My two pieces from last week were back from the kiln and my salt shaker did not collapse! I spent the first half building a pepper shaker and mug. The person beside me made a mug and I thought it looked cool so I totally stole her idea.
I spent the second half on the pottery wheel. While everyone else was glazing, the instructor spent quite a bit of time with me showing me everything I was doing wrong. It takes a surprising amount of muscle to get the clay centered but once it is, it's so much easier to work.
I successfully made two bowls by myself. The first one I decided not to send to the kiln and I'm going to add some design to it next week to make it a bit more interesting. The second one ended up with wavy walls as I pushed down too hard when I was trying to smooth out the top and to even it out, I gave the entire thing wavy walls. Mistakes = creativity! I tried to make a goblet at the very end of the class and it worked! I'm very excited about it, it may have been a total fluke. We'll find out when I try to make a matching one.
Next class it will be time to paint my pieces!