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Chilly    329

Work colleague:     "the trouble with you is you're a perfectionist"

 

Me:      "It's no trouble at all"

 

Work colleague:     "                    "        (Silence!  Yes, that shut her up, and had everyone else biting on their fists to stop laughing)

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GiselleNo5    464

Mostly my family and friends get a sort of frozen look when they're trapped and I start telling them in great detail about the huge breakthrough I just had in learning to throw bowls, or about this certain glaze effect and why it works the way it does. They don't say much but if I stop talking they either change the subject or find something to do in the other room. 

 

My dad and my close friend are both potters and just as clay-mad as me so we have great conversations. 

 

But every single time I close the lid on a glaze firing I spend the next twenty four hours pondering how INSANE I am to take everything I've spent weeks or months working on and put into a box and heating it to 2200F and it may or may not look the way I want. Every single time during that twenty four hours I spend a lot of time pondering all the "easy" arts I've done in the past that could have decided to be passionate about like watercolors, photography, or sewing . I spent way less time on that stuff and then I didn't BURN IT WITH FIRE. (LOL I fire electric, that's just a joke). 

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Mark C.    1,800

No I never thought of myself as crazy-maybe diving with sharks while feeding them was a bad Idea but not crazy-cage diving with great whites not crazy-working with clay very sane at least for me.

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Babs    386

A friend said "know what half your problem is?' Your too intense.... I didn't ask what the other half of my problem was... I think I had just got up from dinner to check something out in a book, I hadn't been intense at all :huh:  just ignoring the conversation going on around the table.

I feel normal reading the posts on these forums so, no, can't say I am intense or crazy, just like to nut it out till I can stand the amount of my ignorance, for a while,  I do have ceramic brain worms which can lead to distracted intense looks......

And those cracks, which "let the light" in.. I focus on them a lot.

ANd there are those times when I know for sure that this is not the right approach and go ahead and do it anyway, is that crazy?

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Hi my forum friends. Again please excuse my not being oline as often as I want to be. The last few month, especially the last few weeks were crazy in another meaning as "potter crazy". My mother-in-law gave her best to try to prevent my hubby and I to leave for Italy. Including simulating a stroke to perfection. Also the Doctors fell for it.... Her roommate gave her away after 5 weeks.

We are in Italy now since yesterday. Yay, there's a life also for hubby and me sometimes.

 

Thank you all for your answers in this QOTW. I am happy to not being the only crazy potter. Weather here in Italy is great. Sunshine, temps in the 90 F already at 9 o'clock in the morning. Guess what I will do coming weekend!...... Yessssss, a pit fire of course, and on the side a trash bin fire (for Obvara). I am so looking forward to it! If I would live in the vicinity of Pres, I would volunteer to kiln sit at nights!

 

Let us stay as crazy as hatters..... Love!

 

Evelyne

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JimO    2

"But every single time I close the lid on a glaze firing I spend the next twenty four hours pondering how INSANE I am to take everything I've spent weeks or months working on and put into a box and heating it to 2200F and it may or may not look the way I want. Every single time during that twenty four hours I spend a lot of time pondering all the "easy" arts I've done in the past that could have decided to be passionate about like watercolors, photography, or sewing . I spent way less time on that stuff and then I didn't BURN IT WITH FIRE. (LOL I fire electric, that's just a joke). 

 

 

This pretty much says it all......

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SydneyGee    57

My classes are only scheduled twice a week, but I go in every day in between sessions, more than 4 hours a day. I work 8-5, go to the studio 5:15-10pm all week. I have dreams (or nightmares) all weekend of my work drying out, being put in the wrong kiln (greenware into a glaze kiln) or being destroyed. I think about which pieces I am upset with, or happy about. I think about things I want to try, tools I want... Obsession? Insanity? Passion?

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