It came a little late this year. It’s here now. No one can stop it. And it’s rising each and every single day. Yes! It’s summer time in The Philippines!!! Being in a tropical country means two things: sun and rain. No winter, spring, or autumn.
During this time of the year, some people choose to go to the beach to beat the heat, by wearing lesser clothes and flaunt their swim wear. Some are found in air conditioned malls and spend the whole day in them until the sun is out, and there are those who spend the whole summer out of the country. People in the corporate world are so lucky, because they spend most of their time in a cool office, where light jackets or coats are worn to keep them warm, somehow.
But what do the others do? What have they decided to get themselves busy with this summer? Some of them choose to go to Quezon City and get their hands dirty with clay!
Learning Pottery is not limited to the older ones with bigger hands. You can be as young as Diego here, who is only eight years old.
He started learning pottery at the age of six. He comes in the pottery studio with very clean clothes.
After two hours of working on the wheel, he doesn’t mind getting himself all dirty with clay! Now, who says that all the fun can be found these days with video games alone? Who still gets dirty while having a great time?
Here’s a family (three on the right), who bonds with clay and get their creative juices out together. They learn the Basics of Hand Building together and they are in the same class! Kianna (on the left) is having fun too!
Who pinches clay these days? This technique is the first lesson to be learned in making pottery. It is neglected by some, but it is the best technique, to familiarize the students with the medium.
These are some of the pinched pots that the students made on their first week.
Here’s another pinched pot that was turned into a teapot by one of my students. A handle is waiting to be placed here. She formed two pinched pots and joined the rims together. The spout, lid, and handle were made separately.
Learning Pottery can bring out one’s creativity, patience, and excitement. You come to the studio clueless. Not knowing what to create or what you CAN make. By learning the Basics of Hand Building Pottery, working with pots is not intimidating anymore. One would keep coming back for more pots to make. With clean hands and clothes to literally mess around with!
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Put those electronic gadgets aside and get those hands dirty with clay : )