for letting me share my pottery and some random thoughts with you all this weekend. Hope you’re having a great one! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.