Holding the Pose

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There are hundreds of poses that we hold each time we make something by hand, from beating egg whites to a soft peak with an egg whip and a copper bowl, to trimming the foot on a wet clay bowl with a favorite Dolan trimming tool.  These poses become meditations, positions that we hold over and over again, hundreds and thousands of times in our lives, and can be moments of pause, relaxation, meditation, or moments of strength and power, locking into the habit with strong intention.

At best, these positions of familiarity are moments that I can relax into, recognizing that I have been here before, and that each time I make these moves, I am the same person, and I am a different person.

Years ago, Jack Troy and I spoke about making things, and how some folks tend towards the Guppies version of production, and others towards the Elephants.  The Elephants produce one offspring at a time, and the incubation rate is quite long and slow.  The Guppies produce many, many offspring, do it often, and even eat some of them to survive themselves (akin to recycling of my own work?).  While I don’t think that I’m consistently on one end or the other of this spectrum, probably most often towards the middle, the realization of how familiar these hand positions have become points closer to Guppies than to Elephants.

Yet every time, the bowls are a little different. Siblings of their current batch, cousins to the ones who came before.  We are always changing and growing, taking in new ideas and influences.  Thank goodness.

But my hands….my hands and shoulders and core muscles remember, and relax, revisiting again and again the left hand fingers barely touching the rim, the right pinkie finding the balance, the left thumb connecting both hands, and my eyes in soft focus.

Good Deeds, or Getting Things Into Hands

Update:  Two items are left: the L&L Econokiln K18, and the slipware collection…..

Pottery equipment that is just sitting around not being used always seems like a great opportunity to me, and I can’t resist lending a hand to get unused things into hands that want to use them.  Cool Springs Preserve, formerly Craftworks at Cool Springs, has a mixed-bag of equipment and supplies that they would like to sell and re-home, and that’s where I come in.

Contact me if you are interested in any of these things, and we can talk. The idea is to sell them to help finance programming, as they were donated as resources to a non-profit arts organization, and while Cool Springs Preserve does quite a bit of art, they are not becoming a ceramics studio…so perhaps you are, or know someone who is interested?  All prices are OBO….Pass it on:

Kiln #1:  L&L, Model J236 w/ Heavy Duty Elements (c10), External Control Tower, Dawson Model LT3 Kiln Sitter, 4 rings, 4 half shelves, 2 full shelves  ($200)

Kiln #2: L&L Econokiln, Model K-18, 2 rings, Dawson Model K Kiln Sitter,  Extra lid and floor, 3 full shelves  ($100)

Kiln #3: Test Kiln: Paragon Model E13, Dawson Model  LT3 Kiln Sitter ($50)

Sure Vent for Electric Kiln: Dayton 4C446, with duct hose and connectors ($50)

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Plaster Wedging Table:   27×27” table top, 32” tall, cutting wire ($25)

Brent Wheel: CX 1HP (old), Metal splash pan and plastic splash pan, 2 plywood batts and  Batt pins ($100)

Giffin Grip ($25)

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Underglazes: tub, mixed lot, must take all ($25)

Overglaze: C04, Amaco and Campbell clear dipping glaze, 2 containers, less than 2 gallons ($25)

Kiln Wash, Amaco, for electric kiln shelves (make offer)

Cones: box, mixed lot, must take all (make offer)

Stilts: box, mixed lot (suitable for small kiln, not large), must take all (make offer)

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Slipware: mixed lot, must take all: Serving bowls, dinner bowls, pitchers, pasta bowls, plates round and square, Kids plates, and bathroom sink (make offer)

Tile Cutter: 12” manual (make offer)

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