it was only a 5 minute walk.

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After two and a half years of living in Waikiki I have just now had the initiative to explore the Ala Wai community center – which is quite literally located in my back yard. I’m taking a wheel throwing class there, and today was the first session. Completely amazed with the resources that have been so close for so long, I’m honestly a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t start taking classes there two years ago. For a small fee have a weekly class that lasts two hours and nearly endless hours of open studio time. Basically, as long as I’m enrolled in a class I can walk down to the studio and use the wheel. So incredibly cool!

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When I first moved to Hawaii I took a ceramics class at the Air Force Base which always stuck with me as a craft I wanted to develop. These are a few of the pieces I made then – they’re pretty amateurish – but I’m hoping to work on my skills now that I have such convenient and consistent access to a ceramics studio.

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latest creations

Art is the unique result of a unique temperament. – Oscar Wilde

Remember that pottery class that I talked about way back in March?
Well I finally got my little ceramic creations back from the kiln today!
I love the way they turned out & finally seeing a finished result has inspired me to keep at it. Hopefully when my schedule clears up I’ll be able to meet up with some friends I met in class and we can continue to learn new techniques together.
I was in a creative mood all day today & as a result I did a quick little art project & rearranged some wooden crates to act as a make-shift book shelf for my cookbooks.
I’ve had a bunch of these simple glass frames from Ikea & decided to make use of one be framing one of my favorite quotes. I just printed the text off of MS Word & then painted over it with watercolor & acrylics. It hardly took 5 minutes to make and I really like how it turned out!
I also recently finished that painting I started a few months ago and I’m planning on sharing a post on the process of painting it this week sometime.

Life Lessons in Pottery Class

SLOW DOWN!
“Slowww doooown Candace!”  “That’s your problem you know, you’ve got to slow down”

Miss Sally (Pottery Teacher)

Apparently my fast paced A.D.D. personality type doesn’t fly when creating ceramic masterpieces 😉

Today Miss Sally showed us some new techniques. We’ve made larger bowls and vases, and today we tried our hands at cups and plates.

This is the cute little cup the teacher made.

The whole process starts out with a ball of clay that’s been “wedged” which is a nice way of saying slammed onto a table, until all the air bubbles are out.

And then you use “the force” to center your clay on the wheel. It looks easy but it actually takes some muscle!

After some work, and staying mindful of your speed, you get something that looks like this.

Pretty cool!

After class I had to shift gears a bit and try to tune out my recommended mantra for the day “slow down”. It’s honestly not the best thing to say to yourself when completing an 8 mile run!

Don’t forget to wear green tomorrow!