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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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Qotw: Are You Throwing Wearing Bling Bling?

Yesterday, 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!



Qotw: What Kind Of Kiln Vent Do You Use?

15 February 2017 - 11:24 AM

Hi my friends!


Is winter still on your doorstep? Where I live, the sun is shining as if spring is just waiting round the corner...


My today's guest is Pugaboo: She sent me a question that I misunderstood, and we had a good laugh about "being blond"


Here goes:


How many people vent the INSIDE of their kiln using either a downdraft vent or a hood vent?
If so, has doing so changed how your kiln fires or pottery looks?


I myself have a hood on top of my kiln and a tube, transporting the fumes outside. Well, let's all post a pic of our kilns! Don't forget to answer also the 2nd question!


Happy week to all of you. Thanks to Pugaboo for the interesting question!!



Qotw: Do You Feel You Have To Buy Work From Potters You Visit?

08 February 2017 - 02:33 PM

Good day my friends


Yesterday was x-ray day at the hospital and, woohoo, I can get rid of the fancy special shoe and can start learning to walk again on my own feet, like a toddler...


We have a new guest in the forum! Welcome to Joe-L! His question for us is about something I guess we all experienced already:


 "If you visit another potter who you don't know, do you feel under pressure (perhaps self-imposed) to buy some of their work? Would this differ depending what country you're in?"


A definite YES here. How about you all?


Hugs to my forum community friends and thank you, Joe, for the question!



Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

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!



Qotw: What Do You Do When You Temporarily Absolutely Cannot Do Clay Work?"

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!