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Evelyne Schoenmann

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Are You Making Your Own Pottery Tools?

14 April 2015 - 06:36 AM

I once attended a workshop of the Mexican ceramist Gustavo Perez and saw him using a fancy tool, a bamboo stick with 3 knife blades sticking out of it. They were arranged one beside the other, with an interspace of approx. a quarter of an inch. His work often has parallel deep lines in it, and he explained that if he uses a knife, cutting a line, and then want to draw another line just beside it, the first cut closes again because of the squeezing out of the clay. So he made a tool with 2, 3 and also one with 5 blades side by side to get clean cut, parallel lines.


How about you? Are you too making your own tools if you can’t find the perfect one at the suppliers?



Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

07 April 2015 - 10:32 AM

My today's question has something to do with our last weeks discussion. Some of your responses, and some of my recent experiences, made me think. We said that we should let children be and stay curious, to not always tell them "don't do this - don't do that". That I got a few rebukes from different persons recently, just because I'am still a curious "child" sometimes, made me a bit angry. Why should we always behave like well programmed robots? Don't we want sometimes just yell, laugh out loud, jump around, hug people, touch things (I didn't forget!), express joy or just be funny?


I myself got the most recent rebuke on the night flight from J.F.K. to Zurich/Switzerland: I couldn't sleep, so I scanned the movies and found - tataaa!- FLUBBER, starring Robin Williams. Boy, I was laughing so hard that the flight attendant told me to let other people, pleeeease, sleep.....


So come on, tell us a story where you were feeling and acting like a child and enjoyed it!

If it has to do with clay, so much the better...



Do You Touch Things In Museums?

30 March 2015 - 06:27 PM

Hi my friends here on the forum. I took over the "Question of the week"-thread from Marcia at our last board meeting. I have a lot of questions for you, but I had such a typical (for me) encounter today, that my first question must be:


Are you touching things in museums?


I have been at the Fine Arts Museum in Boston today. In the Korean Ceramics department I saw such a beautiful bowl standing on a pedestal, white, porcelaine, grainy surface..NOT behind glass. You know what comes next: spell bound, I caressed the inside of the bowl with the tip of my fingers and then - wuiwuiwui - the alarm went off and a security guard came running in and asked me why I touched the bowl. My answer, as always, was: I couldn't help it!


How about you?



Who Of You Is Making Funeral Urns?

12 March 2015 - 12:27 PM

I know this is a bit of a strange topic, but I will write an article in the New Ceramics magazine about funeral urns and I need every insight/help/information/tip etc. I can get from you.


I have never made an urn myself and I don't want to in the future. I'am interested in your stories, how you came to make urns, if you find it creepy to make urns or quite the contrary, if you know of really extraordinary or unusual urns etc.


Thank you for every help, link and tip you can give.



Are You Taking Pictures/notes While Working?

04 March 2015 - 02:59 PM

I was working on a new project: 2 different tripods out of self-made paperclay. The feet and the intended design are a bit special and the different stages complicate, so I was concentrating on my work for 5 hours yesterday and for 8 hours today. Only when I finished work for this day it leaped into my mind: darn!... and again I forgot to take pictures or notes from the different stages of my work! :angry:


Are you regularly taking pictures or notes while working? And how come you don't forget to do it, like I myself almost always do? The camera is on a shelf in my studio, and there is always a bunch of empty pages lying around, so.... (shrugging, and roll eyes).