Ceramic musings  

rm_Almondnut 44F
318 posts
2/25/2005 11:46 am

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Ceramic musings

I stayed late at the ceramics lab yesterday. I had to mix up 4 new batches of clay tests and 8 containers of slip tests. I'm really glad that I have a breather mask to wear in there. The puffs of clay dust that billows up when you move clay from one bucket to another is not good for your lungs. Clay dust and talc and silica just get in there and stay in there. Kinda scary when you think about it.

I researched Grad schools last night - not sure where I'm going to go, but there are only a handful of places that offer what I want - and a LOT of them are in California. There are at least 3 schools in the Bay area (Mills, CCAC, San Jose). There are also 2 in Socal: LongBeach and Fullerton. There is one in Oregon..but they only take 1-2 students a year so I doubt I'll get in. There is Washington..but its in Pullman (is that BFE?. I'm hoping to get a teaching position in the school I get accepted to - usually teaching an entry level class offsets your tuition costs.

One of my assignments in my 3d class is to create a life size model of myself out of fabric and to dress it as my "alter ego". I'm not quite certain what that means but I have some guesses. I'm thinking of dressing it like an eco-hippy. I'd use the kind of clothes that I really can't wear even though I like them. Hemp, patchwork skirts, or maybe a tee-shirt with an Earth First emblem on it. I'd also include some Rainbow jewerly to show my support for Gay rights issues. I'd then put on some non-leather boots, make purple dredlocks for the hair, tie the hair back in a kercheif, and have the model carry a vegan cookbook and some sort of political activism. This owuld be my alter-ego because I usually dress in jeans and tank tops (it is unsafe to wear skirts and sandals around the kilns). I don't have any rainbow jewerly mostly because I just never bought any. I don't do much politial activism. The most active things I've done recently is email my college campus and demand that they paint over some anti-gay grafitti. Oh..and I made a stink about an offensive sign that a religous group was posting. In both cases, the offending commentary was taken down, but that is about it as for acitvism. I'm an eco-nerd, but I still have my old OLD tennis shoes with leather on them. I recently bought a leather belt at Goodwill..and I justified it by saying that it is recycled and thus does not contribute to the leather demand..but just by wearing it, it shows there is a demand. As for clothes/paper...I try to find organic cotton and hemp and tree-free fibers. However, a sad little secret is that these items are still approx 3x as expensive as their pesticide laden counterparts. I buy what I can and just accept that by buying recycled at goodwill, that's helping a little bit.

whoh..long rant there...hmm

rm_Bigcolby 42M

2/26/2005 5:47 pm

Hey Almondnut,
your blogs are great. I think you are a very genuine and honest girl and you should be proud of your decent values. I hope you get into your first choice grad school and that you get where you want to be in life. You sound like you are doing what you wanna do.

I think one day, you will make somebody extremely happy. You are a very intelligent and sincere girl, who happens to be absolutely stunning to boot. Your the perfect package.

Look forward to reading more of your daily thoughts.


keithcancook 61M
18138 posts
4/17/2005 2:24 pm

I agree with Bigcolby. Also, why not ask that ex bf of yours how to dress as an eco-hippie? He seems to know all about them.

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