One of the pottery studios in town, Gangbusters, does group sessions of slab pottery. The clay, glazing and firing are provided, all you need to bring is refreshments. After a couple weeks, depending on how busy the studio is, you pick up your completed piece. E thought it would be a fun girls’ night and organized the whole thing, which ended up on a random Monday.
I did not do my homework and had no idea what I was going to do at all. Luckily he had molds that we could use to create different shapes. He walked us through shaping our slabs around the molds, cutting them, adding feet if we needed and carving in decorations. Everyone’s pieces turned out really cool. The best was a bowl that had a roped rolled on the slab to create a sweet texture on the interior.
I made a simple cup to start with as I tried to figure out what I actually wanted to do. It didn’t use too much clay so I had plenty for a second piece and I made a tray for my glasses on my nightstand. They have stopped finding their way to the floor in the morning as I hunt for them. We got to select our glazes from several colors. Most of us went with the blues or green colors, which are beautify. I switched it up on the tray with the red. I was worried it would look terrible, but it actually turned out fine.
This was way better/more up my alley than the sip and paint I did with my mom and sister. Maybe because it’s more forgiving? Maybe because there is less instructions? Anyway, while I have no desire to ever do another sip and paint, I would definitely do this again. Next time, I’ll actually have an idea of what I want to do before we get there.