43–In Which Our Tale Begins…

Heather

Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

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  1. utilly says:

    Hey Heather

    I had a an absolute blast making dorodango this summer. I came across this site:http://www.dorodango.com/about.html
    and decided to have a go. It was really a satisfying process. Who knew that making a ball of mud would be so much fun? I found it a really calming process and if you enjoy the process you might consider having collecting a range of different muds as physical memos of different places. I think it would also be an excellent alternative way into ceramics.

    Talking about ceramics, your neck of the woods has a really excellent tradition of ceramics, probably something to do with the climate… how about you find some local clay an read Moira Vincentelli’s outstanding book on women potters and learn how to fire pots in a bonfire. If you think flames and children aren’t quite at the stage where they are going to be a good mix, you could look at more sedate methods like sawdust firing.

    Clay prep is the spinning of the pottery world you know. Some people might like to get their clay out of a bag, but the more ‘hardcore’ potters like to have more control over the composition of the clay body.

    Anyway, if you have any more mudclay queries I’m always happy to help.

    Tonia

  2. SyrenMuse says:

    Yay! You’re back!

    I am new to your podcast and had no idea you are living with an ADD son.

    My son is 21 now but we went through all of this for years. I know the frustration of what you’re going through and I too really debated the homeschooling. My mother was a teacher in the NY school system so I had the same misgivings.

    I really love your podcast! You’re funny, very engaging, and your sound quality is excellent. Keep it up!