It always amazes me how certain skills in other areas of life are transferable to working with clay on the Potter’s Wheel. This weekend we had a helicopter pilot who proved himself a real whiz on the Potter’s wheel. Although he had never made pots before, he mastered the technique almost instantly. When I quizzed him on his natural ability, he likened the experience to flying a helicopter! Apparently the smallest of movement of the joystick (we’re talking millimeters) has a dramatic effect on the direction of the aircraft. The same sensitivity is required when gauging the thickness of the clay and pulling the material upwards.

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