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  1. I am the second least computer literate member here , so my suggestion may not be the most efficient.. You could send the photo to yourself, then download the photo to your computer, then post it on the forum.
  2. I would love to be able to be able to make a symmetric pot on a banding wheel. The spending habits of the wealthy differ from country to country. In some places, people spend vast amounts of money on celebrations of family events. I remember reading something a couple of years back about places where people would buy a mastiff dog for a million dollars. Of the people I have encountered who have $1000 or more to spend on something they don't really need, I think it would go toward overseas travel or home remodels.
  3. How fast are you actually spinning your banding wheel? I cannot imagine getting that symmetry of form on a banding wheel.
  4. This vessel wouldn't work for this purpose because of the size of the thing, but religious Jews before meals do a sort of ritual hand wash that involves pouring water over one hand and then the other with a three-handled pitcher, or with two handles 120' apart, called a laver.
  5. This could well be completely random. You know how if you toss a fair coin one hundred or more times, you will tend in there to get a string of heads or tails? This could be like the string of tails.
  6. Whenever there is a question with a very dominant answer, I like to ask myself what situation could turn the answer around. I know that Louise Nevelson was an abstract sculptor rather than a potter, but her body of sculptural work, at least after her earliest beginnings, was painted black. She made a few all white pieces and a few gold, but she spent her career exploring form in black. There are creative people who find it intriguing to work under a constraint, though in her case she simply felt that black contained all colors.
  7. Crafts fairs looked so different then than now. This is what I remember so strongly. There was an informality, and each vendor looked like he or she was set up at a garage work bench and brought the stuff out for the fair. There was no polish, no professional looking displays, no branding, no name tags, no business cards. It was all very earthy and in a sense romantic.
  8. You can replace the hats! If I am outdoors, I am in a hat, and often also indoors if I am away from home. My favorites are a red boiled wool hat with a "floral" band and black rim and a wide straw hat with a black band. I wish I had started on hats sooner.
  9. On July 4, 1976 I was at Plymouth Rock, watching a small town parade. I was between my first and second year of graduate school, working for the Summer at a think tank in New Jersey, and living in Manhattan. It was my first time living in the East, so I took the opportunity to check out bicentennial things in Massachusetts and in DC. But in terms of crafts fairs, I remember well the look. I lived for a number of years across Live Oak Park in Berkeley, where an annual crafts fair happened pretty much right outside my front door. There were no fancy booths, lots of pottery and leather (sandals and belts), beads, and such, and people looked either like Mark (but maybe not with shirt tucked in) or like me, which is to say long hair, tie-dye, funky...
  10. It is Lee who has the bacon press. I was just an admirer of the image.
  11. People love handmade things! I don't think such enthusiasm has ever died. But it is typically the wealthy (or those who can make their own) who can afford them. Among the comfortable but not wealthy or the person on a student budget without the financial obligations they may have later in life, whether they buy handmade items at that higher-than-mass-produced price point depends on how they value that object against other expenditures. The extra money spent on the handmade bowl is weighed against spending that money on travel, for example, or another experience, or electronics, or yoga class, or even charitable giving.
  12. I think there are two different interesting questions evolving here. Thank you, Mark. The first is why painting-your-own places are going out of favor. The second is whether or why younger people are not drawn to crafts careers as they might have been, say, a half century ago. On the first subject, I always thought that this activity was for children, or for parents who love the idea of the child making something Grandma would love to use and show off. For adults the expense of these paint-your-own pottery places might have become impossible after all the belt-tightening in 2008. Meanwhile the inexplicable but much less expensive pastime of adult coloring books has taken hold. In terms of young people, tech has become such an enormous draw in terms of career aspiration that it obliterates most other areas. It is flashy, often lucrative, and in some niches fast to learn. People don't need to be entrepreneurial or really creative to have a reasonable income stream in tech. Matthew Crawford, a car mechanic and PhD in philosophy in his first book Shopcraft as Soulcraft makes the case that young people in school get sold on the idea that those with cognitive gifts and interests belong on an entirely academic track and those without should go the trade route. He follows with an exposition of how the crafts and trades are actually more cognitively demanding by far than the typical employment paths attained through traditional academic pathways. For those of us who grew up in the 60s, there was a counter-cultural value of rejecting the jobs within the "military-industrial complex" to work with hands. Kids dropped out of college to embark on making leather goods and such. I wonder what proportion of people stuck with craft work. Now I think there are loads of people who would love to build careers in the creative arts but probably think it is too risky for them, that there are way more people interested in being artists and fine craftspeople than there are customers who will buy their work. Having to sell rather than getting a paycheck from someone else's marketing would also be off-putting to many. Easier to work for someone else. Construction is the textbook example of cyclical work, a feast or famine sort of occupation. Right now it is feast but it can often be famine.
  13. Just out of curiosity, why is the paint-your-own craze fading, do you think? The reason I ask is that it has been around so very long, I would have thought there would always be a niche. I remember when I was a little kid in the 50s and early 60s, it was a common thing for kids to mix plaster of paris and make a statuette from a mold and paint it. I remember making Yogi Bear, for example, but it was common and the sets came with primary colors of paints. Related, there were lots of paint by number things. When my kids were little, twenty five years ago, there were, and still are, paint your own pottery places. I have a stack of plates on which my kids painted their pleasure at the time. Once the kids were no longer little that activity was over for us, but it seems today's little kids would still like to do it. At my local Blick's they have some white plastic figures, I don't know what they are called, that are sold with markers for people to draw on. So the decorate your own pre-made thing still seems to be a thing. And Michael's craft store, last I was in one not so many years ago, still had blanks of various kinds for people to paint with hobby paints. These were always, in my experience, kid activities rather than adult activities.
  14. The image is splendid. I adore pigs. (Except in my case, because I adore pigs, I wouldn't want the words).
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