Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Princess and the Pottery...oh, and ME!!!

Sometime last month - or maybe it started in September, I honestly can't remember now - Princess and I went on a girl date. We went for lunch, then instead of our usual shopping excursion, we went to a pottery studio.
Not the kind where we would play out that sexy scene from Ghost, but the kind where everything is already made for you and you get to pick the piece you like and paint it, then leave it there for the little pottery fairies to fire and glaze and make it shiny for you.

In trying to decide what we would each pick, there was much excitement...which in reality was me running back and forth between shelves going "Oooh, I want this one! No wait, oooh I like this bowl, no no, I like this platter, no..." and Princess calmly picking two things and then deciding on one. She was grownup and lovely about it while I was all over the place, so excited to be doing something creative, since it's been about 2 freaking years!
She decided on a pitcher, while I picked a bowl. A beautiful curved bowl, low on one side with the sides getting higher as it went around, something wonky, like myself.
As we set about deciding on designs, we chatted away, catching up on each others lives and being catty about the teeny-boppers that were running the place.
Princess stenciling a butterfly.
Ultimately Princess went with a gardeny sort of theme and I decided to paint koi fish on my bowl...you know...so it would be a "fishbowl." Believe me, I thought that was incredibly clever of me, and laughed about it for much of that first day.

Day 1
Princess posing mid-butterfly.

The koi "fishbowl" - note the atrocity in the bottom right...where one little fish stencil went to die.

Day 2
Painting...and more painting...
Doing three coats of paint for every little thing was tedious...particularly around every little fin. I swore a lot.

We spent something like four hours there that first day...then two or three the next, and finally met up there on the last day to pick up our finished pieces and pose for pictures.

Day 3
Princess' beautiful finished pitcher!
Me posing at floor level, for some ridiculous reason, with my finished fishbowl.

12 Comments:

Blogger Princess of the Universe said...

I was calm? Really? How dull of me.

I find it funny that we both made "Ghost" references. Except uh...mine was a bit more overt than yours...

Can't wait until our next trip to the studio! Bring on the skull plates!

xo

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Blogger James said...

Hey this is a nice thing to do. Like the finished articles. But...stencils? you cheated.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Rock Chef said...

Now I want to have a go at this. There is a place nearby that does this too! Hm.

Glad you finally got this posted!

PS Don't tell Princess, but I think that yours is the best.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Wreggie said...

I have to agree with Anonymous.

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Blogger Princess of the Universe said...

I knew RC told us both the same thing!! :P

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Blogger Rock Chef said...

Princess - Argh, you found me out! :-)

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