As Forum Moderators, we are extremely hesitant to hide or remove postings. We want the Forum to be an open market for all things pottery and ceramics. We also realize comments will stray off topic on occasion -- in fact, we have done so ourselves. Some recent posts to this thread have greatly strayed off topic and, whether intentional or not, could be construed as offensive or insensitive to members. As a group, we have decided to exercise our editorial judgement to remove those posts. We strongly believe all members should be able to read threads without feeling uncomfortable or offended by content. The best way to do that is to keep on topic and not stray too far off the discussion path.