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#21 What?

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 01:57 PM

Do not touch freshly made anything. Do not uncover anything (I know your curious don't). Don't touch the motorcycle on the other side of the garage.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 02:16 PM

I always say to any visitor -man you look clean well that will change fast in here. They usually get out fast before any touching comes up.


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:39 PM

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So far my favorite answer: you can touch "any cleaning instrument" you like!

 

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Posted 19 October 2016 - 06:24 PM

i have a neighbor who breaks things by walking in the door.  he is forbidden to come in.  but he really is a sweet guy, just clumsy.

 

the only thing i cannot stand other people touching is the radio.  i live on the farthest possible western border for the classic music station from washington DC.   the very loud local religious station has a strong signal and it comes on when the slightest movement happens around my radio.  getting WETA back is an ordeal i hate.  there is a large sign on the radio that says DO NOT TOUCH!

 

last time, someone who was in the studio turned it off when someone else came in.  problem is she used the large dial which is the one that changes the station, not the one that turns it off.


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Posted 20 October 2016 - 04:31 AM

If I hand it to you, or tell you that you can touch it,  you can touch it.  My friends that come to visit me are very respectful.  I can understand them being very curious, so I try to let them touch when I can.  It's how people learn about things.  



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Posted 20 October 2016 - 05:06 PM

Mostly just spiders in my studio, and me occasionally

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 06:06 AM

Well, so far by rating the responses: it appears as though:

 

1. Do Not Touch... because of safety reasons .......... a good thing.

2. Do Not Touch...green ware ......we all understand that concern.

3. Do Not touch.. my tools.... tools seem to be the extension of us.

 

I wonder why there is such a close bond between the potter and their tools?

 

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 11:52 PM

You would think with being a perfectionist with some obsessive compulsive disorder, that the thought of my stuff being marred would affect me. But when students in the past rubbed off the glaze of a freshly dipped cup...it was they who freaked out about the "damage" and it was me who had to show them I was willing to scrape the other side to balance it out, so they'd calm down!!! I tell them, that at one time it mattered but currently I really don't care. I tell them once its fired, there's a 50/50 chance that the flaw will improve the look.

Speaking of hands off!!! When I started off in archaeology field school, one of my instructors was telling us the day he almost got divorced. It seems he came home with a good deal of pottery sherds. Sherds he'd have to soak, clean, and pat dry. While standing in the kitchen thinking about the task at hand, he noticed the dish washer...it was empty and the wife wasn't home! So he loaded it up with freshly dug Woodland era sherds. The plan was have the jets of water gently clean off the dirt, which would exit and go away...! But the screen clogged up and most of the sand, dirt, and root fibers filled up the bottom of the dish washer. And then the wife came home! He said that was the moment he found out that the dish washer HE had bought actually belonged to his wife! :)

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 05:59 PM

3. Do Not touch.. my tools.... tools seem to be the extension of us.

 

I wonder why there is such a close bond between the potter and their tools?

 

 

I think that for me, I use certain tools for very special functions. I had one loop tool that was THE tool I used on 80% of my pots to carve designs. After I wore through the loop with all my gritty clay, I bought several more; then realized at that rate I was going to be purchasing one every two weeks. I then went to considerable effort to find a replacement tool that was more durable. I found one and bought three. If someone misplaces or breaks that one wire loop tool, all work comes to a halt until I can replace it. I think that's why I feel so protective of that tool in particular. 

 

I don't like people moving my stuff around and putting it in different places, or damaging my tools. For example, my mom once used a plastic fondant tool to sculpt and smooth a rock hard dry sculpture and totally ruined it. What really bugged me was, she had a whole cup of tools including METAL CHISELS that would have worked perfectly!!!!

 

I also get really frustrated when I am already sitting down to throw and I find that the little caddy of tools that I keep within reach and stocked with throwing sticks, ribs, sponges, and wires has been robbed. I then have to get up and go on the hunt with clay up to my elbows. If I did it, well then I can't really be mad. If someone else did .... > :(


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 07:19 PM

I appreciate all who have responded. I just recently purchased  a wheel and some tools: to my surprise I have invited many people to come over and give it a spin. However, DO NOT TOUCH my drills, saws, hammers, and other carpentry tools. I was actually expecting tools to be on the top of the list: I know the personal connection. Pottery is personal in the making, but the final product is open to any and all.

 

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 08:04 PM

Nerd - give it time your wheel doesn't really feel like yours yet, it's too new so it's fun to let others have at it. Over time you will find certain settings you like and if someone changes those you will find it annoying. The tools will become just like your drills, hammers, etc. Those tools have been with you awhile so they feel like YOURS, the pottery tools will do the same and become yours, an extension of your creativity.

