How to Make the Muscles in One Leg Significantly Larger Than the Other

As mentioned in an earlier post, we found a pottery teacher for the kids in the neighboring town of Avanos, a place known for the red clay that comes out of the Kizilirmak river. The teacher is named Ertas; he started at the wheel when he was about seven and now continues to run what was his father’s studio. In addition, he’s a high school history teacher and a driver’s license examiner. Pretty much, he’s a one-stop shop, this guy.

Having a lesson each week is not only good for the kids, in terms of learning a new skill, but it’s beneficial for all of us to have a commitment outside of the house each week and to feel like we’re availing ourselves of an activity for which this region is renowned. A bonus during each lesson is the conversation with Ertas, as he has more English than most Cappadocian Turks and is–how to put this non-judgementally?–more of an academic thinker than most Cappadocian Turks. Put another way: he reads, and, therefore, he has a depth and breadth of facts and critical thinking that aren’t present in those whose daily lives are built around sitting on the street and drinking tea twelve hours a day. Their habits stem, er, more from the oral tradition.

At any rate, we’re delighted Haakon and Allegra have this chance to learn from a man who is very aware of the larger context of individual human experience. Plus, he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

Here are a couple of videos of the kids at the wheel:

Paco Pottery from Jocelyn Blog on Vimeo.

Girl at Wheel from Jocelyn Blog on Vimeo.

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6 Responses to How to Make the Muscles in One Leg Significantly Larger Than the Other

  1. I call that a good connection. Conversation with the well-read is something that is not to be taken for granted!

  2. Kirsten & Virginia says:

    so good to “see” the kids…love the videos!

  3. I like how you can see from the video the kids’ differences–Paco keeps a constant speed on the wheel and Allegra gets it going then gives her leg a break. This is really cool.

  4. A man who knows how to have a conversation and get his hands dirty…now that’s a real find! The pottery wheel looks like fun…what, no lessons for the grownups?

  5. lime says:

    wow, i was excited that you found a teacher at all but that he seems to be such a rich source of interaction makes it even better.

  6. Deborah says:

    I can see it now. You’ll uncover more and more cool cultural things to do and learn and will be obliged to ask for an extension to your sabbatical.

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