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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#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).



#80145 Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 27 April 2015 - 03:28 AM

Rebekah: :lol:


Giselle: I like your comment here very very much. You tell us all about the urge to touch, and then explicitely NOT touch things people don't want to be touched, like the quilt you saw. Also what you wrote about your 5-year old son is so nice. If we learn kids to touch (when allowed), but touch carefully, gently, with full of admiration for the work the maker had with the piece, they'll learn a huge lesson for life. Thank you!


mregecko: no, of course you are not the only one who thinks one shouldn't touch things if it is forbidden. It really is a balancing act between the urge to touch and the knowledge that it is forbidden and tell that to the fingers. I don't think we serial touchers have a blasé attitude, as you write. The big bowl I touched in the MFA (and I couldn't control the urge!! because at that moment it wasn't even un urge, but I found it completely normal to touch that bowl. You could say the bowl wished or expected to be touched, actually) was standing free and without glass around it (so much for preservation). If it were really something that crumbles because of the people who touch it, they surely would put it behind glass. They must expect people to touch it! And there was no sign "don't touch"! Only the alarm that went off after I touched the inside. But I completely understand your sentiment! As I said, it's a balancing act. Here in the old world there are so many wood or stone statues of Saints in churches. Everybody touches the foot or the robe for luck or because of  superstition. The churches allow that, yes, they encourage people to do it. Why should that stop only because the statue is in a museum now instead of a church?



#79923 Does Moving In Social Media Circles Support Your Clay Career?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 23 April 2015 - 05:38 AM

Marcia: how is your air pen working?


High Bridge: I agree with you: an own website is important, also for contests etc. The Jury looks at the websites first because they are looking for a "language" in your work. If you don't have a language, they won't even consider to have a look at your portfolio.


Mea: you hold your finger down on an important thing regarding social media: the time (waste). In your situation I can understand that you rather go to fairs/shows than trying to sell via computer. And I congratulate you for selling every piece you make! 


Roberta: I am glad you mention the different pages one can build on fb. The business page is of course a great place to show what kind of ceramics you do. It's more focused on the work and not on the everyday life (as in the normal fb feed). Did you ever got to know new customers from your business page on fb? All the best with your website project!


Sharon: that is some good result from social media you got there! Congratulations!! Since you are gaming too, besides buiding up a business, do you think you spend too much time on the computer or is it ok for you? Will you post pictures of your pottery objects on Instagram too in the future? I wish you all the best for your speaking engagement tomorrow, and of course for the flea market project!


Diesel Clay: I had to google Luddite :-) You seem to use social media a lot. That is tough luck that you can't do fb, but I understand your problem. Would it be possible to ask your Mum to refrain from using too much emoticons? Or how about building a business page on fb and don't ask her for friendship there? And the tip with "building your posts in advance" is a good one. Thank you. I'am thinking of starting a thread in marketing here regarding how to best use social media...


lala: thank you for the compliment on the Potters Council forum. Yes, there are a lot of kind and helpful people here and your compliment goes to all of them. Asking for help und giving help is the main theme on this forum. I'am glad you like it here and I am happy you are one of us!


Lee: two outstanding lectures/speeches at NCECA, I agree! Do you already know the NCECA Blog of Cindy's? Getting from one social media to another is very intersting, but also time consuming. I confess that I sometimes stay on fb or LinkedIn too long and without reason, just because I find the different feeds interesting. On the PC forum I check the questions and look where I can help and then leave again. But to PC forum I'am coming back often during the day. And Lee, thank you for being so open and tell us of your different problems. I can imagine that a many people feel the same, but not have the courage to speak about it. I wish you all the best, and please stay with us here on the forum.



#79764 Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 21 April 2015 - 02:25 AM

Hi Rebekah, good to see you posting! Is there a blacklist in museums? The guide that caught me stroking that bowl didn't ask my name... Glad he didn't.

