This weekend I had a very rare treat indeed – a weekend off, with two full days of pottery with Penny at Pen’s Pots in Aviemore. I have been enjoying messing about on my own kick-wheel but was definitely in need of some instruction so having a trip up to Penny’s to get some expert tips was just what I needed. There were 6 of us on the weekend course, all looking forward to making some unique creations. Day one was spent getting used to wedging and throwing our clay, and by the end of the afternoon I had made two bowls, one of which I was very pleased with, a rather dodgy vase and the beginnings of a teapot, which although tricky was looking very promising. The morning of day two was spent tidying up and finishing our work from day one, it all having dried out nicely. I must admit to holding my breath a few times whilst adding the handle, spout and lid to my perfectly formed teapot body, but managed to finish it all off without making too many mistakes. I will have to wait a few weeks for Penny to fire and glaze the pots but meanwhile check out the pictures below for a flavour of the weekend:
Penny looked after us all fantastically and between us we came up with a huge range of creations, from cheese domes and christmas decorations to vases, mugs, jugs and teapots, all thanks to the expert guidance from Penny. Thanks must also go to Ann for helping provide a fantastic lunch spread on both days, helping to sustain us through our afternoon pot-making sessions. I now have no excuse to get practicing by myself and turning out some half-decent creations for Christmas!