Here’s to a year of trying new things.
How many times do you have an idea that you’re really keen about, raring to get going on and then, well, never actually start? This is the story of my life. Lots of grand ideas and zero follow through.
How long have I wanted to join a class or try something new and then just sat around thinking about it rather than getting up off the sofa and actually started it? A very long time is the answer you’re looking for.
So fresh off the back of my first pottery lesson (which was brilliant) I’ve decided that 2017 will be the year of activity. Of actually following up on a few things and starting a some new hobbies.
Anything from calligraphy, to dress making and sewing, to a dance class or cooking lesson, I’m going to give it all a go this year. Pottery can now be ticked off the list and if there’s one thing that can be said for trying something new, then it’s to get fully involved and not to worry about it. Get in there and embrace the fact that you’re not going to be perfect and it’s going to be a messy job, but it will also be an accomplishment and something that you’ve wanted to achieve for ages.
The class I took part in was held at Elisabeth Barry Ceramics studio in Bath. She has some serious pottery talent, which I tried and failed to replicate. Make sure you check out her website for some beautiful minimalist pots, cups and bowls.
And while I may not have created such delicate pieces as Elisabeth makes, she was a fantastic teacher and I’ve still come away with a couple of pieces that I will proudly use for whatever takes my fancy – providing they survive the kiln that is…
There’s a lot to be said for stepping outside your comfort zone. As we’re always told, but never really listen – ‘you never know what you might achieve’. Here’s to a year of trying new things.