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D.M.Ernst

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    Female
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    Cleveland, OH
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    I've been making pottery since 1967. Currently teaching in retirement homes to students as old as 104.

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  1. Hi-I can't lift & carry much over 20 lbs. myself. When 50 lbs+ of clay shows up at my front door, I have to get it from the ground up the steps, up over a deep door lip, into the house, through the house, down steps, down another door drop of 3-4", and onto a back porch.  I bought a wheeled dolly-type gizmo called an UpCart---it smoothly goes up and down STAIRS! Rolls on specially configured  wheels--worth every penny, and it folds down flat and short.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Seems to be going around. Had a little accident earlier this year: can't lift more than 20-25lbs with my left arm without it going numb. Have not thrown anything since March. Hopefully it will heal up soon...by you have my empathy.

  2. In response to Pres's question, my classes in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) expose me to all kinds of physical and mental disabilities. In 27 years I've gained much insight into working with clay and physical impairments. My students have issues with vision, strength, mobility, memory, and concentration. One of my greatest joys is finding a way to "get the job done." We've created what Pres called "work arounds" to finish their projects. My personal limitations so far is that I no longer can lift a 50 pound box of clay and have to move only 25 pounds at a time. DME
  3. D.M.Ernst

    relocating kiln

    Thank you for your input. D
  4. D.M.Ernst

    relocating kiln

    The art room where I work is being remodeled and the kiln will be moved thirty feet from one end of the room to another. It will remain in the room during the renovation which will last three months. What suggestions do you have for moving the kiln without damaging it? What should be done to protect it from dust and dirt? It is a 10 cu. ft. electric. Thank you. Donna
  5. Glazenerd, your "retirement" will last about 3 months and then you won't be able to stop yourself from getting back to the clay. D
  6. D.M.Ernst

    smcopperorientalcopy.jpg

    wow, That's gorgeous.
  7. Glazenerd you boggle my mind. Thank you for teaching us so much about glazes and now clay. I am most impressed. D
  8. I'd like to inform the group that potter/author Richard Zakin has passed away. 

    Information at 

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/richard-zakin-obituary?pid=188704596

     

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Thank you for informing us,  he was my inspiration to work in Cone 6 clay and glazes.   After I read his first book in the early 70's I felt that Cone 6 oxidation was the future of pottery.     Denice

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I just read his obit-thanks for the info

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Thank you. I shared it with others. he contributed quite a lot to ceramic knowledge through his books.

      Thanks for letting us know.

      Marcia

       

       

  9. D.M.Ernst

    Pottery Stools, what do you use?

    My wheel is raised on 2'x4' boards. I sit on an old toilet with a cushion. Have storage available for stamps and small tools on the inside. D
  10. D.M.Ernst

    HOW OLD IS TOO OLD FOR A WHEEL?

    If it looks as if it has been treated well, I would go for it. Perhaps you can negotiate with the seller for a lower price? What's the price of a new one these days? I love my Brent C. D
  11. D.M.Ernst

    HOW OLD IS TOO OLD FOR A WHEEL?

    I'm a hobby potter, not a professional. I've had my Brent C since 1976 and have never had a problem with it (knock wood). My Brent A, which I bought in the mid-80s, needed some pedal adjustment which I was able to do with online instructions. I've never regretted spending the $$ for a Brent. I bought the Brent A so that I could take it to shows for demonstrations. D
  12. I took pottery classes on kick wheels during two of my pregnancies and all went well. My adult children are doing just fine. General safety guidelines should be sufficient. D
  13. D.M.Ernst

    Help with drying

    Instead of trimming on Thursday, why not make another pot? Then next Tuesday you can trim #1, and make #3. Thursday you can trim #2 etc. Given the extra time, the first pot should be ready to trim.
  14. After graduating college with a degree in secondary education, I got married to a man who became a professor in Cleveland, OH. I became a stay-at-home mom and doting wife. During that time, I worked as chef, home decorator, family financial expert, travel planner, yard care worker, delivery service, art gallery administrator, newsletter editor, and school volunteer for 22 years In addition to my other responsibilities, I started taking pottery classes one morning a week. This was just the beginning of my new career. I bought a wheel and kiln and started working from home while the kids were in school. A women’s group opened an art gallery which I helped manage for 18 years. This gallery provided an outlet for my work and an excuse to make more pots. When our youngest child was in high school, my volunteer work included helping the art teacher with her ceramics classes. When our son graduated, I wasn’t sure what I would do with my time. Conveniently, a friend asked me if I could teach pottery to residents of a retirement home. I was pretty sure I could, and decided to give it a try. It went well. Other facilities heard about my classes and at one time I was teaching five classes at four different retirement communities. I was actually making money being a teacher putting my college education to good use (finally), I’ve been at the first facility for 27 years and now teach three classes per week at two different homes. I started my career in pottery when I was 50 years old and now am as old as some of my students. I can’t imagine retiring, but when I do, I’ll just slip in to work one day with my suitcase and no one will notice I’ve moved in.
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