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The other day my daughter sent me this picture from one of our local libraries. They have a tabletop potter’s wheel available to check-out in their non-traditional library section. She also spotted that they have E-bikes, scooters and a whole bunch of other fun things!
We are so fortunate in our area to have many wonderful public libraries with unique and innovative ideas. One of our libraries has ukuleles and telescopes, another has a whole series of wooden toys. There is also a seed catalog and a bike park-cart that brings library books to our local parks during the summer.
This picture brought me back to my early days when I first brought my own potter’s wheel to play around with. Back then, having a successful pottery business wasn’t something I ever considered possible for myself but I just loved playing with clay. I signed up for some classes at the local art museum and things grew from there.
I used that trusty old kickwheel (bought from a printed newspaper classified ad) for at least twenty years. The rhythm of the wheel was soothing to kick and as my daughter grew from kid to tween to teen to adult she would stop down to my “office”in the basement to chat. Now, my grandkids are in their own pottery class at the Y and I can’t wait until they are old enough to help us out with our busy business.
This is a great video from DW Global about farmers using ancient irrigation systems (ollas!) to water their olive trees in Tunisia. I love seeing some of these old ideas be brought back into favor as we are facing a global climate crisis.