Clay Studio

In Clay Studio today, the artists finished their pottery wheel creations and transitioned into hand sculpting.

Emily bent over a detailed clay tableau featuring the beginnings of a dragon. “It’s going to be a dragon sitting on the stump with its tail curved around something – maybe a baby – with a lesbian flag color scheme  in sunset colors,” she explained. She attributes her artistic clay work to her love of drawing. “I’m good at drawing so it just kind of rubs off. I like doing dragons because they have everything – claws, horns, wings, and spiky tails. Sharp things are really fun to draw.”

A clay-smudged Grace sat at a pottery wheel, working clay into a vessel. “I’ve worked in clay before, but never on a wheel,” she said. “It’s getting a lot easier. In the beginning it was really hard. The hardest part is centering. You have to get it decently in the middle.”

Cora started making a dog/cow figure for her sculptural piece. “But, when I made the head, it looked like a goat, so I just added the beard, a tongue, and a goat tail,” she said. What resulted was a remarkably realistic little billy goat, his  playful tongue lolling out of his mouth. 

Cora loves Clay Studio. “We can be creative and make basically whatever we want, and nothing is wrong,” she said. “Even if you mess up, you can just turn it into something else.”

Micah prepared to remove his completed bowl from the wheel. He confidently flossed a piece of string under the bowl to separate it from the forming platform. Then he gently lifted the delicate bowl to a wooden tray. Those around him held their breath until the bowl was securely on the tray. 

Christian watched Micah and then put his focus back on the cup he was spinning on his wheel. “Mostly bowls is what I like to make,” he said. He motioned his hands to represent the curved shaping of a bowl’s sides. “I like the way they come out.” 

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