Hi All,

I have been throwing clay since the 60's with pretty good results and taught 3 adult and a childrens classes every week.  However, 8 years ago I had a stroke which took me out of the business of clay for many years. 

The past three years(coming around)I have noticed many things I cannot do any more, such as throw big pots, certain clay bodies I do have the strength in my arms and hands to center clay let alone cone it up on my wheel left me very frustrated and was forced to look into many different bodies I can now handle.  I still have not found the unique clay I am looking for....

Trimming pots (which I enjoyed before the stroke) is a bit more difficult now and I must allow myself patience of self for success.  My mind and body do not work well together at times.  Mind wants to get out in the studio and work 8 hours of production and the body is only good for 1 to 2 hours.

Clay has been my personal therapist for stroke recovery, thinking about others who have gone through similar events I think they could benefit from what clay can teach if you have the tenacity to give it a whirl.

 

Views: 185

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I agree that clay is great for recovery Ann and people at any level of disability can produce something wonderful and benefit from the entire experience.  My hands are very weak and clawed but I hand build and although I would love to throw, I try it every once in a while and don't have the strength or dexterity to get really comfortable with.  I am a huge believer in tools and bought a 15" slab roller at NCECA that has bumped my production up to 6 cups in a day! Doesn't sound like much but for me that is smokin.

Energy deficits are tough to deal with and I've been told many times that it is like a bank where you make withdrawals but need to keep it replenished through rest, etc. 

Hi Ann,

I had a stroke almost 7 years ago. We're in a similar place in that respect!

I can't throw big, either. Also, I totally cheat and use the Giffin Grip for trimming. I have a resting tremor, and throwing helps a great deal.

it's good to meet you.

Hi Shine,

Nice to meet you too.  I too have a Griffin Grip and I don't seem to use it much as I rather moisten the wheel head with water then place the bowl or what ever running the rim around until a vaccume is made and centered.  Then I can trim with ease.  I am an oddiity since I enjoy trimming and try to make the bottom as nice as the rest of the pot.  I too have tremors some days more than other and use my body as a tool and the rim of the splash pan to help control it.

 

I find I get tired especially weddging the clay.  By the time I ball up 15 pounds of clay I am exhausted if I can do that much.  Actually, there are times I can only do 6 then exhaustion sets in.  You know what, that is ok too.  Resting up a bit and I am ready to throw.  I visulize my work and that keeps me movtivated.  I can see that bowl I want to throw.  I use to make beautiful bowls and now I struggle with small ones.  I have the knowledge and years of experience I'll keep at it and one day I will make that beautiful bowl once again.

Here's to clay,

Ann

 

Hello Ann,  I started working in clay in jr. high and high school, just before I graduated I suffered a Stroke this changed the entire path of my life.  I was a child prodigy on Piano I was going to major in music with minor in ceramics in collage, but my stroke ended my ability to play piano or attend collage.  I was sent to a rehab center for stroke patients.  It was here they handed me a glob of clay to manipulate to regain some feeling and control in my hand and arm!  It was this clay that saved my life and opened a whole new world.  I was able to return to collage and studied clay ceramics and pottery  I have made a living making and teaching ceramics and pottery.

 I'm still considered disabled though I can't stand or walk without the assistants of a cane I teach ceramics and pottery two days a week.  I use a clay centering tool I bought from Laguna Ceramic supply many years ago,  you can by this centering arm from Bailey ceramic supply online it works great with out a lot of effort to center a small or large amount of clay.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Use These Links to Support Us

Low cost flat lapping disc can be used on you potters wheel if you, drill bat pin holes in it, and provide a trickle of water to cool it. At amazon.com, 120 grit for aggressive material removal. Click the image to purchase 

Members have had great things to say about John Britt's new book, Mid-Range Glazes. Click the image to buy from Amazon.com

Purchase Glazes Cone 6 by Michael Bailey, The Potters Book of Glaze Recipes by Emmanuel Cooper, or Making Marks by Robin Hopper, all available at amazon.comMastering Cone 6 Glazes by John Hesselberth & Ron Roy is now out of print.

Harbor Freight is a great place to find unbeatable prices for better HVLP spray guns with stainless steel parts and serviceable economy models, as well as detail guns, all tested by our members for spraying glazes, as well as compressors to power the guns. As yet no one has tested and commented on the remarkably inexpensive air brushes at harbor freight.

The critter siphon gun is a spray alternative that is well liked by some of our members, and is available at amazon.

Amazon is also a competitive source for photo light tents for shooting professional quality pictures of your work. They also have the EZ Cube brand favored by several of our members. You might also want to purchase the book Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles . . .

If you are up to creating videos of your work or techniques you might want to invest in a flip video camera

Following are a few scales useful for potters. Your final price could be less or more - things change.

American Weigh Black Blade Digital Scale, 1000g X 0.1g $11.08 

For the non-digitally inclined the old standard Ohaus Triple Pro Mechanical Triple Beam Balance, 2610g x 0.1g, with Tare $169.00

And finally a low cost clone of the OHaus. The Adam Equipment TBB2610T Triple Beam Mechanical Balance With Tare Beam $99.62

ebay is a great alternative for many tools and the equipment used in the ceramics studio - kilns, wheels, extruders, slab rollers are often listed there both new and used.

Tips for Members

If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014

© 2021   Created by George Lewter.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service