Monday, January 17, 2011
My gramma likes ceramics, too! She hasn't used the wheel much but she has taken many ceramics classes in the past and is now going to the ceramics class where she lives. She hasn't gone much lately because her eyesight isn't what it used to be, which frustrates me because clay is something anyone can do (even people who have a hard time seeing - or can't see at all). I'm not frustrated at gramma, but I wish the person running the class would make an effort to help her work with clay even with her sight issues, because she clearly likes it. Well, I can't be the art therapist everywhere, I guess. At least the person who does the jewelry making still encourages gramma to make necklaces, and I really think beading is harder than clay for people who have bad eyesight, so I don't know. It really shows you how much the joy in art making depends on the facilitator.
Gramma gave me her alligator that she made in ceramics because I gave her my teapot. I'm planning to give her another ceramics piece but not yet, I don't have anything I want to give her yet. Just lots of bowls. I love this alligator, especially because it has no teeth. He kind of looks like a grampa gator. She says his name is Ally the Alligator. He's on display in the living room :)
Yesterday I went to visit gramma (my mom's mom) with my parents. It's always fun to visit with gramma and I wish I had a car or an easier way to get up there. I can get most of the way on public transit but there's 15-20 minutes of driving after the train stops and it's really hard to do that on a regular basis with cabs (or renting a car regularly to drive up there). We never run out of stuff to talk about! 97 years old and she uses email. Excellent. Yesterday we talked about shopping, and how good bargains take a lot of work but can really be worth it. She said she used to love to shop, especially at the discount stores that used to be at Union Square. Well that explains my gramma's fashionable wedding dress! It was, by the way, aquamarine, which I still can't get over... how awesome is that.