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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. DME
  3. 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.




  4. D.M.Ernst

    910 Test

    I am in awe. Amazing results. Thanks for sharing.
  5. someone asked me to make a garlic shredder which was unfamiliar to me. I looked online and bought one to study. Does anyone make them and if so, what do you use to make the "bumps" that do the shredding? Thanks

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    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Tell them to buy a garlic crusher, they are the best xD

    3. GiselleNo5


      Slip trailing and leave it extra pointy.


    4. D.M.Ernst


      Thanks Min, many good ideas on the previous thread. Wish I had asked sooner wouldn't have wasted so much time trying things.

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