Tuesday, May 18, 2010

If the Three Stooges were into pottery, their names would be Pinch, Roll and Slab.

A few weeks ago, on a Saturday, Ladycakes and I met two other Mother/Daughter Teams at the Kimball Arts Center to take a little hand-built ceramics class.  Ladycakes and I were giddy.  Together we would construct a birdhouse from clay.

The woman who taught the class makes amazing birdhouses that she sells at a local gallery.  We had seen them before and were thrilled to be learning something new.

The girls listened intently, the instructions seemed to go on forever.  All we really wanted to do is get our hands on some clay.  And once that happened........

We got serious!  It was fun to just let the clay do it's thing, which was the instructor's advice.  As she said, "Listen to the clay."  Here is our creation once glazed and pre-fire.

The proud artist, who was less than pleased that we couldn't take it home immediately.  Pottery is a nice lesson in patience.

These are our wonderful friends.  Turtles took up residence on their birdhouse.  It was adorable.

Karen and her daughter made this beauty.  I love the poppies on the sides and the perch they added.

So today, I picked up the finished product.   Ta Da!  

It turned out so cool.  Nothing broke off in the firing.  The glaze looks great, it's tough to tell when you are painting it on.

Taking a class with your child is enlightening.  We both learned something new, we worked together and it was a blast.  I highly recommend it.  Now we are turned on to pottery and Ladycakes wants to trying a throwing class.  I say bring it on!


  1. I love pottery, sadly we don't have an arts center in my po dunk town.
    I am keen on the taking a class with offspring, though. I imagine that by the time I pick up that guitar of mine, the boy will be old enough to take guitar lessons with me.

  2. Those are so cool!! I remember my mom & I got a part time summer job together arranging flowers. We never laughed so hard! You're a great mom!

  3. Those bird houses are amazing! Really, I am blown away.

  4. I'd love to make pottery too. Looks great!

  5. what a lovely birdhouse and what a lovley what to spend a saturday. :) Hope you guys are well. :) I have been meaning to email you. Sorry for the delay.

  6. Wow! Your birdhouse is LOVELY! What talented girls you are! I'm jealous. It looks a bit like a fairy house, I love it!


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