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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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#124503 Pottery Knowledge Quiz Of The Week (Pkqw): Week 1 And Introduction/answers In...

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 30 March 2017 - 03:05 AM

Mark and Lee: it's a quiz, not a contest. Nobody has to go back to school and Mark, sorry, but nobody get's anything beside lot's of fun.


I think Pres' idea of this quiz absolutely great and I am thankful that he thought of this opportunity for us all to challenge our brain.


My answers are:


1) I don't know, and I admit it

2) B

3) I don't have a dishwasher, but I'll go for A

4) C, definitely!


This is fun! Can't wait to see the solutions next week, and the new questions!


Thanks Pres!



#124434 Qotw: Pottery Attributes In The Studio

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 29 March 2017 - 04:53 AM

It's definitely form here, and then surface. Mostly when I start a new object (handbuilding), I know exactly how it should look like in the end. There is some room, while working on the object, to alter the form a bit, but not much. Quite the opposite with surface. I seem to never can stop adding or removing surface texture...



#124314 Qotw: Do You Have A Question For Us?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 26 March 2017 - 10:34 AM

Mark: welcome back!


Tom: awwww, thank you so much!


Diesel: thank you for your kind words. I loved to do the QOTW, and you are right, we know each other just a bit better.


Giselle: thank you, appreciate your kind words!


Pres: I am looking forward to your weekly surprise box.

#124093 Qotw: Do You Have A Question For Us?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 21 March 2017 - 09:12 AM

My dear friends


The time has come to say goodbye... well, no, that's too melodramatic... Let's start again:


This will be my last QOTW. From next week on, my dear colleague Pres is taking over. It was two very interesting years with you all. Thank you from all my heart for your contributions, posts and for your loyalty!


Some of you helped me out when I was under time pressure and sent me ideas for questions, and all helped with the moderating. My kudos to you!


QOTW: would you be interested in submitting questions for your fellow potters? Don't send the questions now, just give me your thoughts about including the forum members more in the QOTW.


I will stay on the forum and will meet you again on Pres'QOTW thread.


A big thank you to Pres for immediately saying yes to taking over this thread. You are a dear friend, Pres!


Love to you all! :wub:



#124032 Claystories 3 At Nceca

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 19 March 2017 - 01:04 PM

I attended clay stories no. 1 and 2 and had a great evening in both of them. I am sad I can't attend no. 3 :-(


Pres: I miss Tom too, very much!


Yes Professor Baymore, a must see and must hear! Hugs to you.

#123207 Qotw: Are You Afraid Of The White Gold?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 04 March 2017 - 05:32 AM

Hi everybody


It is interesting that most of us like porcelain: the translucency, the whiteness, the "haughtiness" (sic!), but that quite a few are reluctant to try. I myself came late in my ceramist life to throw with porcelain. I was throwing stoneware and loved it. I always heard saying that throwing porcelain is like throwing Mozzarella, or like "cream cheese" (haha Giselle!), so I didn't try it for a long time. When I finally started to throw with porcelain it was with Southern Ice, the Australian porcelain, and it was love at first site! Since then porcelain is my favorite material and, like Marcia, I also pit fire porcelain objects. Southern Ice is for high fire, Cool Ice is for cone 6, but it's not the same throwing with Cool Ice instead of Southern Ice!


Yes to all the tip and tricks I've read here: don't use too much water (and put some vinegar in the water!). Let the object dry very slowly. Turn the object every day while drying. Kiln: go up vey slow.


For all the ones that never tried it: have faith, have courage, try it just the once, just for the fun of it!


Happy weekend!



#123166 Kudos To Chris Campbell

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 March 2017 - 11:32 AM

Yes, I've read the article and want to congratulate Chris! Very well written and informative. Thanks for that Chris!

#122703 Qotw: Are You Throwing Wearing Bling Bling?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 22 February 2017 - 11:57 AM

Hello my forum friends


I love that "word" - bling bling. I learned about this Hip-Hop expression listening to a terrible shrieking, also called: song (well I was tied to a chair by my nephew :rolleyes:, so I had to listen).


My question has nothing to do with Hip-Hop but with throwing on a potters wheel, or hand building. I often see videos of people throwing with rings on their fingers, bracelet and watches on their wrist or necklaces dangling inches from the wheel. Before I start in my studio, I always first have to remove every jewelry I wear, even my wedding band. I cannot work wearing bling bling.


How about you? Are you wearing jewelry while in the studio?


Carpe Diem everybody!



