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    drmyrtle reacted to ChenowethArts in Claywork While Going Thru Chemo   
    @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
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Min in Thumb Injury   
    Simple things to consider:
    Try taping the thumb that hurts to the rest of your hand. It's one thing to "try not" to use it, vs. "not able" to use it. Awkward, but it works by forcing you to use everything else but your thumb. If tape adhesive bothers your skin, put a non-latex glove on your hand, then tape that together as above. I suppose a plastic bag would do the same, but the goal is only to trap the thumb, not your whole hand. If you're throwing more than 7-8lbs of clay, use the butt of your left hand (clay spinning counterclockwise) while holding your thumb out of the way with your right hand. Think of "persuading" the clay, rather than forcing it, since you'll have no counterbalance. Also think of putting the force down towards the wheel head and curling under it with your left palm. When the load is centered, tape your thumb as above. (There are probably videos of this technique on the intertoobs.) Get an ice pack, and ice your thumb (where it hurts) after you throw whether it *hurts* or not. Be super careful not to freeze your skin, by keeping some type of cloth between the ice bag and your skin. This just helps back the swelling process off just a tad. If this injury continues, play with gentle heat if that feels better. Massage the muscles all over your hand, fingers, palm, etc. including the wrist. Enlist helpful beings if necessary. Dogs with big tongues can be helpful (I suggest Newfoundlands, but I'm partial, and they're so handy for me.) Finally, although no one has mentioned this I think, strongly consider getting a referral to an Occupational Therapist from your doc. OTs deal with hand issues, and they can give you more in depth information about exercises to counter balance the weaknesses that have caused this. (Don't be surprised that they start working on exercises for your shoulders; it's very likely that you are overusing your thumb because the general strength in your arms and shoulders is inadequate for wheel throwing.) It's worth paying for a session for the exercises, do's and dont's that they dispense, and way easier than getting shots or surgery, depending on the diagnosis.
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    drmyrtle reacted to kcompton@usitexas.com in Fusing Glass With Clay   
    I make spoon rests (small, flat dishes) and melt various bottle glass in them; at cone 6  Brown beer bottles are generally too dark (Shiner seems a little lighter than average), but green generally works great and wine bottles have a whole spectrum of colors.  A couple of notes:
     
    1:  It's gonna crackle.  Pretty, but not particularly food-safe.  I wouldn't use if for anything you're going to eat out of.
    2:  The inbound color is not necessarily what you end up with.  Sometimes it changes substantially; I saw this a lot with the little glass floral marbles, less so with bottle glass, which is one reason I switched..
    3:  Everything I've tried at cone 6 melts pretty thoroughly.  I break up the bottles in a metal bucket with a sledghammer used vertically and get the pieces to under 1/2".  Wear safety glasses and gloves!!!  I store the glass in jars and just pour an appropriate amount from the jar into the piece.  Bigger pieces iof glass are more dangerous, but they all melt into a puddle.
    4:  Don't overfill your piece.  Glass on your shelves is bad, very bad, m'kay?.
    5:  I generally use a glaze under the glass, usually white.  The glass doeesn't seem to wet the bare clay as well and you can end up with irregular edges to your puddle, which is less attractive.
    6:  Using clear glass with a strongly colored glaze underneath can be interesting.  The glass can pick up colorant from the glaze; cobalt is a good example.
    7:  Texture under the glass looks great.  Spirals, concentric circles, etc show up well and look great; I generally shoot for about an eighth of an inch deptth.
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Rae Reich in Community Challenge #2   
    Really, Bunnies in spring? With tornados? As a planter? (The sound you just heard was my mind blowing up.)
     
    I'll have to check whether the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) permits terrestrial pictures. This just got pretty interesting all of a sudden.
     
    As for one picture, I'm pretty sure that someone on this list quoted Picasso saying "Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist." I'm not as well behaved as I used to be. ;>
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Community Challenge #2   
    Really, Bunnies in spring? With tornados? As a planter? (The sound you just heard was my mind blowing up.)
     
    I'll have to check whether the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) permits terrestrial pictures. This just got pretty interesting all of a sudden.
     
    As for one picture, I'm pretty sure that someone on this list quoted Picasso saying "Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist." I'm not as well behaved as I used to be. ;>
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Cavy Fire Studios in Community Challenge #2   
    Really, Bunnies in spring? With tornados? As a planter? (The sound you just heard was my mind blowing up.)
     
