spinning wheels and flying seats

Today was exciting! I started a new ceramics class called “Raku Madness.” I was given my first lesson on the wheel and managed to throw 8 very tiny, somewhat lopsided pots. Feeling disappointed in my output, I was assured that I did very well for a first attempt. I’m not so sure, but pottery people are very kind and I decided to accept their kind words as true.

I also finished a small clay rabbit that I started yesterday, which will take a good long while to dry out before I can put it in the kiln. Normally, you need to hollow them out, but my teacher thinks it’s small enough that it won’t explode as long as it’s very very dry.

At the end of class, we all clean up the work area so that it’s ready for the next group. I noticed that everyone put their stool upside-down on top of the wheel and then the foot pedal in the stool. What I didn’t notice is that they turn the pedal switch off before picking it up. Yes, yes, when I touched the pedal, the wheel started spinning and the stool went flying off! Luckily, it hit my hip and ricocheted to the ground rather than flying off into the other students behind me.

Anyway, I think this will be a really fun class (as long as the stools stay put).

3 thoughts on “spinning wheels and flying seats

  1. ladywind says:

    Oh! Raku! And throwing pottery! Squee, I say unto thee, O Linda. 😀 Squee.
    (and may we hold out hope of a small clay rabbit? I love to see the things you pull out of polymer clay, and firmly believe that a clay thing to be eventually fired and glazed would also fit the bill of “gods, that’s cool.” Even leatherhard.)

    1. lsaboe says:

      yes, lets pray that the rabbit neither explodes or even cracks. one of the students said, “he looks like an evil rabbit.” i said, “it’s a jack rabbit. this ain’t no bunny.” he was working on a woman’s head and turned it to me to show the gaping mouth and wide eyes and said, “your rabbit scared my woman.”
      heh…should prove to be an entertaining class.

      1. ladywind says:

        “it’s a jack rabbit. this ain’t no bunny.”
        ~wide grin~ That’s beautiful. I’m tucking that in my pocket and walking away with it. <3
        I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your wee jack survives firing. 😀

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