Yay potters! Im in highschool and have been doing pottery for the past 3 years. I love it.
I broke my leg last year and ever since then I throw funny. My right leg still isnt very strong so I throw lefthanded on my kick wheel even though I am righthanded. It works pretty well but I still have a fair amount of pain so I also do alot of handbuilding and tile making.
odd-artist, I understand your pain over the damaged kiln! At school we had a bit of a disaster with the raku kiln. We store it outside because we have no room and thats where we fire the thing, but this winter the janitor hit it with a snowplow! Its almost totally crushed and I have to rebuild it. (Im one of 3 senior potters so this is kinda my job.)