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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#87780 Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 26 June 2015 - 08:08 AM

Thank you everybody for telling us what best-of advice you got in life. I'am tempted to copy/paste all of the above and make a pdf out of it. We could print it out and hang on the wall in our studios. How about that?! A lot of your posted advice is so encouraging!


One that is daily in front of my nose, so that I don't see it anymore, is a postcard from a friend, writing:


Life is short - live your dream!


I hope the sun is shining too were you live and that you can enjoy it!



#87681 Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 23 June 2015 - 11:18 AM

This weeks question is not only (but mainly) about clay and our insecurity at times.


The best advise I myself once got was: Never give up.


Similar to what Nelson Mandela once said: "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"


Did you get good advice too in your life? Would you share it with us?



#87422 Gustavo Pérez

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 19 June 2015 - 07:42 AM

Thank you Judith for sharing the video! Well, that's some dream studio of his! So much space, so much light... sigh...


Oh yes, that was a wonderful demo we got from Gustavo (together with Linda Christianson) at NCECA Providence. I didn't know my colleagues Pres and Tom were in the room too. I was sitting spellbound for 2 hours in the second row and could almost touch the objects Gustavo made. He is a very humble and nice person. I met him at the IAC conference in Dublin, and then again this year in Providence. In Dublin we sat at the same table over lunch and discussed ceramics, what else. A person that not ever put on the airs of a star.


(whispering to Tom: the "girl apprentice" was a boy. Long, pinned up hair and female feature, but definitely a young man.... ;) )


Chantay: oh, he made tools out of box cutters three and fivefold, to be able to cut parallel lines without messing up the clay. See my QOTW of April 14.... How come you have a surgical blade? :D



#86806 Community Challenge #2

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 09 June 2015 - 05:25 AM

Final Entry - Evelyne Schoenmann


Here comes my contribution. A plant pot without the plant (apart from the leaves outside the pot...).


Grogged stoneware, sand rendering, 1x fired in electric kiln to cone 7. No glaze (clay color turns yellow when fired high).


Becky: you don't have to send the brownies all the way to Switzerland ;)





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#86805 Qotw: Do You Know Movies, Books, Poems Featuring Potters?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 09 June 2015 - 05:07 AM

synj00: that is cool! Can you go inside and work on a piece, for instance? Does your son likes clay and pottery?



To complete this QOTW: here are two videos featuring one of my heroes: Robin Hopper. The first video is his closing speech at the NCECA of the year 2011 (wait for it, the fun starts at 2.20 minutes....), the second is his contribution to Steven Branfman's "clay stories" at the NCECA 2015:






Robin, by the way, is the ceramist who recently gave us all the information about the mocha diffusion (remember the topic?).



#86722 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 June 2015 - 07:03 AM

Thank you Giselle for the beautiful pictures of your work. I like your objects and I think you need to be a very patient person for all the slip trailed pieces.

#86376 Qotw: Do You Know Movies, Books, Poems Featuring Potters?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 02 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

I got the idea for this week’s QOTW from the one of last week. Neil’s funny way to get the hand builders to throw, oldlady’s request to post more links (quote: pres, please name another movie in which pottery is even mentioned. You might not like it but it gave lots of would-be potters the impetus to start), and John, telling us about the film "Ugetsu Monogatari".


 I think a lot of us are interested to know where in literature, movies, videos, poems, one can find potters as protagonists. So please tell us everything you know about potters featuring books, movies et cetera.


I’ll go first:


When I was at the IAC conference in Dublin last year, one of the lecturers showed us a video featuring our contemporary colleague Keith Brymer Jones with a bad heartache. It may be that some of you won’t find this hilarious or not even funny. But since a famous potter showed it to us, I thought I may show it to you as well.




Now it’s your turn!



#82684 Qotw: Are You A Thrower Or A Hand Builder?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 28 May 2015 - 11:11 AM

Thank you all for your inputs! :wub: 


Like many of you, I'am going back and forth too, sometimes throwing, sometimes (much more often) hand building. And what Marcia said: a combination of those two techniques. When I'am back in Switzerland, in June, I'll try a combination of casting and hand building.

Maybe Elaine is right and hand building needs more patience than throwing? But then again, I remember how much patience I needed until I could center on the wheel. Really sad is when the health is getting in the way, like Judy (welcome Judy!) experienced.

Mostly it's not either/or for many potters but working with different techniques.





Neil: Nice try!  :D  You almost got me changing my technique style... But I'm too old for throwing with a partner... You can't always get what you want...

Elaine: Enjoy the Stones in Ohio!

Benzine: I can get no satisfaction from your question about the music groups (giggle)

MarkC: unfortunately your avatar is blank..... It's all over now...???

#81942 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 19 May 2015 - 01:32 PM

Giselle: well, others said it isn't a real job and, alas, we believed them... It's essential that we show them that we work as hard as they do!


John: that is so interesting! Thank you.  You have/had quite the life! I hope we'll have a lot of time in K.C. to chat together. Btw: did you accidentally NOT answer the question if/whether you'll play again in K.C. ;) ....

