Fighting Fatigue – Why Isn’t There a Couch in the Studio?


Last week saw me making more prototypes for my buddha bowls, a few teapots and a flower bucket (as I call them).  The humidity has been high enough that pots don’t want to dry.  That delayed trimming by several days.

Ceramic basket

Since I trim my pots pretty wet, I didn’t let some dampness dissuade me too much.  The bowls survived, but one of the 3 teapots did not.  Ah, when will I learn?

It took me until this last Sunday to finish assembling and slipping the pots.  That left me with a couple of hours of wheel time just before my afternoon class.  But I couldn’t do it.  All I wanted to do was sleep. And that’s when I wondered, why isn’t there a couch in the studio?  How delicious would that be? Of course, how inviting it would be covered in dust is another thing.

With no couch available, I found a comfortable chair and caught a few zzz’s, and then went outside to catch some rays.  Not exactly the most productive pottery making time, but I am happy to report that I am dreaming of pots again.  Yes, literally.  It has been at least 6 months since I have had a dream of pots or a studio.  They have  returned, and for that I am grateful.

About the Author: Laurie Erdman has been making pots since 2003.  She discovered the joy of mud when seeking a stress release from her day job as an attorney.  Over the years she knew it helped ground her, but not more so than when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  It was then that she realized how pottery had taught her some powerful spiritual and life lessons. In addition to designing a line of nature-inspired pottery, she teaches pottery and meditation, and helps others learn the healing powers of clay. Laurie lives in Arlington, Virginia, makes pots at the Art League of Alexandria, fires her pots at Baltimore Clayworks, and enjoys spending time with her husband, her Italian Greyhound Skippy and helping people with chronic illness thrive.
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About Claytastic

Health coach. Writer. Teacher. Artist. Living an amazing life with MS. Interested in bringing peace and beauty into people's lives.
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One Response to Fighting Fatigue – Why Isn’t There a Couch in the Studio?

  1. HarleyLady says:

    I think naps are very important ! Get an old sofa or futon, comfort over looks, and toss a cover over it when it’s not in use. You deserve a nap.

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