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Evelyne Schoenmann

Member Since 03 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Jul 19 2016 01:10 PM

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Qotw: What Does It Need For You To Look Beyond Your Own Nose?

19 July 2016 - 12:59 PM

I just had a visit from the eldest kid of my gardener. The kid (Lucio) is six years old and he told me at length how to cut back olive trees and roses ;) ... (I don't have roses by the way)


But on to the next QOTW: a few days ago our Marcia asked in another thread




... and I learned that people from the US for instance only read US magazines. Since I am writing articles for a European magazine (which is availabe also in English, and one can subscribe also to an oline version) I am curious why nobody looks "beyond one's own nose". What does it need for you to look beyond your own nose? No offense meant! :) 


Have a great week everybody!




Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

13 July 2016 - 08:07 AM

Good day to you all


I am in my Italian studio, with a very bad behaving Internet connection, but with otherwise beautiful weather and sunshine from morning to evening :)


My guest for the coming week is Mark C. He reflected on the past. We all are, in the present, potters, but we maybe had other occupations or passions in the past. Or still? Maybe we have skills that have nothing to do with pottery?


Mark asks us: Many potters are jacks of all trades - how about you? What other things beside clay have you mastered?


Have a great week everybody!


Evelyne and Mark


Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

05 July 2016 - 05:29 AM

Good summer morning / afternoon / evening my friends!


My this week's guest is Joseph Fireborn. He was reflecting lately on the following: 

"I have been working on making a new look for me and it has proved challenging on functional pots for food and drink. So I started making flower vase and it hit me that this was a great place to explore decoration on and off the wheel. So now I push the limits on the vase then take that same approach but dial it down on those functional pots for obvious weight and handling reasons".


What form do YOU make and/or use to explore a new technique in decorating or developing a new aesthetic?


Joseph will be here with me to discuss your new approaches... (thank you bunches, Joseph!).



Qotw: Are We Potters Crazy?

28 June 2016 - 10:51 AM

Two days ago I started a kiln... high fire... at least cone 8. You must know that the weather here is nice, well more than nice, it is summer and hot outside. I would say around 86 FF. Combine this heat and the heat of the kiln and you get the temps we have in the kitchen when I open the door to the basement, where the kiln is. When my hubby saw me programming the kiln he blanched. Next thing he said is: "you potters are a crazy bunch"! "Why can't you start high fire kilns only in wintertime??"


Yesssss, we are crazy! And what my hubby said in his distress was a compliment in my ears.


QOTW: Can you remember what people said to you, or about you as a potter, that sounded rude, but was, in your ear, more a compliment than an insult?


Enjoy what ever you do!



Qotw: Would You Laugh At Me If I Told You That I Am Using A Gg?

22 June 2016 - 06:46 AM

I remember, years ago, when other potters were here on the forum, that a few started to laugh at people who were using technical devices or, heaven forbid; a splashpan. I use a splashpan, otherwise I'd have to paint my studio every time after throwing.... And a month ago I bought myself the best technical device ever (well, not ever maybe): a GG! (sorry but I may not make advertisement here, but I guess you get what I mean). I make uneven chawan (remember: beauty lies in imperfection) and can't center them satisfactorily on my wheel. So GG is helping me now! In addition I can use it for carving my bi-discs in centering them on the GG and let the wheel spin very slowly, and then carve and use the movement! Very handy for lots of my ideas.


How about you? Are you using technical or other devices you know some people would laugh at you if they know?