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#1 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 10:51 AM

Two days ago I started a kiln... high fire... at least cone 8. You must know that the weather here is nice, well more than nice, it is summer and hot outside. I would say around 86 FF. Combine this heat and the heat of the kiln and you get the temps we have in the kitchen when I open the door to the basement, where the kiln is. When my hubby saw me programming the kiln he blanched. Next thing he said is: "you potters are a crazy bunch"! "Why can't you start high fire kilns only in wintertime??"

 

Yesssss, we are crazy! And what my hubby said in his distress was a compliment in my ears.

 

QOTW: Can you remember what people said to you, or about you as a potter, that sounded rude, but was, in your ear, more a compliment than an insult?

 

Enjoy what ever you do!

 

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#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 11:55 AM

To quote Patti Warashina. We must be crazy to work in clay!
So yes.
But it is tremendously satisfying.
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#3 Joseph F

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 12:01 PM

The look my wife gives me when she is around me and my studio. Stinky water, covered in iron red glaze splatters, clay sometimes on my face from wiping off the sweat, stuff every where, me tossing everything away in a rant of a mood. I think she knows I am crazy. I am crazy... crazy in love with it all.



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 12:35 PM

The rest of the world is crazy to not be passionate like a potter.


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Posted 28 June 2016 - 01:03 PM

Crazy, Oh Yeah! I was glazing pots all day yesterday in the 85+ heat outside, Started up the kiln around 5pm, went bowling, then sat up with the kiln til 3am, then went to bed, got up with my wife at 7am to get breakfast, then went back to bed til just a little while ago. Crazy, who potters? 

 

 

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 01:45 PM

yes, crazy.  i just came back from visiting the man with a machine shop in his garage.  he looked at the tools i showed him hoping he would be able to suggest a way to bring them back to life.  i kept trying to explain that what he sees today is not how the tool is supposed to look.  he didn't get it and tried sharpening one on his 8 inch grinder.  i told him thank you and returned home.  he just does not see what is not there.

 

potters see what can be and do not notice the mess necessary to make it.  spouses are believers in the unknown, aren't you all lucky they allow you to do it?


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#7 Joseph F

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 01:46 PM

potters see what can be and do not notice the mess necessary to make it.  spouses are believers in the unknown, aren't you all lucky they allow you to do it?

 

You got that right. Man oh man am I one lucky man.



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:09 PM

Yep, I am crazy to feel fortunate to spend my days in a grubby little room full of  mud and mess and junky desk and shelves and a zillion little jars of underglaze, stains and slips in an organization that only I get. The thing is, all this messy junky chaos comes together when that kiln opens and treasures emerge.   rakuku



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:09 PM

Yep, I am crazy to feel fortunate to spend my days in a grubby little room full of  mud and mess and junky desk and shelves and a zillion little jars of underglaze, stains and slips in an organization that only I get. The thing is, all this messy junky chaos comes together when that kiln opens and treasures emerge.   rakuku



#10 Joseph F

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 02:59 PM

So I was thinking more about this, one of the most craziest things about potters is our progression, or at least how some of us progress, not everyone enjoys the same aesthetic.

 

But one of the most funny things to me is how we work so hard to throw perfect forms. Then celebrate a lot of joy by destroying those forms by making them imperfect. 



#11 Diesel Clay

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 03:44 PM

I think every last one of us is crazier than a bag of hammers!
Who else sees grace and form and colour in a misshapen lump of earth? Who else thinks to be so arrogant as to recreate primordial heat, and then proceed to throw things into it, just to see what comes out the other side?
We are madmen, all.
But all the best people are ;)

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:49 PM

Oh, I agree with everyone!!  We really are crazy!  One person I took a community ed class with me, quit after one semester because she said "I don't want to work that hard."  Another friend took one semester and said, "I am not going to keep doing something I am not good at."  So even if I have to work hard and even if I am not good at it, I am still working in clay!!  Yes, insanity could be the diagnosis!

 

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:50 PM

Oh, I agree with everyone!!  We really are crazy!  One person I took a community ed class with me, quit after one semester because she said "I don't want to work that hard."  Another friend took one semester and said, "I am not going to keep doing something I am not good at."  So even if I have to work hard and even if I am not good at it, I am still working in clay!!  Yes, insanity could be the diagnosis!

 

Roberta

 

I am out of likes, but I love this QoTW. Everyone is as crazy as I am. I feel right a home. I could sit at a table with you all and laugh my head off. It is good to know we are in good company isn't it. Being good at pottery requires you to be a bit insane. 



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 07:57 PM

I love summer! Best time to wood fire a batch of Raku.


​I prepared, and waited for a cooler morning. which came a week ago last Monday.


​At 6:00 am the temp. was in the mid 60's.


I rolled everything outside and fired 3 small loads before 9 that morning. The rest of the day was hot and humid.




#15 glazenerd

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 08:29 PM

 

QOTW: Can you remember what people said to you, or about you as a potter, that sounded rude, but was, in your ear, more a compliment than an insult?

 

1. off your rocker

2. a french fry short of a happy meal

3. your elevator does not go to the top floor.

4. your cheese slid off your cracker.

 

Wait. you were asking in regards to pottery..sorry. They just call me nerd mostly.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 09:38 PM

Silly question to ask a potter: "why make your own when you can easily buy it?"
They so don't get the point.

Yes potters are crazy but it's the best kind of crazy. Pug people are crazy too. Add pug and pottery craziness together and I guess I'm doubly crazy and I wouldn't had it any other way.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 10:27 PM

Who's crazy? Not us.

 

Visited my Mom at the old age home the other day & they were using arcrylic paint to paint flowers on standard 6 inch terracotta pots. Mom just rolled her eyes. She lived her life  & was never a "paint the flower pot" type of person- she travelled, went to concerts, racetracks, sportscars, etc. Now they have her doing this- sigh.

 

So fire the kiln- the hotter the better! 



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:14 AM

And if you ever want to see crazy-- look at me when I haven't been making pottery for a few months!


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:44 AM

Crazy? I hope so, I'd hate to think there's another explanation. <_< 



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 05:32 AM

Potters crazy?  Not by a longshot.

 

Everyone else.  Absolutely.







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