Wrote in my journal that night:
“Trimmed spoons – really liked how they turned out.
Plates a little wonky but thank goodness for wabi sabi. Still acceptable to me for now.
Tried throwing plates. – thank goodness for M-san’s teachings
Really feel like I have learned something better. So important to use the fourth finger to keep pressing the clay down onto the wheel to prevent trapping air bubbles.
Tried helping G with wedging. Hopefully it helps. Slow and steady
Also tried throwing some items with red clay. Got a little frustrated.
Somehow not exactly what I had expected esp my little sake vases.
But I think… I’m also lazy to recycle the clay so I just leave it as it is
But def in terms of throwing vases am not as good as a few days ago
So much practice required really. Feeling like now that I don’t have many days left when I can make stuff, better to really plan out the harder stuff to do now… maybe simpler things like spoons I can do next week.
Talked a little to sensei when he came back from his exhibition.
About opening own studio… tough in SG for sure.
He mentioned he had a previous student also from SG who had since opened up her own studio. Might be able to link up with her.
Might be interesting to learn from existing SG potters really. Those trying it out.
In the end it’s always gonna be a hard road but I can already feel it’s something I would love to do even for my friends… to be able to introduce them to pottery. Simple things.
Like what G was saying about her volunteer work helping refugees in Wales and teaching them pottery…
Something that calms and nourishes the spirit. What a wonderful gift to others, really.”