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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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Qotw: Do You Still Have Your First Piece?

19 May 2015 - 10:33 AM

You just look at the very first piece I made when I started my potters “career”, 14 years ago. It is hand built (coil technique) and bellied out with my fingers. The shape is erratic, the walls too thick, the handle too big…. But it not only looks like a water jar, it is also used as one. Its home is my Italian studio and I use it every day to pour water when I’m thirsty.

Now how about you?


Do you still have your FIRST, and if it is functional, do you use it? And…... would you show us a picture?



Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

12 May 2015 - 10:02 AM

You know, I always wanted to become an archeologist, but my parents didn't have the money to let us children study. When I had my own money, I studied music instead.... And now that I finally do what is my hearts passion, make ceramics, I often feel like an archeologist, working with carving instruments, with brushes and tiny tools...


What about you: What would YOU have wished to become if not a potter?



What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

05 May 2015 - 04:22 AM

Sometimes, when I'am procrastinating too long, I think of converting my studio into something else...


Or when I see people strolling through my exhibitions, telling me how beautiful my pieces are and then leave, I think: "what am I doing here"?


Or when I work for 30 hours on a delicate, filigree porcelain tripod and then it warps in the kiln, I want to change profession...


Or !?!?


 What discourages YOU and how do you get over it?



Is Your Art Influenced By Ancient Works?

28 April 2015 - 09:27 AM

Eight years ago I have been in Rome at the famous exhibition “Cina - nascita di un impero” (China – the birth of an Empire). I saw many of the life sized terracotta warriors, horses and carts. Burial garments with jade and golden threads as well as other burial artifacts like the bi-discs.


I was immediately taken with the wine vessels, which always are tripods. Since then, I try to include some of the beauty found in that exhibition in my works “ceremonial vessels”.


The picture bellow shows one of the Chinese tripods, made of bronze.


Is there an artifact that had a profound effect on your work? 

Does Moving In Social Media Circles Support Your Clay Career?

21 April 2015 - 03:16 AM

Until approx. 5 years ago I haven’t moved in social media circles at all. I was just pottering along in my basement studio. Then I discovered the Potters Council forum and LinkedIn and my career did a jump forward. Since last year you can find me on fb too, and since posting there, my “know people and being known”- ratio rocketed. Using all those social media possibilities brought me to where I’m now. How about you?


Are you using Social Media to nudge along your career, your awareness level, to get to know potters all over the world? Or are you explicitly refrain from using Social Media other than our forum here?


(PS: this is not meant as an advertisement for certain Social Medias. The ones I mention are just the ones I’am posting in).


Thank you in advance for a lively discussion.