8 February 13
Yesterday was Aisha’s birthday, but it was made extra-special by visiting one of Tasmania’s best ceramic artists and fashioning some pieces on her pottery wheel under her direct tutelage. Jude Maisch has been working with clay for thirty years and agreed to give the girls a lesson when we visited Hobart.
One of the girls’ favourite apps is Let’s Create: Pottery, a relaxing game that allows the user to shape a lump of clay, fire it and then decorate it. The girls have enjoyed the challenge of selling their pieces for coins which they can then use to purchase more colours or stencils, and there’s always the ultimate challenge of creating a beautiful piece that fetches a high price. (Oh wait, that’s me who boasts a personal high of 486 coins.)
We all discovered that throwing clay on a wheel in real life is quite different to the virtual game. It’s hard work, requiring us to strain our muscles and concentrate on keeping our hands steady. Gently, Jude talked us through the procedures and techniques, and the girls embraced the opportunity to get their hands dirty.
Thank you so much, Jude, for your patience with the girls and the gentle lesson. It’s been a great introduction to real-life pottery, and who knows where it will lead from here?!