Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My first pottery lesson

In the fall of 2014 I decided to bite the dust, so to speak, and sign up for pottery lessons and I can tell you that I am not sorry that I did. Of course I had some reservations as a blind person; could a blind person learn to do pottery? I have friends who have done it, but for me, I was definitely hesitant.

Everything has turned out just right for me. My teacher, Joan, is a wonderful teacher and shows no inhibitions when working with a blind person.

In my first lesson I learned to make a mug. I learned to be patient, persistent, and become a better listener. Everything was a slow and purposeful step. Everything had its order. That is, one step followed the next and you could not go onto the next step until the present one was completed.

Joan was very patient with me, explaining things as she went along and at the end of three hours I had made my first mug. No more thinking that a blind person could not do it.

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