Monday, September 17, 2012

Out Of My Comfort Zone

(Please excuse the spazzy spacing in this post! I've tried correcting it & haven't been able to).

A week ago today, I set out on foot in the beautiful Autumn-like morning weather and headed downtown for a pottery class that I signed up for through the Library.   Yes, a pottery class!  Something I've heard people do, something I've never done before but thought, "Why not?!" 

While I was getting ready to leave, I realized I was actually nervous (really nervous) and laughed out loud at myself. "Come on! It's a pottery class, what are you nervous about?!"  But, I don't do things like this.  Do I?  A pottery class?  Me?  What's the point?  (Aside from supporting a newly revamped Library/Friends Of The Library program).  I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb amongst my bookclub gals.  Most have children.  I do not.  Most are healthy.  I am not.  Most are of better financial means...  Ack.

Seriously, only I can over think a multitude of nonsense getting ready for a pottery class!     

There was nothing to be nervous about (as usual) and I had a great time!  Lots of laughter & chatter.

After a 'field trip' for foliage, etc & after we got our clay ready, we set to pressing into the clay.

Chatting about our creations & all manner of things.
























































Getting ready to prepare our next pieces of clay, the 2 smaller pieces.



























Creating my 'large' piece.




























My 3 pieces, left to right (accidentally cropped off part of the 3rd); can't wait to see them after firing/glazing!

Cleaning up after painting parts of our creations.














































Everyone's pieces were left to set, then they will be fired & glazed for us, ready for pickup next week!
























After we finished up, a friend & I went to the diner for lunch and had a good, long over due chat.  I went down to my favorite spot to sit a while at the harbor beach.  (Photos to come!)  Such a peaceful spot.  Wind, ocean waves coming in, seagulls.  (happy sigh)

It turned into such a great day!  One I will be thankful for for many moons to come, especially after such a rough August.  Each of my pottery creations will be a lovely reminder of this good day, which will help me through the bad.

What have you done lately that was out of your comfort zone?   

6 comments:

Sue Jackson said...

What fun!! And good for you for moving out of your comfort zone.

I really want to take a writing class but haven't found one I think I can manage physically yet. Now, with my son a bit healthier and off to college, I have a lot more freedom, so maybe I will finally get to it this year!

BTW, I love the way your class used natural elements - I bet the finished products will be gorgeous!

Sue

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Jo said...

Thanks Sue :o) I'm glad we did too, just wish some were a little more careful in picking their natural elements (from the plants) lol. Had I known I would've brought things from my garden but ended up with oak leaves & acorns and dogwood leaves & berries like I have here at home anyhow.

I hope you get to do that writing class!!! I miss taking classes.

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great time and what fun to find another creative outlet.

Jess Michaelangelo said...

I'm glad you had a good time, Jo! :) I can't wait to see your pictures of the final products.

Holli said...

How fun!!

Jennifer said...

Hi Jo! I'm so happy to be back blogging to see what you're up to! I agree about the comfort zone thing. I feel like i have two personalities sometimes and I can't seem to make them mesh. Beautiful work you've done, I want to try pottery so badly!