    I'll have to check whether the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) permits terrestrial pictures. This just got pretty interesting all of a sudden.
     
    As for one picture, I'm pretty sure that someone on this list quoted Picasso saying "Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist." I'm not as well behaved as I used to be. ;>
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from kitasclay in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY.
     
    In Latin, the meaning of the root atoms- is pressure. This entry captures moments of a previously unknown capacity of bunnies to travel inter-celestially. Because of the difference in atmospheric pressure between Venus and Mars (Venus = 1/1000 the pressure on Mars), the bunny shown landing on Venus (foreground) is buoyant and expanded, while the bunny who drew Mars in the rabbit celestial lottery found it to be a very weighty venture indeed. The image to the right is a bunny traveling into a black hole. We don't know what happened to that bunny after travel, as she has not been heard from or seen since.
     
    Since we have several bunny-luvin' advocates on this forum, the bunnies want you to know that no bunny is harmed in the process of capturing their inter-celestial flight. All travel was consensual, informed and reimbursed according to the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) of which they are members.
     
     



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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Sallyd in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY.
     
    In Latin, the meaning of the root atoms- is pressure. This entry captures moments of a previously unknown capacity of bunnies to travel inter-celestially. Because of the difference in atmospheric pressure between Venus and Mars (Venus = 1/1000 the pressure on Mars), the bunny shown landing on Venus (foreground) is buoyant and expanded, while the bunny who drew Mars in the rabbit celestial lottery found it to be a very weighty venture indeed. The image to the right is a bunny traveling into a black hole. We don't know what happened to that bunny after travel, as she has not been heard from or seen since.
     
    Since we have several bunny-luvin' advocates on this forum, the bunnies want you to know that no bunny is harmed in the process of capturing their inter-celestial flight. All travel was consensual, informed and reimbursed according to the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) of which they are members.
     
     



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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Chantay in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY.
     
    In Latin, the meaning of the root atoms- is pressure. This entry captures moments of a previously unknown capacity of bunnies to travel inter-celestially. Because of the difference in atmospheric pressure between Venus and Mars (Venus = 1/1000 the pressure on Mars), the bunny shown landing on Venus (foreground) is buoyant and expanded, while the bunny who drew Mars in the rabbit celestial lottery found it to be a very weighty venture indeed. The image to the right is a bunny traveling into a black hole. We don't know what happened to that bunny after travel, as she has not been heard from or seen since.
     
    Since we have several bunny-luvin' advocates on this forum, the bunnies want you to know that no bunny is harmed in the process of capturing their inter-celestial flight. All travel was consensual, informed and reimbursed according to the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) of which they are members.
     
     



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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Chris Campbell in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY.
     
    In Latin, the meaning of the root atoms- is pressure. This entry captures moments of a previously unknown capacity of bunnies to travel inter-celestially. Because of the difference in atmospheric pressure between Venus and Mars (Venus = 1/1000 the pressure on Mars), the bunny shown landing on Venus (foreground) is buoyant and expanded, while the bunny who drew Mars in the rabbit celestial lottery found it to be a very weighty venture indeed. The image to the right is a bunny traveling into a black hole. We don't know what happened to that bunny after travel, as she has not been heard from or seen since.
     
    Since we have several bunny-luvin' advocates on this forum, the bunnies want you to know that no bunny is harmed in the process of capturing their inter-celestial flight. All travel was consensual, informed and reimbursed according to the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) of which they are members.
     
     



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    drmyrtle got a reaction from bciskepottery in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY.
     
    In Latin, the meaning of the root atoms- is pressure. This entry captures moments of a previously unknown capacity of bunnies to travel inter-celestially. Because of the difference in atmospheric pressure between Venus and Mars (Venus = 1/1000 the pressure on Mars), the bunny shown landing on Venus (foreground) is buoyant and expanded, while the bunny who drew Mars in the rabbit celestial lottery found it to be a very weighty venture indeed. The image to the right is a bunny traveling into a black hole. We don't know what happened to that bunny after travel, as she has not been heard from or seen since.
     
    Since we have several bunny-luvin' advocates on this forum, the bunnies want you to know that no bunny is harmed in the process of capturing their inter-celestial flight. All travel was consensual, informed and reimbursed according to the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) of which they are members.
     
