[Clayart] tools 2/story

Snail Scott claywork at flying-snail.com
Tue Jan 31 03:18:41 UTC 2023

> On Jan 24, 2023, at 3:15 PM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> Many of you have had the experience of having to demo throwing or building
> in a strange studio…

I just did a demo at a high school where one of my former students now teaches. I chose to use whatever tools and clay they provided, since that’s what the students would be using themselves. However, I did not anticipate the vintage Amaco wheels, all turning clockwise in spite of the reverse switch, which appeared to been entirely ornamental. Someone must have set them this way at some point in the legendary past. (They were decades older than the building they sat in.) 

I dusted off my almost-forgotten Japanese-technique muscle memory and dove in, but had to catch myself more than once, working on the 3:00 side of the clay. The students will likely do better, having no habits to forget! 


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