During the spring, I treated myself to some after-school professional development in the form of ceramic classes. As an art teacher, I know that I should be comfortable and knowledgable in ceramics, however my undergraduate program did not have facilities available for ceramics so I have never had much experience it. So, even though I was deep into my long practicum, I decided to spend my Wednesday nights at the beautiful West Point Grey community centre (located in the Aberthau heritage mansion) learning wheel building and hand building pottery techniques.
Although I started off slow, by the end of the ten weeks I had created a collection of unique (if not unusual) pottery pieces for my home. This course taught me a lesson in patience and the importance of a growth-mindset; although I was frustrated at the beginning that I would never succeed, eventually with practice I was able to do it.
I hope to continue taking classes once I settle into Calgary - I still have much to learn!