I’ve wanted to try out pottery for a long time, perhaps from curiosity, if not anything else. In addition, I like making practical and useful things, and with pottery, I could make cups, mugs, plates, bowls, vases, etc. That’s a lot of stuff.
I asked an artist and potter friend to recommend a place for me to learn pottery, and she gave me the contact, but I did not call immediately. After a while, other things came into the picture and the idea was relegated to the back-burner.
Then this year, another friend took up pottery, and it turned out that she went to the same place recommended earlier by my artist friend. So, I finally signed up for pottery classes! The classes were held at Clay Expressions in Subang.
We started off with handbuilding techniques. In my first class, I attempted to make a small vase. By the second class, I started to get the hang of it. I had a fun time making a large jug, consisting of a big, fat puffer fish sitting on swirly waves. LOL. I thought it was a cute fellow. 🙂
It had to be air-dried first. After it was completely dry, it was fired once, and glazed after that. It was fired a second time to set the glaze. I chose a blue glaze for the water and waves, and a greenish brown for the fish. After the firing, I discovered the fish was more brown than green. Oh, well…
In my third class, I made a lotus vase, which was basically a wide-mouthed handbuilt vase with a life-sized 3D lotus inside. Look inside and… surprise! 🙂
The lotus vase has not been glazed yet. I will post photos of it after it has been glazed. 🙂
In my fourth class, I made a salad bowl with a flower-inspired rim. The rim consisted of double layers of petal shapes. I will post photos of it after glazing too. 🙂
~ Hui Min ~