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From The Mouths Of Babes


TJR

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I was in the studio all day Sunday. I am having to fill a kiln with my firing partner so that I can get an order of 60 mugs out for February 5.

It was a long day. I had made 12 5lb colanders. I put side handles on them. I trimmed the dozen plates that go under the colanders. I trimmed 34 mugs. My son came in at 4:00 p.m. to work on a clay slingshot that he is making. At about 5:00, I was getting tired. Still had about 20 mugs to put handles on.

I said to my son;"You know, I never get tired of doing this."

He said;"But Dad, that's because they are all different. everyone is a problem to solve." I looked at him and blinked, then smiled. Of course they are all different. Some are big or small, moist or dry, some handles work, others don't.I guess that's why I am still in the game.

Have you heard a wise comment about your making recently?

TJR.

I forgot to say that my son is 16 [edit[.

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I had just finished a set of 8 mugs.  Trimming, handles, smoothing done and they looked pretty good. I set them on a bat on a table to dry.  My 9-year-old son came to the studio and somehow managed to knock the bat and mugs to the floor.  The mugs were misshapen, some handles were off, some were bent.  He heard words that he had never heard from his mother and he saw twisted, leather-hard mugs flying past him at an incredible rate.  

 

Said he, "But Mom, you're making them worse."  

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I had just finished a set of 8 mugs.  Trimming, handles, smoothing done and they looked pretty good. I set them on a bat on a table to dry.  My 9-year-old son came to the studio and somehow managed to knock the bat and mugs to the floor.  The mugs were misshapen, some handles were off, some were bent.  He heard words that he had never heard from his mother and he saw twisted, leather-hard mugs flying past him at an incredible rate.  

 

Said he, "But Mom, you're making them worse."  

Made me laugh!

TJR.

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del martin makes casseroles with a wonderful twisted handle.  they are all different.  during a visit he complained that he could never get an apprentice to make them "right".  when i pointed out the fact that his were unique because of the special twist he gave them, he looked at them differently.  

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