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new book for newbies

updated thu 19 feb 04


Edy Lynn on tue 17 feb 04

Well it's new to me anyway. I got around to getting to a pottery supply =
place here in Dayton called Cornell's - nice place and helpful people - =
and finally got a book that explains a lot of stuff I was concerned =
about. It's called "The Big Book of Ceramics" by Joaquim Chavarria. =
Anyone heard of him? According to the info he's Spanish but the =
explanations in English are very good and the pictures are numerous, in =
color and very detailed. Another read through and I may get brave! It's =
starting to make sense now! Wooohoooo! (I hear the snickerings of the =
old and wise potters who may have forgotten how it is to be "green"!) =
There may be other books that I will get to in time but for now this is =
keeping my attention and telling me "You can do this!"
Edy Lynn of Dayton Ohio

The Chapel of Art on thu 19 feb 04

Dear Edy

It may surprise you, but "real potters" hardly ever snicker!
Truly not! Must be someone else you hear/d!! Quite possibly that
famous studio duo: Clay & Fire, possibly along with their much
celebrated younger side-kicks, the Glaze Twins and maybe even the
Deco Dancers...

No, no, very few Potters ever forget how they began or the path
which has lead them to the time and place they now are at
themselves today - this week - this year - decade - whatever.
Clay is a more time-consuming mistress than most and requires a
huge investment along the way... She is pretty relentless and
unforgiving at times too. Just when you think you have her tamed
along with her lover Fire, off they go again (one or the other,
or both at the same time) and you are back where you started as a
mere mortal. Sometimes the Glaze twins or Deco Dancers are
involved, but usually it is the dreadful duo who are the real

And the thing is as a Potter, you have about as much influence
over them as a dog has over a flea, no matter how old or
experienced the dog becomes... a couple of fleas gets it going
every time! In the case of Clay and Fire, they are the daring duo
who are both equally ready and always willing to swot people down
who do not get to know them well before they try manipulating
them. Yes, they seem to be allergic to haste. They can be tame,
placid and quite benign towards those who get to know them
intimately, but woe and betide those who become impatient with
them. Or too big for their boots, or are even a little
inattentive in their choice of adorments for dressing and
making-up Clay. If she does not get enough tlc off both Fire, the
Glaze twins, the Deco Dancers and the wouldbe "Maker"... Well,
that soon reduces the biggest, best, most powerful, most
experienced, oldest and wisest Potter in Claytown to one who is
even more lowly than the apprentice who signed his indentures
just last week.

"Maker" is, BTW, a little vanity Clay and Fire allow a humble
human on the strict understanding this is a relative term. As
methods of communication between mortals are so very limited, it
is very difficult for them to intimate the **co-operative
nature** of their involvement and interaction with mortals
without totally freaking out. They still do that on occasion, but
as a "maker" learns to treat them just like the equal partners
they are, their behaviour does "improve" over time!

Oh, yes, please note they are particularly good at outing
fraudsters... Those are the self-proclaimed "master potters" who
could not pot themselves out of a paper bag.

On the whole, I would judge them to be amoral, much as the Gods
of Ancient Greece and Rome were. They will smile on an individual
one day and subject them to torture the next. Most strange. But
that is in their nature, just as it is in Man's nature to want to
both own and rule Clay & Fire. Countless generations have tried
and we continue... It is reaching for the stars and no one is in
any doubt of that.

No... No snickering... Just a sigh of recognition... We all have
pretty worn and tattered versions of the same shirt...


Janet Kaiser -- wondering why "they" cannot manufacture
sugar-free chewing gum that tastes of chocolate, strawberries,
blackberries, walnuts, almonds, cashews (well any nuts except
peanuts) garlic bread, pork scratchings, marmite, or any number
of other Good Things EXCEPT PEPPERMINT and the other gruesome
concoctions they have to date!?!?!!! Also why "they" do not bring
back flogging specifically and exclusively for worm and virus
writers!!? The second wave of Bagle has hit... Lots of Baby
Bagles... What a mess!!!! Oh, yes... No. 6 below applies to Clay
Town specifically...
1. If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it will
always be yours. If it doesn't come back, it was never yours to
begin with. But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up
your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your
money, and doesn't appear to realize that you had set it
free....... You either married it or gave birth to it.
2. Reason to smile: Every 7 minutes of every day, someone in an
aerobics class pulls a hamstring.
3. They keep telling us to get in touch with our bodies. Mine
isn't all that communicative but I heard from it the other day
after I said, "Body, how'd you like to go to the six o'clock
class in vigorous toning?" Clear as a bell my body said, "Listen it and die."
4. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.
5. The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight
6. The nice part about living in a small town: When you don't
know what you're doing, someone else always does.
7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
8. Amazing! ! You hang something in your closet for a while and
it shrinks two sizes!
9. Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain
10. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress
are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are
they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day.

>Wooohoooo! (I hear the snickerings of the old and wise potters
who may
>have forgotten how it is to be "green"!)
The Chapel of Art : Capel Celfyddyd
8 Marine Crescent : Criccieth : Wales : UK
Home of The International Potters' Path
Tel: ++44 (01766) 523570

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