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Back at the Pottery

I spent today back at Eastnor Pottery, trying to bury the stresses of the ongoing Bidding Season in the clay. One of the things I particularly enjoy about throwing pots is that you have to focus very much on the here and now, and lose yourself in concentrating on hand-eye coordination. If you try to think about anything else, such a work, the lack of concentration immediately shows up in wobbly pots.

Jon the Potter had a full workshop today with six complete beginners, two arts students who had done some ceramics as part of their course and wanted to improve, and me. That’s quite a diverse group, and he had his work cut out making sure that the course participants all got appropriate one-on-one tuition, as well as keeping everyone supplied with clay. I sat in one corner with two 5kg bags of clay, and just got on with throwing one pot after another. By 2pm I’d thrown 17 pots, and was feeling exhausted. Although none of the pots was particularly big, throwing is quite a physical activity, and my back and shoulders were aching. Plus I find the levels of concentration needed are tiring in themselves, especially at the moment. So I decided to call it a day and come home early.

There’s meant to be a huge storm tonight, and already the wind is picking up. I think it’s going to be a wild night. The participants at the workshop came from all over the country, including Cambridge and Falmouth. They’re going to have an interesting journey home this evening…….

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  1. David A | 27 October 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Current wind forecast looks like most of it will miss the Midlands but hit the South/South-East:

    (only just found this Met Office page – much more useful than most of the maps/forecasts)!

  2. Gillian | 28 October 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link – a new one for me too. In the event it seems that we got off lightly compared with the south east. I even slept through most of the storm 🙂