The jukebox is playing Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. My masterpiece of a pot is then ruined by Martin as he sits behind me, shirtless. We interlace our hands, making a new one where he then starts kissing me. I’m feeling a bit tingly whilst the hot romance blossoms in the room. Oh hold up – that did not happen during this class L . There was no performance of Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze – damn it.
A birthday surprise in December 2015, Martin took me to the pottery class at the WheelHouse, Abbey Mills. I was so excited when we arrived, as we have religiously been watching The Great Pottery Throw Down. Can I use any of the skills seen on the show? Um, no! I was totally crap. I could not get the hang of anything. We were meant to throw large bowls but most of mine kept looking like mini dipping bowls. On the other hand Martin had a knack for this creative skill. His first one was like he was a pro. This is why no Ghost scene disappointingly, would not occur as Martin was obsessed with each bowl being right. Even Stephen Llewellyn the teacher was amazed. They had the same resemblance in history both being engineers and then naturally having the ability to create pottery.
During the class, you have plenty of opportunity to throw on the wheel. If you get any wrong they are returned to be reused later. There is more than enough clay to use. It is a small intimate class with only for 4 attendees and the teacher but it just meant that Stephen would help those struggling and improve the person’s techniques. Stephens work can be purchased at the wheelhouse and online. His work with the dragon fly image is simple as he states it was the easiest image to create on the pottery. Simple but beautiful.
At the end of the session, you get to pick any bowls you want to keep at £4.00 a bowl. With this, you decide on the available glazes of which he’ll put in the kiln. A few weeks later you can pick them up! I was so happy with mine – they were even smaller that I left them, but that’s because they shrink in the kiln. Martin and I are planning to go again and just maybe I can beat Martin or at least get a little bit of the Ghost Scene.