Friday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
This weather is still disgusting

Um, where exactly is this break in the weather we were promised? It’s still awful. And the poor air quality is making it difficult to function, even in air conditioning.

Pottery class was good yesterday, but hard. It was my first time on the wheel, and I’m really bad at it. Supposedly, it takes years to get a feel for it, but I’m still really bad at it. And how come everyone else gets out of class still looking all preppy and put together, and I’ve got clay in my hair and on my face, etc.? I look more like I was ON the wheel instead of USING the wheel.

Stayed for some open studio time. It was good to do some sensory experiments with the wheel — if I do this, it feels like that, and the result is such — but I squished everything at the end and recycled the clay into my bag. There was nothing salvageable. I also tried to do another pressed mold bowl, but, although the texture was nice, I couldn’t get the overall shape even, so I squished that, too.

In class, we finished our pressed mold bottle vases, which are pretty big. Mine has a lot of seashore texture — looks like shell patterns and sand patterns. The neck is four pressed medallions fastened together, for a somewhat scalloped look. I’m getting praise for it, but to me, it still looks like everything else I do, which is like it was done by a drunken eight-year-old, and I’m using texture to cover mistakes because I lack technique. That’ll get me only so far. I’ve got to develop some technique. And the center’s asked me to put something in the show in spring. Maybe they want to point out that you don’t have to be good at it to still have fun.

Still, there’s something liberating in being bad, kind of like working on a first draft. You don’t have to keep it, but you learn from having done it.

Came home, checked on the cat next door, did some research, showered, changed, picked up my friend and headed back to the center for Jonathan McMillan’s Convergence. If you’d like to see photos from the exhibit, they are here. He does both sculptural and functional pieces, and they are completely unique and beautiful. He was my first teacher at the center, and, in addition to being a fascinating artist, is also a wonderful teacher. He’s moving to South Carolina for an adjunct professor position, and they are lucky to get him.

The opening was fun and well-attended, lots of nice people, a good spread, Jon talked a little about his work.

After, my friend and I went down the street to EurAsian, a restaurant we both really like, for sushi and to catch up on our lives. She used to live in the building; now we live only a few blocks apart, but it’s still tough to get together. It was a lot of fun, and I didn’t get back too late.

Elsa’s making baby steps of progress, but I’m still waiting for the vet to get back to me. Considering how much they charge for everything, it shouldn’t take well over a week or more to get a response. It’s very frustrating.

I have a client appointment at 10 AM this morning in CT; I’d hoped to get in some studio time, but I doubt it will happen. I’ve got other business stuff to take care of, and my wrists are killing me from working on the wheel. I don’t have the strength built up in them yet. I hope to get in a few hours of solid writing, too, on several projects.

Hope everyone is gearing up for a great weekend.

Devon

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