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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
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Qotw: Would You Show Us A Picture Of Your Working Space?

Yesterday, 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)...



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?