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soldner bowl of mine

updated tue 11 oct 05


Barbara Arner on thu 6 oct 05

i was fortunate to participate in a paul soldner workshop for a wekk last month. everything was so impressve and inspiring. i remember one comment he said and it was to not think too much about pricing. we didnt get involved in any extended conversation but he did not make much emphasis on value. he kindly gave us students a bowl he made in the workshop that he made during a demo for us -- it was out of the kindness of his heart and i am very appreciative. ridiculously enough -- the salt fire kiln exploded everything (yes for a $500 workshop that would not be very good -- that would be Castle Hill in Cape Cod, Mass) So be cautious if you ever go to a workshop there!! but anyway...i was able to receive one of the two soldner bowls that survived out of the 12 he made for us. and signed. but i enjoy the bowl by no means for the value (if there even is value?) but for his kindness and generosity. well, i dont know if this makes sense and i'm not sure what type of response to get but just
thought i give my 2 cents!
-barbara arner

Barbara Arner
330 Bay Lane
Mantoloking, New Jersey

908 447 2826

Bonnie Staffel on sun 9 oct 05

Back in the early 50's the Toledo Potters Guild of which I was a member,
sponsored a workshop by Paul Soldner. It was in the early days of his
career when he made "simple round raku bowls." I purchased one back
then and still admire its simplicity, simple blue brush marks. I have
no recollection of what I paid for it, but things were not expensive in
those days, except depending on one's income at the time. We girls
thoroughly enjoyed his 'nakedness' when he took off his shirt to knead
the clay on the floor. Omens of things to come???

We all should appreciate his contribution to the art of clay, one of the
shoulders that current potters stand on.

Warm regards,

Bonnie Staffel