This is a Before and After photo of my donkey. Usually the after photos are suppose to look better but not in this case. We fired donkey in the new kiln and it was 200 degrees off so he was just a puddle in the bottom of the kiln.
As my husband says, “This is why they say pottery is an art, not a scientific method” So I’ll make him again and fir him in the old kiln. I really don’t like recreating pieces but in this case there is no way around it.
I am making the donkey for a friend’s birthday present. I didn’t want to do a realistic one because have you ever noticed that donkeys never look all that happy about being donkeys?
This ‘Epic Fail Donkey’ only took me a couple of hours to do. It took me about 2 weeks to get it in my head and decide how I was going to do it. In honesty it took me two weeks to make myself try to do it and face the fact that I might fail and not sculpt the donkey I had in my head.
When I’m sculpting it does seem that there always comes a point where I think, “This is it, the one I can’t do. I’m going to have to through this back into the clay pot and start again or admit defeat. ” Then I keep working and it starts taking form and it just starts becoming what I imagined it to be.
I have heard that ‘failure is the beginning of learning.’ I had to think about that when I was told that for a minute because it totally made no sense to me.
I know now what it means. When you fail you have to regroup or quit. Those that regroup learn at least one way that won’t work and have to find out another way to succeed. If you hadn’t failed then you would have never found the technique that got you to success.
But knowing that doesn’t make failing any less discouraging.