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  1. Ghilayne

    Shoulder Tendonitis/Bursitis

    I had a similar injury at 30 years old. After multiple trips to the Dr and finally deciding to take the cortisone shot, I asked if that'd cure the problem. When the Dr. said no I decided to live with it without the shot. A friend of mine told me that a mutual friend had studied to be a chiropractor but hadn't set up shop. The guy popped my arm back into the socket and it started getting better immediately. Remember, your doctor will never EVER recommend a chiropractor, but it helped me immensely.
  2. Mea, Fabulous article in this issue of Ceramics Monthly. It was the first thing I read, and still thinking about, honestly. Thank you for sharing; it's hugely helpful as my husband and I pursue our goals with our budding studio.
  3. Oh dear. A steno is not a what, so much as a who. A steno pad is that specific sort of notebook used by a stenographer, someone who can write in short-hand. There are various versions of shorthand... and yes, there are still some of us alive who can read and write it (You're really just teasing in asking this question, right?). Anyway, steno pads have remained popular even though the day of dictation to a person has long passed to dictating to a machine -- and on the verge of moving to the sort of machine that doesn't need a human to then listen and transcribe. Why is the little notebook so popular? Who knows. But for me, it's just the right size to take with me, the covers are hard enough to act as a clip board, and the line down the middle is list-making-licious.
  4. Quilting tools! I love my old plastic mats with lines and measurements marked, as well as having a collection of plastic piecing shapes, also with lines marked. Hexagons, triangles, squares, circles, scalloped shapes -- all great. A pizza cutter instead of a rotary fabric cutter saves ruining an olfa blade and lessens the chances of cutting yourself along with the clay. The plastic templates for quilted stiching come in a near endless variety of patterns and the cut-outs are usually wide enough to mark directly on the piece. Stencils meant for painting work just as well in our clay studios. Old drafting tools are wonderful studio additions, too. No off-angle pieces with a T-square, and the bendy metal curves allow for making all kinds of lines. Drafting templates are also useful, but they also tend to be much smaller, thinner/bendier plastic and more delicate than the quilting shape templates. And, having appropriated my husband's leather stamps has brought a new form of heaven to the studio, too. Kitchen tools tend to get left alone -- my husband is a delightful cook, my son is studying to be a chef -- so I pretty much limit myself to "can you get one of THOSE for me for the studio?" when I see one of their goodies that I like. Ok, so I borrowed the pie crust punch patterns a couple of times... but washed them thoroughly afterward!
  5. Creativity seems to grab me when I'm at my bread&butter job and supposed to be focused on that instead of clay! However, I keep a little notebook and jot things down in that. It's one of the heavy-duty sorts that Barnes & Noble carries with the thick wire binding, heavy cardboard covers (usually nicely decorated) and thick paper that doesn't mind being erased or having correction fluid slathered on it. These little notebooks are usually inexpensive; some have lined paper, some don't. I prefer the lined paper since I'm a wreck with drawing, and at least if one side is straight, between scribble and written description, the idea stays reconizable.
  6. Ghilayne

    Pottery Studio Etiquette

    Amen to this one! Mess aside, you never know what particles you could be ingesting. That may sound like the Disney elephant-child afraid of germs (except with me, chemicals!), but you can't be too safe.
  7. I'm in the market for a wheel, too... has anybody used Creative Industries wheels? I love the Brent machines at the studio where I'm a member, but the ads Iv'e seen for the "Big Boss" wheel look enticing. The reviews I've found seem mixed and not always up to date -- the latest here being from last year. Or would that age even matter? I mean, how often do pottery wheels change, certainly not like buying a used car? Thank you.
  8. Ghilayne

    Virginia Clay

    Thank you -- as a bonus, we can visit with family some while we're down there.
  9. Ghilayne

    Virginia Clay

    Hello, Does anybody know if there's a vendor out there who sells clay by the region where the clay originated? I'd like to start working clay originating in Virginia, and, while it would be satisfying to go digging raw clay from my stepfather's farm and preparing it myself, I'm pretty sure it would be time and labor prohibitive. Thank you, Ghilayne
  10. Ghilayne

    Ceramics In Fiction

    Heh. I'm working on a short story about a serial killer who is a potter. I chose potter because the killer disposes of the bodies by incinerating them in kilns, then grinding the ash and keeping it in ceramic funerary urns. Hopefully the potter in the bad murder mystery you read doesn't have the same habits I hope even more that my story isn't as bad as the one you read!

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