On Monday, I used a potter’s wheel for the first time.
If you’re wondering, it’s harder than it looks.
I’m in a ceramics class because pottery has such a huge presence in this valley’s art scene, and while I don’t think it’s totally necessary for a journalist to practice the arts she writes about, I find it helps my understanding of a craft and makes the writing easier.
Plus, it’s fun.
I threw on the wheel about six times or so over the course of the class, and I even ended up with a tiny bowl I plan to keep working on next week. I’m not sure what I’ll use it for. As my teacher pointed out, it’s a bit small for cereal.
There’s also the chance I’ll end up ruining it between now and firing. The biggest lesson I learned on day one: Don’t get attached.
Regardless, it’s just cool to be able to say I made something. I’m not the handiest person you’ll ever meet. In fact, there’s a good chance I’d be the least handy. I was extremely proud of myself when I moved into my apartment out here and successfully assembled a desk chair from Target. You know, the ones with step-by-step directions and all the necessary tools and parts included?
So to hold something functional in my hands that those same hands created from a block of clay is really rewarding.
So is trying something new, which I hope to do more and more.
It’s not always easy forking over the cash for a show at Belly Up in Aspen, but for $8 in advance or $10 at the door, you can see Black Pistol Fire at 9 p.m. The band was called “the next big thing” and “the most energetic and versatile of all bands playing” by The Huffington Post after South By Southwest in 2013. The Canadian duo splits its time between Toronto and Austin, creating a sound somewhere between classic southern rock and garage punk.
If you didn’t catch Denver a cappella band Motive at the Vaudeville in November, you’ll get another chance to see this innovative vocal group at the New Ute Events Center Rifle. Tickets are $20, and the show starts at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.). With arrangements of songs by anyone from Tupac to the White Stripes, this group puts a grungy edge on your notions of barbershop quartets.
With the start of February, you’re probably starting to feel the pressure to get your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day gift that comes from the heart. The Carbondale Clay Center can help. From 2 to 4 p.m., children and adults are invited to glaze their own gifts from a selection of ready-made bisqueware, including cups, bowls, boxes and heart-shaped plates. The Clay Center will fire it and have it ready for pick-up in just a few weeks.
Jessica Cabe may never have to buy dinnerware again. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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