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So....fess up, everyone. Who wakes up with really sore fingers after a hard throwing session? Holy crackers, my hands hurt a lot after my throw-a-thon last night. It took a bit for me to be able to clench a fist this morning because my joints were like, "Oh! You want us to bend after what you did to us last night? HAHAHAHA! No." This is the crappy. I'm only bloomin' 33 years old! Boy, did I get some luscious, chubby mug forms off that wheel, though... Five smaller mugs, three larger mugs, five beer mugs, and an assortment of other stuff.
For those of you who have impaired hand strength due to arthritis, bone breakage, or just being a tiny person in general (I have all three, go me!) - what challenges do you face when throwing, and how do you compensate for it? I only ask because I'm having difficulty centering anything over 2 lbs and it's making me feel like an idiot. 3 lbs is NOT a large piece of clay, darn it! I've been working to establish better-leveraged movements, but it's difficult because my hands aren't able to brace one another like with tiny lumps of clay, and the clay is muscling me around Are there established ways to compensate, or am I just inept?