Last week I got a second chance to take on the potters wheel at Earthborn Studio in Leeds. Last time it put a whoopin on me, but this time I feel like I redeemed myself! The fabulous Rachel at Grasping for Objectivity hosted another great workshop for Alabama Bloggers at Earthborn Studios, which happens to be owned by her Aunt, Tena Payne. Tena’s work is so incredible. I gave a full description of her bio in the post from the first time we visited her studio.
Since that time, Tena and Earthborn has been picked up by Willow House and should be for sale through their catalogs soon. You can also purchase online in her store.
Here are the lovely ladies who shared this experience with me this time.
(Front, Left to Right: Maree, Laura Kate, Alicia, Jamie, Rhoda, Lora Lynn. Back, l-r: Kelli, Me, Krista, Katherine, Kim, Steph, Brandi, Amy, and Rachel.)
Here is Tena in her element, pushing and pulling that clay with her strong potters hands.
Watching Tena work is to witness a master. She’s awesome. No better word for her. Her laid back style makes learning so easy.
Her assistant, Nabeel helped to keep us all on track all night. We needed to be kept on track, but he handled it like a pro!
Here is Kelli from Restore Interiors with our pinch pots. It was a lot easier pinching than throwing, but we all felt like we had been in a thumb wrestling tournament by the end of the night. Want strong hands? Start throwing clay! My thumb is still tired!
But we all pushed through to the end and got those pots pinched.
The wheel was easier for me this time. It was a little like riding a bicycle… it all came back to me. I got this pot up all by myself, only to have it get too top heavy and sling over to the side.
Thankfully Nabeel came to my rescue and I was able to make a whole new pot that was the highest one of the night! I was very proud! It looks like a flowerpot to me, so it’s gonna hold some pretty little flowers when I get it back. You can see all of our pots here- don’t they look great? It’s so fun watching the pots form beneath your hands. Nothing quite like it.
If you are in the Birmingham area I really hope you will go check this place out! They offer girls
1. Six Week Classes: Once a week, 2 hour long classes for six weeks – $165. This includes unlimited studio practice time.
2. Girls Night Out – 2 hours long; $35 per person with a minimum of 6 people in the party.
If you mention my blog, you’ll get a $15 supply fee discount! Woot!
And guess what? Tena was so generous to give all of us bloggers a huge prize to come home with us and one to give away to YOU!
Here is the Earthborn Pottery square dinner plate you could win. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s a speckled blue color with darker edges.
The back has been signed and carries the official Earthborn seal.
And the perfectly imperfect edges are not going to chip or crack very easily. Tena’s dishes are made to withstand some high traffic chowing, so they are very food safe.
Just enter any of the options on the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win!
Just so ya know, in exchange for this blog post I was given a free night to play at Earthborn Studios and came home with two incredible pieces of their pottery – one for me and one for a reader! All opinions are my own, and I wanna go back ASAP!
Love it!! I live nearby, so I’ll definitely be checking this out in the future!
The studio is not far from me. I really should plan a girls night. 🙂
Oooh! I got to go to play with clay with Kennedy’s class last year. I was way too into it considering I was supposed to be there helping the kids. That plate is magnificent! I’m so jealous you got to play with the wheely thing too!
Christine at First Home Love Life says
How fun! If I’m in that neck of the woods I will definitely stop by! What an awesome giveaway too!
Melissa @TheHappierHomemaker says
My favorite is the vanilla bean serving bowl!
Susan @ OurFamilyEats says
Everything is gorgeous, but he freeform footless dinner plate in sky is what really caught my eye. Would love to have that for some photos on my blog. Fun giveaway Beth! We should meet there sometime when I’m in town.
Inspire Me Heather says
Looks like you all had so much fun Beth! I like your little pot, it turned out cute! I’m entering in your giveaway too – that’s a beautiful plate!!
What a fun girls night out. Love the dinner plate too!
If ever there was an opportunity to laugh at yourself – this sure would be it. I wish I had some girlfriends that could attend with me. I don’t have any close buddies in ALA! and I just moved back to FL on Sunday!!!!!! This looks like a terrific time, however!!!!! Gosh, I need a good giggle, right about now! Love your blog!
P.S. This beautiful plate would be awesome on my kitchen counter!
Kathy Moody says
I love the pedestal bowls!! So pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sandy w says
Looks like a great give away. The dish is beautiful
As a fellow potter, I just got a real kick out of this blog! 🙂 Thanks for spreading excitement about clay and the wonderful process of getting to a great product!
🙂 Keep on mud-slinging!
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
What a fun girls night! Very “Ghost”!!
I’ve never thrown on wheel – but you make me want to give it a try.
How much fun! I’ve always wanted to throw clay…
Why did my parents not move to Alabama when I was younger?
I like pottery….I’m a girl….I can throw with the best of them 🙂
Looks like an amazing time!
Hi Beth! Thanks for visiting my blog the other day and leaving such sweet comments! Had to come over to follow you via facebook, twitter and pinterest to keep in touch with you! Looks like you guys had an amazing time! I took a pottery class once, like a million years ago, and it was a total epic fail….the bowl I was making started to flop on one side then the whole thing became off center and shot off the wheel! What a newb!! It’s definitely an ‘art’ to throw it down pottery style! Have a fab weekend and I look forward to getting to know you better 🙂
Ira Morse says
Yes, so beautiful…I want to have one of this Earthborn Pottery square dinner plates, hope I can win on this giveaways.
Looks so fun! Congrat’s you won the candle! Please send me your e-mail and I will forward it to goose creek.
Hi, I read your blog all the time but have only left a comment maybe once before. I just wanted to say that I really like your outfit in this post. And it looks like you had a great time!
[email protected] Boppy says
Awww that is so nice! Thanks so much, Maria! 🙂
Looks like a really fun night. I’ve never tried pottery. I can’t help but think of the movie “Ghost” when I see a pottery wheel. LOL
Glad you’re getting the hang of it!