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I mentioned that our daughter is in college these days. Her second year now. Classes are harder this year and she's wondering if she made the right field choice. We have told her that sometimes there are classes that you have to get through and it will tie together better later, but she also needs to weigh if this is the field where she wants to put in that investment. She's mentioned dropping one of this classes and taking at the community college, because she thinks it will be easier there. It might be, but she won't learn as much. If she's just trying to find a short cut, then that's a clue that maybe it's not the right field. Part of our suggestions was that maybe she should focus on general education classes next semester and think about where she's going in the future.

The community college has two levels of ceramics classes, and I'm taking the first of those. We have mostly been making cups and bowls on the wheel and then glazing them. For me anyway, the wheel takes a lot of practice and I've had a hard time getting decent-looking objects out of it.

I used to add the date after the blog subject, but I don't remember why, so I guess it's time to stop that if there's not a reason for it.

posted on Nov 17, 2018 5:20 AM ()


Thanks for reminding me about dating the blog in the title. I want to do this to make it easier to find an old post because the date will help me pinpoint the one I want.
comment by tealstar on Nov 22, 2018 5:46 AM ()
Ahhh, that's probably why I did it
reply by stiva on Nov 22, 2018 5:48 AM ()
Stiva, the black pottery I mentioned comes from mixing lava with the clay. It is famous in the southwest and is made mostly by Native Americans.
comment by elderjane on Nov 18, 2018 3:04 AM ()
Lava contains basalt (if it's black), so that black clay might be similar, or have more basalt than the cassius.

Oops, I replied in the wrong place below
reply by stiva on Nov 18, 2018 4:53 AM ()
It sounds like she wants to work in that field, but at a different position. It would be important to keep in mind what the jobs in that field require for educational background.
comment by drmaus on Nov 17, 2018 12:38 PM ()
Yes, that's part of what she's sorting out.
reply by stiva on Nov 18, 2018 4:53 AM ()
I knew what I wanted from education since I was 14 years old. It just took me a very long time to get there. I also accidentally ended up with a second undergraduate major since, along with psych, I was also interested in sociology. Most major core courses are at the 300 level, third year, although minding prerequisites, it's possible to take some in the second year. I know several people with MA in psych whose jobs are seemingly unrelated. But they are using the skills they learned.
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 17, 2018 10:53 AM ()
Right, my wife has a psych degree and that was just the groundwork for her too.
reply by stiva on Nov 18, 2018 4:56 AM ()
My husband and I took pottery classes together and we loved it.He can use the wheel sucessfully but I contented myself with coil pots. Were
very interested in the black pottery they make in Santa Fe and met two potters there who were making it. As for your daughter, you gave her such good advice.
comment by elderjane on Nov 17, 2018 5:37 AM ()
Lava contains basalt (if it's black), so that black clay might be similar, or have more basalt than the cassius.
reply by stiva on Nov 18, 2018 4:52 AM ()
Stiva, I don't know why this popped up as reply to myself, but the black pottery that I mentioned comes from using lava in the clay. It fires black as coal and makes some very interesting work.
reply by elderjane on Nov 18, 2018 3:01 AM ()
The class I'm in is actually shared studio time with the higher level class. Some of them work with a clay called cassius basaltic clay. It's a milk chocolate brown and fires to dark chocolate, near black. Is that the type you have seen?

Thank you
reply by stiva on Nov 17, 2018 10:12 AM ()
As many have said before me, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be. Hopefully your daughter will get a degree in something useful, but most people I know are in jobs not really related to their degree. The degree does open doors though.
comment by kristilyn3 on Nov 17, 2018 5:29 AM ()
Back in college I knew a woman who worked at a frame shop. She didn't do the framing, but worked with the customers. When she graduated from college (in psychology), the shop gave her a raise because she had a degree, but it had nothing to do with her job.
reply by stiva on Nov 17, 2018 10:08 AM ()
True. Things change as you get older and your focus changes. People hop between careers. She was focusing on one thing. I'll point that part out to her. Thanks
reply by stiva on Nov 17, 2018 10:06 AM ()
Yeah, it used to annoy me that the title was automatically capitalized in posts here. Hmmm, still does
comment by stiva on Nov 17, 2018 5:21 AM ()

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