Category: Hobbies -> Misc.
EPs Required: +
Poly Count: (700)
You know the Yeti I told you about before? The one who wanted an outhouse for their blind date? Well, before they decided that an outhouse was the most romantic way to go, Yeti and I brainstormed a bit about what might be a good thing to bring to their date. One of the things that were on the table, was something that would let children gain pottery skills. At first, I tried to add pottery skilling to a custom object, but after failing spectacularly a number of times, I decided it would be easier just to clone the pottery wheel and make it so that kids could use it. (Yes, I thought it would be easier to do it that way. That’s how spectacularly I failed. 😛 ) So, I did. But then the nice Yeti thought it wouldn’t be fair to keep it just for their blind date, they thought I ought to post it on my site instead. So, I am.
With the Potter’s Apprentice Pottery Table, your Sim children can craft everything their parents and older siblings can with the pottery wheel. And just like their parents and older sibs, they’ll both gain pottery skill and earn badges in potter, that will of course stay with them as they age up. 😀 The table can only be used by children, though; it seemed only fair, since older Sims already has the pottery wheel to play with, that kids can’t.
The table is not animated. Safer for little fingers that way. (That, and it seemed a bit odd for the clay to be turning when there are no pedal or cogwheels to make it. Why there’s no pedal? Because the animation for the full-sized pottery wheel didn’t work for it, and also because the child wouldn’t have stepped on it anyway – he/she would have been stepping through it. And then people would have been making snarky comments about that instead. 🙄 ) Also, it’s repositoried to the pottery wheel, so any and all recolours you have for the wheel will also appear for the table – and of course, if you want to recolour the table, you’d recolour the wheel instead.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I was a child and played with clay, I’d get clay all over. 🙄 I imagine Sim children would be the same. So, in order to keep the clay at bay I made your apprentice potters outfits with an apron to keep off the worst clay spatters, short sleeves (because you know what the wristlets would look like with long sleeves), and hard-wearing trousers with trainers, so your Sim parents can just put the whole kit and caboodle in the washer if they get messy. (If the clothes get messy, I mean. Not the parents.)
Even though little Beth here is our model (you’ve met her before, BTW, in her medieval incarnation), all the outfits are for both girls and boys:
But wait, there’s more! Just in case your little apprentice potters think those plates they have to keep on making before they can move on to more interesting things look all drab and boring, the awesome Shastakiss has made some absolutely adorable recolours for them! Swatch courtesy of Shasta:
These ought to be a lot more fun for the kiddies to make, don’t you think? 😀
If you interrupt your Sim’s crafting and then have them resume it, you won’t get the menu options to “Resume” or “Scrap” the item, but the usual “Make One…” and “Make Many…”. However, if you tell your Sim to make the same kind of object they did before, even though they’ll start with fresh clay, they’ll pick up the crafting where they left off (so if the item was 75% finished, they’ll start with the progress bar already at 75%). If you tell them to make a different object, the clay for the old object will simply disappear and they’ll start from scratch making the new one. So the function to resume and scrap is there, you just don’t get the menu options for it.
(In theory, I know why this is happening: The marker (flag) that tells the table crafting is in progress isn’t set properly, and without this marker, the table won’t know your Sim is already crafting something, and so you won’t get the menu options to resume/scrap it. Problem is, I have no idea why the flag isn’t set properly, so I can’t fix it. 😦 But as I said, the function is still there, so I’m not considering it something object-breaking.)
…to Shastakiss the Yeti, who not only inspired this object, but also was the best beta tester and made awesome recolours for the plates. U rock!! ❤