Turn off your 50 Cent – it’s not that kind of club. It’s way better. While I was in university for art, I primarily worked on print making and painting. I had taken one ceramics class and the teacher gave me good marks and described my work as “folk-ish” – I couldn’t decide if this was good or bad, given the pieces in front of me were not what I would call good. So when I got this crazy idea to start taking pottery classes at my local community centre I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I knew as soon as I walked in that it was going to be a great experience. I had a great teacher, Charmian Nimmo, who helped me find ways to infuse my drawings into the pottery techniques she was teaching us. After a bit of practice, I was hooked. I had found a new creative outlet and I was improving my skills and learning every time I walked in to that studio.
My only issue was I wanted to work more than the three hours a week the classes gave us (you can also do drop in on Sundays if you’re in a class, but that has a time limit as well). I found out about the Pottery Club at the community centre. The price was amazing and it gave access to the studio whenever there wasn’t a class in it. Sign me up! Only problem – there was a wait list. A very long wait list.
After 2 years of waiting, I’ve made my way up the waiting list and am now a member of the club and have been spending as much time as life allows me in the studio. I took a week off of work in November and I plan on spending every day in that beautiful studio, getting my hands dirty and seeing what I can come up with.