Last night I went to a paint-your-own ceramics place, Color Me Mine, for a night out with some of the other preschool mamas. My husband's last words to me before I left: "Don't do anything too complicated." Ha!
I couldn't help myself. I like complicated. Mostly, I think, because I like to draw the process out. It has been sooo long since I've had the opportunity to do ceramics painting, that I just couldn't let this chance pass me by. The design is from a Dover clip art book, Geometric Designs CD-ROM and Book. I traced it into the bowl using carbon paper (the markings will disappear once it's fired in the kiln) and then painted the outline. I wish I hadn't traced it off-center, but I think it will still be pretty when done. Hopefully, I'll be able to squeeze in time over a few evenings or on a weekend (or two) to finish it (I want to add some color and do something pretty along the rim).
But really, the highlight of the evening was having a chance to get to know some of the other moms. We see each other every week at preschool, but with the majority of our attention focused on rampaging toddlers, we don't exactly get much time to chat. It was awesome just getting to hang out and relax. And paint! Everyone created some beautiful pieces-- there were bowls, mugs, platters, spoon rests, and lots and lots of beautiful colors and designs. It was really inspiring seeing everyone at work. (Note to self: remember to bring camera next time!)