Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Hi, I’m Patricia Bradley and I’m
the black sheep of the group. Today’s blog is supposed to be about a stitching
craft…and I am a knitter, but somehow
when I signed up for Woven Wednesdays, I thought a blog about pottery would
fit. Go figure. By the time I realized my mistake, I was one week from two
deadlines. So, Crystal graciously gave me the go-head with my pottery blog.
I started doing pottery when I
needed an occupation for a character. Working with clay was something I’d
always wanted to do, and that gave me the excuse. I took a 3-day course, and my
instructor…sighed. He did say I was the most determined student he ever had.
My first pot:
See what he meant. It wasn't even big enough for a Chihuahua.
So what do you do when your beginning is not very auspicious? Well, if you are a first-born child, a Type A personality, and an over-achiever...you Try, Try again. And when that doesn't work, you keep plugging away.
And one day, whether it's a piece of clay or a painting, or putting words on paper, or well, anything you have a passion for, it will come together. It may not be high art, or fine china, or an award winning novel, but your diligence and hard work will pay off. You will have something you're proud of.
This is a piece I made a couple of years later. I've made bigger and fancier pieces, but this pit-fired bowl is one I particularly like:
Besides, I sold all those bigger and fancier pieces.
I guess all of this is say, if you have a passion, don't let someone like my pottery teacher discourage you. Sure, if you have a natural talent for something, it'll be easier, but I think if you have passion and you practice and learn correct technique, you can overcome most obstacles. Now, I play in the mud for the pure joy of throwing a piece of clay on a wheel and feeling it come alive under my hands.
One last photo:
Has there ever been a time someone told you that you'd never be able to do something? What did you do about it?
Pat Trainum writing as Patricia Bradley www.patriciabradleyauthor.com http://mbtponderers.blogspot.com/ @PTBradley1
Shadows of the Past from Revell February 2014
I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write