#79633 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 April 2015 - 07:00 AM

You know, I find it a pity, and sad, if we can't laugh about ourselves anymore. We all started to throw at one time and had the same problems as shown in the video. I found (and still find) it hilarious to see how I myself maybe looked or talked when I started to throw. I think it essential in life to be able to laugh/smile at faults we made in the past and how we were able to surmount them. Like every student will after a time of practise! I really hope that students who see this video are laughing too, pointing, saying: "that is soooo me"...


I just found this: "To laugh at one-self means to take one-self seriously while simultaneously being able to open up your mind"



#79474 Humor: The Best Way To Learn!

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 16 April 2015 - 08:43 AM

Oh my gosh, Amy, tears are rolling down my cheeks. :lol:  This is so hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm pretty sure you guys gave me defective clay...............


Thank you for the laugher of the day! I just needed that.





Pres: The video is only a joke, to make a day a bit more funny.....

#79284 Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 14 April 2015 - 10:00 AM

Marcia: that is a respectable list of self made tools! You could publish a small booklet with  "how to do" articles in it? I saw the pictures of your potters wheel stool, the one you saw at Pietro's. In my eyes, you are very talented in doing also wood work!


Denice: when you go to the estate sales, are you looking for something special to combine it with something other to get a new tool, or are you just surfing the tables?


Amy: I too use kitchen tools quite often in my studio (and most of the time forget to put them back in the end...). Who is Mr. Lin? Can you give us the link to this video please? Thank you.



#78925 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 09 April 2015 - 11:04 AM

Wow, so many responses. That's great!


Guinea: of course, the "squishing my fingers in the reclaim bucket to laugh at the fart sounds" counts! And, oh, I played video games too in the dark past ;-), but only the ones without shooting and without blood and violence....


Chris: It took me a few seconds until the word "Muggles" registered in my brain. That's so long ago. I've read all the books, minus the last one. I heard that is was boring?! You say you missed playing when you didn't have grandchildren. That's exactly my point: we should be able to play, even when no kids are around.


Mea: bravo - good for you!


High Bridge: is the "flattening of the unloved pot" an angry act or are you having fun in doing it? And, you know, English not being my mother tongue, I maybe use the wrong words when expressing myself. Maybe "being childlike" should be changed to "welcoming the inner child, despite we being adults and often too conformist and serious". And in the German language there is a big difference between being childish and being childlike. Is there a difference in your language too? Btw: I'am also very interested in what's going on in our brain. Neurology!


Lee: thank you for that great story. I love it, and I love very much how you reacted to the teacher's rebuke!


Marc Mc: wonderful! stay that way and never (really) grow up.


oldlady: Lucrezia Borgia? She was a bad girl, but I think people around her and the time she lived in made her like that. I still have to watch the Forrest Gump movie, so I can't say whether that is good or not so good, you being like that.... ;-)


kswan: I'd like to see some of your animal handles. I couldn't find your work in the gallery though. You definitely should set up your gallery page. Do you already know about the Japanese Netsuke?


DirtRoads: I just looked at your profile to see how old you are, but, alas, it says: age unknown. Would you say you are too old for music and movies like the one you mentioned? And (whisper) I would look blank too at the titels of the film episodes. What did I miss in my life having NO TV????


Marcia: exactly my point! You hit the nail on the head! Since I know you, I know too that you can still be childlike. I love it, Dr. Who :-)


Denice: awwwww, what a beautiful moment crashed to pieces. Next time imprison your hubby in the attic. Btw: my husband can't be childlike too and in the past I always pulled myself together, but since I hit 50 (almost 8 years ago) I let the inner child free as a bird.



#78839 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 April 2015 - 08:05 AM

Hi Paul, thank you for stopping by. Oh yes, I can imagine that there is lots of "finding the inner child" around children. And what if somebody would videotape your goofiness? Would that be so bad? Imagine what a hoot looking at the videos when we are a hundred years old and really too fragile to roll on floors anymore.... :D


I just saw that this thread had 103 views yet, but "only" 9 reply. Why are the viewers not staying and telling a story? Listen, if you have an idea you want me to put in the "Question of the week" thread, just p.m. me, ok?! It would be so great when more of the members get involved and communicate with each other.