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#21 GiselleNo5

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 02:28 AM

My interests as follows:

 

Crochet, embroidery, jewelry making, watercolors, drawing, gardening, quilting - Level: very basic

Wheel throwing, slab building, baking, writing - Level: intermediate

Cooking, photography, sewing, making clay stamps - Level: advanced

Procrastination, self-doubt, imagination and laughter - Level: mastered


I create order from chaos. And also, chaos from order.

 

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#22 Chilly

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 04:55 AM

Things I have mastered:  eating right-handedly;   teaching;   falling off or flying over a bicycle;   gardening;  reading;  centering;  touch-typing;  knitting;   sewing;  the ability to say no;  

 

Things I have not (yet) mastered:  using a spoon in my left-hand;   slugs/snails;  lifting the sides when throwing;   

 

Things I never intend to master: housework;  chemistry;  electronics   

 

Things I am learning to master:   tact and diplomacy;   

 

 

Could go on, but that's enough one finger typing for now.


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#23 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 07:19 AM

forgot to mention the past 20 years of being a tour organizer for groups to Europe. I have been to Europe often and know my way around ceramic themed interests. Favorite book for this is by Alexandra Copeland from Australia who traveled across Asia to Europe collecting goods to sell when she got there. Really interesting book..A Guide to Ceramics Collections of Europe. I met her in Toronto at the Seduced by Color; Majolica conference at the Gardner Museum.. Bird watching especially here in the tropics. Downhill skiing, softball,  fly fishing and hot potting in most natural (undeveloped) hot springs n the West and a few in Europe..Shooting pool, was captain of my team in the Huntley Project. Shoot eight ball, cutthroat, and rotation. Fossil hunting.

 

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 08:30 AM

I feel like clay has mastered me, I hope someday to master it.  I was a decorator for 20 years, manage contractor crews on new construction and a dam good tiler.  I designed and built my own home and studio from scratch,  I focus all of my energy on mastering clay now I have  finished proving myself to others now I just have convince myself.     Denice



#25 Magnolia Mud Research

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 11:19 AM

asking dumb questions

 

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#26 florence w

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 11:35 AM

We potters are well rounded group!  (No sarcasm intended!!)  What have I mastered?  Very thought provoking topic... Let's just say, what have I enjoyed learning and doing...  Sewing, natural childbirth, playing the flute and piccolo, creating stained glass, gardening.  I no longer sew, but can when I need to; childbirth, three is enough; flute and piccolo, 6 years in school, 20 years in an community concert band; stained glass, 20 years but quit when the clay bug bit; gardening, not so much as my weedy garden shows.  I'm very proud of my successful children.  My son is a research scientist and holder of a 5-year NIH grant, oldest daughter worked in the seismic industry, sailed the seven seas and retired at 38, my youngest daughter teaches ninth grade earth and space science, recently returned from Iceland with her students. Raising children is much like working in clay - finding the correct balance between firm and gentle.



#27 JohnnyK

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 10:19 PM

asking dumb questions

 

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Come on, LT. There are no dumb questions, just answers you don't know yet.

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#28 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 04:10 AM

Ah! Very interesting mastered interest here! Let me see what I can add....

 

I mastered playing the piano, that's for sure.

I can restore antique furniture.

I am very good at networking and organising.

Hubby says I am a good cook (blush).....

 

Let me reflect some more. That can't be all?! Be back soon....

 

Evelyne

 

 

Addendum: what I NEVER will master is not getting upset when this sign appears: You have reached your quota of positive votes for the day....


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Posted 15 July 2016 - 05:35 AM

What a question…had to search my soul what did I mastered.… soul whispered

 

The art of bouncing back........

Build

Destroy

Rebuild

 

Mastering anything is hard work, harder than what I do….

 

Carrying a heart that never hurts and carry a smile that never fades(wish the whole world could master this)


Keep Smiling!!


#30 JBaymore

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 10:03 AM

I too shy away from the idea of "mastered" with most anything.  That is a  "title" for others to potentially append .... not for me to judge.

 

As to other things that I have done pretty seriously and well over the years.........

 

I started playing music professionally in clubs as the age of 13 (had a NJ liquor commission waiver).  Later I was in a very serious band in the late 60's and early 70's.  Spent a lot of time on the road and in recording studios (had a TINY clay studio in the basement of the band's house).  Got right to the edge of the "big time" (record company interested) and we all decided the music business was not for us.  I no longer play at all.  Miss it sometimes.  Still have my Gretch kit with Zildjans all around.  Can't bring myself to sell it.  (I played for the first time since 1972 at the Potter's Jam at NCECA two years ago.)

