I <3 Pop Up Pottery. Its not often that we get go to other people workshops… but in fact its high on my list of things to do this year! Its always important to try new things and keep inspired especially when ‘craft’ is your business as you can often get stuck in a routine of the same old projects and materials. So yesterday morning I popped over to Hen to attend one of Kollektiv Gallery’s Summer Chicks workshops with the lovely ceramicist Finola Maynard. I booked this workshop as part of a 30th birthday gift and had been looking forward to it for ages! I haven’t worked with clay since I was at sixth form college and remembered that I had liked pottery class but always felt a bit bored after a few hours in the work room with our art teacher.
This workshop however was much different and so much more inspiring! With a lovely selection of books and samples of her work Finola introduced herself and then the workshop. We quickly got stuck in to working with both porcelain and each had the chance to throw a pot in red clay on the wheel! This was quite nerve racking for me partly because I have not done it for years and also because I have a bad wrist and knew it might be a bit weak! Nevertheless it was a totally brilliant workshop and I had such a great time getting to know Finola, Sophie of Kollektiv gallery fame and even had time to chat business whilst making pinch pot hanging planters!
You can find Finola at The Mucky Duck every Monday night from 6.30pm with her Pop-Up Pottery workshop and I highly recommend you go along. I will be there next week glazing my creations after their first firing so come and say hi! I am most definitely feeling inspired and even planning on finding a ceramics class to join when we get settled in Nottingham!