Friday, September 25, 2009

New pots for my cacti?

I have joined a pottery class! I took a class on wheel-thrown pottery some years ago, and learned just enough to know that I have a LOT to learn about this, and to know that I really enjoy it.

That first time around I made a series of lopsided pots that are serving time now as holders for my cactus plants.



This blue-green trio usually sits on my kitchen window sill and adds some crooked cheer to that space.



We learned to make all kinds of pots, using one color of clay and two.



My pots are really thick-walled and quite small. I really like playing with clay though, and have been wanting to get better at it.

So since then I've been looking for a chance to take another class, and finally the stars aligned this semester to allow this chance. I have been making pinch pots and pieces using coils and slabs. None of the pieces is finished yet though.

I will get on the wheel next week and see if I remember anything. Only time will tell if I will end up with more crooked pots for my cacti or if the pieces will find other purposes in life. In the meantime I am having lots of fun with this, and keeping really busy.

Hope all is well with you!

32 comments:

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Those pots look lovely with the cacti, Bindu! Your pottery class sounds interesting - looking forward to seeing more of your pots.

Elena said...

I was looking through blogs and I found yours… It is very inspiring! All the colours in the pictures posted are full of life!
I am also making handmade… things (jewellery) and I find it both a therapy and a way to make others happy (especially the friends that asked me to make necklaces with special themes). Keep creating and keep posting!

ArtPropelled said...

The cacti look charming in your dear little pots and the jug is full of character! I love them all.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shots !! I liked the post..Unseen Rajasthan

Mridula said...

You call them crooked? I thought they look lovely.

Nisha said...

They are very pretty, I wonder what'll happen when you learn the trade.

LadyFi said...

Oh, I love all your pots. Each one is unique!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Really Beautiful Pots !! great..Unseen Rajasthan

Don Madden said...

I LIKE those little pots.It's fun seeing you in class after all this time of planning.

rocksea said...

you have made lovely pots bindu! how much time have you spent with the classes so far? do you do any of them with hands alone or do you need some pottery device for all?

once done, you should start an online pottery class!! ;)

Shalini said...

Lovely... not only are the pots great, but I love how you have painted them too.

GMG said...

Hi Bindu!
It seems we are going to enjoy pottery in the near future! Lovely shots!!

Blogtrotter is visiting some Old Town Antalya in Turkey. Enjoy and have a glorious week!

~vagabond~ said...

Your pots look lovely, and I'm sure with this pottery class too, you'll be putting all your artistic talent to such good use. :)

pink dogwood said...

I love all your pots, but the last one stole my heart. I have been wanting to take pottery classes forever - need to make time to do it. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

Sekhar said...

Three cheers. Loved the 3rd cacti :)

Leanne Pizio said...

Love these pots! Everyone! They are super spunky and colorful and happy. Wonderful.
Can't wait to see what you have been making this summer.

T and S said...

I think those cacti deserved these lovely, beautiful, colorful posts.

The cacti/pot combi is awesome.

GMG said...

Hi Bindu! No new post... ;-(
Blogtrotter is showing you Antalya. Enjoy and have a great week!

Anil P said...

The cacti are no doubt to have colourful homes they can call their own.

Excellent effort with the pots.

Karine said...

Crooked or no - your pots are lovely! How fun! I started my art life as a ceramicist, and I have pots holding cacti, too. Enjoy your class, Bindu!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

What a nice way to keep busy. More than that, it's quite a nice art. I liked all the pots you made, and the cacti are equivalently beautiful.

My Eat-out at Sinhagad

French Fancy said...

Bindu, I am so sorry that our relationship has been so one-sided and to remedy this you are now clamped to my sidebar where I can keep a careful eye on you

x

Blu said...

Hi Bindu just catching up with your blog, never a disapointment such great photographs. Really like that blue yellow jug, but then I would! LOL I did pottery at school and I was hopeless good luck!

Best wishes Blu x

Vamsee Modugula said...

Bindu,
You are very talented. Those pots are beautiful!

Sorry I have been a little tardy at visiting blogs these days. Work and travel has kept me busy - will be more regular from now.

Phoenix said...

wow! you are so talented and creative.. you inspire me to actually start doing some of the things you talk about.. and I have been thinking about for a very long time!

Crayons said...

I like these pots a lot. They have the naive look of a child's pot, but they are move savvy with shape and color combination. (I'm a fan of faux naive).

Thanks for those outdoor photos; they are very different from what I see in Wisconsin. I feel like I've just been on a 5-minute vacation!

zuiyanhong said...

Great shots. After reading your article, it remind me that I should join classes since I had retired.

GMG said...

Everything OK? Look forward to seeing you back posting and commenting...

Clarity said...

I like them lopsided and the colours suit.

I saw your bookmarks on Raph's blog, beautiful work.

Indrani said...

It is not perfection that always radiates beauty! Your pots prove that. :)

Prasanth - പ്രശാന്ത്‌ said...

nice work!

Rekha said...

These are really cool considering the fact that you are a beginner, good going..