Maheshie my room mate and colleague is working with a women’s cooperative who make and sell ceramics. She was keen to better understand the process and through a friend of a friend (you know how it goes), she got the name of a potter who runs small classes in pottery. I thought why not! I’ll take the class too. And now I am signed up for another 6 classes – I loved it!
Sabine is a Swiss national, came to Sri Lanka 17 years ago for 6 months, fell in love with a Sri Lanka, and stayed. Now married and two kids later, she does ceramic commissions and also teaches from a small workshop at her house. A maximum of two students at a time means we have her undivided attention, and boy did we need it.
Who knew the placing of your arms and hands, as well as the pressure applied with fingers is what makes all the difference to a lump of clay spinning on a turn wheel? And who knew people like ourselves have a latent creativity itching to be liberated? It was a very fun class.
Next step is to leave them dry before we return to decorate them. Sabine will put them on a kiln before Christmas – I wonder who will be a lucky recipient of my creativitiy – ha ha!
In later classes, I am keen to learn how to use moulds to make mugs and the like, and also do some free-form pieces. This is just an introductory course so I’ll get a taste of everything.
I can’t promise any commissions just yet!