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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#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!

 

Evelyne

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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:

 

 "WHEN YOU VISIT MY STUDIO, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TOUCH MY ________!

(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!

 

Evelyne




#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?

 

Evelyne

 

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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

 

Evelyne




#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!

 

Evelyne

 

 




#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....

 

;)

 

Evelyne




#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!!

 

Evelyne




#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

 

NEXT ?

 

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!




#110061 Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 13 July 2016 - 07:58 AM

My three ritual work series are "tripods" and "bi-discs" and "chawan". I always use the original form to test carvings/glaze/design/ surfaces etc. BUT only on the discs and the chawan. It takes me 4-6 weeks to do and finish a tripod, so no trials there!

 

Thank you Joseph for the interesting question! and thanks to all who answered.

 

I really have a feeling of interchanging and comparing notes in these QOTW. And that glues us together even more. Don't you think so too?

 

Again, and please, you, the forum members and QOTW answerers make so much of this thread. If you ever have a question for your fellow potters we could discuss here in the QOTW, please contact me via p.m. Thank you!

 

On to the next Q and on to my new guest....




#109755 Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 06 July 2016 - 05:17 AM

What a coincidence! I just read a post of Robin Hopper on facebook. Here is what he says about our QOTW (he always writes everything in capital letters because he otherwise can't read what he writes. So this is not meant as shouting!):

 

 

EXPLORING CERAMIC FORM AS THE CANVAS TO PAINT ON.

MY CERAMIC LIFE WAS ALWAYS A DUAL PERSONALITY, PRODUCTION WORK ON THE ONE SIDE AND PAINTERLY OR SCULPTURAL WORK ON THE OTHER.

I'VE ALWAYS GIVEN MYSELF EXCERCISES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FORM. I REALLY LIKE PRECISION. WHEN ONE HAS REALLY LEARNED THE DISCIPLINES OF ACCURATE THROWING ON A POTTER'S WHEEL (IT NORMALLY TAKES ABOUT 15 YEARS) ONE CAN USE THAT DISCIPLINE TO CREATE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN WHATEVER PERSONAL DIRECTION IS CHOSEN. I INITIALLY TRAINED MY MYSELF IN REPETITIVE PRODUCTION IN THE FORM OF FUNCTIONAL WORK. THIS BUILDS SUPERB SKILLS IN THE THROWING PROCESS. FOR MOST OF MY WORKING LIFE I RESTRICTED MYSELF TO ONLY USING FORMS THAT HAD A BASIS IN TWO-DIMENSIONAL GEOMETRY. I PLAYED WITH CIRCLES, SQUARES, RECTANGLES, PARABOLAS, OVALS AND TRIANGLES. THESE ARE CALLED PURE OR ORIGINAL FORMS.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL VERSIONS ARE THE CUBE, SPHERE, PARALLELIPED, CONE AND PYRAMID. THERE ARE
RATIOS THAT FOLLOWED THE GOLDEN MEAN OR THE FIBONACCI SERIES. IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THESE LAST TWO FASCINATING AND SIMILAR GEOMETRICAL CONCEPTS, IT WOULD BE INSTRUCTIVE TO "GOOGLE" THEM.

IGNORE THE SURFACE FOR THE TIME BEING AND JUST CONCENTRATE ON FORM.




#109724 Qotw: Are We Potters Crazy?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 05 July 2016 - 05:10 AM

Hi my forum friends. Again please excuse my not being oline as often as I want to be. The last few month, especially the last few weeks were crazy in another meaning as "potter crazy". My mother-in-law gave her best to try to prevent my hubby and I to leave for Italy. Including simulating a stroke to perfection. Also the Doctors fell for it.... Her roommate gave her away after 5 weeks.

We are in Italy now since yesterday. Yay, there's a life also for hubby and me sometimes.

 

Thank you all for your answers in this QOTW. I am happy to not being the only crazy potter. Weather here in Italy is great. Sunshine, temps in the 90 F already at 9 o'clock in the morning. Guess what I will do coming weekend!...... Yessssss, a pit fire of course, and on the side a trash bin fire (for Obvara). I am so looking forward to it! If I would live in the vicinity of Pres, I would volunteer to kiln sit at nights!

 

Let us stay as crazy as hatters..... Love!

 

Evelyne




#108373 Qotw: What Would Be The Title Of A Clay Book Of Yours?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 08 June 2016 - 06:08 AM

Good morning, afternoon and evening my friends

 

Glazenerd has another funny question for us. BUT, as he writes to me: "I pose them with humor, but they are really intended to make people think about their craft".

 

So here is what Nerd is asking us to imagine:

 

"The Clay Publishing Co. has awarded a contract to write a book on your favorite subject about the clay arts. What will be the title of your new book?"

 

You all have a wonderful week!

 

Evelyne (and my guest: Nerd)




#107983 Qotw: Are You Already "thinking Big"?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 02 June 2016 - 03:01 AM

As I said, I took both Think Big classes and I think that the format is very good. It is focused on America though. And the e-classes I took with Antoinette Badenhorst were really great. She is an exceptional teacher and lets you feel that everything you do and experience is all right.

 

I just want to respond to Joseph: I don't think your post turned out as a rant. It is important to know what people think about courses! You made a few really good statements. For me a course (be it e-course of direct workshop) is like learning to read, knowing how many characters the alphabet has and how I can put them together so that I have a sentence in the end. You call that basics, aren't you? So learning the basics, which clay for which glaze for which kiln for instance. Learning and trying different firing methods. Learning how a glaze is composed, what materials you need to get a glaze, etc. is absolutely necessary. Of course you can do the trial and error phase for years, but learning the basics from people who already know the basics, and then, with those acquired skills, you can make your own work, you can get brilliant results! As for the electric kiln: since open fires are forbidden here in Switzerland, and gas fires only either in the open or in a really good ventilated room, most of the Swiss ceramists fire in electric kilns. And I hope you all don't think that Swiss ceramics is less good than that of others who can do open fires?!!

 

I hope to see and read more posts about e-courses here! And I hope Antoinette finds the time to answer questions about her e-course (the video problem for example).

 

Evelyne




#107884 Community Challenge #6

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 01 June 2016 - 03:40 AM

UhhhOhhhh I will be the first, and only one I fear, who will do an abstract self portrait. No (absolutely NO) sculpting talent here! A really great idea Joel. Let me think some more how I could tackle this challenge.....

 

And Joel: thank you very much for doing and continuing this community challenge! I hear from lots of people who are too shy to participate, but who learn a lot from the posts and the final entries. You get the community medal in gold! :D

 

Evelyne