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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Nov 20 2014 12:31 PM

#69412 To Submit Or Not To Submit

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 06 November 2014 - 07:47 AM

I think one can learn a lot in submitting pieces in contests. One can learn things about oneself: "why am I participating? what do I want - recognition or fame? Is what I'am doing art or craft"? (yes, I know....).

I myself am participating in 2-3 contests a year, mostly in Europe. But what I learned a few months ago from a juror is that you have zero chance to be not even contemplated if you don't have a "language". In my eyes having a language means doing the same idea over and over and over.

I have too much fantasy and I want experiment with too many techniques to have a language. So in future I will save the money for those contests. In addition, what I noticed here in Europe is that the country that's organizing the contest has the most winners and finalists.....  And: if you know the jurors, that helps too (a friend is helping another friend along). Since I don't know jurors, and if, don't want to win only because I know x or z, I think hard in future before applying. I think it's very sad that what's important regarding contests is to know the right people, or having won one or the other really crucial contest like Taiwan or Mino (again with a little help from friends). If I would be a juror, important for me would be the piece itself, the idea behind it, the technique, the work and time invested etc. and NOT the right connections in life.



#62228 What Is Your Throwing Position?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 11 July 2014 - 11:17 AM

I'am throwing on a Shimpo adjustable chair. I'am very satisfied with it.


Nonetheless, last Saturday when I was throwing a (too) big chunk to throw "off the hump" I got myself an inflamed tendon from elbow to the fingers and now I'am wearing (Doc's order) an arm brace for 2 weeks (night and day) to not get that "electric cow  fence feeling" in my hand every time I move the fingers. No potting for me for 2-3 weeks. Take care of your backs folks but also take care of your hands and wrists.



#60791 Ceramics In Tuscany Iv Trip

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 14 June 2014 - 07:57 AM

Finally I'am able to post a few pictures of the Potters Council member visit to La Meridiana in Certaldo, beginning of June. Unfortunately most of the pictures are too big for the forum (even after resizing them to the smalles possible size). I will send all the pictures to Marcia on a CD and she can send them to the participants when she's back from Italy.

Below you see pictures of a wedging and throwing demo of Pietro Maddalena, and of the Obvara firing adventure. It was a beautiful day with lots of PC members in good spirits.

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#58309 Accessories

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 11 May 2014 - 02:35 AM

Maybe not exactly what you are looking for, but beautiful nonetheless. He lives in London, UK, though....





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#54850 Porcelain And Slip Casting With Molds

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 17 March 2014 - 05:52 AM

You should definitely try the slip casting with porcelaine! Maybe you have a few trial and error moments at the beginning, but hey, that's life. We live and learn. Let it dry (after the joining together of the pieces) really good and maybe start the firing slow, so that the piece can dry up in the kiln some more. Good luck!



#54849 Video "a Love Story In Clay"

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 17 March 2014 - 05:32 AM

Dear Jayne, that video, both Bill and your work, your love and respect for each other, that is all so heartwarmingly beautiful! Thank you for sharing. And hey, you look great. Don't ever use make-up. It would spoil your looks.


All the best to both of you.



#53800 Act Of Vandalism . . . Or Is Turnabout Fair Play?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 March 2014 - 11:44 AM

I'am with Neil. I think putting house paint on a 7000 year old vase is a vandalism too.


It's not ok to break no-matter-what if it's not in my possession (ownership). But not everything in my possession is free to vandalism and destruction. I'am not sure whether Ai got the house paint off of the vase/vessel again....

#53268 How Are You Managing Your Web Resources?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 February 2014 - 08:27 AM

Hello Antoinette, welcome to the forum!


Chris: as you know, I do have a website and I also get contacts from and with customers (or more: interesting people) through the site. They call or email, refer to the objects on the website, and ask, where they can see and buy them. Most of them doesn't want to buy via website or phone, but want to hold and touch the piece before buying. I have been on a "market presence site" of a third party vendor here in Switzerland (a bit like etsy) for a year and got 0 (zero) contacts. I have no own "vendor page" on my site, but I'am thinking of maybe creating one. About etsy: I once ordered a mug from Hsin-Chuen Lin. On the etsy page the mug was tomato red (what I liked!). When I got it, the color was more like a dark eggplant. I was a bit disappointed and wouldn't buy again from just seeing a picture of an object! My personal oppinion: having a website is a very good thing, but one has to keep it up to date.


John: I finally got the ordered book about Wood Fired Ceramics (A. Salamoni) and I'am absolutely hooked now. Beautiful pieces, good stories and great kilns!



Now I have to go to my studio. I'am one of Antoinette's e-course students and if I don't do pinch pots today, she will be disappointed with me....

I have high regard for Antoinette, she is teaching us with heart and soul, and I commend her and her e-course to you all without hesitation!



