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  1. As you do not know how to guide someone with her disability and as she is an adult, the respectful thing, I think, is to defer to her understanding of her disability. She has not requested guidance from you, as I hear it. Life can be extremely hard for a disabled adult. As the mother of a disabled adult daughter, I understand the students' not wanting to go into detail with people about her disability. She tries to get through the world while retaining her privacy as much as she can.
  2. I think you might stop and think about why a student's saying she will need to excuse herself or asking for warning (notice you said 'asking' rather than demanding) makes you fear she wants to control how you run your class. I have taught students with disabilities whose accommodations explicitly include being able to excuse themselves in response to something triggering. I have had students who ask to be warned in advance about something we know will be triggering. I have said I will try but with upwards of 100 students to worry about, I might sometimes forget, so feel free to step out when you need to. If the triggering thing is something you can easily avoid, it would be nice to do, like if it were something more recreational than pedagogical. An example. I cannot stay in a room in which there is whistling going on. I need to leave. If I were in a class in which another student was continuously whistling while he worked, I think I would ask a teacher whether we could have a no whistling rule.
  3. Nice little collection!
  4. I would like to be able to work larger but do not at this time have the skill to do that on the wheel. One reason I prefer that is that I do not do this as a business and am interested in narrative decoration that doesn't cause me eyestrain.
  5. I just typed "ceramics shops in Morocco" into Google, and things come up. You won't have any problem gathering info on this if you have a half hour to spend on the internet. Have fun!
  6. This work is hard on a sad heart, but he knew it would be you doing this, ultimately, and likely found that thought a comfort.
  7. Is the existing toilet handmade? I would weigh the cost of your effort against the cost of a new toilet.
  8. I am the second least computer literate member here , so my suggestion may not be the most efficient.. You could send the photo to yourself, then download the photo to your computer, then post it on the forum.
  9. I would love to be able to be able to make a symmetric pot on a banding wheel. The spending habits of the wealthy differ from country to country. In some places, people spend vast amounts of money on celebrations of family events. I remember reading something a couple of years back about places where people would buy a mastiff dog for a million dollars. Of the people I have encountered who have $1000 or more to spend on something they don't really need, I think it would go toward overseas travel or home remodels.
  10. How fast are you actually spinning your banding wheel? I cannot imagine getting that symmetry of form on a banding wheel.
  11. This vessel wouldn't work for this purpose because of the size of the thing, but religious Jews before meals do a sort of ritual hand wash that involves pouring water over one hand and then the other with a three-handled pitcher, or with two handles 120' apart, called a laver.
  12. This could well be completely random. You know how if you toss a fair coin one hundred or more times, you will tend in there to get a string of heads or tails? This could be like the string of tails.
  13. Whenever there is a question with a very dominant answer, I like to ask myself what situation could turn the answer around. I know that Louise Nevelson was an abstract sculptor rather than a potter, but her body of sculptural work, at least after her earliest beginnings, was painted black. She made a few all white pieces and a few gold, but she spent her career exploring form in black. There are creative people who find it intriguing to work under a constraint, though in her case she simply felt that black contained all colors.
  14. Crafts fairs looked so different then than now. This is what I remember so strongly. There was an informality, and each vendor looked like he or she was set up at a garage work bench and brought the stuff out for the fair. There was no polish, no professional looking displays, no branding, no name tags, no business cards. It was all very earthy and in a sense romantic.
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