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handles/trim/too dry

updated tue 11 nov 03


mel jacobson on mon 10 nov 03

there is an old potters tale.

you trim, add handles, turn pots
when they are ready...not when you
are ready.

i would go out in the studio at 3 a.m.
to turn big bowls, just because they
were ready.

it is one of the hardest single lessons
for people working in schools, co-ops and
art centers. the work is never ready
when you are.

and, i don't know how to tell folks what
is correct. if you leave them in tight plastic
they are still too wet when you get back to them.
if you leave holes in the plastic, and come back
a week later...hard as rocks.

so, the best advice is:

trim the pots when they are ready, not
when you are ready.
it is called dedication to the work.
or, build a studio, have the work
right next to your bed.
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