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!
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.
“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.
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!