Lessons Learned

I read about Meagan Chaney’s 30 Minute Challenge today and thought I’d give it a go. I normally don’t have a lot of studio time after work anyway, so I thought I’d find out what I can really get done in just 30 minutes.

Not counting setup and teardown/cleanup, I made 3 small guinomi / tea / wine / saki cups, and one large 11″ bowl.

What I learned was:
1) Loafer’s Glory is a little less forgiving than Little Loafers. I clearly need more practice time with this new body.

2) Doing a time challenge with a new clay body you’re not used to is clearly a bad idea.

3) Even with the difficulties, I was happy with what I got done, and had a lot of fun too!

So, if you’re not up to Mr Kline’s 12 by 12 challenge, give Meagan’s 30 Minute Challenge a try!

5 thoughts on “Lessons Learned

  1. Linda Starr

    Hi Brian, fyi, your blogger id still directs folks to your old blog, when I click on your name when you comment on my blog, not sure how to fix it. One of these days I’ll try LIttle Loafers, I have heard good things about it.

    1. Brian

      Thanks Linda! Yeah, I know… It’s difficult to disconnect Google IDs from Blogger. They just make it so convenient to comment on other blogs with! I had left the old blog up when I moved to this one while I waited for the search engines to sort things out and catch up. Traffic has died off on the old blog enough that I can kill it now. It’ll probably go bye-bye this weekend.

      I really like Little Loafers. Especially when it’s soft. If it gets too stiff, it can seem more like carving/turning on a lathe than throwing. 😉

  2. Joe Troncale

    Because I work another job in addition to doing clay, I find myself rushing more than I should. I think I need to start practicing the “30-Day Challenge.”

  3. Brian

    LittleWren – I find new bodies a challenge also. When I was first starting out, I couldn’t wait to try all the different clays in the studio. Learned that lesson pretty quick, and chose a white stoneware and stuck with it until I got the basics under control.

    Joe – Ha! That would certainly be a challenge keeping a piece workable for 30 days! I’ll never be a ‘production potter’ cranking out hundreds of pieces a day, I know that for sure. And I regularly work for over 30-45 min. on a single large form. I think a good way of looking at the 30 minute thing is that you really can get something done, even if you only have a half hour. It’s easy to fall in to the mindset of ‘I don’t have enough time’, and then not doing anything at all otherwise.


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