Before I left for Penland I was taking a workshop with Susan Filley and working up to centering 10 lbs. of clay. When I got to Penland we had the first two days to throw and get some stuff made for the Raku firings. I started centering 5 lbs. then adding 5 lbs. on that, then with 8 lbs. and with Steven's help I worked up to 10 lbs. at once. I was able to get a pretty tall cylinder and a good size vase, but the clay was sooooo wet and it rained every day at some point. I could not keep anything from collapsing without using a torch and even then it wasn't great. I didn't keep anything I made, I just kept re wedging the clay and taking advantage of 24/7 uninterrupted studio time to practice throwing. I gained a lot of strength in my arms and went to yoga every morning and gained more strength in my body. It's amazing how quickly my skills improved and how strong my mind and body feel right now. I'm still trying to sort out all of the info from the workshop. I sat down to blog about it, but don't even know where to start, so this is the beginning. I'll try and see what I can come up with. Meanwhile just enjoy the slideshow!