Making things with your hands can be incredibly fulfilling. It can really bring out your creativity, and teach you things about yourself. Often, the best hands-on hobbies to get involved in are those that are related to some of your other hobbies or interests. In the case of those who collect figurines and other ceramics, signing up for pottery making classes can be a great idea!
Pottery making classes are not easy. There is a reason why collectibles are collectibles and why certain pieces are priced the way they are. It takes a long time to create a masterpiece, but once it is created, the sense of accomplishment you will feel will be incomparable to anything else in this world. That being said, here is what you can expect from pottery making classes.
1) Wear Comfortable Clothes
Since you will be sitting down in front of a wheel for a couple of hours at a time, it is important that you wear something comfortable. Not to mention something that can get dirty. Working with clay is very messy, so don’t bring your favorite sweater!
2) You Will Learn About Art
Apart from learning how to make art, you will also learn about art. Pottery has gone through many trends, and these can be seen in how the art has changed throughout history. As you sit through your classes, the teacher is likely to explain a thing or two about the different periods in art history.
3) You Will Learn the Lingo
While the end goal is to create something functional, you are still learning a skill for which there is a specific jargon. Terms like wedging, shaping, raising, centering, are all things you will learn in your very first lesson. What does it mean to throw a wheel exactly? This question will be answered before you even touch clay.
4) It is Not Easy
Though experts make it look easy, it really isn’t. Clay is soft and malleable, which means you can shape it into anything, but that also means it is difficult to control in the beginning since you have to find the right balance of pressure and spinning.
Remember, never judge your overall skill based on the first of your pottery making classes. It usually takes a beginner two to three classes to get used to working with the potter’s wheel and to figure out just how much pressure to use. Don’t worry, though, teachers often go slow and persistence always pays off!