Deborah Thuman on sun 25 feb 07
I seem to be moving into a very different clay area. I sat down at the
electric wheel yesterday and learned I really do not like throwing raku
clay. Okay - I've got another idea for that clay floating about in my
Then.... something strange happened in my brain. I found myself wanting
to make mugs. This could be a bit of a challenge seeing as to how I
make the worst handles on earth. No really - they are indeed that bad.
I may try the handle idea in the Nov/Dec issue of Pottery Making
Illustrated. For some reason, I want cobalt blue mugs. Um..... I don't
particularly like blue. No one warned me that sitting at the wheel
would cause a personality change.
Today, I sat down and sewed a kimono jacket from a pattern by one of my
favorite designers. I used some pink flamingo fabric I had that I never
could figure out how I wanted to use. I wasn't wild about how the
jacket was supposed to tie shut.... so I grabbed my accouterments and
found an oversized pink/red button that worked well with the print.
One can never have too many accouterments.
sacredclay on mon 26 feb 07
I have alot of moments like that too. All I can tell you is LISTEN to
it! There, got the bossy Jewish mother thing out of the way. Now I
can settle down like a decent human being and discuss why you SHOULD
listen to it. I believe each of us have a guardian spirit/angel
that's trying to help us along in this life.They're to help us be the
best we can be. Or maybe it's just our higher self that's doing it.
Whatever it is, it's trying to tell you something by tapping you on
the shoulder and going "Just a minute, Sweet Dear, but have you
thought about it this way?" Why cobalt blue mugs? Why not? Follow the
road and see where it's taking you.I've gotten to that point where
for most part I can throw pretty damn good . but I
am bored with it. Something is telling me to rip it up and mend it
back together. Why? WHY NOT? Let's see what happens.Some I'll save,
most I won't. The current lack of meds is causing me to be freer with
my forms. But I'm digressing again. Sorry, folks. It isn't about me.
It's about the voices we hear within ourselves. When you are finally
finding purposes for the things you have kept, doesn't that alone
tells you that some intuitions inside of you was nudging you in that
direction in the past. By the way, I love the new works on your
blogs. You are truly inspiring in your works and I often think abou
your works among others when I'm working. I can't wait to see what
happens with the mugs down the road. And I HATE making handles also.
It feels too pornographic and just as messy. I use handle makers. I
don't care if it's notin the pure ceramic spirit. If the damn thing
works, it's the results that matters the most. If you don't know how
to use that, I'll send you a video e-mail showing how I do it, if you
want. Will also show how I make a lizard and use that as a handle
too. Anyone else wants that, e-mail me off the list. With much
warmth, love, and nuttiness, Kathryn in NC
Bonnie Staffel on tue 27 feb 07
Deborah, when I read your post today it was like a breath of fresh air. I
felt like I was able to be a part of your inner thoughts. While you have a
love and talent for fibers as well as clay, I felt a little kinship as I am
very attracted to the quilt making arts even though I have never tried such
an endeavor. I had seen your web site before but I looked at it through
your eyes. What a pleasure. Thank you for sharing.
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Cindy Buehler on tue 27 feb 07
On Sun, 25 Feb 2007 21:32:47 -0700, Deborah Thuman
>Then.... something strange happened in my brain. I found myself wanting
>to make mugs. This could be a bit of a challenge seeing as to how I
>make the worst handles on earth. No really - they are indeed that bad.
>I may try the handle idea in the Nov/Dec issue of Pottery Making
>Illustrated. For some reason, I want cobalt blue mugs. Um..... I don't
>particularly like blue. No one warned me that sitting at the wheel
>would cause a personality change.
I used the method for handles from the Nov/Dec issue of Pottery Making
Illustrated. Mine look totally differnt than the ones shown in the
magazine, but I do like them. They are in my etsy shop at:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5258702 They are a nice
change from pulling handles. I will try it again but with texture added.
Be sure to use really soft clay and roll it out thin.