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  1. I have noticed a couple professors that have the nod. In their cases it's definitely a nod slight movement side to side but pretty dramatic movement of the head up and down. Neither of them realized that they did it when I asked about it. I sometimes move my mouth when I'm feeding the babies. It seems to be a similar relationship where an action invokes a subconscious behavior. Most of the nodders I know don't realize that they are doing it. I am as of yet not a nodder. Once I realized that for them it was subconscious I began taking note and recording myself throwing and asking whether or not I did it lol.

  2. I'm not sure how they are made but I've been wearing a Black Diamond Ceramic wedding band for about 4 1/2 years now and it's been a very durable ring. No scratches so far. I've had it hit/smashed it pretty hard as I work with some pretty high end kitchen appliances( AKA heavy appliances). Its light weight and comfortable. Also on the point of breakage I'd much have a ring break off on my finger than have a metal ring get bent into my finger. 

    My guess is it's fired without glaze, colored porcelain and machine ground to proper size and machine polished to a high sheen.

  3. It's a funny questions because I like to listen to a wide variety of music from Stevie Wonder to Ed Sheeran and Johnny Cash. But when I'm in the studio it's either bluegrass via my Sara Jarosz Pandora station or Traditional Hawaiian music via my Keali'i Reichel Pandora station. I don't know why but to me bluegrass and pottery just makes sense.

  4. Well honestly if it wasn't for Duke Bush leaking the family's secret baked bean recipe we would all be suffering in terms of culinary knowledge!

    In all seriousness though cultures all over the world have different ways of viewing aesthetic not only in their artwork but in their music literature etc.. At the same time most cultures have specific things that they take serious ownership in, some call these parts of their culture holy or sacred and so forth. These things I think should be preserved for the peoples who hold them that way. That being said what happens when someone doesn't know that some melody,  story, symbol, etc. is sacred or what if the culture has a shift in what they view as sacred? I know in my heritage many of the symbols and imagery that was once viewed as sacred by my ancestors has been highly commercialized mostly because of tourism. I didn't grow up thinking that these things were sacred in any way I just knew that they were part of my heritage and were special. I thought that that was cool. Well now I know that my ancestors were pretty serious about those patterns, symbols and so on. I admit that when I see the imagery associated with my heritage I kinda laugh to myself a little and think "they don't know what that means" but I am not upset about it. Many people's heritage is preserved through other cultures that absorb the symbolism and ideas that they admire.  There's a lot of gray area. 

    Great topic Pres

  5. I tend to think of throwing proficiency in terms of forms. If we're talking about a 6" cylinder I know my professor was expecting that 2nd or 3rd week for beginning throwing classes. I felt like after a year in high school I could throw a 6" cylinder if at the drop of a hat. I was listening to Ben Carters podcast during one of his New Zealand segments and on of the artists described mastery on the potters wheel as an ability to throw anything you can think of.  Some of the interviews I've listened to have surprised me looking at the work of some of these artists, very accomplished ceramic artists,  in many cases they shrink away from the term "Master" because they recognize this idea of infinite possibilities not yet tapped into. I've been making pots on the wheel since high school. Though I feel proficient in my throwing abilities each year the passes I look at my work from last year and most of the work I look at think what was I thinking. I agree with the previously posted sentiment. We should always be looking for the needed improvements in our aesthetic, technique and craftsmanship.

  6. I'll have to agree on the side of hand made wares being more functional/durable in many cases than commercially made wares. Though hand made pottery can fall on the lower scale of functionality (most of us can remember when we just began making) it has much greater potential to be both more functional and durable. Commercially made wares don't have the artistic eye of a functional maker watching over each piece. Each piece has a quality that a factory can't produce and that quality is individuality. That's why your serious mug, bowl, tumbler, etc. buyer takes the time to handle several pieces before making a decision. We have the power to produce a little piece of John or Jane Doe without even knowing it. Though commercial is more capable of duplicating a form and finish thousands of times over handmade is a superior product creating a genuine human interaction with the vessel.

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