My pottery sampler class started today at the Artscenter and I am so excited about my new students. This might just be the most diverse group I have ever taught. I have a tiny little woman from Thailand named Payong who is adorable and the most excited clay student I have ever seen, there is a french woman that is a professional french pastry chef, and her assistant/friend, and they chattered all morning to each other in French, so cool. There is my new friend Bridgett who took the class last session and made that wonderful Raku platter, there is a very tiny quiet woman that I don't know much about yet, but she has a very calming presence to her and then there is a UNC grad student that was born without her left hand. And..... she wants me to teach her to throw on the wheel. I cannot tell you how exciting this will be for both of us. Can you imagine? It is such a challenge for me some days with two hands and here is this beautiful young girl that has come into my life, wanting to learn to make pottery. Today we learned to make a cup using a slab and she made the very best cup of all of us. God bless her!!! I love these people that are brought into my life, they uplift me, challenge me, make me smarter, make me laugh, make me cry and they all stay with me in some way, long after they are gone.
If anyone has ever had a student that was physically challenged or knows of anyone, if you have helpful tips that would be great. I am determined that Amber will throw a pot on the wheel!!! And I know she is just as determined so it will happen, wait and see.