Stephani Stephenson on tue 25 mar 03
I saw part of an episode on TV other day. I think it was part of a home
a tour of how toilets are made at the Kohler plant in Wisconsin.
was an interesting show, to me anyway!
what surprised me was that the toilet molds are just typical plaster
piece molds. LOTS of molds set up in a large room
the program showed men filling the molds with slip , using those
hoses with gas station type nozzles.
It must have been warm in there because all the slip casting guys were
yeah big old wisconsin guys, some young: beefy , muscular, or slender;
But most were middle aged or beyond
hearty and hale but starting to sag a bit, even a shamu or two
all swaggering, proud , efficient. Wearing jeans , waistlines low,
disappearing below the 'dunlap' region
(as in dun'lapped over)
so I couldn't help but but imagine, what if those were women? now that
was quite the vision.
big old Wisconsin women, some young: beefy, muscular or slender
But most middle aged or over.....
hearty and hale but starting to sag a bit, even a shamu or two.....
All swaggering , proud, efficient. Wearing jeans, wistlines low.....
do you think they'd allow it? no , I'm sure we'd have to wrap em!
in the old days we would have to use duct tape (no pun intended)
but now we can slap on some of that new " teat attack"
for our protection and to protect the viewers of course
PS seriously now, I did covet the double grinder they use on those
put them upside down . lower the grinder down to grind them perfectly
and yet , with all the technology, they still test for defects by
tapping each fired toilet with a rock and listening to the sound/ring.
PPS a few nights ago, my TV came on in the middle of the night. Some
station was broadcasting Saddam Hussein's most recent broadcast
speech. It woke me up. half awake / half asleep as the interpreter's
voice droned on, I thought I heard Saddam naming all of the most
recent academy award winners. He was naming them off one by one,
including all the categories they won in , to prove to the U.S. that he
was in fact currently alive.... I remember thinking that this was
certainly very weird , but I suppose it made sense .I remember thinking
," I will have to tell my friends about this odd speech he is
It was only the next morning , when I was fully awake , I realized that
this likely did not take place as I heard it . whew.
OK , I guess I will send this anyway.....
Mondloch on thu 27 mar 03
Thanks for the laugh!
> I saw part of an episode on TV other day. I think it was part of a home
> improvement show
> a tour of how toilets are made at the Kohler plant in Wisconsin.
If you ever get to Kohler, be sure to take the free
factory/artists-in-industry tour at the plant. Their guides are retired
workers.The first time we took it, I told them I was a potter so they gave
us a retired pottery worker guide for just the two of us. I took it several
more times as a chaperone and wouldn't mind doing it again. They also have
the buildings where they do the casting iron and other metal work which is
of course fascinating for Mark. Talk about drooling over equipment! Doing
their Artists-in-Industry program is sort of a fantasy for us.
> so I couldn't help but but imagine, what if those were women? now that
> was quite the vision.
> big old Wisconsin women, some young: beefy, muscular or slender
> But most middle aged or over.....
> hearty and hale but starting to sag a bit, even a shamu or two.....
> All swaggering , proud, efficient. Wearing jeans, wistlines low.....
LOL. If all we had to do was frolic on a warm beach all the time like svelte
little California nymphs, maybe we wouldn't be so beefy. But Lake Michigan
gets pretty darn icy in winter so we have to console ourselves with
bratwurst and beer.
Sylvia- beefy Wisconsin woman
Mark & Sylvia Mondloch
Silver Creek Pottery & Forge
W6725 Hwy 144
Random Lake ,Wi 53075