So it certainly has been a while since I posted in this space. I'll have more thoughts to share soon most likely as we're changing our navigation a bit.
Over the last year, First Mate has been learning how to throw on the wheel. We kept several of his successful pots and you can actually see the progression in his skills. Pretty nifty.
These are the first ones he ever did. The first attempt (the one with the hole) is on the left:
And these are the next batch:
We watched lots of YouTube videos of potters throwing and that was really inspiring for him. Much more so than me demonstrating.
Along with these, he also made tiles that he stamped, drew on and otherwise added texture to. Then he glazed everything.
Here is a small sample of his finished, glazed work:
We've been doing this out in the garage for almost a year now. It is reserved "special time" with just the two of us, Second Mate isn't ready for clay yet.
Doing this with him has given me an important lesson. A lesson in patience. A lesson in stepping back and not interfering with what he is doing. As an artist myself, it is all too easy for me to jump in and say, "Oh, don't do it that way or xyz will happen!" When really he needs to explore the materials with freedom rather than have me constantly hovering over him and correcting. I've tried really hard to give that freedom to him with the clay. I must have not screwed it up (phew) because he is still loving it and asking when we'll get a fresh batch of clay to start the process over again.
I have a serious storage/display problem brewing though. What on earth do I do with all of this 3D art?