I developed skills by learning how to use a potter's wheel and different techniques such as throwing, centering, and compressing. I also learned how to make a lid for one the containers I made (slideshow)
I explored by throwing practice bowls and pots on the wheel. Through experimentation I made my pot/bowl making skills better. I've used clay so It isn't a new medium, but it is a new concept of throwing on the wheel.
I engage and persist I didn't get most of my pots right the first try, and learning to center wasn't very easy for me. Despite being frustrated I still practice and created some decent looking bowls/cup