Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pottery Class

I walked out of my pottery class tonight.

That is the first time I have done that in 4 years,
going every single week.

The problem is three-fold. The first, and most annoying of the problems, being that there is a new student who is desperate for attention and just never stops talking and asking everybody (especially me) for help. Ok, I can understand that this is a new skill, but in order to learn you have to do, not have everybody else do for you. And you don't learn by saying I can't do this, this is too hard and calling out for something else to do. Ceramics is something that your mind might understand theoretically, but your body still needs to learn the motions and your hands still need to learn how things are supposed to feel. It takes time and patience and desire.

I have the desire, and I have the patience, but my time is limited to 3 hours once a week, and I don't pay to be the teacher's assistant, I pay to have a teacher teach me. Because there is alot that I don't know, and I am the first to admit that.

The second part of my frustration is that the studio is in a complete state of chaos and just trying to make a space to work in takes up half an hour of my time. It didn't used to be that way, but I have been getting the distinct feeling that the classes, even though they are her bread and butter, are not the first priority for the teacher. Ok, admittedly, she has been going through a bit of a rough time of late, but if people are paying to use the facilities, aren't the facilities supposed to be useable?

The third part of the problem is that SistR has given me her kiln and wheel, it is sitting in my apartment, but I have nowhere to use them, and I don't have the money to rent a whole studio space on my own. What I need is for someone to have a bit of studio space (with the proper electical wiring) who wants to do pottery but doesn't have a kiln or wheel. I think I will have to start advertising.

I mean really, I love making mudpies, and isn't pottery the ultimate mudpie?


burekaboy said...

:-( cryptic msg: Anne of GG, quote, email

as for the the new student: Csikszentmihalyi

aja said...

Hey BB,
Would you believe that I never read AoGG? What kind of person am I???

And re the new student, well if Csikszentmihalyi (thats Hungarian isn't it) translates into Welsh as Glnnyff roddisglob Brynllanrydigg then I agree. 8^)

burekaboy said...

what??!! and you call urself canadian!!

no wonder i could never figure out how to spell that crazy name let alone pronounce it. all i ever remembered was "shiksa" LOL.

aja said...

Hey BB,
Oops, my bad, Glnnyff roddisglob Brynllanrydigg, is not at all the same thing as Shiksa... or maybe it is??? LoL