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#1 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 11:19 AM

Dear friends

 

I thank Pres from all my heart for taking over the QOTW for me for the time I was abroad. I had a good time in Spain, but 3 days into my Symposium in Barcelona my mother-in-law died in Switzerland, and the good times were saddened a bit.

 

I am back now and my question for you is: are you looking into a mirror while throwing? For checking on the shape of the object you're doing? Mirror or no mirror is a very personal thing I've learned. I myself am throwing without mirror, but my neck sometimes is hurting from bending my body to the right....

 

What about you all?

 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 12:03 PM

Before I renovated my studio in 2013, I had a mirror mounted on the wall, at wheel height, about 4 feet away. I could look to my left a see what my pot looked like from 8 ft away. It's so much easier to see form issues from a distance. In my renovated studio, I do not have any wall space for the mirror that would work. I guess that's the drawback of using all of my available space for storage. 

 

Anyhow, with recent discussions about throwing with mirrors, I've been thinking about my mirror and I miss my mirror! 


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 03:56 PM

the mirror installed on my wheel is what is left from a long one that i put in a rental apartment over the garage at my old house.  it had a round top, now the piece left has been sliced across the circular part and it stands on the front of the table built around the wheel.  never have to touch it and it stands at the exact angle to see the wheelhead, the pot being trimmed, the giffin grip holding the pot being slipped and my cat, who loves to drink the slurry water.

 

no back problems, thank heavens.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 07:20 PM

I use a mirror now. I used to not use one, my wife took some pictures of my leaning over to look at the form. That's when I decided it was mirror time. Much better now. I can just look straight ahead and keep myself in much better back shape. 

 

I highly recommend getting one. 

 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 08:17 PM

I don't use one but I want to. I have the same problem as Mea: my walls are lined with storage which means nowhere to hang a mirror.

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

 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 08:18 PM

I am also very sorry to hear about your mother in law, Evelyne!

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 09:37 PM

Tried a mirror once not for me never used a mirror since.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 09:48 PM

Sorry for your loss Evelyne. Mirrors crack when I walk by them: a rather strange occurrence by all accounts. Soon as I finish my stoneware study, going to run a mirror study: I am beginning to get a complex.

 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 10:55 PM

Used one for one day, left it stuck to a piece of clay on the edge of the splash tray, the clay dried out and the mirror fell and broke.

Should really replace it, but haven't yet. I did like it for that one day though....



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 07:46 AM

I use a mirror that sits next to my window. Close fit . I like looking at my larger orbs as I go. The mirror works well for that. 

I had a visitor ask laughingly, "why do you have a mirror there?" as if it was a vanity thing. I explained that it spares me from standing back and looking at the form.

Evelyne, thank you again for organizing the symposium. Although you had some days away for your family's loss of your Mother-in-law, you were a very big part of it all.

 

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 08:52 AM

Haven't done any throwing for a while but I did have a mirror up. We have had some minor earthquakes due to the fracking in Oklahoma and it shook my mirror off the wall and cracked it up. I am looking around at garage sales for something inexpensive in case it happens again.  Denice



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 09:16 AM

denice, if you have a dollar tree store nearby, you will find an 8x10 mirror in a frame in their photo frame section for only $1.


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 10:01 AM

I do use mirrors, an old 3 part hinged lady's dresser mirror for throwing on one wheel that has a bat system attached  and another single surface mirror for trimming on another wheel that has my Giffin Grip attached. They both are placed within 1 ft. of the rear of the wheel, so I'm using them to check on symmetry. I first learned about using a mirror in a workshop 15 years ago with Angela Fina and have never thrown without one since. The need to bend uncomfortably to the right is almost conquered.



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 12:11 PM

 

I had a visitor ask laughingly, "why do you have a mirror there?" as if it was a vanity thing. I explained that it spares me from standing back and looking at the form.

 

 

The first time I saw a mirror by my friend's wheel in her studio I told her, "If you hang it on this wall nearby you can see yourself much better. Now you have to bend way over." She laughed at me and once she explained I laughed too. 


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 01:47 PM

A little portable mirror would be nice since I work in a class studio. I may be young, but I already have back problems and to help sitting on those hard studio seats I have a nice comfy seat cushion :D


 

 

 

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 02:46 PM

I have a mirror  (2'0" square, out of a skip - dumpster to most of you) on the wall behind my wheel, I think I use it more when trimming than throwing, and I can also check to see if my belly is growing too much.



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 10:55 PM

I have never tried this, but once I started throwing standing up I got a lot better perspective of what I was doing.



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Posted 29 September 2016 - 02:29 AM

Reminds me of the poem “Mirror mirror on my wall”,reformed in my version (on a" humour note")..

 

I, just want to be fabulous, pretty and tall (all my pots refer me as saying )…

 

Mirror mirror, if i change the shape ,

Maybe someone will like the arched

 

Mirror mirror, don’t you see?

What you show is ruining me (I say no not this another shape/dimension)..not this till infinite pots are dumped..

 

Mirror decided to reply:

 

Don't you think you see?

It is not true..this misery is within you..find oneself what you want to build rather you”ll lose all control..

 

Thereafter distance myself from “Mirror” I have only my image and my Soul ..

 

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 06:59 AM

I have never used a mirror for my pots. There's not a good place to hang one near my wheel, and with my wheel at standing height it's easy enough to take a couple steps back and get a good look.


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Posted 29 September 2016 - 08:23 AM

No mirror here, haven't tried it, maybe I should. Though I would have to push the Pugs out of the way to use it since they like admiring their reflections.



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