“Mylo, what kind of bowl should I make?” I asked my three-year-old son.
“A round one,” my husband, Ryan, sarcastically replied.
“I was thinking of doing a triangle with some cute saying inside. Wait, I know. I’ll make it in the shape of Wisconsin and write ‘Buy Local’ on the inside!” I was thoroughly delighted with my idea and left our house excited to create a bowl to be sold at the Peninsula School of Art’s SOUP! Benefit.
I’m not a very artistic person (even my stick figures look childish) but at some point a mother must take her own advice to her children and try new things.
I arrived at the Peninsula School of Art and was greeted with smiles, beverages, food and clay. The room was filled with creativity and laughter. A friendly artist explained how to make a round bowl.
“Do I have to make a round bowl?” I inquired. “I’d like to make one shaped like Wisconsin.”
My question was met with a kind, “just remember this is for soup.”
I laid out my round slab of clay and pulled up an image of Wisconsin on my phone. I began bending, stretching and molding. Soon my bowl resembled Wisconsin. I grabbed another glass of wine and some second opinions to ensure that my bowl was as accurate as possible, despite my attempts to add Washington and Rock islands, which kept falling off the tip of the peninsula.
Then came the colored glaze: blue around the inside edges to signify the water that surrounds and fills Wisconsin; green, though it was more of an aquamarine, to signify the grasslands of this Midwestern state; red lettering and exterior edges for the abundance of cherries in Door County.
As the night ended, bowls of every size and color lined the drying tables. Intricate designs, handles, embellishments, and even varying shapes told the story of the person who created it.
While this was my first time participating in the bowl-making process, I can assure you that it won’t be my last. In fact, I intend to bring my kids to the Family Art Day featuring bowl-making so they can get their hands dirty and share their creativity.