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Evelyne Schoenmann

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Qotw: Would You Fire Your (Smaller) Work In A Trash Bin Kiln?

30 June 2015 - 11:02 AM

Today I have been in Zurich, a train hour from where I live, at the studio of a Swiss ceramist friend of mine: Stefan Jakob.


He is the developer of a raku kiln, made out of a trash bin (see pic below). He’s giving workshops all over the world, showing interested people how to build such a kiln from scratch. The kilns are fired with a shoebox full of wood sticks and you can reach bisque- and low fire temps in as less as ¾ hours! We discussed the reaction of ceramists when they see the kiln in action. And we discovered, that ceramists, most of the time, are curious people and open to try something new. I myself own such a trash bin kiln and fire it regularly in my studio in Italy, and I’m very content with the result.


How about you? Would you try out firing your smaller work in such a simple “kiln”, or are you skeptical and rather stay with your gas or electric kiln?



Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

23 June 2015 - 11:18 AM

This weeks question is not only (but mainly) about clay and our insecurity at times.


The best advise I myself once got was: Never give up.


Similar to what Nelson Mandela once said: "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall"


Did you get good advice too in your life? Would you share it with us?



Qotw: How Do You Find Out About Shows, Exhibits, And Juried Events?

16 June 2015 - 10:19 AM

This weeks "Question of the week" springs from a discussion we had in last weeks QOTW, and  from the question put by one of our forum members. How can we find out where a show is we maybe want to participate, or a contest we want to send in a piece, etc. Paul Chenoweth hinted at a topic and here it is:


Do you have brilliant (or just normal) ideas about how to find out about events?


I want to bring to your attention again the Potters Council Juried Show and the Potters Council calendar - really great opportunities to show your work to the world!







Have a happy week!



Qotw: How Important Is Membership To Ceramic Associations To You?

09 June 2015 - 06:07 AM

Take, for instance, Potters Council. Established for individuals (like you) who are passionate about pottery. You subscribe for membership, and in no time a whole cornucopia of benefits rains on your head.


Or maybe a more local clay association, where you can meet people in your vicinity? Or even a worldwide promotor of potters and pottery, like NCECA?



Would a membership in such a serviceable establishment be of some, much or little importance to you?



I myself am a content Potters Council member and I'm also a member of the Catalonian, a Swiss and a Taiwanese Ceramics Association as well as an NCECA member. My career as a ceramist got (and still get every day) many impulses and support in being a member of those associations.


How about you?



Qotw: Do You Know Movies, Books, Poems Featuring Potters?

02 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

I got the idea for this week’s QOTW from the one of last week. Neil’s funny way to get the hand builders to throw, oldlady’s request to post more links (quote: pres, please name another movie in which pottery is even mentioned. You might not like it but it gave lots of would-be potters the impetus to start), and John, telling us about the film "Ugetsu Monogatari".


 I think a lot of us are interested to know where in literature, movies, videos, poems, one can find potters as protagonists. So please tell us everything you know about potters featuring books, movies et cetera.


I’ll go first:


When I was at the IAC conference in Dublin last year, one of the lecturers showed us a video featuring our contemporary colleague Keith Brymer Jones with a bad heartache. It may be that some of you won’t find this hilarious or not even funny. But since a famous potter showed it to us, I thought I may show it to you as well.




Now it’s your turn!