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mfa meat grinder/sculpture carts

updated fri 14 sep 07


primalmommy on thu 13 sep 07

E. wrote:

"In that whole long post you mentioned one thing that
was curious. The homeschool was irrelevant and not
about clay,..."

Short version: IMO the best way to help newbies (ie: homeschoolers, or
clayart lurkers) into a community is not to give my answers, but to send
them to the community with their questions, and let them sort the
answers. It's how I learn best, and how I teach my kids, and seemed
apropos. Sorry if the comparison wasn't clear.

E: "the admonishment of me to keep my mouth
shut if I don't have anything nice to say was not about clay..."

OK, here's the short version: Sorry you're having a crappy time. Don't
take it out on me. Clear?

E: "the elaborate justification of your disingenuous question
made it no less irksome and paints these friends of yours
as children in the presence of adults which would probably
irritate them to know and is not about clay..."

You're probably right that these friends didn't need me to wade in and
mind their business. I can only imagine what they must think of the gang
at the clayart pub, reading this exhange. Not only are they not
children, they are better artists than I am, have been in the program
longer, and are the ones out at the front of the pack that I am trying
to keep up with. They know as much about materials and techniques as
most clayarters, but are not sure where the minefields are. I suppose I
did them a favor by throwing myself on a live one, lol.

E: "Why do you move your sculptures around on wheeled carts?
They would seem less likely to be damaged staying still. even on
even floors, they would bump as they moved along and possibly
damage teh sculpture. Please explain why this is not a factor."

I don't make large sculptures, so Nancy or Joanne might have better
answers. Joanne is making very large pieces with an enlarged
microscopic-textured outer surface, like diatoms or the little breathing
pores of plants. These are large, as in "takes two or more people to
lift", and they are often spherical or elliptical/horizontal in shape.
The grad studio is down the hall from the kiln rooms, classrooms and
studio/throwing space, so the sculptures are transported back and forth
for firings.

The one Joanne has been working on most recently is bisqued, is roughly
the size of my daughter, and is cushioned on a sheet of foam on a
wheeled cart, being painstakingly stained and sprayed and brushed and

I'm happy to answer questions if you can bring yourself to be civil. I
feel no obligation to wade through melodrama and personal attacks to do
you favors.

Kelly in Ohio

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