I am so looking forward to spring. These Midwest winters can be such a drag; each cold, gray day seems indistinguishable from the one before. Monotonous weather, combined with the fact that my dad just passed away from cancer in December, has me working harder to make myself feel OK lately.
I once read an article about how learning a new skill can help boost one’s mood by creating a positive feeling of accomplishment. I thought I’d draw on this knowledge, so I signed myself up for a pottery throwing class at a local studio. I’d always had a desire to get my hands on some clay to see what I could create.
After many failed attempts at centering and raising my pieces, I’m finally getting the hang of it and things are almost going my way now. I’m not great, but I am slowly making improvements and I am feeling pretty good about myself these days as a result (turns out the theory holds water).
Thanks to my teacher Andrea Horyn for sharing her incredible talent with me, for all of the great talks and laughs we’ve had during the process and for (unknowingly) throwing me a life preserver when I felt like I was struggling…