     



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    drmyrtle got a reaction from rayaldridge in Community Challenge #1   
    FINAL ENTRY.
     
    In Latin, the meaning of the root atoms- is pressure. This entry captures moments of a previously unknown capacity of bunnies to travel inter-celestially. Because of the difference in atmospheric pressure between Venus and Mars (Venus = 1/1000 the pressure on Mars), the bunny shown landing on Venus (foreground) is buoyant and expanded, while the bunny who drew Mars in the rabbit celestial lottery found it to be a very weighty venture indeed. The image to the right is a bunny traveling into a black hole. We don't know what happened to that bunny after travel, as she has not been heard from or seen since.
     
    Since we have several bunny-luvin' advocates on this forum, the bunnies want you to know that no bunny is harmed in the process of capturing their inter-celestial flight. All travel was consensual, informed and reimbursed according to the BITL (Bunny Interstellar Travel League) of which they are members.
     
     



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    drmyrtle reacted to Mark C. in Community Challenge #1   
    I had no plans of taking the time for another project -that said my (landscape with clouds square plate) that came out of last glaze kiln fits the bill
    so FINAL ENTRY.
    sorry about the poor photo.
    Mark


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    drmyrtle reacted to LawPots in Community Challenge #1   
    Well, since I'm a student of Mea's - I'll do what she did, and post something I made last year (I am making more . . .)
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    drmyrtle reacted to oldlady in Rope Impression Decoratio   
    am i the only person who thinks that video is one of the worst i have ever watched?  the technique was a poor way of doing anything, the slip was not colored so why use it at all and the scraping of clay in a room full of people breathing the stuff in was the dumbest safety violation i remember anywhere.   is it just me?
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from Tyler Miller in Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means   
    Oui, ce ca. Tyler, I have been pondering your original post for a while, and find that it resonates with me in this way. Could you accept the construction that somehow, through what ever miss-mosh of genetic, evolutionary, energetic, personal beliefs, forces, etc. *you* have uniquely arrived at this point in time? With you arrives your history, cultures, traumas, hopes, intellectual teachings as the substrate of you? Then perhaps, you also have arrived here with specifically unique issues or problems to be solved, or at least tinkered with.
     
    It is your attempts at solutions to these unique issues or problems is what makes your life interesting to you, and what makes your attempts so interesting to other people who know you well. Your creative output and expressions will reflect exactly your attempt to tinker and find solutions. It isn't that it is easy to know exactly what one's personal issues are, and sometimes it's exasperating to have one's "issues" slap you in the face over (and over, and over) again until you recognize what is happening and say hello and recognize it's existence. Sure, this discovery process hurts sometimes, but if you can step back and consider your original post, I wonder what it says to you? I wonder what the core of your search is?
     
    I know you have the answers to those questions, even if you don't have solutions to the problems or tasks. The task of finding authenticity ("I can’t help but feel like I’m betraying myself and my own potential for a naturalistic artistic vision if I carry those desires too far.") is speaking from this highly intellectual Canadian male who speaks crappy Spanish and has a hard time choosing which cup to drink his tea from in the morning. At least that's saying something. Somehow, although I've never seen your work, I'll bet your work say's that too, and if it doesn't, perhaps it should. Some believe that if you don't solve your unique karmic puzzles before you die, some next schlep will be born with the crap you couldn't solve. I surely don't know why anyone is born with the stuff they experience, but I do know it's an interesting place to ponder from.
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    drmyrtle reacted to Karen B in Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means   
    The thing about cultural expression is an interesting idea. In Japan the culture was so much more contained, the evolution of the forms so much slower. Here in America, the culture is a true melting pot. To express this culture is not a simple form or idea. It will vary from state to state, town to town, neighborhood to neighborhood. It will never develop like Japanese pottery. That is not a bad thing. It is true. The huge variations and choices we have within our own studios ARE reflective of our culture.
     
    When I was studying art (painting) in NYC back in the early 80's, it would not remain 2D. It broke out in 3D with plaster, chicken wire, wax, wood. The museums and galleries reflected a lot of this genre.
     
    I spent one summer back then in San Francisco in a painting class at San Francisco Art Institute. I gathered mediums for the class, but all I felt compelled to work with was colored pencils and water colors on paper. 
     
