That day was a day of trimming lids for my teapots-to-be.
It’s funny how even looking at my diary notes I can feel how frustrated I was at the time. But in the end, what I do love about ceramics is that with every step of the way, you learn something about what you did before. The feedback comes very quickly. For example, when you start spending tons and tons of time trimming one silly little teapot lit that in the end ends up rather asymmetrical… There’s something that’s not quite there. While no craft is easy, the minute it gets tedious, the question that comes up immediately in my mind is, could this be done easier? Perhaps it’s a hallmark of my inherent laziness ^^ but I’m always looking for a way to do things more easily/efficiently. At the end of the day, one could say that this constant internal feedback loop is so crucial to moving forward. When I’m not conscious of it, I could end up repeating the same mistakes interminably. But once I start to reflect and think about how a process could be better, though frustrating at first because there are so many more steps to go before I can get to where I want to be, it’s always a great feeling. Feeling that you’re on the right path. Or at least you hope to be.
Wrote in my journal that night:
“Trimming lids- difficult and annoying
Maybe should just make it the right length and all from the start! Minimize trimming of the thickness because it’s so difficult.
Length wise still ok
suppose it’s part of the process of figuring out where I’m going wrong with the trimming to try to throw better and streamline the process
Learnt some techniques of throwing vase from M-san
Point above and below mid point of the vase that needs to be thicker
Plus, magic of right hand fourth finger, in closing and shaping the mouth of the vase
Such great tips really. What a blessing to have her to learn from.
Also figuring out some ways to do slip with kaolin
Pasta at night yum”