That part of the song doesn’t really apply here. Oh well. I can’t sleep because I’m excited for a job interview I’m having tomorrow (later today, I suppose), so I may as well update this guy.
I’ve been relatively busy recently, a real good amount of busy for me. Learning more about exercise and nutrition and juicing and ceramics and meditation, and then ruminating on how all those things are related. They’re pretty much the same thing, if you want to look at it that way.
About a week ago I tried a new experiment. I made a juice and then blended it with a scoop of protein powder. I don’t really know what I was thinking, but it turned out… finishable. It was green with lovely darker green striations. The best way I can describe the flowing colors is basically like a green Guinness, which I know doesn’t sound that great.
Of course, the picture doesn’t show the dancing colors inside my blender, which is most unfortunate since that is far and away the best quality of this juice. It didn’t taste that great. It was one bunch of parsley, one bunch of celery, one bunch of kale, one Granny Smith apple, one cucumber, one jalapeno, and one carrot. Oh, and one scoop of chocolate protein powder. It’s a whey protein, but it’s in the other room and I forgot what brand it is. I’m not looking now. The yield of the juice was much too large. I’m thinking I could have done with half a bunch of celery and half a bunch of kale and maybe no cucumber. Those changes would have drastically reduced the volume.
Since last Monday was a holiday, the pieces I threw on the first day of class were probably way way way too dry to trim, but of course, I tried to trim them anyway.
This one is a weird little egg cup, about the size of a raptor egg.
This is a pretty decent bowl. It seems to have warped a little while drying. C’est le vie.
I like this one. I had to gouge out the bottom of it, so the bottom is real ugly, and the rim is unfinished so it probably won’t be any good for drinking, but it has a nice shape I think. I also like that scratch on the left of it there, it adds character. Let’s see if the glaze covers it or emphasizes it.
The pieces from this class… well I wouldn’t say better, but different.
This was a really nice bowl. I deformed it getting it off the wheel. I’ll get to see how bad next Monday. What a treat!
This is a pretty nice one. My teacher showed me how big the kiln we’re trying to fill is, so I’m trying to throw larger. Throwing larger incorporates more muscles, so it’s hard for me, and therefore probably better for me. Price of clay is a limiting factor, but that’s metaphorically a small price to pay for nice pieces.
This one I really have no idea. Maybe a candlestick holder? Or a hookah base? A good example of how throwing larger can get away from me.
When I say throwing ‘large’, I really only mean longer than my hand. Some day soon, throwing large will be more like longer than my arm.
Anyway, Mesa Arts Center is a beautiful facility. I am excited to be a part of the studio, and I am excited to learn more about glazing and firing (and throwing, and who knows what else). Hopefully my pieces will be less dry come Monday, and if they’re still too dry, I’m sure I’ll figure something out. I am sort of bummed about the limited time I can actually be in the studio, but I guess that’s a good thing to be bummed about. My friend suggested I launch an Etsy page to sell my ware, and that may be quite a good idea. I’ll look into it.