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Art is humbling - A little less than a happy high
komos
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Art is humbling
My second ceramics class at BCAE started last night. I enrolled in another intro class partly because I’m going to be away for two of the seven weeks, and partly to keep my friend So- company as she begins her exploration.

When I arrived at the studio, I grabbed a couple of pieces that came out of glaze-firing and brought them over to where I was sitting. Before class began, Kim, my new teacher, talked to me about what I’d done and what she was planning to teach in the class. She invited me to do whatever I needed to do, whether it be following the class closely or going off on my own. Either way, she wants to help me move forward.

When we did introductions, she asked me to show the things I had done to the rest of the class. It was something I hadn’t expected, but in a strange twist, I wasn’t embarrassed. In fact, I was kind of happy to be sharing, not for the recognition, but because I was able to say to myself, This is what I’ve been working on. There’s part of my self here.

Kim’s specialty is hand-building, and the rest of the class worked with slabs last night (and made some beautiful and gloriously creative pieces.) I watched them as I threw my first piece on the wheel, picking up a few things I hadn’t known or had forgotten while the clay took shape under my hands. At first, I thought I was making a simple spheroid pot, but once I wired it from the wheel, it screamed, "Make a pitcher of me!" It was an odd experience having the medium talk to me, but I’m starting to grow accustomed to the shift in perception that occasionally comes. I took it in stride.

A quick sketch led to a plan for a piece assembled from three. I got to consult with Kim about how to bring it all together (and learned how to use a caliper to make the second piece.) It’s a fairly ambitious idea, especially since I have to make it all happen before the end of open studio time tomorrow night. Trim, cut, assemble, shape.

If it works, it will be amazingly cool.

Current Mood: creative creative
Current Music: The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt.2 "

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From: uruz Date: July 9th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You don't know how much it makes me smile to read you having a hell of a time with this pottery stuff, man.

To me, it feels like you're finding some light at the end of the darkest tunnel.
komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, man. It's actually been really good being able to do this without placing a whole lot of expectation or meaning on it. Throwing has been something I can just do, and in the studio, I can just be.

It's weird finding faith. I kind of like it.
schmi From: schmi Date: July 9th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Never thought pottery class could sound so exciting. :)
komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Thanks. I've been looking for something that could speak to me so clearly for a long while now, and I'm glad my excitement for it translates here.

And wait until the robot ninja-monkeys start appearing. That's when the fun really starts. ;)
schmi From: schmi Date: July 9th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Are you making those in your class?? :O
komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2003 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are evil geeeniuses, after all.

schmi From: schmi Date: July 9th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

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That's some scary shit.
komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
And how!
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