Friday, February 12, 2010
We arrived at the Cultural Center at 9:30 and were met by MaryZonia who told us Xochitl would not be present today. MaryZonia proceeded to conduct a private pottery lesson for Cathryn that lasted 4 hours! MaryZonia first showed her how to knead the clay to eliminate air bubbles, then how to use the “pinch method” of molding clay to make a small tray-like item (see photo). Next she instructed Cathryn in the “coil” method of making a small bowl, then in the same method of making two identical bowls and combining them to make a vase. There was no potting wheel in use – it was all done by hand with only very basic “tools” to assist. We were both astonished that a first lesson could produce products that, while not elegant or sophisticated, would also not be a source of embarrassment. Cathryn ended up making one small tray-like item, one small bowl, and one small round flower vase. MaryZonia gave her some clay to take home to make an additional item. All the items will be allowed to dry for 3-4 days, then fired. No paint or ceramic material is used, so they’ll remain in their natural clay state (like terra cotta items you find for outdoor flower pots). Cathryn was so enthralled with the process and products she actually mentioned the possibility of a community college course in her future. Vamos a ver!!!