In a message dated 7/11/2006 12:00:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time, jeaneger
Thanks so much! I had my first ceramics lesson today! I helped the campers
build doggies. I helped a seven year old with hers...helped her attach the
head and the legs. I remembered how to score and slip, and they had the slip in
these cool squeeze bottles, so it comes out just like glue...brilliant! The
kids seemed to be having a great time.
After cleaning up, I had my private lesson on the wheel. wow, it's hard and
scary. I felt so nervous. I was able to center the clay pretty well. I was
able to do it myself twice. I brought it up to a cone and back down three
times before centering and finding the floor. I struggled mostly with bringing
the walls up evenly. I got better at it, but I had trouble finding that
careful balance...not pressing too hard or too soft, not lifting too quickly. Then
I had trouble trimming, which seemed odd to me. I would hold the needle tool
and had trouble pushing it in steadily. I kept looking at the clay and
getting psyched out. I developed some performance anxiety with the trimming tool.
My first little bowl/pot was a disaster. I killed it. The second one wasn't
half-bad, so we cut it in half to check it out. It was a little uneven, but
not bad. The lip was a little too thin. The third one started out really
nice...good cylinder..and then I killed it with the trimming, so it ended up being
a nice size for a kitten bowl.
I'm going back all week to observe and help out. They are going to let me
help load the kiln on Friday. I put the cone in it today...easy enough. The
teacher told me that once I get over my fear of the kiln, it will get much
easier. So, we'll see.
tomorrow I'm going down to my school to hand in my letter of resignation. I
feel terrible, but I heard more news today that made me feel like it's the
right decision. Apparently they are over budget and can't afford to hire a
second music teacher, so a para will have to teach the class for a while. Not good.