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Posted 4 Jan 2013Dear All,
Hope you aren't getting bored with my questions but am wondering about how obsessive others are with their wheels. I always thought, when I get my own studio, I will without a doubt get up after throwing and leave. Leave the mess. Allow myself the freedom from classrooms and studio cooperatives and simply allow it to be the exact way I left it after throwing. You know, covered with clay, gunge on the throwing front board or in the basin etc. But for some reason, I can't break the habit of cleaning the wheel head and the area around it. I am probably a little more fastidious given that I have a new wheel but I am not sure that is it. There is something about sitting down to a clean wheel that is nice and fresh that allows me some sort of clarity in my head.
How many of you still clean your wheel head and all your tools after a throwing session?
You know, I wish I was a regular cleaner. But, like so many others who have posted here, I am not. I usually leave the wheel messy after throwing, and clean up when it becomes just too darned cluttered and messy to make anything new. However, after a firing, before starting a new making cycle, I clean rigorously for a fresh start.
Posted 8 Oct 2012My teacher - 30 years ago - gave me an assignment: "Make 50 teabowls." When I completed the assignment, he said: "Make 50 more."
I was speaking with him last Saturday and reminded him of this long-ago incident. He smiled and said: "You must make the form again and again and again to get to the essence of it. In the process you will also get to the essence of yourself. Then you don't have to think about how you are making the form. You just make it."
Best advice I ever got from anyone about anything.
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