At the Wheel

A few months ago, when I had reached a point with pottery that I was starting to feel some confidence about it, I remembered a photo that I had seen at my grandparents’ house when I was a child.  It was my grandfather working at a potter’s wheel.  I remembered the details of the image itself in the gauzy way that we often remember things from early childhood — the way that confuses one Christmas or summer vacation with another and never feels quite solid.  But the feeling I recalled about the image did feel solid — I distinctly remembered feeling awed that my grandfather had been able to make things from clay with his own hands.  The idea of a potter’s wheel seemed so grand and special to me. I had never even seen one, let alone tried using one.  And I remember thinking, “One day, I want to do that, too.”  And I forgot all about that feeling — until I had done it.

My father found the photo for me this week and sent it to me.  My grandfather died about thirty years ago.  But I am glad to be following in his footsteps now.papaatthewheel

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2 Responses to At the Wheel

  1. CC says:

    I love that the image came back to you *after* the confidence took root.

  2. Truly Myrtle says:

    What a wonderful photo – I’ve never tried pottery with a wheel, it’s on my list of must do’s.

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