So basically let em play now cuz later you are going to get possessive about them.

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:29 PM

Pug:

 

For many years I hesitated about buying a wheel: always struck me as a rather boring pursuit. I would watch others, and all I could see was a wheel going round and round. The one thing that I did not expect was the absolute escape from reality: meaning I forget about everything else when I am throwing. Would have never imagined a pottery wheel would be such a de-stresser. Doing okay centering and learning to pull: it will be awhile before it feels natural. I can make a medium sized bowl in ten minutes: 9.30 minutes to center, and 30 seconds to pull the walls...  :P 

 

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 07:51 AM

  Doing okay centering and learning to pull: it will be awhile before it feels natural. I can make a medium sized bowl in ten minutes: 9.30 minutes to center, and 30 seconds to pull the walls...  :P 
 
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It SHOULD take you most of your time to centre, and do all the setup. You're on the right track! Although the 9 minutes part will get to be less, it'll still take longer than the pulls. Keep at it. It'll feel more natural in a month or so.

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 10:13 AM

Wow, thank you all for answering Nerd's question so honestly. And some answers are hilarious. Anybody may gladly touch MY spiders Tom, and throw them out. Mine are huuuuuge :o. Ha! I am tempted to post, as the next QOTW, a spider photo contest: who has the biggest spider in the studio?  :lol: 

 

So, off to the next QOTW... (don't worry, no spider hunt...)


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 05:32 PM

Evelyne:

 

I think the forum has caught on to my line of questioning. We say we do not have a favorite form, but we do. We say we do not have a favorite glaze or color: but we do. As large as the world is these days, privacy is becoming rare: our space is invaded daily by the internet, cell phones, mass mailings. So it is no small wonder that our studio/work space becomes a private sanctuary. A place of refuge, a place where we can be ourselves, and a place where the demands of living end.

 

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 01:37 AM

I never take a cell phone or tablet out to studio -I have a land line and folks do not call much anymore-to busy with instagraming and texting.

I have my 2 300 cd players on shuffle every day-keeps me sane.


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 08:55 PM

1. JUST thrown wet pots
2. Handles on wet or bone dry pieces
3. me when I'm doing anything in there
4. GLAZE mixer
5. Tickle spots

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 08:59 PM

5. Don't touch, ME. You would not believe the people who bump me to get past. I am tiny, and there is plenty of space around me at all times to move throughout the very large studio. Don't touch my hair. Don't touch my arm. I am extremely easily startled and I do jump and flinch if touched, which often times results in a messed up design, pot, or even broken pottery.
 
There are several repeat offenders in the studio. I tend to go in everyday after work, and I have the same set of students that despite being reminded, still break these rules. The sitting in the chair honestly gets me the worst, I can forgive a broken pot, I can forgive stealing a cookie, but do not prevent me from working. :P

 
Good thing I don't work in a community studio! LOL I would definitely not sit behind a wheel that was clearly in use. Some people are oblivious.
 
But oh my word, I'm such a toucher. I touch everybody. If I'm going behind someone and I think I might bump into them I say, "I'm behind you!" and touch their back or arm lightly. I used to work in a restaurant and I've had people back into me with a tray of food or bar drinks as they turned away from the counter so it's now thoroughly ingrained to vocally and physically announce my presence. I'm also very bad about if someone is wearing pretty earrings, I will compliment them and brush them gently with one finger. I don't grab the person's face or anything but I touch before I think. Apparently I'm four years old. ;)
 
But once I get to know people I can usually tell if they don't like the touching and I won't hug them on greeting or goodbye. (Notice, Sydney, that I did not hug you on this visit. That was specifically because I thought you did not prefer it. I'm very pleased with myself that I was right!) Even some of my very close friends do not like to be hugged and once I figure it out or they finally tell me, I don't do it any more.

Oh my gosh I would so run away from you! My personal space bubble is at least 3 feet in any direction at all times!

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 09:22 PM

 

 

Oh my gosh I would so run away from you! My personal space bubble is at least 3 feet in any direction at all times!

 

 

If we met, and I liked you, I would probably say goodbye with a hug. BUT. I am very very good at reading people's reaction to physical contact. If it isn't enthusiastically returned, the first hug will be the last. So hopefully you would forgive just one mistake. LOL I tend to be pretty bouncy and enthusiastic so if you can't handle one hug you probably won't be able to stand me either. :D 


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