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About D.M.Ernst

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    Cleveland, OH
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    I've been making pottery since 1967. Currently teaching in retirement homes to students as old as 104.

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  1. Hi-I can't lift & carry much over 20 lbs. myself. When 50 lbs+ of clay shows up at my front door, I have to get it from the ground up the steps, up over a deep door lip, into the house, through the house, down steps, down another door drop of 3-4", and onto a back porch.  I bought a wheeled dolly-type gizmo called an UpCart---it smoothly goes up and down STAIRS! Rolls on specially configured  wheels--worth every penny, and it folds down flat and short.

    1. glazenerd


      Seems to be going around. Had a little accident earlier this year: can't lift more than 20-25lbs with my left arm without it going numb. Have not thrown anything since March. Hopefully it will heal up soon...by you have my empathy.

  2. In response to Pres's question, my classes in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) expose me to all kinds of physical and mental disabilities. In 27 years I've gained much insight into working with clay and physical impairments. My students have issues with vision, strength, mobility, memory, and concentration. One of my greatest joys is finding a way to "get the job done." We've created what Pres called "work arounds" to finish their projects. My personal limitations so far is that I no longer can lift a 50 pound box of clay and have to move only 25 pounds at a time. DM
  3. The art room where I work is being remodeled and the kiln will be moved thirty feet from one end of the room to another. It will remain in the room during the renovation which will last three months. What suggestions do you have for moving the kiln without damaging it? What should be done to protect it from dust and dirt? It is a 10 cu. ft. electric. Thank you. Donna
  4. Glazenerd, your "retirement" will last about 3 months and then you won't be able to stop yourself from getting back to the clay. D
  5. Glazenerd you boggle my mind. Thank you for teaching us so much about glazes and now clay. I am most impressed. D
  6. I'd like to inform the group that potter/author Richard Zakin has passed away. 

    Information at 



    1. Denice


      Thank you for informing us,  he was my inspiration to work in Cone 6 clay and glazes.   After I read his first book in the early 70's I felt that Cone 6 oxidation was the future of pottery.     Denice

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I just read his obit-thanks for the info

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Thank you. I shared it with others. he contributed quite a lot to ceramic knowledge through his books.

      Thanks for letting us know.




  7. My wheel is raised on 2'x4' boards. I sit on an old toilet with a cushion. Have storage available for stamps and small tools on the inside. D
  8. If it looks as if it has been treated well, I would go for it. Perhaps you can negotiate with the seller for a lower price? What's the price of a new one these days? I love my Brent C. D
  9. I'm a hobby potter, not a professional. I've had my Brent C since 1976 and have never had a problem with it (knock wood). My Brent A, which I bought in the mid-80s, needed some pedal adjustment which I was able to do with online instructions. I've never regretted spending the $$ for a Brent. I bought the Brent A so that I could take it to shows for demonstrations. D
  10. I took pottery classes on kick wheels during two of my pregnancies and all went well. My adult children are doing just fine. General safety guidelines should be sufficient. D
  11. Instead of trimming on Thursday, why not make another pot? Then next Tuesday you can trim #1, and make #3. Thursday you can trim #2 etc. Given the extra time, the first pot should be ready to trim.
  12. After graduating college with a degree in secondary education, I got married to a man who became a professor in Cleveland, OH. I became a stay-at-home mom and doting wife. During that time, I worked as chef, home decorator, family financial expert, travel planner, yard care worker, delivery service, art gallery administrator, newsletter editor, and school volunteer for 22 years In addition to my other responsibilities, I started taking pottery classes one morning a week. This was just the beginning of my new career. I bought a wheel and kiln and started working from home while the kid
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