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Looking For Other Potters With A1-At Deficiency

02 April 2014 - 07:47 AM

I was just diagnosed with it and wanted to see if there were any other potters out there and how they deal with it. My fear is that I will have to give up clay.

For those who don't know, it's a genetic disorder that can destroy the lungs and liver. Patients are supposed to avoid all environmental irritants, like smoke, chemicals and dust.



Project Ideas For Kids

18 July 2013 - 01:52 PM

My grandkids are going to be coming to the studio off and on over the summer starting next week, and I'm looking for projects they might like.  I've searched online and found some cute ideas, but thought I might throw it out there and see if anybody has different, fun suggestions.


They are ages 4 (boy), 6 (girl), 10 (girl) and 12 (boy).  I thought I'd let the oldest two try the wheel, plus some slab projects and a pinch pot.  Probably slab stuff for the youngest two.


I'm not really good with kids, and have never done classes or anything like that, so I'm a little scared.  We have been estranged for 5 years and just reconnected two weeks ago, so I hoped this would be a good way to get to know them again.  They will be coming to the studio one at a time, so I don't have to do the same things with all of them.  I know the little guy has a short attention span.  The oldest boy is obsessed with technology, so he may not be interested in such a low-tech thing as clay.


Some of the ideas I had were:


Slab bowls

A cup

Wind chimes

Refrigerator magnets

Slab turtles


Slab dogs


Any other suggestions will be much appreciated.  Or places to look online.