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Evelyne Schoenmann

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#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).



#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



#107883 Qotw: Are You Already "thinking Big"?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 01 June 2016 - 03:23 AM

Thank you all so much who wrote something nice or funny in the last QOTW about Tom. I still miss him muches!


I know this weeks question is a bit "Delphic": There is an e-course on the net called "THINK BIG", moderated by Molly Hatch and Ben Carter, which is mainly about "if you want to get further with your art, THINK BIG!" In the e-course you'll learn what to do and what NOT to do to be successful on the market. I attended both e-courses and think they are worth the time and money.


Then Antoinette Badenhorst is offering e-courses about how to work with porcelain, and lately she engaged guest teachers in her online classes, among others our own Marcia Selsor!


Marcia now is my next QOTW guest and is asking you all: Do you attend workshops? Would you sign up for online courses if reasonably priced? How do you feel about workshops and/or online courses or webinars? I'd like to see more discussion about classes like Think Big and want to know if the forum members are aware of it.


Are you aware of online classes on the net? I know we had a similar discussion lately, but I think it is important for the e-course providers to know if there is an audience for their ideas, and what kind of e-courses you would want to attend.How much you would be willing to pay. What you expect. Etc.


Have a good week everybody!



#107407 Qotw: How Was Your Clay Journey Until Now?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 May 2016 - 03:34 AM

Thank you everybody for all your interesting answers, and thank you Vinks for co-moderating. You are perfect and I hope you have more questions for us!


My own journey was two-part. When I was starting my clay journey, approx. 15 years ago, I started in a studio where the (female) teacher showed us always only parts of what we should have learned. She was so jealous when one of us got ahead of her, that she tried to stamp on our fantasies and ambitions. She also was watering the glazes down to safe money... I wasn't a happy camper there but it was the only studio in my town. After 3 years of not learning I quit and went to schools in Italy and Spain, later in Germany, and I had really perfect teachers there. The rest is: flying on cloud nine....


PaulR: working with the refugee children was very hard for us teachers. They are mistrustful, sad, aggressive and most of them had knifes in their trousers. That is what their world is made of: fighting for everything, being the first to.... whatever. So sad!!!!

#107136 Qotw: How Was Your Clay Journey Until Now?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 May 2016 - 10:39 AM

Good day to you my friends


I am in Italy at the moment, giving free workshops for refugee children. A few Italian colleagues and I decided that we want to give the poor children a few days of "just playing around". You can't imagine how "adult" some of them already act, at the age of 6 to 12! What they had to go through.... unbelievable!


That made me think of how trouble free my life actually is. The problems with my mother-in-law or with my own Mum? The troubles with my hurting hands before the surgery? The trouble of what to cook today? Pah! Peanuts, compared to what those people and children have to go through.


This week's question was sent to me by another guest, this time by Vinkee Bhasin (Vinks). It fits perfectly:


Vinks wrote: This QOTW is about the artist's soul. Every artist has his or her own journey..How has your journey passed by now: was it full of excitement? Complete joy? Solace? .... or was it filled with experimentation and frustration and errors.


We are curious to hear your answers...


Evelyne and Vinks

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#106888 Qotw: Did You Already Discuss Glazes With Aliens From Mars? (Wink)

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 14 May 2016 - 01:00 PM

Oldlady: I ate the Blueberries, burnt the branches afterwards.... The bush was old anyway..... ;)

#103822 Who Is Attending Nceca This Year? (Spring 2016)

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 19 March 2016 - 05:03 PM

It's official! NCECA 2018 will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania....

#103819 Qotw: Will You Be My Guest?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 19 March 2016 - 03:54 PM

Everybody who's interested in getting a list of our last years QOTW themes, including the links, please email me!


NCECA was absolutely great. It's kind of a frenzy....


About the QOTW: Pres very kindly told me that he will help when I am not in town. So he is officially my right-hand man! Thank you very much Pres!

#103816 Who Is Attending Nceca This Year? (Spring 2016)

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 19 March 2016 - 03:42 PM

Thanks Marcia for posting the pictures! It was a great and beautiful Juried Show. Everybody always wanted to pick up the ax....


Marci, Pres and Chris: did you find your copies of the fuel saving at the booth?


Adriane did a great job throughout NCECA. Thanks!


Tomorrow for me it's flying on to Albuquerque and driving to Santa Fe. Monday interview with Erik Sunbird Fender, Tuesday guided tour at the Indian Cultureal Center. If I can find time, I will drive to Santa Clara and also to Taos. You live in a wonderful land!



#103640 Qotw: Will You Be My Guest?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 16 March 2016 - 02:54 PM

My dear forum friends


I thank you from all my heart for your messages and emails and answers in the last QOTW. It makes me happy that you like this topic so much and that you asked me to continue.


This morning we had our Potters Council Advisory Board Meeting at NCECA and I volunteered for another year to do the QOTW. But (big but!) I need your help. I would appreciate you giving me ideas for the weekly questions or tell me your wishes. I want to invite guests to help me with the topic. So please, don't be shy. Write to me what you want us to discuss in this wonderful possibility to communicate among friends and potters.


Thank you. Here's to another year of interesting questions and answers.


Greetings from Kansas City.



#102059 Qotw: Is There A Special Carnival Custom In Your Town?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 16 February 2016 - 10:34 AM

First I have to apologize for not being online much lately. Live (and now carnival) is getting in my way regularly...


This weeks question has nothing to do with clay (or maybe it has?). Where I live, carnival broke out yesterday Monday and now we are in a state of carnival-emergency :D


Our carnival starts on a Monday, at 4 a.m. (in the morning that is). People gather in town and wait for the bell to strike 4 and then all (all!) the lights go out and the pipers and drummers are playing the special "Morgestraich" piece. Lanterns of the carnival cliques are the only light that you will see until the crack of dawn. Carnival ends 3 days later, Wednesday at exactly (again) 4 a.m.



Do you have a special carnival custom too in your town?



#101335 Community Challenge #5

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 February 2016 - 01:52 PM

Yeah, wonderful idea Joel! I have a slab roller and everything else, including a crazy idea.... Stay tuned....

#101333 Who Is Attending Nceca This Year? (Spring 2016)

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 February 2016 - 01:44 PM

I am presenting too, John


Blinc 20/20


Thursday March 17th, 4.05 p.m.





Are you coming? :D



#100713 Qotw: Can You Show Us A Cute Picture/video Of A Potters Kid?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 26 January 2016 - 06:16 AM

Our last QOTW, and the "problems" a few of our potter mothers and fathers have with visiting children in their studios, gave me the idea for this weeks question:


I'd like to see the kids "playing with mud" (I know, I know, one doesn't say playing with mud anymore.... ;) ). It can be a picture of your own child or a picture/video found on the net. It should be cute and show the future clay masters....

If you don't want to show the face or your child, that's understandable. Take a pic of the hands or feet..89619eb394.jpg


Here is my contribution. Kids making moooooonsterssssss.....


Btw: if you'd rather take a pic of your clay obsessed cat or dog or parakeet.... feel free.


Have a great week everybody!