#121929 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 February 2017 - 02:38 PM

Thanks Nerd for taking over! I love your comments, and I love love love the answers and pictures I saw here. I have to search my mobile if I can find a picture of the bi-disc I worked on before I broke my leg. Couldn't go to the studio since.... The bi-disc is definitely inspired by the temple windows I saw in Taiwan, last fall. Hmmmmm.... can't find it. Stay tuned!

#121596 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 02 February 2017 - 12:01 PM

Awwww my fellow forum members are so very kind to me and send questions (since they know I am out of order...). Thank you Nerd for sending the following question:


I walk through nature, by the ocean, drive by the mountains: and it inspires me back in the studio.

What inspires you in your work, and how do you incorporate it?


Well, for me it is nature as well, but more walking in the woods since there is no ocean here in Switzerland. Then: visits to museums of ancient art, looking at works of friends (and foes :lol: ), looking at Pottery magazines, clouds!.... and how about you?


Have a good week!



#121188 Qotw: What Do You Do When You Temporarily Absolutely Cannot Do Clay Work?"

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 25 January 2017 - 08:20 AM

Hello and good morning, afternoon, evening my friends: I am back!


As I already said in my other post: thank you all so very much for all your care! I feel so blessed to have you all as friends. I feel better, although I have to slowly slowly walk with a heavy but fancy shoe on my foot and with crutches. But I am getting there!


Lee had a wonderful idea for a question and I thank you Lee for mentioning my biggest problem at the moment: not being able doing anything with clay because I can't, for the life of me, go to my basement studio.


I read a lot! I just read Richard Sennett's book "The Craftsman". And I've read, for the 3rd time already, Edmund de Waal's book "The white road". Reading and yes, scetching, is what I am doing in times I can't work in clay. But the question is: what would YOU do if you cannot (absolutely not!) work in clay for a certain time?


Thank you and have a good week!



#121185 Qotw: Is There No Qotw This Week?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 25 January 2017 - 03:46 AM

Good morning my dear friends and thank you from all my heart for your concerne, your well wishes and all the pm's and emails. I am overwhelmed. Thank you!! :wub:


I had surgery end of last year and had to stay in hospital 3 days. Then almost 2 weeks in bed or on the sofa with elevated foot. No hopping around. Then I got a really fancy shoe with which I can put 15kg on my operated foot. Together with crutches I can walk very very slowly inside the house on the groundfloor. Last week I had to go back to hospital by emergency because my foot was inflamed something crazy. X-ray told us that one of the screws (I got a metal plate on the bone now) is a bit wonky, and I got cortison injections. I have therapy every day. I can say that I feel much better now and that I can say "I am back in the forum"!


I will think of a QOTW question and will post it today. So please, stay tuned.


Thanks again for your love! It warms my heart.


Love to you all and big bear hugs



#119084 Qotw: Is There No Qotw This Week?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 December 2016 - 12:29 PM

Hello my friends, I am so sorry I let you wait for this weeks' QOTW: I was very busy, lying in hospitals here in Italy, waiting for the verdict about my (unintended) free fall from a 1.30 meter stone wall a few days ago. Broken ankle joint, bad looking fracture. Hmmmm... what an adventurous end to this year. I have to go back to Switzerland tomorrow (hubby drives, don't worry :D ). Surgery mid next week.


So please let me just say Merry Christmas to all of you and let's make a QOTW break till the new year.


Thank you all so much for staying with me here on the forum and contributing to the QOTW, and thank you for being YOU. Love and lots of hugs and all he very best for the New Year!



#116954 Qotw: Do You Need A "symbol"?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 23 November 2016 - 03:34 AM

Good morning and afternoon everybody. How is life? I am finally back in Switzerland, and here I stay for the next..... say 3 weeks, and then it's Christmas time in Italy before a busy 2017 starts.


After a (too!) long time away from my studio I was going downstairs yesterday to prepare clay for a throwing session. The very first thing I did is putting on my (at the moment orange colored!) apron. That comes as natural to me as brushing my teeth 2x/day. You can laugh about me now but only in wearing my apron I feel that I am a potter. This is my symbol, so to say. An indication "now I work with clay for a time". It's a sign for others (husband, nieces etc.) that they may not disturb me now until I take off the apron again. I don't know if I can express myself correctly, but I think you get the picture.


Do you have a symbol or token too that you "need" to feel as a potter in your studio?


I wish everybody a happy week!



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#114821 Qotw: Is It "hands Off!" In Your Studio?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 October 2016 - 11:46 AM

Oh Giselle, that is (sorry) hilarious! We are really angry at the moment when it happens (the accidentally smashing, the picking up too soon, the whatever...), but after a certain time we laugh, don't we?! Thanks for the stories. I love them!