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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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Qotw: What Makes Something Qualify As Hand Made?

Yesterday, 09:10 AM

Today I have a guest! Our forum member Terry, aka Pugaboo, (yes, exactly, that's the one with the Pug named Pandora!) sent me a p.m. with a QOTW-suggestion. I think it's a good topic and so Terry is my guest today. Here is what she wrote about the theme:



Reading through some of the etsy topic got me to thinking what is really truly handmade when it comes to pottery. Are we allowed to use any tools at all? Is a Slabroller considered a mechanical advantage? What about a wheel? Take it even further to using an extruder: does using these tools make your work no longer qualify for hand made?

Thinking on this it came to me that pinch pots and coils are probably the only pottery methods that would be handmade if you took it to the extreme.

From my point of view I think technology is wonderful to incorporate into your art forms as long as you incorporate it and not use the technology to solely create the work. A 3-D printer is OUT but a slab roller is in.

Not sure if it would get any interest but having been a photographer, graphic artist, painter, muralist, and now potter it has me thinking where is the line drawn and who does the drawing?



Come on people, let's show Pugaboo that this question really is of interest to us potters! What do you think: what makes something qualify as (truly) hand made?


Evelyne and Pugaboo

Qotw: Would You Open Pandora's Box?

21 July 2015 - 02:32 AM

 This Question of the Week is all about curiosity. About whether you are the: “of course, come on, let’s open this box and look what’s inside”, or rather the “well, hmmmm, let’s wait a bit and reflect what the consequences would be” type? Are you curious enough to just try everything before thinking what could/would happen? Or are you cautious, treading carefully in life and in your profession? Personally I am the first type. The curious type. I almost never think of the consequences before trying something new (and I paid high prices for it, I can tell you, not only financially). So come on, tell us: would you open Pandora’s box?



(Today the phrase "to open Pandora's box" means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have far-reaching consequences). (Source: Wikipedia)


(In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create her. So he did, using water and earth). (Source: Wikipedia).


Ha! Pandora was a clay woman!! (Source: Evelyne)



Happy Birthday John Baymore

19 July 2015 - 03:52 AM

(I know this is off topic and should not be copied or repeated, but John is such a valued and long member and has done so much for Potters Council, that I think that's ok with the admin. So: )



Happy Birthday to you dear John!



Thank you for everything you've done for PC and thank you for your friendship.


May all your wishes come true.




Evelyne and many many others...

Qotw: Are We Copycats?

14 July 2015 - 10:39 AM

Initially I wanted to post quite another QOTW today, but after reading a post of our colleague Antoinette Badenhorst in the "Gustavo Perez" topic, I changed my mind. Questions like: "is every possible shape already invented?" "Am I a copycat if I do similar forms than X, W or Z?", "shall I refrain from doing works when one could confuse them with other ceramists work?" etc. are significant for us. Take, for example, the pieces of said Gustavo Perez, and in comparison the ones of our South African colleague Andile Dyalvane. Is one copying the other? In my eyes: no, because Andile's pieces have something that makes them especially Andile-like. Know what I mean?


What is your opinion? Are we copycats when our work is inspired by, or looks similar to, work of others?


Have a happy and not too hot week everybody.



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

07 July 2015 - 01:13 PM

Boy, how fast the weeks fly by.... I just wrote the trash bin kiln question of the week and - zip - it's another Tuesday and here we go again....


Some of us work in their own studios (my dream!), some work in the garage or in the basement. I know a famous French ceramist who works at her kitchen table... My this weeks question is: where are YOU working and would you post a picture of your working space? If possible with a current piece you're working on in the picture too.


I myself work in the basement of our house. I occupy half of the laundry room and half of the wine cellar :lol: (no kidding!). My kiln is in the corridor of the basement. In the picture below you see the laundry room part (with a tripod under progress).


Now I'am curious how YOUR potter's workplace looks like!


Have a happy week (we just had a 2 weeks heatwave - sigh - with temps in the 104 F during day and 90F during night)...