I did pottery classes many years ago and loved working with clay. I did lessons with several different teachers. At first I found the wheel frustrating and had no success. The teacher took pity on me and helped me remodel a collapsed pot into an ashtray which i gave to my father.
I found I got more satisfaction from hand building and concentrated on this area of pottery. I made many pottery houses, some of which I gave away as presents. I also sold a few.
These days I put my time into writing but really enjoyed doing pottery.