On the Wheel

One of the (huge) reasons we chose to homeschool our children was the art & music factor that seems to be slowly disappearing from many public schools. Art and music are so very important to my husband and I. We both live to be creative in many ways. Being part of the whole messy process no matter how "good" we think we are is something we really wanted our kids to have lots of time to experience. Art in it's pure form comes from within and is not competitive.  

It just is.

We'd been saving money to add a potter's wheel and kiln to our home. And it finally happened!

(we bought our kit at Mud in Mind. We were really impressed with their customer service.)


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Daddo

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Miss Six

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What a huge success it was. Both parents and all four kids spent mass amounts of time over the last weekend getting their hands dirty and playing with clay. We watched a DVD to see the basic how to's and Joe had some experience from his (long ago) highschool art class. But mostly we stood back and let the kids figure out what worked for them. We sat outside under the covered patio as the rain fell all weekend and made big messes and learned and created.

Only two things made it to the drying table. But everyone thoroughly enjoyed the process. Even the littlest of the bunch got in on the action…… Mr Three truly cared nothing for his end product…. he just sat entranced by the wheel and the feeling of the clay through his hands….. it was the longest we'd ever seen him "do" anything. 

Mr Three's Hands

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Mr Three

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Miss Eleven

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In the next few weeks we hope to have some items worth firing…… glazing…… and perhaps even gift worthy! But right now we're enjoying the thrill of turning a lump of clay into a shape, holding our breath as it grows taller and laughing as it collapses into our hands…..

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~Scott Adams

7 thoughts on “On the Wheel

  1. This is such a great post. To be honest, art and music are the main reasons that we chose to home school as well. I can not imagine a life with out creativity, and yet, there is so little of it in our schools and educational system, and it’s value is rapidly declining. I would also love day one to own a Kiln and a wheel. For now, we are using our local pottery guild to learn and play with.
    Thanks for sharing

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  2. WAY COOL !!!! I still have a small black elephant you made me yrs. ago. I treasure it.
    Wonderful family activity. I am anxious to see some of the final products.

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  3. Hi Stephinie! I want to start throwing on a wheel too. My friend just gave me a huge kiln that she didn’t want. I am so excited to get started but I am a little uncertain of how to go about it. I will look at the link..

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