I’ve been telling my friend Sarah (owner of Why Food Works and Stoneware By Sarah) for months (maybe years) that I would take one of her pottery classes at Hinckley Pottery. Sarah is an accomplished potterist (pottery maker? pottery artist?), nutritionist, farmer, and entrepreneur, so I knew the class would be great. (Check out her pottery here.) I must admit, I’ve been pretty flaky with that promise. But, I have a good reason! I didn’t want to add yet another hobby to my long list of hobbies. I had a feeling that I would really like pottery. And, I was right. (That’s Sarah below. Hi Sarah!)
This summer, I finally kept my promise and jumped into one of her Try It classes. For about $45 and 3 hours of your time, the class gives you a feel for pottery, and an understanding of exactly how long it takes to produce a piece of pottery. Taking that class left me with a deep appreciation for pottery, and much more insight into why pottery can cost a pretty penny. It takes weeks and a significant amount of labor to complete one piece of pottery, yet I refuse to pay more than $15? Not cool, Nichole.
The first half an hour of the class covered pottery basics — vocabulary, set-up, take-down, pottery studio etiquette, the kilns, and how to get started. After the intro, I was ready to go and was sure I was going to own pottery. Turns out Sarah made it look easy! It is not!
What I really enjoyed about this pottery experience was the messiness. Water and clay flew everywhere, and I loved it! If you messed up, either throw your clay back in the tub and get some new clay OR challenge yourself to make something different from what you originally had in mind. You also really have to concentrate, or risk ruining your creation. It was a little bit like meditation (which I need more of in my life).
After a couple initial fails, I finally started to get the hang of it. But by that time the class was over! Three hours isn’t enough time to complete a piece of pottery. There are a bunch of other steps that have to happen, and you need much more skill to complete those steps correctly. Thankfully, for a small added fee, Sarah finishes your piece for you. I chose the glaze I wanted and several weeks later I received my first piece of pottery! Here’s the result. Love it!!!
I plan on returning. A full pottery course would be a great way to get some relief during winter. If you’re interested in taking a class, you can learn more about them here.