10.06.2011

what i made this week

what i made this week
what i madet this week
what i made this week

Your response to my ceramics post was encouraging--I had no idea so many of you had taken classes before or plan to in the future.  I took some photos of my shelf and wheel at the studio yesterday so you could see what I've been working on.  These are the first pieces I've made that weren't a total disaster, and most of them are from this week.  I think I've finally made a breakthrough to point where I'm starting to enjoy it.  None of my stuff has been bisque fired or glazed yet, so you're seeing it in an unfinished state.  We won't get to that stuff until two weeks from now, so it'll be about a month before I have any finished work.  Needless to say, I'm such an amateur and it shows.  I haven't had enough experience to find my own style yet, but I look forward to practicing and growing.  I do hope that someday I'll look back at these pots and find their exploratory, rough-hewn qualities endearing since they were my first attempt.

33 comments:

jennifer said...

JENNY! These are beautiful!

jennifer said...

these are fantastic! nice work!

from my untrained eye, these don't look amateurish at all. :)

Carolanne said...

Jenny - they look very natural and textured. One of my best friends gave me some of her "disastrous" first attempts and I absolutely treasure them. The handles on the mugs are hilarious and drinking tea out of them is a privilege. I know these will be the same.

Lissa said...

those are gorgeous! your idea of a first attempt are so beautiful - sometime i'll show you the lumpy ones i made for comparison.

jenny gordy said...

Thanks so much, people! You are kind.

Sarkilahti, it means a lot to me that you like them since your pieces were my inspiration to start in the first place.

Carolanne, that is so sweet! You're a good friend. I wish I would have had your comment before I threw away the mug that I made with an insane handle. Although I'm sure I'll have many more hilariously terrible mugs in my future for people to treasure. : )

briannelee said...

Great pieces! I think you did an amazing job.

joyce said...

so rad! i love the texture on your pieces.

i took ceramics in high school for one semester and never really mastered the wheel. my mom got a really heavy ashtray for mother's day that year (and she's not a smoker).

silvia said...

wow, they are beautiful! i love the imprinted textures. i'm about to take a class myself! :) thanks for posting this.

julia said...

These are lovely! I like how you said you imagined them being excavated from an ancient site- that's exactly something that I would do. I only tried ceramics once in college and since I didn't get the knack of it right away I gave up - it was kind of lame of me. It's always refreshing to drop yourself into a medium that's totally unknown. It allows you to learn the hard way - and sometimes the hard way is the best way! But, to me these pieces look perfect already! :)

CassieMarie said...

These are really lovely! They make me really want to dive back in to working with clay. I love how relaxing it can be when you get in a rhythm. The last class I took was years ago in undergrad - it was during my last semester of college and it was my way of de-stressing (once I got the hang of it). I still have most of my pieces too - I think back to that time when I use them. :)

Samantha said...

I WISH my amateur attempts at things looked that good! They're beautiful!

Gemma said...

They're Great! They make me want to have a go.

hyemi said...

I always leave pottery class with a mix of happiness and frustration. So many things have to come together to complete a piece. Your studio looks nice - mine's in a dark basement!

marissahuber.com said...

Good for you for trying something new! And don't be too hard on yourself - your pieces are actually quite good for a beginner :)

I used to do ceramics in high school and did a college course when I was thinking of doing it as a major (switched to interior design...) However, there is something so wondeful about bringing the clay to life and feeling the earth on your hands as you create something out of nothing. (Wow, sounds so hippie-ish! Hah)

I love the textures you've carved out of the large bowl. I would totally buy that :)

sarah said...

They look great. I took a class a few years ago and loved it. The wheel was hardest thing to get to grips with. My tutor made sure that I didn't get too precious with my first well constructed pot by cutting it in half just to show me how even I had made it:o

vicky said...

They're amazing! I think you could turn your hand to anything! The great potter Geoffrey Whiting once said something like... "the first 3000 pots you make will be awful". I keep trying to calculate if I've got beyond that figure yet!

Kirstin said...

I love them! I am student teaching 5 ceramics courses at a high school and I can assure you that your pieces are well beyond the "beginner" stage ;) i love the designs you did, I never thought to do that but I think I might just go for it the next time I throw. Thanks for sharing!

stephanie renee said...

jenny your stuff looks amazing, way better than my first pieces! i just started experimenting with making some small jewelry pieces too!

Sleepy Darlings said...

ameteur or not, the great design comes across loud and clear (or more like perfectly understated and subtle). These are all beautiful, especially as a set. Can't wait to see future projects if these are your beginnings.

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smunch said...

I really like these! This inspires me to try ceramics too!

amy merrick said...

Jenny, I love them! I went to about 8 months of wheel classes last year before I fell off the wagon. I had the silly idea that I'd straight off be able to design and make vases for my flowers. Bahahaha.

I love your pots, and definitely think you should keep throwing. I want to live vicariously.

in dreams said...

these are so beautiful! in fact, it's kind of inspiring me to look into classes. (...if you keep posting your results, i'll be helpless to join a class...so please keep doing it!) :)

Tara said...

I took ceramics in high school and in college and it definitely takes awhile to get comfortable. Past instructors used to tell us that people to knit or crochet tend to pick up pottery throwing faster since they know how to work their fingers, but it's all about knowing how to anchor the elbow. I usually place my elbow into my hip and everything ends up like magic! Good luck in your classes and keep it up!

sally. said...

i thought you said you weren't very good!! these are flipping excellent!

micha said...

Great, you are such a talent!

larrouxgirl said...

You are kidding, right? About these not being very good?! They are fantastic. The whole idea, after all, is for them to LOOK hand thrown not machine made. Can't wait to see them glazed and finished. You WILL show them again, won't you?

Jennifer said...

You so crazy.

Jen!! These look amazing. Really.
Too hard on yourself. Have fun apple picking this weekend.
What farm are you guys going to?
Xx

jen said...

these are wonderful!! now i am really inspired to try.

giboulee said...

For a first attempt, these are really good!

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kate / tinywarbler said...

say what? first attempt? these are amazing!

Victoria said...

Heck, Im impressed - seriously my first attempts were wonky and I couldn't get height on anything for quids. I'm really impressed.