Pottery Class

I completed another goal for this year! I just finished up a pottery class at my local arts center. Now I have a whole new appreciation for potters. Throwing pots is crazy hard and there is so much that can go wrong. It’s a small miracle when a piece turns out as intended.

I made a bunch of different things over the course of the class. The instructor showed us various hand-building and throwing techniques and let us make whatever we could dream up, so it was pretty much my ideal class. I’m planning to get an open studio membership so that I can continue using the local clay studio. I have a million more ideas that need to get out of my head and into the kiln!

Tackling new creative endeavors and learning new skills are important parts of my process as I create new products for Wit & Whistle, because variety helps keep my creative juices flowing. Are you like that too? If so, you should see what classes are available at your local arts center. I was amazed at the facilities we have here in Cary, and I regret that I didn’t start taking advantage of them sooner!

Pottery Class

This studded mug turned out to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to sip tea out of a mug I made myself!

Pottery Class

Pottery Class

I also love how my mini tripod planter turned out. I’ve had this idea in my head for months, and it was such a relief to finally be able to make it happen.

Pottery Class

I kept the very first bowl I threw so I could compare it to my last. It’s nice to see progress!

Pottery Class

34 comments

  1. Maya

    That’s so awesome. I took art in high school and they had 2 wheels. Even though no one else cared to learn, my teacher made me stop after just a couple of weeks to do something different so I could be “well rounded.” Still drives me crazy bc I really wanted to get way more into it! I keep saying I’m going to find a class one of these days.

  2. Tiffany

    Love the studded mug – such a fun & funky idea. That tripod planter is also such a cool idea! I also took pottery in high school and learned I am much better with paper!

  3. Mireya Pizarro

    Wow you are super talented and yes I am the same way. I found this really cool practically no sew make-up bag and and made one. I think it came out okay but I have even better ideas for the next one I will make. I recently guest taught in a high school ceramics class and was inspired to try the wheel. I did make a really awesome vase by hand when i was in high school and it made it in the display case and in the yearbook. I am proud of that and have been thinking about this lately. I will absolutely check to see if there is a arts center near me. I plan to take a stroll down to the local university to look at the art museums and yeah what a great post. The wheel is calling me and I think I need to answer.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I hope you get back into it Mireya, especially since you have the talent for it!

  4. emily

    love, love your tripod plant holder…darling idea! I love how you said you felt relieved to get it out of your head and into reality…that’s exactly how I feel about seeing my designs come to life. great work!

  5. Laura Lock

    Wow! That mug is amazing – and even your first bowl is cute too. This is actually super inspiring as I’d never even thought about doing pottery – but this makes me want to give it a go! x

  6. Rachael

    great job!! love all the goodies you made – the mug and tripod planter are too cute – so creative! It was neat to see you progress side by side. They look great!

  7. Jenn

    DAT STUDDED MUG. So cool.
    Thank you for the reminder that new creative endeavors and skills enhance my regular activities. Makes me wish I had signed up for a painting class instead of a kickboxing class this summer! (Though, perhaps the kickboxing will fuel some kind of unexpected creative surge??)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Dip your toes and fists in paint and kickbox a canvas? ;)

  8. Jenny Bailey

    Great work! There is an art studio near me that has pottery classes and I have always wanted to take one. I’m not sure my results would be quite as nice as yours but the experience would be worth it anyway.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Do it! I screwed up tons of pots just to get a few keepers. That’s the beauty of clay—you can wad it up and use it again if you mess up!

  9. kari

    Beautiful pieces! Throwing clay is incredibly difficult–I’m impressed. Personally I’d love to take another photography class that emphasizes composition (loved the one I took at a local university), and a print-making class.

  10. Mnêmosunê

    Your creations are beautiful, congratulations! I’m in love with your mug, so cute !
    I agree with your point of view on creativity: do new activities enriches us and allows us to refuel our creative process.
    This year, I’ll take a calligraphy class. I enjoyed my first experience of Japanese calligraphy, I hope to improve!
    PS: When I was young, I tried pottery, without conclusive results, so I gave up… Maybe I should try again ?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh I know you will love the calligraphy class. Maybe try a pottery class next year!

  11. Harmony

    I love how well you know your style. Your web-site, photos, handlettering, and now even your pottery making looks very you. Looking at your collective branding is overly inspiring!!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thank you so much Harmony, that is the sweetest compliment ever! :)

  12. Julie K.

    This is so awesome Amanda! I’ve always been interested in ceramics, and I’m actually going to be taking a pinch pot workshop on Thursday by the talented Emily Reinhardt of The Object Enthusiast. I can’t wait to try it out + hopefully one day I’ll get to try it on a wheel too… it’s always been a dream of mine!

    Also, your progress is amazing, and I totally love that mug + planter too! Great work.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Julie! I’m glad you are taking a class too. I hope your pot turns out great!

  13. Irena

    Wau! You made some amazing stuff at the class! I could not imagine someone can make such a beautiful pottery at a starting point. It surely must be a very quality class / teacher. Great job!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks Irena! Well, 7 weeks of practice made a big difference from the pots I made starting out! ;)

  14. tania

    Love the studded mug! You seem to be a natural at this. I have always wanted to try it. You actually inspired me to finally buy a ukulele from one of your posts. New creativity is always good for the soul. :)

  15. Megan

    I LOVE that mug as well as the tripod planter. I would love to take a ceramics class myself, I used a wheel once and it was enough to hook me! I agree with you though, learning new skills keeps the creative juices flowing! I recently just started learning metalsmithing techniques and next I’m going to get my grandmother to teach me stained glass, she has been doing it for over 20 years now. In between learning all of that I occasionally play in the FW inks and watercolors with my mom who is and artist and teaches as well, so hopefully I could fit in a ceramics class somewhere in between. ;)

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