After going through a beginning wheel class I was quasi-mentored for almost a year by another potter. I learned quite a lot during that time but I don’t think you can ever get enough information when it comes to something like this. There are so many different approaches to making pottery.

And then come in the joys of the internet. YouTube, mainly. My two favorite potters are very different. One is English and uses so much water he can flip the piece upside down in the end and let it pour out. The other will throw almost completely with the slip (think really muddy water) made from barely dipping his hand in water.

Potter 1

Potter 2

Their hand placement is completely different…it’s fascinating to me. Throwing off the hump is still something I want to try. I’m grateful for their sharing since I think I’ve learned more from watching videos than anything.  It’s most assuredly not something I could do.

At night, when I can’t sleep, I end up watching pottery videos until I can’t keep my eyes open. I think I’m in love with mud… 😉



Things change quickly.

I’ve got a lot of shelves to fill.

It’s been exactly a year since I started coming to 16 Main Gallery to work on getting better at throwing, taking art classes, and volunteering. I never expected that I would be where I am now. I never knew to even think about the possibility of it. All I wanted to do was pursue this new thing that suddenly made me feel like all the right pieces had settled into their places. I’m so thankful I get to do this.

This past week I’ve been creating like crazy and it’s been so thoroughly fun. I’ve been posting pictures to my pottery Facebook account. You don’t need an account to peruse the page and pictures, so do enjoy: Tisa’s Pieces Pottery

Here’s a peek of my new project:

It’s a big wall-hanging sunflower. It took 5 hours to hand-build and about 13 pounds of clay. I’m just hoping it makes it through since I’ve got big plans for this lovely one.