Monday, May 18, 2009
Left or right?
The students finished up the heads today and they have been left to dry this week. I'm hoping to get them in the kiln on Friday to fire over the weekend. I had some time to throw some pots yesterday, finally, and some time to trim today. For years, I have thrown right handed. It was just easier than fighting for the few wheels in the community studios that would switch to left hand. I adjusted to fit, but threw very awkwardly and trimming was a mess. Now I have my own wheel and I made sure I got one that would go both ways, but still throwing right handed because that's what I have gotten used to. Today, I decided to switch and trim left handed. OMG! It was like someone took the pencil out of my right hand and said "here, you are left handed, write with your left hand, fool!" So, the trimming went so well, I gave throwing left handed a go. Centering is hard to get the hang of, I have developed some bad habits with my contortion throwing, but I have so much more control pulling with my left hand. I feel like I'm learning to throw all over again, but I think this might be better on my body in the long run. My pots have a lot more life to them as well. Interesting....At least my posture was better today. Has anyone else put themselves through this?