This year I have decided to focus on CHANGE. Mix things up a bit. Try something different. When I moved back to Cardiff a few years ago and knew almost no-one I decided to stay in my comfort zone, which meant joining a local netball club to play the sport I had played since I was almost a dot. I still love the sport but, as with anything competitive, it comes with its stresses. Stress is now off my agenda. I’ve already parted ways with a stressful job (ok, make that two stressful jobs, but more about that another day) and now I’m all about doing new things which bring me enjoyment, fun, and zero anxiety. Well, that’s the plan.
Item #1 on the agenda: pottery. I wouldn’t describe myself as enormously crafty, but an interest has certainly been sparked in that department recently and I’m keen to explore it. If I put my mind to something, I can be surprisingly creative. Earlier in the year I watched Monty Don’s Real Craft and found it fascinating, the pottery episode in particular. So a few weeks back I got my big balls out and somewhat compulsively booked on an open course at the Cardiff School of Art and Design (check them out, they run some amazing ones). Yesterday was the first class. I gave myself half an hour to get there. Plenty of time even in rush hour traffic.
My Dad has always been bitterly disappointed that his eldest daughter failed to inherit his sense of direction (he was probably a homing pigeon in a former life, whereas I must have been a magpie because I like shiny things and I annoy people). But I looked the venue up on a map before I left and I was completely confident I did not need a satnav because it was seriously easy to find. Note to self: NEVER BELIEVE THAT AGAIN. I ended up going on and on up this busy road before concluding that the enormous university building definitely was not situated along it, and proceeded to take a right into a no-through road suitable only for miniature items (items excluding Vauxhall Corsas). Attempting to manoeuvre myself back round probably took about 10 minutes and a 100 point turn (so by this time I was already late for the class), but what makes it that much worse is that I had a
slight significant altercation with a miniature WALL in doing so. Cue crunching noise, removed paintwork and a small dent. Oh, and lots of stress.
When I finally rocked up at the flipping campus I just wanted to cry. But tears were not going to create masterful pots of beauty, oh no. So I located a hairy person from the student union to guide me through the building maze and I eventually reached my destination.
Attempting, and almost succeeding, to forget about my vehicle woes I threw myself into pottery throwing (ha), a thoroughly therapeutic activity. My first pot went slightly wonky and thus became a strange jug, my second broke in half so became a large egg cup, and my third became an actual, if slightly uneven, pot. It’s something that looks so easy, but requires real skill to do well. I guess that’s why it’s a craft. Our teacher was wonderful, if a little potty (oh stop) and I’m pretty excited to see how I progress over the course. There’s a surprising amount of different elements involved with pottery, beyond throwing on the wheel, and I wonder which I’ll take to best. I just hope my creations don’t blow up in the kiln.
Oh and friends, you all know what you’ll be getting for Christmas.