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and the bad news is--was spouts

updated thu 24 nov 11


Lili Krakowski on wed 23 nov 11

A spout making technique was described just now--or making a thin clay =3D
pancake, draping it over one's pinky--etc. I want to try this Hank =3D
Murrow Hamada derived one., knowing perfectly well --and I have potted =3D
since 1949,-- that I will have to make a good many before it all =3D
There are no shortcuts for technique.

When I taught either throwing or slip decoration, I began the first =3D
session like this:

I spread some large sheets of paper on the tables along with some fat =3D
markers. (Pencils are not good...they write too small) Having =3D
assembled students around the tables I told them to watch while I signed =
my name. Which I did four, five times.

Then I told them to sign their names, four, five times--which they did, =3D
as I had done, with speed and ease.

Next I told them to sign my name! Oh, how laborious that was! Many =3D
misspelled my first name, because they were so used to the US version =3D
--Lily. And they had trouble with the wsk business at the end of my =3D
last name.=3D20

But, after several tries, all were able to write my name adequately. At =3D
which point I told them to sign their names, then sign mine, then =3D
theirs, again, several times.

ALL, always, got the point. Hardly needed to be told that practice and =3D
familiarity, familiarity and practice are de rigueur with any physical =3D
skill. After that I had no problem making them repeat and repeat =3D
whatever they were making till it became "glib".

I really do not know how the brain works--if and when it does. I do =3D
know there comes a point when one can perform a task on some sort of =3D
automatic pilot...and that this point needs to be achieved for each =3D
pot-making process.

Lili Krakowski
Be of good courage