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  1. On 7/10/2018 at 8:12 PM, Babs said:

    Well what srmteuck me this post are the posters  where are they?.

    A lo haven't posted since the software update I noticed.


    Wonder if they are still around and potting?

    Chenoweth Arts  Paul


    Jpots come to mind

    And Rebekah!

    The interface of pot to surface on Neil's and Ray's mugs just add to the eye candy for me! 

    Wonder how we can lure those back?

    Hey Babs!
    I'm still 'potting around'.  We purchased property just west of Nashville to build a studio and retirement home...that has consumed my time and something (this forum) had to give.  Also, I was diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer last year and that little surgical-setback threw quite a wrench in my normally active life.  So far, my path reports are clear...and am thankful every day for that!
    Nice to be remembered, BTW.


  2. Several years ago, Gail Sheehy wrote a book titled "Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life" (I just discovered another book by Gail, New Passages that is also available on Amazon).  I believe that the veterans here on the forum have likely witnessed Patterns: Predictable Crises of the Clay Artist and I wonder what identifiable stages we can identify in our own journeys into clay/pottery/ceramics?...and what are the indicators of where we are (individually) along those paths?


    Maybe we identify just one predictable crisis and then have the forum describe the symptoms and how they moved forward?




  3. How about something that doesn't require a huge commitment of time...like a sketch problem:



    • Take enough clay to make a 1" cube (2.54 cm)...and take a picture
    • Make something functional/whimsical from the cube
    • Take progress pictures and share
    • Post final project with an appropriate cubical-functional-whimsical title
    • Send 25 cents to my PayPal account

    OK...everything except that last bullet-point :)

    -Paul :)


    I'm a wooden rolling pin person...no particular reason, but it might feel like I'm cheating on a girlfriend if I switched.  Rolling pins have feelings after all :)




    Yeah, I've dated women that were built like rolling pins too.....but once you've had a few drinks...... :lol:


    Well, when you put your rolling pin in the microwave and then enter your PIN number, you've had more than a few drinks.

    -Speaking for a friend, :P



  5. @Diz I'd go with John's counsel on this...much better to make a professionally advised decision than depend on advice from even the well-meaning people here on the forum.

    From my experience in my own family, toxicology isn't the only challenge. Chemo can completely suck the energy out of an individual making it difficult to do even basic things that involve arm/hand movement. It may not be an issue with your friends, but just be aware that limits shouldn't become a demoralizing influence (i.e. biting off more than they can handle at first).


    Sculpey may be another option for small projects. If nothing else, it would be easier to identify the physical make-up of the material to share with a physician...and it lends itself well to small projects and easy clean-up.

    Count me in that camp that considers (safe) clay work to be good therapy,

    Paul :)

  6. I realize, that the "Play with clay" statement, does give those, who don't know about all the time and energy that go into clay work, the wrong impression. At the same time, I think there is a bit of resentment by those, who would never consider their work to be anything people would enjoy doing, for fun.


    Benzine, I think you've nailed it as a matter of perception.  There is a quote from Confucius,“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.† Note that the quote doesn't say/imply, "Choose a job you love and you will play the rest of your life."   Based upon those perceptions, I know a bunch of clay folks who quit 'working' a long time ago even though they dedicate their lives, countless hours, and creative energy in/around the studio...having a lot of fun!



    . . .  some days would have benefited from a pressure washer to get all of the slop from my face, hands, arms, & legs. 

    Guess I'm just a mud baby as when I leave the shop I have it all over me, up to my elbows, on my legs, front of the shirt, on the glasses, and face. Ain't clay fun! I never need a facial!


    Ahh… sounds like you DO play in the mud? bwaahahaha 



    I'm learning that "play in the mud" is only something clay artists should speak of in whispered voices and only within the ranks of fellow mudders....lest we devalue our work.  For the general public, in order to sound more professional, I may change that "play in the mud"  description of what we do to: "I meticulously maneuver masses of argillaceous material into adroit constructs"...yes. that's the ticket! B)


    Oh, and to keep this on topic... I do that "meticulous" stuff with just a little water *big grin*

  8. I have to agree with Pres.  The degree of water I use depends on what form (cylinder, bowl, platter) that I am working on.  For me, the other factor involved is the wetness of the clay when it comes off the wedging table...if it is already soft, I adjust and use much less water once the clay is centered.  And, if it is any indication of how much (or how little) water I use, I can generally soak up excess from the splash pan with a small elephant ear sponge.


    When I re-entered the world of wheel-throwing, I was using stiffer clay and LOTS of water...and on some days would have benefited from a pressure washer to get all of the slop from my face, hands, arms, & legs.  With experience comes the speed that several have mentioned..and with speed (and sensitivity to the clay's softness), I seem to have much less time to sling mud all over the place.

  9. I am a perpetual student in the clay classes on my college campus...it is a perk for staff to be able to take classes, tuition free, so I have 21+ hours of clay course credit under my belt.  Here are some of my observations (in no particular order):

    1. Advanced (or adult) students will do better work when they begin each semester with a 'Project Proposal' that includes specific goals, milestones, and outcomes.  When the instructor and student agree/negotiate this proposal successfully, both have a better understanding of the direction(s) needed.
    2. Cohort critiques provide learning opportunities beyond that of the instructor-student critique.  Learning how to give and receive constructive criticism deepens the experience.  And, having a critique session over potluck appetizers and a glass of wine is something worth trying!
    3. With most adult learners, the course is not about the final grade, but more about what can be learned.  I have witnessed this 'rubbing off" onto undergraduate clay students when adult learners happen to meet/work at the same time/place as the younger students.
    4. Some of my best experiences in class came from group discussions involving our sketchbooks. I have been in classes where sketching is required and some where sketching is ignored.  I favor the exercise of sketching project ideas and discussing those ideas with a group.  Inevitably, there are things we learn from each other as well as having the benefit of hearing the instructors comments for all.

    I'm sure there is more...

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