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what to tell the kids- you don't want the hammer

updated fri 12 may 06


Kristin Yount on thu 11 may 06


it is so common for this to happen. Please don't take it out on the
techs. It isn't their fault because
it is the nature of clay to explode sometimes.Yes maybe they made a
mistake. It happens and it happens to all of us.
The worst is when it happens to us twice in a row.
making the tech feel guilty with letters of woe will make the tech EVEN

Or worse it might anger them. I knew a tech who took a HAMMER to this
one particular woman's
bowl when she wasnt around. She was FOREVER complaining to us, about us
to our boss etc.
You know "one of those"....
And really it was her poor construction, glazing that made her stuff not
work ei: tiles that warped,s cracks etc. It wasn't us.
That is until my friend picked up the hammer. She had left her pot
behind and it had been sitting
in the studio for about 2 weeks. I was crying I was laughing so hard.
She so had it coming. It smashed everywhere
It was very cathartic for sure

Tell the children the truth, that is happens, and some ways for
protecting our wares is thin walls, adequate drying time, and
pinholes merciless run through the thick parts of kid sculpture. Kids
always take it much better than adults in my experience.
I wouldn't play into the drama if I were you though. Just make more.
Make em even better this time.

Kristin Yount