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In Topic: I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

08 October 2015 - 07:15 AM

I have only shaved twice in my whole life and do have a short beard.I never thought it as a prerequisite to potting-I was called an animal today if that counts.


Mark, you animal, you. Hate to break it to you, but not all animals have beards. What about lizards?


In Topic: Recommended String For Cutting Off The Hump

03 October 2015 - 09:24 AM

I used to used coarse black cotton thread. Now I use dental floss. I have had the same piece for probably 10 years. Works great for cutting lids off the hump. I don't throw much else off the hump as the bottoms crack. Must be a flaw with my clay.

i suggest that you give the floss another go.


In Topic: Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

29 September 2015 - 02:14 PM

Tom: I think a hip surgery is much more dangerous than a carpal tunnel, and I am happy for you that everything went well (and that you don't have to vacuum anymore ;) ). About plan B: what would it be you would do if you really couldn't to ceramics anymore? Do you have another education?


Mark: cut and thrown out bones? Without replacement or some other alternative? Sounds crass. I would have the same problem as you, needing the wrist for other professions. I used to be a piano teacher, but that would be no plan B anymore with a damaged hand...


Still having a more or less functional body, I fear we take too much for granted...



I guess teaching would be my plan B. I have always taught art, so would not want to teach English or something else. Maybe I would retire.


In Topic: Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

29 September 2015 - 02:13 PM

AS I told my son years ago, heroes are not always those that win battles, but those that deal with their adversities in a positive manner and come through the journey on the up side. He was studying in culinary school at the time, someone pulled in front of him while he was on his bike going to class. He flipped over the car, landed on his wrist, literally shattering 8 inches of bone. He had to quit school for while, eventually having major wrist surgery to break the healed area, and remove a length of bone along with having the wrist fused. Metal plates and screws held the thing together for a year. As it re healed. He was discharged from the Marine corp due to the injury.  He finished school, and worked as a chef and cook, but in our area where he wanted to be, little in the way of good jobs. He has ended up as a guard at a State prison, but is happy and doing well. It took him quite a while to reach plan B


Myself, I cannot imagine losing the ability to work in the clay, or to kayak, or bowl. I have had a few years of late dealing with arthritis in the right hand, and having to have my ball redrilled many times to get the fit right for the changes in the hand. Hopefully this last change will make the bowling work without pain. I told the bowling ball people where I have them drilled that if I could not bowl without having open wounds on my thumb and sore fingers, I would have to give up the bowling. They assured me they could get it fixed, we'll see.





In Canada, we have 5 pin bowling. No holes in the bowling balls, which are smaller. you could always move up here. :rolleyes:


In Topic: Potters And Pets

29 September 2015 - 02:05 PM

I don't hate animals but don't have any of my own. When my kids were young we had every possible caged Guinea/hamster/gerbil/rodent, rabbit, snake/other random reptile, and parrot/keet/finch as long as they weren't something running around loose and unsupervised I was happy with it. My son has a pug who is nuts, but extremely cute, who I watch for a few days at at time and he needs constant attention. I also babysit my daughter's ferret from time to time who is the sweetest little thing until she feels like attacking my toes then it becomes like a raptor scene from Jurassic park where I'm being stalked in my own house.

My pottery is not generally influenced by the animal kingdom although I sculpted an owl once and I occasionally think about pug hair raku because of all the shedding.

Harrison Ford is married to Calista Flockhart.


You mean Clint Eastwood divorced her? Ha,ha! Still don't like her acting ability.