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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 27 2015 12:19 PM

#76038 Lisa Hammond Just Amazing

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 24 February 2015 - 04:37 AM

Babs, do you mean the process she's doing during minutes 1.16 to 1.34? I think this is a wooden halfmoon tool.

#75288 How To Do It

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 12 February 2015 - 03:09 AM

Well, bciskepottery (and the precedent writers too) said it all.


I want to comment on the once-firing (glazing and firing greenware). I once-fire very often. I've learned it from Steven Hill. I appy the glaze with an atomizer and let dry the layers before applying the next. No dunking the piece in glaze!, no painting on the glaze!, that would soak the green piece too much.

I fire very very slow, approx 16-18 hours for cone 6, in an electric kiln. More slow at the beginning then at the end. Always great results, never exploded pieces.


Jolieo: If you never fired your kiln yet, start with bisque firings, and then glaze firings, the normal way. Until you are more experienced. But then, I would strongly recommend: experiment!!


There is a wonderful DVD on the market of Steven Hill about once-firing. You can buy or download it from the bookstore here:




The main issue is: have fun in doing what you're doing! Be courageous.



#75179 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 11 February 2015 - 03:23 AM




Jed, that is just too coincidental! I just took photos of my installation called: "They used to call me balloon". It was exhibited last year in a show and should represent an exploded balloon. It was mounted on two pedestals and I’ve put a few shards on the floor and put a rope in front of the installation. But the shards “kept wandering” outside of the rope and people accidentally stepped on them and then, hearing the crack under their feet, they feared they broke a piece of art….

A friend of mine said: “It's more like a performance piece than an installation with the gallery visitors being the unwitting performers”


Since I’am leaving for Italy in a few days and then, in March, leaving for the States (NCECA), I won’t be able to produce something new for the challange in the given 3 month. I hope you like this piece.







#74750 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 February 2015 - 11:03 AM

Hi again, thank you all for taking me and my ideas so seriously. This thread turned almost into a "let's tell us our names" thread. This is a great forum with wonderful people!! :wub:



#74740 Mocha Diffusion Tobacco Tea

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 February 2015 - 08:27 AM

Doc: Robin said I may give you his email address. He says he has an info sheet he can send and that he worked for 50 years with moch diffusion. I will p.m. you and tell you his email address. Don't know whether I may post it officially, so anybody else who is interested in the info sheet, please contact me via p.m. and tell me your own email address. I will retransmit it to Robin.


Such a nice and helpful person! And yes, look out for his book on gardening!



#74731 I've Noticed Something About...

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 February 2015 - 03:23 AM

It just happened to me too - I ran out of "likes". 3 are way too little!

#74691 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 02 February 2015 - 11:30 AM

Well, ok, it was just an attempt to call each other by their Christian name. Personally I feel more comfortable to talk to a person than to a guinea pig ;)  or to a pottery studio ;) or to an avatar .... for instance. But it seems I'am not in the majority with that wish. No problem here.



#74621 I've Noticed Something About...

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 01 February 2015 - 08:41 AM

Guinea, great topic! Thank you for your "dismay". You are right, and we discussed this topic on a few occasions in the past, but I think the problem is that people here don't know each other well enough to leave comments. If a person is known to another person, they can "talk to each other" in leaving comments. People who only browse the forum anonymously, take a tip here and there and then leave again. They don't want to "communicate" IMO. I think it very sad!


Same goes for the "Like this" button, by the way....


ok, I'll take your challenge. Will browse the gallery now and comment on at least 5 pictures.



#74260 Does Anyone Else...

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 28 January 2015 - 05:06 AM

Yes, I get raw pinky finger sides also when throwing clay with too coarse chamotte in it. And I'am throwing with such clay often. My wheelhead (no bat possibility, unfortunately) is full of scratches too.....


Healing takes time, so only hand building when the hand sides are raw again. Never found a good hand balm to help the healing. People are looking funny at my raw and mostly dry hands. Not very Lady-like hands.... (big grin)



#73681 Community Challenge Idea

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 20 January 2015 - 12:14 PM


I thought it would be easiest to start it on the 1st of Feb, I also feel like I need permission from an admin  :ph34r: otherwise I am starting up a secret club  B)


Don't worry, "big brother" already knows.  After a three page discussion, with 50+ comments, there are no secrets in the community. 



I thought we once agreed to stop being sarcastic here?

#73565 Community Challenge Idea

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 January 2015 - 01:04 PM

Well, I think I would participate if it isn't like a contest, and no winners. Quarterly is good.

Are you taking your initial idea further, High Bridge Pottery?


Hey, regarding a contest: we already have one here, the Potters Council Juried Show.



#73553 Does Your Body Clock Have A 'creativity' And 'productivity' S...

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 18 January 2015 - 05:03 AM

I'am getting up aroung 6.30 a.m., eat (extensive) breakfast (with my husband, who is a political scientist and gives me lectures during breakfast about everything that's going on in the world, for over 30 years now.... ) and then work in my studio from 9.30 a.m. till noon and, after lunch, from 2 p.m. to approx. 6 p.m. Working means throwing, handbuilding, shaping, glazing etc., the process part. The creative part comes after dinner, say 8 to 10 p.m., while drinking green tea and eating a bowl of fruits.


Saturday and Sunday is, mostly, non studio time but computer time, housekeeping, shopping and leisure.


Are you all working in the studio 7 days a week?


Great topic Paul!



#73498 What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 17 January 2015 - 05:26 AM

I second everything Tyler said. It's well said and so true. I thought the "trying to get into galleries" is a Swiss problem, but it seems you in the States have the same problem?!

Marketing and the right language is a must. That includes of course that you show them how you are seeing yourself. As Tyler said: Potters tend to go to markets, Ceramists to Galleries. And the pieces can (can!) be the same....

I don't like it either, but unfortunately that's the name of the game.



#73211 What Is Your Biggest Plan , Dream Or Goal For 2015

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 13 January 2015 - 05:13 AM

Well, one thing on my bucket list is: going to NCECA at least 1x in my life. Flight is booked, conference and hotel too, so Providence I'am coming!!!!


What else? A heating system in my basement studio (cellar). I have to persuade my husband first though, because one part of my studio is also his wine cellar B)


Happy New Year to you all. May all your wishes come true!



#71159 How Do You Develop You Own Aesthetic?

Posted by Evelyne Schoenmann on 03 December 2014 - 10:45 AM

IMHO, a potter should choose a tradition -- Indian pottery, Japanese pottery, Stafforshire, Ancient Greek, Italian Majolica or whatever, and try to work in that tradition (I didn't say "imitate" it), before trying to reinvent the wheel, because those reinventions never come out round.



That is a very interesting idea, Earth&Ware: choose a tradition!


Since I'am doing mostly traditional firings, one cannot use my pieces in everyday life. Pit fired or barrel fired pieces are not functional ware. If I had to put a name to my "style", I would say Red Indian and Japanese pottery tradition. Despite the fact that both traditions work with un-perfect forms, I like the perfect forms very much. I used to be a piano teacher and loved to play Bach because his pieces are composed mathematically. Not so long ago I attended a workshop called: Golden Ratio, and I felt that ever since I am a ceramist, I try to balance the form, using involuntarily the golden ratio. Is it possible that customers buy (or don't buy) our pieces because they (the pieces) aren't harmonious enough? Maybe a customer can't explain why he/she likes some pieces, and some not. But deep in the gut region we have a need for harmony, and we recognize it when we see it. So, looking and striving for harmony and symmetry in the forms we are making, I think that is essential.