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Evelyne Schoenmann

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Qotw: How About Learn From Each Other’S Mistakes?

06 October 2015 - 09:35 AM

Delving into older threads on this forum, I often read of dumb mistakes, mostly out of absent-mindedness.


If you are reading about, or hearing of mistakes others did, do you think: “glad it wasn’t me” and try to learn from mistakes of fellow potters, or do you rather think: “if I (stress on I) would do it the same way as he/she did, it would certainly work”?


I for one must always run my head against a brick wall before I believe…. :rolleyes:



New Book About A Porcelain Obsession

29 September 2015 - 10:56 AM

Since I can't work with clay for a certain time, but can't be without either, I was looking for books I could read about our passion. And just in time our colleague Edmund de Waal's new book is on the market. I've already read a third of the book and it's a real page turner if you are obsessed with clay and, in particular, porcelain.


Edmund de Waal: The white road (mount Kao-ling - a pilgrimage of sorts).


Happy reading!



Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

29 September 2015 - 06:47 AM

When I had my carpal tunnel surgery last Friday I had to sign a lot of forms beforehand. On one was written what (maybe, eventually, not sure etc.) could happen during surgery. Among other things:  perpetual damage of the hand nerves. Means one cannot use their hands again as before. Maybe not at all. That made me think! What would I do if I couldn’t work with clay anymore because my hand is damaged? Ha! I don’t know. I really don’t know what I would do (except getting very depressed).


What would YOU do if something in your life went really wrong and you couldn’t work with clay anymore? Do you have a plan B?




PS: writing this text one handed (well, one fingered) took me the greater part of half an hour (big grin).

Qotw: Have You Ever Taken A Video About Yourself, Showing How You Work?

22 September 2015 - 09:14 AM

I just got a link to the new Ceramics Blog of Lisa Westheimer. I told you about Lisa earlier in the year. She's the one who came up to the Potters Council booth at NCECA Providence to introduce herself and her work, and who marched directly over to the booth for the PC membership to pay for her first year. We all liked the way she was doing promotion for herself. Remember Marcia?


I kept in contact with Lisa and now she has a new Blog and I saw in that blog a video of her, showing how she's doing a raku firing, a reduction in a BBQ Grill and then how she reviewed her own work. I admire her and all people who are doing videos of themselves for others to learn. I could never do that. I am way too shy (and I think I am not especially photogenic...).


So my question for you is: did (or will) you ever take a video showing how you work?


Btw: here is the link to the Potters Council member Lisa's Blog, and the video I just talked about. Have a look (and subscribe to her blog, why not....).


Have a happy week!





Go have a look at her blog: https://lisagwestheimer.wordpress.com/




Qotw: How Far Would You Travel For A Show/a Workshop/an Exhibition?

15 September 2015 - 11:22 AM

As some of you already know, I am in Belgium at the moment. At the 17th Chawan Expo in Hemiksem. That’s approx. 400 miles away from my Swiss home.


At the opening ceremony I got to know artists who travelled to Belgium from all over Europe, from Taiwan, or even from Australia. That’s impressive!


So tell us, how far would YOU travel for a show of your work or for an interesting exhibition or event, or for a workshop etc.?