We are lucky enough to live 2 miles from Xiem Clay Center in Pasadena and after years of telling my husband how much I loved my ceramic classes in high school and college we finally signed up to take a class together. I was crossing fingers the whole time, hoping that Agust would find it interesting. Super lucky for me, he had a natural talent for it. He now centers more pounds of clay than I can and he is a trimming whiz.
Everyone at the studio was knowledgeable and helpful while we were there, whether it was during our class or during studio hours there was always someone around to help out. I loved how clean it was too, if we ever get to create our own studio I will definitely be remembering my time at Xiem. Special thanks to Carol, our teacher, and Junzo, the kiln master - both amazing! Check our their bios at www.xiemclaycenter.com.
Pottery is a great way to try your hand in the creative arts (even if you just want to replay that scene from Ghost or just to play with mud). The mix and matching of wheel throwing, hand building, clay colors, glaze colors and the vast amounts of techniques for decorating your pieces - it's sometimes overwhelming when you want to try everything. It's all worth it though when it's time to pick up your final piece because you never know for sure what will come out. Unless you're a professional, of course, I feel like those guys would have all that glaze guessing on lock down. For us, we mostly came out with stuff that looked amazing, but sometimes far from what we tried to create during the application process. Check out some of these pieces below.
Hope you try a pottery class! If you do, good luck and don't be afraid to get messy!