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#21 Pres

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 07:59 AM

Yeah, my wife says I can always wait til Christmas comes to open presents, no anticipation. However, when it comes to waiting for a kiln to cool, I have to peek!


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Posted 29 June 2016 - 08:24 AM

I must be crazy, I am putting up the 5x6 mural I finished a year ago, it's hot and humid at least the area I am working in is shaded until noon.  The mural is three dimensional and has some very large tiles, so it's going to be a slow process.  Denice



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:29 PM

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 04:19 PM

That look that you get when doing a public wheel-throwing demonstration...where you lift the bat off the wheel with the finished piece, show it to everyone, then slice it right down the middle with a wire.  Yes. THAT look = Crazy!

 

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#25 Pres

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 07:49 AM

I used to love that sort of thing when in the classroom. Do a throwing demo, and then slice it right on the wheel to see the total dismay of all the on lookers. Other times when a pot of mine would come out of a glaze fire and have a flaw, and I would drop it right on the concrete floor . . . saying it could never be right so I had to redo it! Hmmm, thank goodness most of them now don't have flaws, and the ones that do my wife takes as hers!

 

 

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:30 PM

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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Posted 30 June 2016 - 03:43 PM

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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Posted 01 July 2016 - 02:46 PM

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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Posted 02 July 2016 - 01:40 AM

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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Posted 02 July 2016 - 07:43 AM

Perhaps this should be the crazy potters theme song.  Carly Simons; "Anticipation."

 

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#31 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 05:10 AM

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!

 

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:34 PM

What a great thread.

 

Yup, I'd say I'm crazy.  Passionate about my work and crazy.....as a loon...


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 04:38 PM

"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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Posted 14 September 2016 - 03:23 PM

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?


 

 

 

Might as well admit it, i'm addicted to clay....






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