Practice makes different
I'm not interested in practice makes perfect. Perfect is not a human characteristic and not one that I lust after. In Portugal this year I saw some huge wine jars with a small bottom and very broad shoulders. That form really resonated with me. Yesterday I set out to make some jars and on stepping back from them I thought they were bottom heavy. So the oldest critique trick in the book entered my grey matter. Turn them upside down. Better yet continue throwing a narrow enclosed bottom. Then when that sets up turn them over and complete the rim and throw a lid. These jars are a bit like bowling pins and I think tomorrow I will throw some stands to attach the narrow bottom to. I don't want people anxiously digging into their jar for their weed and knock it over. What seperates a maker from an observer is that the maker actually observes. The maker see how things are possible and does that!. I'm excited about this little discovery. Tomorrow I will brush on Mr. K's black slip and add a thick white slip and of course some handles. I've got plans to do a reduction cool in my gas kiln. Doing new stuff ignites the fire. I'm pretty stoked to fill, load and fire my kiln. That's a good thing after almost 5 decades of making.
Toss out that box now!
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Perhaps the greatest irony of recent public policy in Canada, and in all other advanced western countries, is that we spend more and more on education and yet have less and less well-educated graduates at almost every level. It is clear from the irresponsible behaviour of our teachers’ unions, repeatedly blackmailing parents with strike-threats, that they have little interest in the welfare of their students. They are effectively running daycare centres with a sprinkling of rudimentary academic instruction.
Our university system tyrannizes anyone who is not a proponent of the mass fiction that we live in a racist and inadequately Marxist society. We are impoverishing ourselves by graduating an immense horde of university students in fields that cannot possibly provide them with an adequate living. Our universities are dumbed-down infestations of under-challenged students, under-worked and often subversive faculty imparting expertise in esoteric subjects. Jordan Peterson is correct when he says that no subject ending in the word “studies” has any academic standing.
Where the schools are in the hands of the robotic left and focused largely on the study of irrelevant disciplines, we are certain to get, as we have, steadily less responsible and reliable media. As objective tests of our secondary school graduates reveal steadily lower standards of achievement, public opinion polling also indicates that a steadily smaller percentage of the public trusts the media.
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World UFO Day is an annual affair that has captured the interest of many enthusiastic alien believers and recognized globally with parades, scientific discussion, and occasionally pointy tinfoil hats.
It takes place every July 2 to commemorate the anniversary of the alleged 1947 Unidentified Flying Object crash in Roswell, New Mexico.
Happy World UFO day, get out and celebrate.