January is catch up time… re-stocking and catching up after the busy holiday season. I had a really nice break between Christmas and New Years, then had to switch gears back into the throwing mode. I don’t know about any of the other potters out there, but when I’m in my throwing cycle I can’t seem to do much else. My body is so sore every day. I’m thinking it’s just this 48-year-old body! My neck hurts, my hip hurts, my hands are aching! I do my yoga, I walk a half hour a day, bike when it’s warm, cross-country ski in winter… I move my muscles in other ways, yet I’m still sore!
I was at an Asparagus Valley Potter’s Guild meeting last week, I asked the others how they felt. My friend Steve said he can throw pots for about 5-6 hours one day, then the next day, about 4-5 hours, then the next, 3-4 hours, by the fourth day can’t really throw anymore! Similar stories from the others. I need to say here, that the youngest potter there was 38.
I remember when I discovered pottery my senior year in high school I was a real jock, and was so happy finding an art form that was like an athletic event! Now I’m thinking about professional athletes and how they are all retired by 35 or 40… hmm, potters can’t do that… and really I don’t want to… what I really want is the stamina of an 18-year-old again!
So does anyone else out there have anything to say about this? What are your limits?