Thursday, February 9, 2012

In the Zone

I'm taking another ceramics class with my daughter at the local junior college this semester. She really wanted me to join her and I couldn't resist. I love spending the time with her. And, I'm having even more fun than I did when we took the class last spring.

Throwing on the wheel is going so much better this time. It's like I'm getting a feel for how to do it. I'm finding it to be somewhat relaxing and almost "zen" like. So far, I've thrown more successful things than collapsed failures. That's pretty exciting!

Then, there was last night! I had thrown a cup on Monday that I decided to turn into something special for my hubby. So, I sculpted a lizard on the side. I learned so much and had so much fun. It's kind of like the wheel...I was getting a feel for it. A feel for where the curves and shaping needed to be and how to manipulate the clay to do what I wanted. The three and a half hours flew by and felt more like 30 minutes. I guess that means I was in "the zone". I'm thrilled with the results! Here are some pictures I snapped with my cell phone...

I printed out some lizard pictures to take with me to class to use as a reference. In the pictures I had, they looked like they had five toes on the front feet and four on the back. However, when I came home and looked at more lizard pictures, I'm not sure if that was right. Some look like they have five on their front and back. Some look like they have three. Hmmmm? Oh may be a little off...but I'm so happy with it that I don't care.

I took a pictures with my hand to show the scale. It's small but hubby is planning to use this as a water cup. It should work out just fine.

Now, I just have to get in "the zone" when it comes time to choosing glaze colors.

Can't wait for next week to play with more clay. This is fun!


Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

It's wonderful - can't wait to see it glazed!

jomamma said...

That is awesome already, I can't wait to see it glazed. You do great work!

Sandra said...

that's fantastic! I love that lizard, and you did a phenomenal job. Looking forward to seeing the glazes.

Roxie said...

Oh, how neat! That's an awesome lizard. You could name it "Art Gecko" Your husband is a lucky boy!

Benita said...

I cannot believe how cool your lizard looks! No matter how hard I tried, mine would look like a 4-year-old did it. You have a lucky hubby!