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clay lover

Member Since 08 Apr 2010
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In Topic: How Do You Deal With Injuries?

Today, 07:56 AM

No specific injuries, but lots of hand based work and sports, and age related. The PP has kept me going.  And changing around what I do during the day.  I only have 3 balls of ready clay within reach of the wheel.  I have to get up, move around weight out more clay, move finished pots, etc , all day.  I think it really makes a difference at the end of the day.

In Topic: What Are You Working On?

Yesterday, 08:19 PM

Long necked bottles. cause life was too smooth, so I invented me some stress.  :wacko:

In Topic: How Much Testing Or Tweaking Of Glazes Do You Do?

22 July 2014 - 09:02 PM

I don't tweak glazes, but I do a lot of testing.  I am still adjusting firing schedules for max performance of glazes I already feel good about.

In Topic: Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

21 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

Every word she ^ said.  I teach my students to make it cleanly , then alter it with a plan.  To call inability to throw a clean pot 'artistic' is an insult to the efforts it takes to learn to throw well.

 unevenly thrown, walls thick and thin, twisted ,bottoms drilled out, are failures to throw a piece, not creative or artistic work.

To me, "embrace the asymmetry"  means congratulate yourself for your lack of skill.  That is a disservice to my students, it demeans their ability to learn the skill and panders to their egos. Well placed critique is fundamental to teaching and learning.

As a student, I would much rather have an instructor teach me how to recover my errors in a pieces that to be told, "It's artistic, leave it like that"

In Topic: Do You Teach To Throw Off The Hump?

21 July 2014 - 08:58 AM

Can someone explain how one can compress the bottom od what seems to be a bottomless piece of clay?  When I try, the pot just gets deeper in the hump.  I don't get it.  I keep moving the cut off line lower.