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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#93812 Qotw: How About Learn From Each Other’S Mistakes?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on Yesterday, 09:35 AM

Delving into older threads on this forum, I often read of dumb mistakes, mostly out of absent-mindedness.


If you are reading about, or hearing of mistakes others did, do you think: “glad it wasn’t me” and try to learn from mistakes of fellow potters, or do you rather think: “if I (stress on I) would do it the same way as he/she did, it would certainly work”?


I for one must always run my head against a brick wall before I believe…. :rolleyes:



#93668 Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 October 2015 - 10:32 AM

thank you all so much for your stories and for the serious and not so serious ideas for a plan B. I see that a lot of you are struggling with health problems, also, or mainly, in the "tool" we potters need the most: our hands, arms and shoulders. And, nevertheless, you all stay with clay, work slower when the pain gets the upper hand and catching up when pain recedes for a while. I think you all (and I too) deserve a  BIG APPLAUSE!


Have a happy and wonderful weekend!



#93413 New Book About A Porcelain Obsession

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 29 September 2015 - 10:56 AM

Since I can't work with clay for a certain time, but can't be without either, I was looking for books I could read about our passion. And just in time our colleague Edmund de Waal's new book is on the market. I've already read a third of the book and it's a real page turner if you are obsessed with clay and, in particular, porcelain.


Edmund de Waal: The white road (mount Kao-ling - a pilgrimage of sorts).


Happy reading!



#93166 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 September 2015 - 10:02 AM


I bet potters are not as goofy as the the other reality show contestants.


I hope that they don't do the same garbage that the US type so-called "reality shows" do.  They select people to participate that DO have issues and are goofy and unstable and such on purpose.  They deliberately set up conflicts that they can see coming as they select the mix of people / personalities, and then put together scenarios that they KNOW will somehow "backfire" given the mix of people they put together......... and therefore make what they think will be "good TV".







That's so sick! Glad I don't have TV. (There's a button called: OFF on every TV I think ;) )

#93023 Qotw: Have You Ever Taken A Video About Yourself, Showing How You Work?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 22 September 2015 - 09:14 AM

I just got a link to the new Ceramics Blog of Lisa Westheimer. I told you about Lisa earlier in the year. She's the one who came up to the Potters Council booth at NCECA Providence to introduce herself and her work, and who marched directly over to the booth for the PC membership to pay for her first year. We all liked the way she was doing promotion for herself. Remember Marcia?


I kept in contact with Lisa and now she has a new Blog and I saw in that blog a video of her, showing how she's doing a raku firing, a reduction in a BBQ Grill and then how she reviewed her own work. I admire her and all people who are doing videos of themselves for others to learn. I could never do that. I am way too shy (and I think I am not especially photogenic...).


So my question for you is: did (or will) you ever take a video showing how you work?


Btw: here is the link to the Potters Council member Lisa's Blog, and the video I just talked about. Have a look (and subscribe to her blog, why not....).


Have a happy week!





Go have a look at her blog: https://lisagwestheimer.wordpress.com/




#92957 Qotw: How Far Would You Travel For A Show/a Workshop/an Exhibition?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 21 September 2015 - 02:35 AM

Pres: that is kind of you to say! I am looking forward to see you and a few new friends again in Kansas.


Doris: that would be great to see you in Kansas! There is always a Potters Council reception where we all can meet. I heard that there will be a special one in Kansas due to a Jubilee.... In the New Year I will open up a topic here for all the members who come to Kansas. Stay tuned!

#92805 Qotw: How Far Would You Travel For A Show/a Workshop/an Exhibition?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 September 2015 - 01:35 AM

Most of you went far for pottery. I too went very far for NCECA and will do so the next 2 years. That really is worth it!!


Still in Belgium though. Today, tomorrow and Sunday are masterclasses with the Taiwanese guests. Tea ceremony among other interesting things. I am looking forward to it!



#92208 Artsy Babble Translation Please

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 September 2015 - 08:50 AM

The carp (oooops, wrong spelling) critiques formed by the generator are actually addicting.....

#92193 Artsy Babble Translation Please

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 September 2015 - 01:47 AM

Seriously Gismo: do we need unintelligible sentences like these in the (art) world? When I read art critique like this, I get tooth ache.....



