Letters to Tuvia Y3:Pottery:Week 7 2/31…Slice of Life March Marathon


Morning T and Slicers,

Last night, as I left pottery class, there wasn’t a hint of the storm.  My body was its usual Thursday night sore but the air was sweet as I walked to the car- a taste of late March…but then the predicted storm arrived and as long as I have a stocked fridge, heat and light and all plans for today canceled, I will LOVE a good snow day!

My challenge DON’T PISS IT AWAY!

Pottery Week 7: I’m getting the hang of clean up and that’s the only thing dread about the experience.  Finally, I’ve come to terms with the mess of wet clay.

Of course, the heart of this  challenge is creating pots and of course process is slow…demanding patience.  I’m all in!

I love the circle I work in.  The atmosphere allows for easy conversation and quiet creating.  I can marvel at the creations around me and feel my own growing comfort with the clay I hold in my hands on the wheel.

This week I worked on building the walls of my pots.  I’m always ready to finish as soon as the clay begins to look like a pot but Michael knows how to push us for more.  A woman nearby created a moon jar.  I want to create one too!!!!

So last night I trimmed two pots that I finished last week.  Hopefully they will be fired this week and be ready for me to glaze next week and within the span of two hours I threw another 3 pots with higher walls.

Michael has a great pair of eyes.  He can sit on the other side of the circle and call over to me to bring both of my thumbs to the edge of the pot to eliminate a wobble. AMAZING!!!!


My first trio of pots:

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My car is cozy in its garage.  No, Tuvia, I won’t need to escape until tomorrow.

Bonnie S.

Original Slicer - Bonnie    The Slice of Life March Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers and part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge that takes place each Tuesday throughout the year and everyday in March. It is a supportive (and awesome!) community of those trying their hand at writing and encouraging others in their writing. Join us!

12 thoughts

  1. I love your challenge to yourself, “Don’t piss it away.” What strong words – and I can totally relate. These days are a gift. Fascinated to hear about your work with pottery – I hope we hear more. Best, Ellen

  2. I got up this morning to sideways snow and howling winds. I am so ready for sunshine and warm temperatures. I don’t know a thing about pottery but I do admire the skill and craftsmanship that goes into making them. Hope you post pictures of your finished work, Bonnie.

  3. How lucky that you have a place to go to learn pottery making! Hunker down and stay safe with your walls as the storm rages and passes. I’m looking out on a day of sunshine and grateful not to have weather issues.

  4. I love a good snow day December or January, but at this point in the year, I am done with snow. Enjoy your day–and piss it away if you feel like it!

  5. Your pottery is such a wonderfully depiction of your creative side. I hope to do some pottery (and a whole lot of other things) in retirement but for today, I am grateful to find your inspiration among the over 200 posts!

  6. Good to see your writing again, Bonnie, and to share slices in these digital spaces. I particularly like this line, which snuck up me as a life lesson: “Finally, I’ve come to terms with the mess of wet clay.”

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