This might be too personal to talk about on a blog. When I sit at my wheel for a few hours, the ends of my pelvic bones get sore. The soreness turns into numbness, then the numbness travels down my legs. It's really painful. My throwing chair is small and contoured and I didn't think I could find a cushion to fit. Someone suggested that I try wearing bicycle shorts. All this did was remind me why I don't even like wearing bike shorts while biking.
I dug through my closet and found some small shoe insoles, the kind that are designed to go under the balls of your feet when wearing high heels. They are made of a grippy gel-like material, so they stay put in your shoes. Turns out they stay put on my throwing chair too. I've been sitting on them for five days now, and no pain! Relief from numb butt!
My Intermediate Wheel class asked for a challenging project. So we made Oval Baking Dishes with Lids. This was a three week project. Week 1: we threw the pot's wall with a lid gallery, then shaped it into an oval. Week 2: we attached the wall to a slab floor, then draped another slab over the pot's rim, to form a nice curve for our lids. Week 3: we carefully trimmed the lids to fit into the galleries, then added handles. This photo depicts an awful lot of hard work, precision, and patience. Pottery credits from back to front: Carolyn Neuendorffer, Quianna Douglas, Andrea Waters, Melanie Choe, Pam Emery, Andrea Schewe, Jeri Holloway, Lorraine DeSalvo, yours truly, and Judy Goldberg-Strassler. Special thanks to Karen Arrington, one of my advanced students who was working in the studio on "lid night." She is a veteran of oval lids, and she helped us out a lot.
We made Side-Handle Teapots in my advanced class. Although we noted with some regret that these pots are not ambidextrous, we all decided to make right-handed teapots anyways. The community center asked us instructors to take photos of our classes, for use in upcoming course catalogs. So the class let me pose them into this fun group photo, along with our right-handed teapots. (l-r) Karen Morgenstern, Diana Guillermo, Kori Rice, Amy Castner, Carol Wisdom, Karen Riedlinger, and Karen Arrington.