I did end up taking a few weeks off from pottery (throwing anyway).
My shoulder stopped aching. Last week, while working in the garden, I pulled something out of the ground wrong and that night, boom, shoulder pain.
Today, after pottery class.... boom, shoulder pain. With pottery, I notice it mostly when I'm centering anything larger than 4 lbs.
I'm quite aware of ergonomics at the PC. My monitor is sitting on a monitor riser at the right height and my keyboard and mouse are also at good positions. I've been in situations where they've not been good and have suffered. This is certainly not the same.
So, yes, I'm using Dr. Google to diagnose, but I do also have a friend at an orthopedist's office. When I told her about it (before even mentioning being a potter), she said, "sounds like tendonitis to me. Do you do this a lot" and she put her hands in a position as if she were picking something up. ... basically, a potting position. "Yup, I throw pottery on the wheel."
Bottom line, I'm 39 years old and my body is not what it used to be. I need to come to terms with the fact that I'm middle aged and need to start treating injuries properly!
I made a serving spoon of Laguna B Mix 5. I wanted it to serve shrimp salad, thus I used a big shell for a mold. The handle curves back under slightly, and is textured to mimic the shell also. This spoon is bisque, waiting to be glazed, but I have been putting it off because I can't figure out how I am going to fire it once it is glazed!
I have been told to not use stilts with stoneware, as it will warp. Is this true? How can I fire this spoon, so it is usable? I really like my spoon, I am going to be so disappointed if I can't make it functional.
What if you used a stand made for firing beads? You could put a hole in the tip of the handle.... just a thought.
On Sunday night, I threw "tall" for the first time.
I threw a carafe... about 11" tall.
I used a cone 6 white clay from Continental Clay. It's their B-Clay.
It was super smooth to throw with.
But I will admit that it took 4 tries to get anywhere close to this height.