Ok, so I am going to have to give up any hope of ever being able to grow fingernails long. They just get in the way and mark up your clay. I was a midwife for years and could not have long fingernails then either.
Have you given up anything for your art (well, besides time and money)? Let me know. I am sure there are people out there who have given up much more than long fingernails. LOL