There I am, alone in my studio, staring at these weird altered and cut rim bowl things that I'm not sure what you'd use them for, and it seems like they'd be better hand built than thrown, trying to decide, what was I thinking? Are they interesting? Are they crap? I work alone. I have no one else to give me an opinion. I dearly miss the camaraderie of studio mates. Those folks who you can joke with while you work, or ask for advice (by the way, I'm STILL looking for a studio mate.)
Here's my thought: March Clay Club we have critical discussions groups. We can break up into small, manageable size groups, perhaps lead by someone (an experienced and thoughtful potter/artist), and have critiques on a piece(s) we bring along. Is this a totally lame idea, or can I get a "hell yeah!"