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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#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!

#114816 Qotw: Is It "hands Off!" In Your Studio?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 October 2016 - 10:37 AM

Good morning, afternoon, evening forum friends!


I am happy to announce a new question by our member Nerd:



(but he didn't tell us what exactly we may not touch in his studio).... Hmmmm.... Nerd?!!


How about in your own studio? List the top five things visitors aren't allowed to touch. For me it's:


1) the brick on the floor on the left side of my wheel. It's perfectly aligned with my left foot.

2) the switch for the spinning direction of the wheel

3) the scissors! (I hope my husband is reading this thread!!)

4) the top shelf of my cabinet (it's hanging loose....)

5) the washing machine (does that count?)


Have a wonderful week everybody!



#114756 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 16 October 2016 - 08:56 AM

Very beautiful ceramics in action! I got verrrry hungry when I saw GEP's pictures. Nerd: what a great glaze in the kitchen! Lee: is this blueberry ash glaze? Very beautiful. Marcia: how many birds were eaten by the cat? ;-) Diesel: I like the design! Oldlady and Bentley, the perfect team: one is producing and the other is using (the bowls). John, like the others already said, the set fits perfectly to your chawan! You must have been proud of yourself when they selected your chawan for the tea ceremony! Celia, I like especially the cut forms!


Thank you all for the pictures in action. I hope more will come in. Especially from our co-moderator Sidney (hint hint).


Since I am not doing functional it was hard to find ceramics in action in my Italian house. But maybe the fruit bowl will do?




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#114575 Qotw: Ceramics In Action Pictures Anybody?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 12 October 2016 - 04:45 AM

Good morning my friends. Here in my Italian home the weather is still fine and the temps approx. 19°C. But I hear that in Switzerland it's only 9°C and grey in grey. Sadly I have to drive back to Switzerland coming Saturday...


Today I have a new guest. Sydney Gee, who is new in the QOTW forum part and who is very welcome to the club! Her question is the following:


"I was wondering, has there been a ceramics in action forum board or qotw? I was thinking it would be cool to have a discussion where users can post photos of their pots in action, serving at weddings, morning mugs of coffee, planters...etc."


Well, yes, we all have ceramics in action, don't we?! Come on, brag a bit and show us your works in action.


Good idea for a question Sydney. Thank you!


Have all a happy week



#114322 Qotw: Are You Ransacking Trash Bins?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 05 October 2016 - 04:53 AM

I just can see one or the other raising an eyebrow reading my QOTW :lol: :lol:


Others may laugh out loud, yelling YESSSSSS. And maybe there is one or the other saying "Me? Well... Ehm....never say never.....". Still others blush, look quickly to the left and right and ask themselves "how does she know?"


I know because I am doing the ransacking quite regularly. Not in normal trash bins of course (that was only written in the title of this QOTW to get your attention), but construction waste bins, skips, dumpsters etc. During the Symposium in Barcelona I found a few things in dumpsters I could use, and some of the Symposium group, mainly Robert and Steve, brought collected construction-waste-a potter-still-can-use almost every day. It's normal. It's us!


How about you? Are you or are you not rifling through dumpsters?


Happy week to everybody!





#114321 Qotw: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 05 October 2016 - 04:33 AM

:D :D

Reading all your answers I know why I missed you all so much during my month in Barcelona. You are a funny bunch indeed!


So most of you are using a mirror, if only to splash it full of slip, or to stick notes on it. I think when I am back from Italy I try the mirror thing for a while. I am sure if somebody would take a pic of me throwing, I would be shocked by the twisted body...


Not many mirrors in my house. Only one, near the entrance/exit door; to check if I have slip splash on my trousers (or elsewhere) before going out... Normally I am not very vain....





#111855 Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 23 August 2016 - 11:22 AM

Good morning forum friends!


I am happy that Nerd helped me again with another of his QOTW's.


Now it's confessing time again: What is the biggest epic failure in your pottery career that taught you the biggest/best lesson?


*Pottery is one of a few avenues that failures teach you as much as success, perhaps more.


Who will be the ice breaker?


Have a wonderful week! I will be off to Barcelona Thursday (2 week symposium, 1 week congress). Marcia will be in my symposium too as well as other Potters Council members! WooHoo!


Pres is taking over the QOTW for the next 3 weeks. Thank you very much Pres! I appreciate your help very much!!



#110997 Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 05 August 2016 - 06:57 AM

Oh yeah, a community poem-challenge! :D


There once was a Potter from Nantucket....< What

Who fell headlong into a glaze bucket,       < Nerd

He yelled "help, help" get me out of this mess < Evelyne




I admire all the great poems and ideas above! (Unfortunately my positive votes are again already spent).It is not really easy to turn our passion into a poem!


Keep them coming!