 

At the age of 18 I started teaching (snow) skiing professionally.  I stuck with that until maybe about 4-5 years ago... and ended that career holding the highest level of international certification (Level 3), and also as a Educational Staff member working for the Professional Ski Instructors of America.  Was sponsored by Atomic for most on my time doing that.  I still ski for fun. Still not too bad for an "old guy".

 

best,

 

.....................john


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#31 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 11:13 AM

I am no where near professional level skiing. By mastering skiing I mean able to make runs while in control. After sliding down the mountain terrified on my first attempt, that is mastering for my satisfaction..Maybe it is better to say overcome the instead of mastering. I would like to take up scuba diving but my husband gets seasick.

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#32 oldlady

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 02:08 PM

marcia, leave him on shore and go with mark c. :)  :P


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#33 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 02:36 PM

Thanks Oldlady. Mark sent me info in meds for it. I spent all my "likes" already today.

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#34 glazenerd

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 09:03 PM

Came to the conclusion many years ago that a creative soul is never satisfied with a singular expression. I see it on this forum all the time: no matter how close to  perfection a piece may be: there is always a quest to do more. I see it in the testing, pushing boundaries, exploring new forms or techniques; or the constant tweaking of our favorite glaze. So I am not amazed that so many have explored so much: I would expect nothing less from creative dreamers with endless curiosity.

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#35 Magnolia Mud Research

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 09:12 PM

JK said:

 

Come on, LT. There are no dumb questions, just answers you don't know yet.

 

Agreed,

 

And some times the conversation needs a "dumb" question to really get to the topic that needs to be discussed, especially when the "experts" are at the edge of the field of knowledge.  A dumb question often gets everyone outside the self imposed box where we reside.

 

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#36 Mark C.

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 01:57 AM

Mastered may be a bit overhyped but my thought on this thread was other things that one has been good at in life.

 

My list started young with butterfly catching and displays as well as lots ocean time with my family when very young-that later turned into being a dive master and underwater photographer which may be my most mastered craft.

I worked a few dive boats out of Santa Barbara  as a dive master with 40 aboard in the 80s to pay for my expensive habit of being underwater and hooked up with an accomplished underwater photographer as a mentor.

Diving like clay took over my life and now with two boats and two high pressure compressors and a pile of tanks (I'm a tank inspector as well) it been many a great experience on and under the sea.

If I had this to do over I would what a place to live with a dock and warmer water around.

 

The other skill sets are more mundane like electrical and plumbing and basic carpentry and concrete work which all came with being a potter.I like to know how stuff works since childhood and that been a good and bad thing-great when you master it -bad when you break it and cannot fix it. 

The last one thing that does  come to mind this evening is fishing for albacore tuna-I have a reputation for finding them and coming home with them the past near 20 years-I think it luck but it could be more.

Keep up the stories and let us know what you feel you are good at.


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#37 MatthewV

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 02:44 AM

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

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I can play an honest game of chess, épée fence well enough, and build what needs to be built (maybe not to code).


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#38 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:34 AM

Great list Matt. Nice reflections, Mark. One thing I really excelled at was being a klutz. First and second person to use the Girl Scout troop insurance on 2 camping trips. My family nickname was Calamity Jane because I was so accident prone. But childhood was exciting. Crabbing in a rowboat with my sisters, fishing with my grandfather, walking miles along the undeveloped Jersey Shore shell hunting, painting the porch rails for my grandmother, mowing the lawn for $0.25 allowance. Exploring Historical Philadelphia with a sketch book at age 11 after art school on Saturdays and stashing my portfolio and tool box in a locker at the 13th st. station. Always came home late and gave my mom some flowers if it was really late. 35-25 cents a bunch.

 

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 12:25 PM

I keep meaning to master procrastination, but have been putting it off.


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Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:16 PM

I'm pretty good at knitting with 4 needles. I like lace and cables.






Diesel Clay I knew it!!
Knitter of lace, knitter of cables, 2 needles, 4 needles NOT circular jobbies. here. SPinner of own fibres

No Master of... here just obsessiveness.
Earth mother here so do lots of stuff around that.
would like to master the art of public speaking, something happens to my voice.. any suggestions..Not much public here but would be nice. Can stand at front of class of teenagers no prob... what's going on"

JOhn B oh so modest one of those people who could do anything and does.

Benzine, well I can't imagine that
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Oh thought of a master of.. getting so far into a book I become deaf, frozen, all senses turned off. Wish everyone out of the house so I can get on with it!





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