Clay Habit Class
With a large amount of rain over the week, my second visit to Clay Habit was rescheduled to March 27th. I attended a class at the Studio that lasted for two and a half hours. I was able to observe a class of senior women, all working on different projects. The information I gathered came from watching, listening, note taking, and photographing. With only a few open-ended questions the women willingly shared their opinions and thoughts.
I learned that Clay Habit is more than a pottery class for these ladies, it is a refuge, a haven where they have the opportunity to learn from a skilled, educated and gifted teacher.
If you listen carefully to the conversations during one of Mia’s classes you will hear students make comments like these:
“You better listen, she knows what she is doing.”
“She never measures anything and it comes out perfect every time. I would have my ruler out measuring this and that. Not Mia, and look.”
“Mia, I’m not sure what to do with this mermaid’s tail. Suggestions?”
“I like it like it is, but if Mia says it needs more black paint, then it needs more black paint.”
“You know she is the best around.”
The conversations give a clear perspective of the student’s respect for Mia’s instruction and knowledge. But, it is not only about Mia’s teaching, her student’s genuinely love her.
“Mia, did you see Shakira on The Voice this week? I know how you love her!”
“Yes, yes, yes – her new album is already #2.”“No it’s #1!”
“You know where she got, my hips don’t lie? If the music isn’t good her hips won’t move.”
“Mia did you get your truck back yet?”
“No not yet. I’ve been walking everywhere. Look, I’ve worn my sneakers out. I need to go to Kohls.” “Get your purse. I’ll take you.”
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