The new website!
We’re just days from the launch of the new Good Dirt website, and it’s just hitting me what an amazing resource this is going to be not only for our local pottery community but also for folks farther away. Scott Smith, one of Good Dirt’s resident artists, is shepherding me and Kim through the process of building the site and shielding us from techno-desperation. I’ve always been reluctant to delve too deeply into the online world because of fear that I’ll get bogged down in the technology and that it will suck too much time away from the aspect of my job that I really love…the teaching. There’s nothing I like better than to watch a student getting the hang of a new technique and then being able to make a dramatic leap in ability. However, teaching six different classes each week this term is showing me that there is a definite limit to the number of aspiring potters I can reach directly through hands-on classes. I hope that by posting videos of basic techniques on our website, I can help students avoid the frustration of never understanding how to control the clay on the wheel. This will be great review material for the students in my courses, but it will also benefit people who have never set foot in Good Dirt. That’s pretty powerful motivation to break down and learn how to create a really useful website and to keep its content fresh and up-to-date.
I have to confess that it’s a little daunting to think of keeping one more ball in the air, but I’m looking forward to having some fun with the site and the blog. I’m thinking videos of throwing with my feet to lighten the mood. I certainly welcome feedback and comments on the direction you’d like this project to take and things you’d like to see included in the video series. Poke around the site, especially the instructional resources area, and let me know what you find useful. I’m just finishing up a firing in our cone 10 gas kiln, waiting for those last cones to drop. I had better sign off for now and go pay attention to getting the temperature even throughout the kiln so it all comes out well.