1. I lift down three of my pots and the tutor gives (what seems to be) a genuine gasp of praise from across the room. They’re not perfect by any means but I see them as progress in general and in a new technique & style specifically.

1b. I always think of hollowing out sculptural pieces as a chore but find it strangely enjoyable and addictive when I get started. Two of my meeple, my Minoan bull and my Etruscan-inspired horse all end up considerably lighter by the time I’m done.

2. Very guilty pleasure: a pop tart as a tea-time snack.

3. Two perfect little seedlings: perfectly curved fat baby leaves on top of short, but strong, stems.