Have you been to one of those places where you make your own pottery?
And by “make your own pottery,” I mean the basic mug or cup has already been shaped and you add splashes of design and color to the best of your ability.
Well, I have, and I am a natural.
My kids took me to “The Pottery Place,” which is one such local establishment — although there is probably a different but similar place wherever you may live.
The first time I went, I selected a mug to decorate. At first it was plain, but I quickly gave it some character.
Or when I have had too much coffee.
I’m pretty sure I succeeded, artistically.
It was a creation of beauty, and I now drink my coffee from it when I am in the office. I have many admirers.
The next time I went to The Pottery Place, I strived to make a companion piece.
I chose a plate. And a monkey.
Using stencils, I quickly traced a monkey design. Then I put my steady hands to work at filling in my design with pleasing colors.
Once you have completed your pottery, you leave it at the store for a week so it can be put in the kiln and then … well, I’m not sure what all happens. It dries or sets or sits on a shelf, building you up with anticipation.
Then you return for your masterpiece.
My monkey plate is not only beautiful, it also enhances the delicious noontime meals I eat at work. Meals like leftover spaghetti.
Can you imagine my joy?
Well, yes, you can because I would like to show you a video.
What will you design at a Pottery Place near you?