Time in the studio is hard to come by during the holidays. Then there’s all the residual catching up afterward, that prevents throwing. Last week, I finally got back to work in the studio on a regular evening schedule, and have some nice greenware to show for it. I decided to use up the buff #112, and start back on the dark brown #266 clay. It was fun, and I now have a nice mix of things sitting on the drying rack. It won’t be long before the there’s enough to load the kiln.
The one thing I noticed in getting back to work was the loss of touch in throwing. It took an evening of throwing bowls to get back to what I considered feeling comfortable, and not turning everything into a cat bowl. Constant practice is key. I forget the source, but it’s been said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master anything. So for me, at my present rate of working in the studio, and time already invested, I’m looking at approximately 48 more years. So, I better get back to work.