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Selchie

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    Selchie got a reaction from Chilly in Tips on teaching   
    Full disclosure: I haven't taught wheel throwing and I am only two years into learning to throw. I do, however, have a background and have taught  in human movement sciences. 
    Our eyes are the sensory system that we usually use dominantly, with our other senses as support.  We have proproiceptors in our muscles, joints and skin that tell us where our body is in space and where the parts of our body are in relation to one another, as well as giving us the feel of things that we are manipulating - hot? cold? soft? hard.  The visual system will predominantly decide whether parts of the body are correct or not.  We rarely, other than in wheel throwing, try to keep our hands still against an object that is spinning. If you really want to be the opposite of a good teacher (not recommended)  - try having your students throw on a batt that has a spiral pattern on it, rather than no marks or circles - very weird, and probably annoying,  if you are still learning.  
    I would suggest that you use all the ideas noted above, from everyone else here - good positioning, anchoring the arms. Then, you could tell the students to close their eyes and feel if their hands are moving.  I know this is probably unconventional, but it makes sense - you are removing the dominant sensory system rather than trying to override it. When I was learning, I worked at first centering with open eyes, so I could get the correct  hand positions, then I practiced with my eyes closed. Then I worked to throw an entire cylinder with eyes closed.  
    Just a thought. 
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    Selchie reacted to LeeU in What’s on your workbench?   
    Indeed!! Even at the most modest venture, those prices are nuts! Not to get too philosphical, but such under-valuation may call into question the integrity of clay art everywhere! Raise 'em up, Liam, raise 'em up! 
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    Selchie got a reaction from Hulk in QotW: What is your studio companion lately?   
    Hulk, Is that a self-cleaning wheel???? There would be a market for that - a Roomba for the studio, too. Sigh. I expect it is too good to be true, but maybe some day.
    I use a bluetooth speaker, too - listen to audio books, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting) podcasts, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting) podcasts.
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    Selchie got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    Love this dish idea.  Wow!  I was an occupational therapist; now a beginner potter - and I think making this kind of bowl is a goal for me. I am going to go down to our children's center for kids with disabilities and see what shapes they recommend and see if I can (eventually) reproduce the shape. Thanks.
     
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    Selchie got a reaction from Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    Love this dish idea.  Wow!  I was an occupational therapist; now a beginner potter - and I think making this kind of bowl is a goal for me. I am going to go down to our children's center for kids with disabilities and see what shapes they recommend and see if I can (eventually) reproduce the shape. Thanks.
     
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    Selchie reacted to Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    Prototype dinner plate for a disabled family member, she has partial use of one hand, paralyzed on the other side. Theory is she will be able to push her fork to the curved in back edge of the plate to keep the food on the fork. Front edge of plate is smooth and rounded over so she can rest her wrist either on that or the table.

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    Selchie reacted to GEP in What’s on your workbench?   
    A few months ago I posted some WIP photos of clock designs that I was experimenting with. Here’s how they are turning out:

     
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