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Pottery Class: Round Three

My mom and I just finished our third pottery class. I think we have definitely progressed and I can't wait to take another class. It's nice to have a new hobby to be excited about. The community education program we've been going to isn't doing a summer class, so I'm hoping we can find another place...because I can't wait until fall!

After three classes, there are two things that still amaze me about this pottery stuff: how much it shrinks and the variation in the color of glaze. My goal has been to make bigger pots with each class. This last time, I made some bowls that I thought were pretty big. But by the time they were completely finished, they were a lot smaller. The pots actually shrink three times before they are finished: once when they dry, a second time when they are fired the first time, and a third time when they are fired with the glaze on them. I was so proud of myself this last class because I thought I was making some pretty large pots. Unfortunately for me, my biggest one didn't turn out to be any bigger than a soup bowl (or the smallest bowl you have in your cupboard... whatever that may be). The sad thing is, I've been using about as much clay as I can handle. Gotta build those muscles!

Glazes are frustrating, too. So much so that I don't even really think about what color I am dipping my pot in because it's probably not going to turn out anything like I expect. For example, I love the red glaze. It's deep and rich and oh, so pretty. I've learned, in three short classes, that you are lucky if your pot actually turns out red. A lot of the time, it turns out a weird green/yellow-- something to do with oxidation? I would have been much happier with some of the pots I made this time around if they had turned out red, like it says on the bucket of glaze...

Anyway, here are all of the pots I made in this last class, because I think all of them are photo-worthy this time and I am not ashamed to say that I made a single one:

Accidental miniature flower vase (it started out much bigger)

My attempt at making a set of bowls

the inside of the bowl above

My friend, Aaron, said this crooked vase was his favorite so of course I gave it to him

Supposed to be red

My first pot with a lid-- also supposed to be red


  1. I love them! Anytime you want someone to take a few off your hands, let me know. I'll pay of course!

    1. Thank you so much! That's very encouraging. I've been thinking about opening an Etsy shop or something... If there is a particular piece you are interested in, feel free to email ( and we can work something out!


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