We’ll see.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012

In a fit of craziness, I registered for a pottery class at the local University. I’ve been thinking about learning the potter’s wheel for years. This seemed like a good time as any.

Big changes this year. Mostly on the “personal life” front, but also a big change on the schedule. No Dewey Beach for me this year. No rushing for months to prepare for the eminent deadline. No loading the vehicle within an inch of it’s transmission’s life. No big drive halfway across the US (Oh I’ll miss those Chicago toll booths…).

Instead of Dewey Beach I’ll be a visiting artist for Minot State University’s NotStock/Potstock event.

I’m going to miss seeing everyone at Dewey Beach.

So back to the pottery class. I registered at Dickinson State. Again. Because I’d been there before in the early 90’s.

I have the ID to prove it. (That photo! Why didn’t someone tell me? I must not have had any friends?! This is what life was like pre-Nirvana. Hello, Aqua-net.)

I went to class. As we went around the room each of the students were supposed to talk about their background in clay. I’ve never had a real clay class beyond the workshop at the Archie Bray Foundation. I was a printmaking major after all. This clay thing was supposed to be a sideline.

At this point we are about four weeks into the semester. My new potter’s wheel is set up in the basement of my house – no room in the studio. I’m practicing in every spare moment I can muster.

And it is not too bad. Challenging. Really challenging. Like learning to play the piano and shift a manual transmission at the same time.

At this stage, most everything I make is throw back into the recycle pile. I’ve kept a few as a record of progression. Not sure this experience will produce good pots yet.

I’m optimistic. Like all of my favorite projects I feel strongly that “we’ll see” is the best description.



  1. Pam
    September 17, 2012

    WOW! You are so awesome to be brave enough to post that ID. 😉

    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      September 17, 2012

      Isn’t it awful?! It makes me smile. Good to have markers to measure how far one has come! LOL!

  2. genjiscorner
    September 18, 2012

    Looks like we went to college around the same time 🙂 Our plans for going to Dewey this year fell through too. Would have been disappointed if we went and you weren’t there. Pottery class. On my bucket list.

  3. Robin W
    September 19, 2012

    So…now you and I can’t trade anymore cause you sculpt and I throw…?. You’ll just make it yourself!!
    I am gonna miss you SO much at Dewey….. 🙁

    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      September 20, 2012

      Well, for one, I’ll always want to trade with you and, two, I’m a long, long ways from making anything that is useable or worth keeping. And I agree about Dewey Beach. I’ll miss you too! When will I see you?

  4. Robin W
    September 21, 2012

    How about you come for Thanksgiving???? I make incredible gravy!!!

  5. Virginia Brown
    October 10, 2013

    Hi Sarah,

    I was so hoping I would see you at Dewey this year. I bought one of your lamps years ago with a blue base and I’ve been thinking I’d like another lamp. I guess i’ll go on your website.

    Take care,



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