#52041 Your Policy On A Customer-Broken Piece?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 09 February 2014 - 04:03 AM

It really depends on the price. I would say up to 100 bucks I would let it go. Maybe they would be so happy that they come again and buy someting, or tell other people how nice I am and then THEY buy something. You never know! If the price is more than 100 bucks, well, that would end in a discussion how to solve the problem. I would ask the poeple who broke the piece to make a suggestion how to settle it amicably.


If I were you woody b, I would put the more expensive pieces not in front of the booth, where people stroll with bags and huge backpacks on their backs...


I wish you joy and success for your first real show woody! Fingers crossed.



#51822 In Five Words Describe What Drew You To Clay | February 6, 2014

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 06 February 2014 - 02:35 PM

I like having muddy hands!





(Marcia: that was more than 5 words, your reply. :D)

#51556 Newbie With Kiln Issues - Help, Please?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 02 February 2014 - 06:30 AM

Hello Nijer and welcome to the forum


As Chris already asked: why are you firing so fast? I don't have an Olympic but a Nabertherm, but I think it's the same with every type of kiln, so my firing schedule for a bisque is: in 7 hours to cone 019 and another 4 hours to cone 06. So a bisque takes 11 hours for me. A glaze firing (normal glaze, nothing special, no ash glaze) as follows: in 6 hours to cone 019 and another 5 hours to cone 6, so also here at least 11 hours of firing. Sometimes I let the kiln heat still more slowly.

Is there a reason you want to bisque or glaze fire in only 4-5 hours? What do mean with the kiln was overfired? How was the ware looking when you opened the kiln? Did you take pictures to show us?

For all the technical questions about your particular kiln you have to wait for Olympic to answer you.

A word about the # of firings: my kiln came already tested by the supplier and that was firing #1, but in my case he told me.

Another question: the first firing for YOU should have been the kiln-wash-on-shelve-firing, without pieces on the shelves. Did you do that already? If not, I would highly recommend putting the kiln wash on the shelves and fire them before the next glace firing

I've found a website with informations about your kiln:




Keep us informed and if possible post pictures of the wares that was in the kiln you are not satisfied with.


And please fill in the member section on this forum (your profile). It would be less impersonal. We are among friends here. Thank you.



#50407 Clay Rolled On A Slab Roller

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 16 January 2014 - 11:12 AM

I first drop the clay on concrete floor a few times and then use the slab roller. On the slab roller I rotate but never flip. I have a Rohde slab roller. Had never problems with warping.


Mike: the book "From a slab of clay" is great! Would you care telling us a bit more about yourself, where you coming from, if clay is hobby or profession or career, filling out the member section, putting up some pics of your work... Thank you and welcome to the forum.



#48821 Who Is Your Best/worst Critic, Other Than Yourself?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 29 December 2013 - 04:52 AM

It's also my husband of 30 years who is my best critic. Every time I'am doing something new I hope that he will come to my studio and say:"oh wow, now that's a masterpiece all right"..... or something similar. But he never did and I know he never will. He's the good critique guy and although I don't always agree with what he would change or alter in an object, in the end I listen to his ideas and it was always to the best. He is no artist but an executive consultant and so he can "think out of the box".

Normally I like good critique also from people I don't know, but at the last Biennial in Belgium another ceramic artist came to me and told me that he really liked a vessel I did, only I was, (in his eyes he was stressing), exaggerating with the decor (screws). But: exactly this vessel won in a contest a few days earlier. So I learned once again that the same object can appeal to somebody and can evoke criticism from others.

What we shouldn't do is let ourselves be unsettled from criticism!



#46951 Your Favorite Go-To Online Supplier?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 December 2013 - 04:45 AM

Hello JustPeachy and welcome.


Would you care to tell us just a tiny little bit more about yourself? Best would be to fill in your profile and put pictures in the gallery!

We don't know who you are, what you are doing, whether pottery is a pastime for you or a future career, and of course we would like to know where you come from to be able to give good advice. How can we suggest suppliers when we don't know where you live?? Exactly!


Thank you and stay tuned. There's a lot of help to get on this forum, and we are friends, not strangers.



#44623 Do You Enjoy Alternative Firing? | October 23, 2013

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 October 2013 - 09:09 AM

I like alternative firing because it is so special and not many people are doing it (at least here in Switzerland and also in Italy, as far as I know). Burning the objects in the great outdoors, being in the nature while firing the pit for hours, is relaxing and peaceful. I also like the unpredictability of the patterns from smoke and salts and many more different factors. I do mostly pit and barrel firings. Wood, wood shavings, sawdust, pine needles,olive kernels, acorns and dung are my prefered fillings for barrel and/or pit firing. Some objects I leave in the pit for 24 hours to cool down, some I take out aglow and put buffalo or horse hair on them.On a firing day I'am perfectly happy! Oh, and next year I'll definitely try Obvara!




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