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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 st
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It is Lee who has the bacon press. I was just an admirer of the image.
  9. The image is splendid. I adore pigs. (Except in my case, because I adore pigs, I wouldn't want the words).
  10. Remind me of the type and size of dogs you have. I have an 87 pound golden retriever I think dog and cat dishes are an excellent idea for the Seattle area market. Maybe don't make them white with a goofy picture.
  11. I have an oblate sphere on my banding wheel. I have roughed in some dancing figures to circle the outside and am thinking about the underglaze treatment. On a separate table I have an oval plaque, as yet unfired, maybe ten inches by 16." I will probably underglaze that before firing. That one is on a Year of the Pig theme, with a plan of showing up to three red river hogs, a Vasayan warty pig, and a warthog.
  12. Mea makes the vital point here, I think. Many people seem to find a market, at least for awhile, with pots that are "student pots." Different people will buy them than those who seek only professional work. I don't think this is particular to ceramics. There is a market for clothing that is not well made as well as a different one for well made clothing. There is a market for prepared foods that have their issues as well as for gourmet.
  13. I am so glad she is doing well. My sister had a mini-stroke last September. At that time I learned that mini-strokes, unlike the regular kind, leave no lasting damage, though they are scary all around. I hope you find an assisted living spot that is just right for her.
  14. Best wishes for a solid recovery for your mother-in-law. Take good care of yourself also.
  15. Honestly, I saw the photo before reading the words and thought "Someone is making frogs!"
  16. I just opened up my new Ceramics Monthly (what a great magazine- and I see you have another article published, Pres!) and saw on page 20 a first exhibit by Anna Whitehouse called #100bottles100days. This made me wonder whether anyone here, at any time in your practice, undertook something like this, an item made in different versions over a course of a large number of days. I know people who have done a painting a day or a drawing of a nude each day... If so, what was your specific objective in the exercise?
  17. I am finally back in the studio, hand- building. It is 23 degrees and I am snowed in. I won't get back to the wheel until spring.

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    2. Denice


      It is also cold and miserable here and we had a snow storm move in this afternoon.   I am fortunate that my studio is attached to my house.  I get enough warm air  from a house vent to keep it from freezing,  I turn on a electric heater in the morning and the shop is warm enough to work in by noon.   I thought you had to dry frozen clay and rejuvenate it.  It has something to do with the realignment of the clay particles  when it freezes.  I could be wrong I have never had to deal with it and it has been a long  time since I had a clay and glazes class.     Denice

    3. liambesaw


      It's sunny and hot today, better get to work Gabby!

    4. Gabby


      In fact at 6:30AM I was at my table, carving a border onto a plaque. I have never made anything big and flat, so we will see how it survives. It is going to have an image "painted"in underglazes, including some oranges I am trying. [Now would I have called it hot here today? It was 34'.]

  18. What I notice most, shawnhar, is that you have increasing control over the shape you are producing, so that you can make many that are the same. How much time in each week are you now able to spend at your wheel?
  19. Lee, I hoped you would chime in with expert advice for the teacher. Thank you. There are a couple of things I would like to underline, and Lee, please tell me if I am mistaken on this. When Lee writes you may require the student to follow classroom/studio rules, this does not mean whatever rules you and even the other 35 students prefer. The rules she must follow must, under the law if you are in the US, incorporate reasonable accommodation for that student. The disabled student does not lose her rights because she will not wear earbuds. With ear buds in, she could miss vital
  20. Your question has multiple dimensions. If you are in the United States, the standard for service to students with disabilities is reasonable accommodation. Your first stop, I think, is the college disability office, with staff who should be able to trouble-shoot this with you. Reasonable accommodation would, I think, include not playing music in the classroom if there is a disabled student for whom that extra noise is agony. Music is not necessary for students to learn what you are teaching. If students want to bring their own music for private listening via some sort of ear bud, they co
  21. What a lot of beautiful things! I am enjoying scrolling through the many photos you have posted.
  22. I don't have an image of myself in clay, but I will take that challenge on in Spring when I am more clay-active. I love Lee's series. Another series I admire very much is Robert Arneson's series of self-portrait giant heads that chronicle, for example, his cancer journey.
  23. We may need a different word than "event. " I think of "event" as signifying something that is going on, or about to go on, like a conference or workshop. Perhaps Significant Ceramic News would capture better what you are looking at here.
  24. When I was young I listened to music, 60s sort of music mostly, as a backdrop for almost any work I was doing. In the last few years I have wanted only ambient sounds.
  25. Hi, Lee. I think I would leave out the stubby little dark one, as it looks least unique. Everything I make on the wheel looks like that, so it isn't that I don't think it is cute. It just doesn't look as special as the others.
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