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#1 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 05:52 AM

Oh no!, don't think I make life easy for you! The "most helpful thingy" must be a thing that has nothing to do with pottery! See, now you have to think again.... :D

 

Good morning everybody. MY most helpful thingy is a water bottle that I can also use when my hands are full of mud. And the bottle is spick-and-span after using! I have to drink lots of water or tea during the day to prevent my head from getting a headache. Too little water in my body, too much pain. So it's drinking and drinking at least 4 liters of water or tea for me. And yes Marcia, I saw you using excatly a bottle like that at our symposium in Barcelona, and I was searching in every store till I found one.

 

(Of course I know that I could always use a glass and a straw if I don't want to smudge the glass or bottle with clay, but would that be cool? See!!)

 

What is YOUR most helpful cool object that helps you through a clay-day?

 

Happy week to all of you!

 

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#2 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:07 AM

wheels! As I am packing I am very thankful I made dollies for glaze buckets and clay storage. most things can roll onto the truck They'll still need to be secured, I but I have two big rolling cupboards to put the 5 gallon buckets.
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#3 GiselleNo5

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:50 AM

I agree with Marcia about the wheels!

But the non pottery tool I use every time in the studio is my radio. Keeps me sane.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:32 AM

I buy heavy duty planter dollies when I find them on closeout in the fall.  I use them under five gal. buckets of clay, I can roll them around my studio with ease.  I just bought this set of kitchen utensils from Tuesday Morning from the close out bin.  They are  silicone and have unusual shape and they look like they belong in a child's play kitchen, so small.  I have been making some hand coiled vases, jars and oil cruets and getting my big hands inside to smooth and shape has been frustrating. I started working with them last week they are wonderful, I have been able to get into every nook and cranny. My goal lately is to work smaller, smarter and quicker, these utensils have help me get there. The company who makes them is CORE.   Denice



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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:41 AM

Air compressor.    Dial it down to spray glazes.  Wheels high up there too--- IE. my dolly. Bar stool and hand calculator- on my Nerd days.

 

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:53 AM

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 11:16 AM

My 300 stack cd player that fills the studio and kiln area with tunes. I have volume controls at several locations. The unit is in the house . I could not spend all that time in studio without the tuns always going.By far my best non clay tool.

#2 may just be my car kilns wheels but thats all I have for rolling as studio is to small for carts.


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 11:24 AM

My iPod dock, awesome sound either with music or books. My glazing area is in another room so those days are music days cranked up while I like books when I throw, trim & do attaching.
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#9 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 12:35 PM

I like this rubbery silicon baking shapes for making plaster forms. Clean release from the plaster. I use them for any excess plaster when I am making larger molds.
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#10 SydneyGee

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 12:43 PM

A seat cushion, got a flat butt and it hurts after sitting on hard stools all day.

 

Radio, teacher has an ipod with pandora and loud speakers that plays calming or jazzy music. Helps me concentrate.


 

 

 

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#11 oldlady

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 04:27 PM

denice, no picture came through.

 

chilly, sell that wonderful antique and get a slab roller.  don't hurt it.

 

the only thing i can recall that is not a pottery tool is the small snickers bars with almonds for an afternoon pick-me-up.  they are always in the refrigerator.  


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 05:53 PM

My computer... does that count? Couldn't do what I do without the computer, scanner, digital die cutter, laser printers, pigment printer, etc. I use my iPad for capturing videos and photos as well. I'm a potter of the digital age.

Oh! and my darkroom setup for creating silk screens.

The LEAST useful things I can't live without in the studio... PUGS!

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:39 PM

Cordless headphones!
I need my jams for concentration and time keeping (I use playlists that are about an hour long) but I lost track of the number of times I almost hung myself on friggin' headphone cords!

Edit: runner up prize goes to craft foam molds, a la Meredith Host. They make surprisingly effective slump moulds for small items.

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 11:59 PM

Cordless headphones!
I need my jams for concentration and time keeping (I use playlists that are about an hour long) but I lost track of the number of times I almost hung myself on friggin' headphone cords!

Edit: runner up prize goes to craft foam molds, a la Meredith Host. They make surprisingly effective slump moulds for small items.

 

I am going to look for some good cordless headphones. I never thought of that. The ones I have, I connect to my little MP3 player and then thread down under my shirt and clip onto my pocket. It is a very flawed system since the cord comes out of the neck of my shirt and is inevitably either too tight, pulling the headphones off my head in tiny increments, or too loose, with a big loop that becomes increasingly covered with clay as I shove it out of my face. LOL


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 04:36 AM

My stereo system, first and foremost.  Gotta have my tunes, whether it be Mozart or Metallica.  Second choice are my swivel barstools, makes getting to and away from my tables easier when I'm writing notes, glazing, carving, etc.  Then my windows, for the light of course, and there is nothing like opening them to let in a country spring breeze and hear the birds singing.



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Posted 01 December 2016 - 05:24 AM

Having moved from a studio space that did not include a sink (*Gasp*), I have a custom, deep sink at a height where I don't have to stoop over to wash, mix, wipe stain, etc. It is a lifesaver for me...and of course, having a clay trap (my least favorite thing to clean but also MOST helpful).

 

I find it interesting that so many of us have mentioned music (and music delivery systems)...not surprised but getting a nice warm feeling about why I like these folks.  I cannot imagine my working space without having tunes readily available.

 

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Posted 01 December 2016 - 01:22 PM

Lots of lighting. A year ago I bought six led shop lights and added a couple more. I love it. Gotta have the tunes going. Oh and mosquito repellant a couple times a year for a couple weeks it's bad.


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Posted 01 December 2016 - 02:55 PM

my drying window. I have shelves in front of it and on sunny days it becomes warm and dries out my little critters . They would otherwise take forever in our damp climate.  rakuku



#19 GiselleNo5

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 10:45 PM

Having moved from a studio space that did not include a sink (*Gasp*), I have a custom, deep sink at a height where I don't have to stoop over to wash, mix, wipe stain, etc. It is a lifesaver for me...and of course, having a clay trap (my least favorite thing to clean but also MOST helpful).

 

I find it interesting that so many of us have mentioned music (and music delivery systems)...not surprised but getting a nice warm feeling about why I like these folks.  I cannot imagine my working space without having tunes readily available.

 

-Paul

 

I met a person once who told me SHE DOESN'T LIKE MUSIC. She doesn't listen to it, doesn't care for it, doesn't understand what everybody sees in it. 

 

She's a very nice person but I've never felt the same about her since then. I feel like something must be off in her brain. I mean, who doesn't like music? 


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Posted 03 December 2016 - 10:59 PM

Gise:

 

I like music, but rarely have tunes on out in the studio. I like silence better: the kind of silence you can hear. I think that it is from listening to drills, saws, and compressors running the last 42 years. There is so much noise in the world these days; how can one hear a still small voice?

 

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