#81857 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 May 2015 - 07:17 AM

Denice: that is interesting. You always did something very near your current profession: interior decoration, wax models, and good in 3d construction. Are you taking the 3d construction up again and work with it in clay?


Guinea: "leider" is the right word!


rakukuku: wow, a layer is changing profession to being a potter. That is passion for clay, if you ask me!


Lee: you had quite the career! Being retired now and being able to work with clay without the pressure of having another career (and all the stress that comes with it!) is comforting, isn't it!?


pugaboo: thank you for the very interesting Egypt story. Alas, nowadays you would earn a head shake if you ask what you asked 10 years ago. Security is very high there, and with reason! I appreciate that you didn't touch anything ;-). And hey, our forum member Alabama would say that there were no "pits" 2000 years ago. I love National Geographic too!


PaulR: that's a rare profession, astronaut. Imagine the time you would have to spend falling through the air. What was it that excited you? Being away from the earth? Discover planets or walk on the moon? Spaced out potter - I like it!! :-)


PaulCH: a pathologist? As in cutting up people? And was becoming an architect a real substitute? And in reading on, I think there is a pattern in your wishes and then becoming something completely different. You definitely should settle down and becoming a potter now ;-)



#81557 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 14 May 2015 - 08:18 AM

Rebekah: now that's interesting! A detective. I just read a detective novel that's playing in Istanbul/Turkey. I can imagine that when your Grampa was a detective, that you were excited as a child. Do you read detective stories now that you are a potter?


Joel: good answer! Glad clay decided on you....


Guinea: did you study music? I didn't know you were trained. Bravo. And hey, can we talk in German? Are you speaking my language?


Marcia: I sure can imagine you as an archealogist (in a parallel live). Industrial design... hmmmm... do you know the work of Eva Zeisel?


Giselle: that is what I think too: everything that we do (or have done) before we got potters helped us to find our heart's passion! Lots of us started in a completely different kind of profession. I find especially interesting your handsign language training!


Diesel: you mention a very important thing: is being a potter a "real job"? (That could be another QOTW-question for the future...). We often hear "learn a real job first before you enjoy your passion", and that's what you did. But you can't cheat the heart: if your heart isn't in it, you will never be good (or satisfied) with just another profession. Glad you finally followed your heart!


dhPotter: you already had an interesting life of missed opportunities, but did you miss something? As mentioned in other posts, everything you do now can (will) help you later, when you finally (and hopefully) will have more time for being in the studio. So you are a programmer? Are you using your knowledge for the new 3-D clay printers?


Tom: no question: you would have been a great rock-and-roller. I still remember your livliness at the Potters Jam in Providence. You were so full of energy.


flowerdry: so you speak German? You had a bouquet of other professions already, and I'am not sure if not one or the other has remotly to do with art! How come you're a potter now? Was this a wish of yours also in the past?


alabama: what is keeping you from learning underwater archeologist as a profession? I can't see in your profile how old you are. If young enough, would be another education an eventuality? I think you already know a lot about archeology!


Like Giselle already said, the forum members who answered this question-of-the-week have a great range of former or other professions. My question still is: what would you have WISHED to become.... provided you would have had the perfect preconditions.



#81396 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 12 May 2015 - 10:06 AM

Hi islandawg and welcome to the forum. I just want to jump on a plane and help you installing this new garage-studio of yours ;-)


We hope to see/read more of you here. All the best for your clay adventure! We will always be here for you.



#81395 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 12 May 2015 - 10:02 AM

You know, I always wanted to become an archeologist, but my parents didn't have the money to let us children study. When I had my own money, I studied music instead.... And now that I finally do what is my hearts passion, make ceramics, I often feel like an archeologist, working with carving instruments, with brushes and tiny tools...


What about you: What would YOU have wished to become if not a potter?



#81244 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 11 May 2015 - 04:19 AM

Giselle: please post pictures of the ones "you take credit for". Thank you.


Alabama: don't get too sad over it.....


flowerdry: I saw objects made very bad (IMO) that won competitions. It leaves you wondering..... :(

#81007 Is Your Art Influenced By Ancient Works?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 07 May 2015 - 09:40 AM

Alabama: I noticed that lots of alternative firing potters use lots of different names for the place they fire. I have a real pit, a hole in the earth, where I fire greenware but mostly bisque ware. Only the heavy grogged greenware is not cracking in the pit. Since I don't want to get more cracked than non-cracked pieces, I bisque them beforehand. Of course you are right; in the ancient times they didn't have possibilities to bisque. I have to buy this "Bible" of Anna Shephard's. Thank you.


Paul: thank you for your thoughts and for the picture of that beautiful "Deybreak Song"-vessel. Will you publish a book sometime? And thank you for the story about your boy scout times. I can imagine that this experience was awesome. What influence we leave behind, you ask? Sometimes, when I see certain contest winning objects, I can only shake my head and hope that nobody in the future has to guess what that should tell them....


Marko: I love your story about the Picasso dream. Is it weird? Crazy? Spooky? Doesn't matter. It was a push forward for you and your customer was happy (and I guess so are you).