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florence w

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#110119 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by florence w on 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.

#96277 Do You Eat Off Your Own Pots Everyday ?

Posted by florence w on 24 November 2015 - 12:23 PM

Oh yes, we use them every day.  Most go into the dishwasher, microwave and oven on a regular basis. And I'm happy to say that my son and daughters use them on a regular basis too.  My youngest grandson calls his heart shaped bowl "Nana's Love Bowl."

#86368 Drying Bowls - Rim Up Or Rim Down

Posted by florence w on 02 June 2015 - 11:13 AM

Thanks for the article Rayaldridge...  I just started turning my pots over to dry on the lip and I think I used a fan on this group too.  Only one cracked but...I'll keep this one to remind myself to SLOW DOWN... Thanks again - Great Article!!!

#70773 Lets Do The Happy Dance

Posted by florence w on 26 November 2014 - 11:12 AM

S. Dean, Crusty and High Bridge,  Thank you one and all for your suggestions and concerns.  The drive is quite enjoyable and I listen to classical music, NPR or DVD's from The Great Courses.  I drive a hybrid car and because I also monitor at the studio, on the days that I monitor, the mileage is tax deductible.  I have a wheel at home and a basement studio that lacks only the people I've met over clay and a kiln.  The garage is really only big enough for our 2 cars with minimum clearance and I just will not put a kiln in the basement.  I can't justify parking the cars, which happen to be the second most expensive thing I've ever purchased, in the driveway to accommodate a kiln for firing pots that would provide scant monetary reward.  So after having said all of the above, I also must tell you that the studio is located in a beautiful part of Delaware.  And yes, S. Dean's suggestions above have all been tried. I've taken multiple classes from her, sought advice, helped prepare and clean up after social events both at the studio and at her home.  (I've also worked at an international law firm for many years, so I know how to be a team player, how to identify a bully and know that I can't change anyone but myself.)  Yes, I was also warned not to cross her or to trust her.  So, I'm going to fill my pots with cookie cutter hearts and other happy little freeies that I can give to friends and customers.  The bisque "kiln box" would drive her nuts without a doubt and kinda puts a devil on my shoulder, too.  Making it would probably help my hand building skills.  Happy Thanksgiving.  I've got work to do in the kitchen.  Over and out...

#69490 Poppies In London

Posted by florence w on 07 November 2014 - 10:55 AM

It has been many years since I've seen an American Legionnaire offering a poppy, but as a child and a young woman our local Penns Grove, New Jersey post did.  Several years ago, while on vacation in Spain, I was asked by a friend who is a Brit, if I knew the significance of the red poppy.  Seeing the sea of red around the Tower is such a statement.  Americans need to be reminded...