Carpal tunnel syndrome and clay

I’ve always suffered from a bit of wrist pain – it started years ago when I was a flight attendant. How? Serving coffee repetitively at 35,000 feet is incredibly demanding…on one’s wrist, lol. Fast forward to the last 4 years while I was in school and now working as a part time landscape designer, I live in front of a computer much to the detriment of my right wrist (the same one that bothered me years ago).

Now that I’m back in my studio (and it’s a rustic one at that), I find that as good as working with clay feels compared to typing on my keyboard, it’s necessary to discover low cost ways to do some of the tasks that aggravate my wrist pain, such as wedging clay. I found this video on You Tube and it looks promising.

Meanwhile, I’ve continued listing items in my Etsy shop, and I started promoting my work on Pinterest. I’m not exactly sure what the etiquette is regarding pinning one’s own work, but to be fair, I pin a lot of other people’s work. If you have an opinion, feel free to weigh in!



  • Hi Cynthia – glad you are back working in you studio! As far as Pinterest goes, my understanding is that it is fine to pin your own work (unlike Etsy treasuries where you always promote others). It is, of course, good etiquette to also post the work of others!

  • Thanks for the comment Terry! I did check out other pottery pinners to see whether they have boards with their own work, before proceeding, it just feels weird. :D Now, I just need to get my blog back to full speed again.

  • Hello Cynthia! I’m very delighted that you’re back, I missed you! I share your wrist issues and am always looking for ways to avoid aggravating them, so I’ll be trying this wedging method — thanks!

    • Hi Ginny!! It’s good to be back…part of my glacial speed in coming back to clay is a matter of setting a schedule. I’m not there 100%, but it’s a step in the right direction. :D