#91020 Qotw: Is Your Artistic Practice A Product Of Genetics Or The Environment?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 August 2015 - 08:04 AM

Good morning America, good afternoon Europe, Africa and South Africa, good evening Australia and Asia


This week I am happy to present the question of another guest, our forum member Tom, aka TJR. He has the following question and challenge for us:


Is your artistic practice a product of genetics or the environment? Are you an artist despite your family or because of them?
In my family, I grew up in a beige house. Beige, carpet, drapes and couch. My mom added numbers together to relax. My dad was like McGiver, creative, resourceful,ingenious.
I am an artist, my sister is an interior designer, my other sister is a photographer.

What's YOUR story?



Thank you Tom for the idea of a great QOTW topic!



#90830 Hello From Oklahoma

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 14 August 2015 - 11:00 AM

Welcome ShellS! My friends Marcia and Tom already said it all. We will be here for you, and hope you can teach us one or the other thing too. Don't be shy around us. I am living in Switzerland, ok, in a town, but there are not many potters around here. So this forum is family to me too.


Btw: Ceramic Arts Daily is also a great source


with bookshops, DVD, downloadable DVD and, hey, check out Potters Council:


with lots of benefits.


Hope to see you around often.



#90828 Qotw: Which Song Plays There In The Background?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 14 August 2015 - 10:47 AM

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary. But!.... we are a couple already for 35 years. Now isn't that something!


Ok, back to our QOTW topic. I made a self-test today: you all know that I work without music or audio book or news or whatever that's stealing my concentration. So today I tried to listen to different kinds of music while trimming marbled pieces. I was listening to soul, rock, hard rock, country, classic, classic guitar and to "ländler" (landler) music. Ha! You don't know landler? This is the music I was growing up to. My grandparents, living in a mountain village, and quite a few of my uncles played that music at home. Here is a sample of that kind of music. I am sure you are laughing your head off about those weird Swiss people:



Outcome of the self-test: I stay with no music in my studio! I couldn't concentrate at all....



#90632 Qotw: Which Song Plays There In The Background?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 11 August 2015 - 10:02 AM

Sorry people but it's way too hot for a serious question. It's in the 107 F here and humidity towards 90 percent.... :wacko: (And I like to remind you: no AC allowed here. Please have some pity....). 


So this weeks question is easy: are you listening to music, radio news, audio books or maybe to your neighbours quarreling while working in your studio?


I myself am listening (involuntarily) to the latter way to often IMO.... :rolleyes: If they aren't quarreling, I love the silence in my studio! So no music or whatsoever for me. Silence and concentration. How about you? 



#89578 Community Challenge #2

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 26 July 2015 - 05:10 AM

I am already in the starting blocks for Challange #3 :lol: ....



#89576 Qotw: Would You Show Us A Picture Of Your Working Space?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 26 July 2015 - 05:01 AM

Rae: Diesel's pics are still upside down for me... I hope somebody turns them right side up.

Yes, you are completely right. A portable wheel and trash bin kiln is all we need, except clay, glaze and few tools. Or, instead of tools, our own hands! There is still a Gypsy coming to our home 2x/year to sharpen knifes, scissors and lawnmower blades. So if we would go from town to town, from street to street, with our portable things, we would be gypsy potters. Not a bad life! I would do it in the summer time. NOT in winter though.


Marci: I know where you live, and I think it's one of the hottest regions in North America, isn't it?!


Btw: I didn't want to start a discussion whether we in Switzerland and Europe are the better carers of the environment than others! I think it is absolutely essential that we care for our world. But everybody can start at his home and in the neighbourhood. With small and everyday things. Where I live in Italy for example, all the other homeowners (our neighbours) have big swimming pools. They don't live in those houses mind. Those are only holiday homes for them. So the swimmingpools will get used only for, say, 4 weeks in a year all in all. I think this is a waste of water that brings tears to my eyes. Of course it is hot in summer in Italy, but my hubby and I didn't even discuss about the possibility of building a swimming pool. No way we would ever build a nonsensical thing like a water tank to cool our skin in. Think of all the people who have not even water to drink or cook. So, you see, also European people can be absurd in building luxuries. Ok, end of ranting.... (It's out of topic anyway...)