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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#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.




#78829 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 April 2015 - 06:44 AM

Thanks for your responses so far!


Amy: I love your story. Especially the part where the shopseller told you to touch the pitcher. That is exceptionell. Do you happen to have a picture of such a pitcher? I'am glad to have found another "serial toucher" in you.


Tom: I know the feeling when a music piece is getting into your bones and you just have to dance away. And I can just imagine you doing this. Keep dancing! Thank you, and bciske, for the youtube link! That's some sound!


Mark: big grin here! Love your answer!


Hey bciske, High Bridge, oldlady, Babs and others, do you have an "inner child" story for us too? Don't be shy!



#78779 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 07 April 2015 - 10:32 AM

My today's question has something to do with our last weeks discussion. Some of your responses, and some of my recent experiences, made me think. We said that we should let children be and stay curious, to not always tell them "don't do this - don't do that". That I got a few rebukes from different persons recently, just because I'am still a curious "child" sometimes, made me a bit angry. Why should we always behave like well programmed robots? Don't we want sometimes just yell, laugh out loud, jump around, hug people, touch things (I didn't forget!), express joy or just be funny?


I myself got the most recent rebuke on the night flight from J.F.K. to Zurich/Switzerland: I couldn't sleep, so I scanned the movies and found - tataaa!- FLUBBER, starring Robin Williams. Boy, I was laughing so hard that the flight attendant told me to let other people, pleeeease, sleep.....


So come on, tell us a story where you were feeling and acting like a child and enjoyed it!

If it has to do with clay, so much the better...



#78258 Do You Touch Things In Museums?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 30 March 2015 - 06:27 PM

Hi my friends here on the forum. I took over the "Question of the week"-thread from Marcia at our last board meeting. I have a lot of questions for you, but I had such a typical (for me) encounter today, that my first question must be:


Are you touching things in museums?


I have been at the Fine Arts Museum in Boston today. In the Korean Ceramics department I saw such a beautiful bowl standing on a pedestal, white, porcelaine, grainy surface..NOT behind glass. You know what comes next: spell bound, I caressed the inside of the bowl with the tip of my fingers and then - wuiwuiwui - the alarm went off and a security guard came running in and asked me why I touched the bowl. My answer, as always, was: I couldn't help it!


How about you?



#77184 Porcelain Throwing Method

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 12 March 2015 - 03:08 AM

Thanks for sharing the Britt video, Lisa.


He works nice and fast. But he uses a lot of water?! I don't throw on bats but on the wheel head. I wouldn't be able to take the piece off for hours using water like this. I think I have to drill me some holes in the wheelhead for the bat possibility....



#76755 How Are You Surviving This Winter Season?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 04 March 2015 - 02:22 PM

I did some cleaning and re-arranging during the coldest part of the winter. Only 1 hour a day, wearing gloves (grin).

And I worked on a few more Chawan, taking the clay and tools up into my living room... :rolleyes:

Last Monday I started to work in my basement studio again, keeping the heater near me. It's approx. 53F in my studio without the heater on (brrrrr...).

All in all it wasn't an especially cold winter here in Switzerland. But I can't wait till the air gets warmer outside!



#76038 Lisa Hammond Just Amazing

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 February 2015 - 04:37 AM

Babs, do you mean the process she's doing during minutes 1.16 to 1.34? I think this is a wooden halfmoon tool.

#75288 How To Do It

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 12 February 2015 - 03:09 AM

Well, bciskepottery (and the precedent writers too) said it all.


I want to comment on the once-firing (glazing and firing greenware). I once-fire very often. I've learned it from Steven Hill. I appy the glaze with an atomizer and let dry the layers before applying the next. No dunking the piece in glaze!, no painting on the glaze!, that would soak the green piece too much.

I fire very very slow, approx 16-18 hours for cone 6, in an electric kiln. More slow at the beginning then at the end. Always great results, never exploded pieces.


Jolieo: If you never fired your kiln yet, start with bisque firings, and then glaze firings, the normal way. Until you are more experienced. But then, I would strongly recommend: experiment!!


There is a wonderful DVD on the market of Steven Hill about once-firing. You can buy or download it from the bookstore here:




The main issue is: have fun in doing what you're doing! Be courageous.



#75179 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 11 February 2015 - 03:23 AM




Jed, that is just too coincidental! I just took photos of my installation called: "They used to call me balloon". It was exhibited last year in a show and should represent an exploded balloon. It was mounted on two pedestals and I’ve put a few shards on the floor and put a rope in front of the installation. But the shards “kept wandering” outside of the rope and people accidentally stepped on them and then, hearing the crack under their feet, they feared they broke a piece of art….

A friend of mine said: “It's more like a performance piece than an installation with the gallery visitors being the unwitting performers”


Since I’am leaving for Italy in a few days and then, in March, leaving for the States (NCECA), I won’t be able to produce something new for the challange in the given 3 month. I hope you like this piece.