Monday, July 22, 2013

Craft Night-Pottery

I have a tip for you all today.

I highly recommend you get yourself a craft night group.  My craft night group is super fun.  I wouldn’t say any of us are extraordinary crafters.  (We just like to think we are.)  Crafting is something that we all enjoy.  My craft night group just happens to be extra adorable.  (Not a requirement. Just a bonus.)


My favorite part of craft night is trying crafts that I wouldn’t do on my own.  For instance, the Thursday before last I used a pottery wheel for the first time.  This is definitely something I would not have attempted without the support/pushing/shoving of craft night.

We headed to the Family Museum in Bettendorf for adults only time in the pottery studio. 



Pottery was the idea of one of the craft night members that couldn’t attend.  Super sad.  We all enjoyed it so I’m sure we’ll go back again!

We started by making pots without the wheel. Boring.  It totally brought back memories from middle school art.


And then we each got a turn on the wheel.  Super scary and exciting all at the same time.


Our instructor was filling in that evening.  I bet he was totally regretting covering that shift.  I kid.  (Sort of.)  He was amazingly patient with us.


Using a pottery wheel is no joke.  I was pretty horrible at it but it was still fun.


Kim, however, was a pro at making a shot glass.  The size was totally on purpose.  Wink, wink. It turned out quite adorable.


Here’s my finished pot.  Such skill.  It reminds me of a Fiestaware bowl.


Oh wait.  That was the bowl of a talented lady that was working while we were there.  She made the wheel look easy. 

Here’s my actual pot.  He’s cute.


I think I’m going to open my own studio.  What do you think?

Do you have a craft night group?  Have you tried your hand at a pottery wheel?  Any awesome crafts we should try at our next craft night?


  1. I have been reading your blog for maybe 6 months and didn't know you were near Bettendorf. I have family that live there. If I ever get there to visit I will look you up. I also think I will add this pottery place as something to do while I am there. I had other family that go there and say it is boring and things are really far away.

  2. It's been a long, long time ago in art school when I sat at the wheel. Looks like so much fun and your pot is fabulous.
    (You could make ceramic tiles for your tile business. You can lay your own ceramic tiles and install them by the hour. LOL JK!)

  3. when i was in school. i know when i first started it was bad but the more i did it it got better.ang

  4. I took a ceramics class in college (last semester with friends so that in itself made it awesome) so I hear ya on the wheel. Your pot is adorable! Are you going to go back to paint it?

  5. that looks like so much fun! i went to pottery camp when i was 10 and we made pinch pots for the most part, but we also got to spin and i made a little dish. so fun!!!! it's an acquired skill though!

  6. I think I'm inviting myself to one of these one day! Looks like so much fun ;) xo Kristin

  7. How fun! And your little pot is adorable! I could see him growing a pretty little succulent. :)

    I've been trying to get a craft night together - anyone in Dallas want to join in?

  8. I took pottery in high school and got a B. :(

    You guys did great! Looks fun. :)

  9. i can only think of the movie ghost when i think of pottery wheels! although, i would try one in honor of dear patrick swayze!!

  10. Oh, middle school art. I think my parents still have some of our clay pinch-pots somewhere...

    I've never tried a pottery wheel, but it looks like it could be fun!

  11. I tried my hand at pottery (briefly) during college. I'm not patient enough but I still wish I was.

  12. I wish I had a craft club full of super awesome women. I get jealous every time I see these posts! Pottery looks like something really cool to try! How adventurous ladies!

  13. That sounds like a blast! I need to get my friends into doing things like this!

  14. I didn't know you crafted - although I only recently found your blog. A few of my classmates from a random art class I decided to take recently formed what we call a "creative playgroup". We only had one meeting so far, but it was awesome! It's great to be around people who value creativity & can push you to try new things. :)

  15. You are a hoot! And a crafting inspiration as well. I wish I lived in Iowa!


  16. Yours is awesome too! Looks like a great night, and once again I wish I had some crafty friends!

  17. B and I are taking a pottery class these days. We think it is so much fun! Other classes that I can recommend: Art class, candy making class and if you can get your hand on a willow basket class, I highly recommend it. If you can take a two day class you have enough time to produce a nice sized basket and a few smaller items.

  18. Shoot. I really need a craft night group. Too bad I'm painfully anti-social. It's amazing I'm not a cat lady living alone.

  19. this crafty night sessions look like fun! :-) I wish I could go to one of those and yeah why not open a shop too! no just kidding a little bit ha!ha! :-)

  20. Totally off topic, but where did you get the top you're wearing in this post? I love it!

  21. I would LOVE to try that sometime. I have heard it is hard! You guys have so much fun!


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