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Monday, March 1, 2010

WAIT!! I didn't see Patrick Swayze.... did you?

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive bloggers event. 

12 other bloggers and myself were invited to Cahaba Clayworks.

We made our own pottery
under the instruction
of world renowned potter 
Tena Payne 

( follow her on Twitter

Her pottery Earthborn Pottery can be found in restaurants
at The Bellagio, The Beau Rivage, and many others.

Her pottery speaks to your primal soul and stirs something inside of you.
She and her partner 
master potter
Larry Allen
( who is now my hero)
 (he did this in like 5 minutes)

hold classes at the studio 
and let me just tell you they are a blast! 

We learned how to throw on the wheel, which
is too fun!
Here I am 

We were told to start, 
we needed to form a ball
I was very excited and just knew I would be the star student 

looked JUST like Larry's!!!

Well, things may have started off promising
but my clay had other ideas

Like the top flying off of the bowl and across the room.
But hey, Tena said
everyone can play chopsticks .... 
Mozart takes practice!

So back at it

Rome wasn't built in a day,
third time is the charm ...

This is where Larry comes in...
he took my clay

but then
he brought me brand new clay 
he helped me!!!

Are you thinking what I am thinking?
It sure looked different when
Demi Moore and
Patrick Swayze did it

Under his expert guidance, I finally got it!
Larry told us that every piece of clay
wants to be a plate.
We have to help it reach it's true 

Here is one of my pieces!

All total we got to make four.
Two on the wheel and two hand formed.
I promise when 
I pick them up I will show them to you.
It takes about four weeks.
Although, I was perfectly happy to claim Larry's
as my own.

Tena let us all pick a bowl of our choice to bring home

I scored several pieces,
We just might have to give one away...

here on the blog???
stay tuned!

It was so fun to meet other bloggers from the area.
Especially those that I read all the time!
It was cool to see everyone's face 
when they would say
now you write????
Then the other would fill in the blank
and everyone would just fall out with
Oh my gosh!!
Here are the other bloggers
All dear sweet friends now!

Nanci, from Birmingham Mom Online 

Trina, from XOXO, Trina

Wendy, (Mama Hen) from Long Days, Short Years

Jamie, from Jamie's Rabbits

Cheri, from Chez Cheri

Tammy, from Greek GRITS

Beth, from Unskinny Boppy

Many, many thanks go out to Rachel for putting this together!
It is truly a lifetime memory!!!

If you want to create some memories and have a beautiful piece to show for it
Book a class today!

There are a couple of ways you can

Parties: 2 hours long; $35 per person with a minimum of 6 people in the party. 
What a great girl's night out!!!
No matter what your potting skills 
they will see to it you have a beautiful piece!

 Six Week Classes: 
Once a week,
2 hour long classes for six weeks
- $150.  This includes unlimited studio practice time.
I know many have been touched by the story of 
I participated in the online vigil
and two people contacted me that 
they would like to donate their proceedes
to help with her medical bills
one of my precious, precious friends
has designed this original painting for 
Layla Grace and her parents
and is making 9X12 versions 
available to the public for $10.00 

is doing the same thing with her fushia tutus
She is just before leaving this earth 
and jumping into the arms of our
Please pray for her.
Please pray for her family

Thanks for dropping by Y'all!


jennifer said...

That looks like so much fun! What a wonderful group of blogger ladies.

Prayers for Layla Grace's family.

Jane said...

What fun!!! Wish I could have been with all of you. Working with clay and a potter's wheel is so much fun. And to do it with such skilled help (Larry)...can't ask for more. So glad you had fun with the other bloggers. Loved all the photos...

Wendy said...

That looks like fun! I loved the way you told your story!!!!!

Rachel said...

What a great recap!! Thanks so much for coming - it was so great to meet you!

Hope to see you again soon!

Trina said...

I love your write up of our day! So funny :)

I plan to have mine up this week. Great meeting you!

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

I would LOVE to learn to make pottery on a wheel - how fun you got to do this and thanks for sharing with all of us! Also, FYI - March is National Women's History Month - Cool!!

Sit A Spell said...

I saw you on Wendy's blog and had to pop over and say HI. What fun y'all had !!! I'm most certain my clay would turn out a plate...maybe ; )

Also, is that sweet tea, by chance on your header photo? I've just moved to Florida nd can NOT make a good pitcher of sweet tea down here. I made some today with bought spring water and it turned out soooo dark.

Jane said...

OK Jessica,
I just read your sweet note...what is this huge move? Are you moving to a new home? A new town? State?
Keep us informed....
Jane (artfully graced)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great recap! It was SO much fun & great to meet you too. Hope you'll stop by & see me sometime, if you love Southern blogs.