This particular cycle is going rather slowly between getting some packages packed up and trying to plan out a full kiln load of orders and pieces that I have just decided to make to explore an idea. One piece of advice I was given many years ago is that to be productive, it helps to have a plan when you sit at the wheel. Without a plan, the wheel spins, the clay goes from lump to cylinder and then what; that seems to be the order of the day and it is Wednesday, after all. It is not that I could just make stuff that I have a muscle memory for, it is simply that I am working on ideas that need a certain amount of flexibility and looseness to them, tools I am not in the best possession of. I would rather take a little extra time and get things worked out within my general diabolical plan as in the end, I think I will be all the happier for it.
While struggling with the clay this week, there are a number of things that spring to mind like a mobius loop; from pots, music, books, TV and movies. This short routine by Abbott & Costello is one of them and relates to the average potter, probably more than anyone can know. Enjoy.