    The air, the culture, the smell, the energy, the people, all different. It affected me. 
     
     
    Maybe one should take Hamada's comment about adding granite to the clay as just about that specific act.
     
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    drmyrtle reacted to Babs in Authenticity, My Own Personal Struggle With What It Means   
    When you are totally immersed in your work, are you really still reacting to  what is outside? Does it matter? Do you see the subtle changes in your work? Where are these coming form? Observation of self or the world around you?
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    drmyrtle reacted to PRankin in What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?   
    Group hug!
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    drmyrtle reacted to Mudslinger Ceramics in I'll Never Be A Real Potter.   
    Good post to read, congratulations flowerdry!
     
    I too thought I couldn't be a 'real' potter unless I followed the 4 Heads of Ceramics lecturers in my studies in their male dominated, Bernard Leach, dust covered, rock crushing, gas, wood, bricks and mud hauling, Song dynasty emphasis on 'real' ceramics  (almost felt I should've glued on a beard too)  .....and in consquence I have several books on glaze chemistry, a small glaze lab, SO MANY half used bags and bottles of materials, years of nerve wracking frustration over glaze failures etc ........to finally have come to your conclusion a few years ago......  Duh!!   Have finally settled on a wide firing clear with a few mods for my production work and the beautiful colours, textures and surfaces of unglazed clay in my gallery work. 
     
    Now, to be fair, I'm certainly NOT sorry to have had that grounding in ceramics from my years of study, my mad urge for experiementation in those early years was well satisfied!..... but I do wish the spectre of tough bloke-y, make from raw, gas/wood, guts and sweat C10-C13 Chinese ideal of 'real' ceramics will continue to fade as time goes on. Don't get me wrong, ash glazes can be beautiful but so too can polished porcelain or lush e/w glazes... there's enough room in ceramics for a lot of love.
     
    Glad you worked things out flowerdry, you sound 'real' to me.
     
    Irene
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    drmyrtle reacted to rayaldridge in What Causes Glaze/clay 'tide Mark'?   
    My guess is that something in the glaze is volatizing and those fumes are altering the clay near the glaze edge.
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    drmyrtle reacted to Benzine in Great Video On Decorating   
    Someone posted a video, of the first potter, before.  But this link contains several more, all displaying amazing skill:
     
     
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    drmyrtle reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Anybody Else Get Pouty?   
    I don't even wanna list all my health problems and I am 30. I have been going to the hospital every week for 7 straight years, since I was 23. The number one thing I do to keep myself happy and to keep others around me happy, is to understand that complaining about your pain helps no one. In fact, if anything it brings you down. You have to search for the great things that you get to do because your alive and the pain is just a reminder that you are alive. 
     
    Each and every day you have to try hard not to complain. In fact the more you do this the more you will realize how strong you are and how people around you are pretty soft. It makes me giggle when people talk about their headache being so bad. 
     
    So don't be pouty. Be thankful that your hands work good enough to write this post. Then be thankful that you got to spend 12 hours straight doing something you love. Do you know how many people get to do that? Not very many people. Kick back, take a break, and look at your masterpieces. Life is full of hard times, but the more you look at your hard times, the worse they become. !
     
    Focus on the great things, not the bad things!
     
    <-- my two cents.
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    drmyrtle got a reaction from High Bridge Pottery in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I was imagining a series related to the sea/wind idea:
     
    Imagine making either a collection of 5 individual pieces, or one piece incorporating, each of the five Chinese Wu Xing 'elements' or phases: earth, metal, water, wood, fire. You could use the words concretely or metaphorically, constructively (as listed) or destructively (earth, water, fire, metal, wood). Mixed media, illustration, etc all part of the challenge.
     
    Limitations: you have to include all five phases in your final entry, and you cannot submit your final entry until your entire contribution is complete. (By this, I mean that the image you submit might contribute to your vision, so if it's a collection, the final entry has all of the pieces arranged by your hand as the final image submission.)
     
    BTW, my name is Myrtle, which was already taken upon sign up to the forum ;>. The dr part simply adds biographical information not otherwise necessary.
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    drmyrtle reacted to TJR in Making Clay   
    Here's my Haiku;
     
    I mix clay myself
    A chemical, where is it?
    The clay will not work.
    TJR.
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