Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ok, so I lied!



When I turned 55 I promised I'd never take another commission and that I'd never do another dinnerware set. Well, I lied! Our neighbour just graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing and she is treating herself to a set of our dishes. It is nice to know that people still want handmade. I made some samples using our local red clay(Qeenston Shale) under the shino it turns a beautiful persimmon kaki colour and some with a copper/cobalt slip that a lustre metallic under shino.
I thought I invented the wedgie in the foot ring to allow the water to drip out in the dishwasher. Sheila bought me a cup from Ikea with the same cut in the foot ring. She left the price on it- $.50cents. I just sold 6 of my cups to a customer on the weekend at $35 each the bill was $210 without taxes in. So by my figuring she could have bought 420 cups at Ikea for the same amount of money. It does make one stop and think. We as potters don't make anything that people need so we damn well better make them nice enuff that people want them.

6 comments:

Studio√ČLAN said...

Yup -it never does to compete on price in this business.

mugmkr said...

Oh yes, people still do want handmade, and it is our privilege to be able to make a living in this way. Handmade pottery is a relatively inexpensive way for people to add simple pleasure to their lives. BTW Tony, I hosted Dennis Meiners about 10 days ago as he was in town for a workshop. He mentioned seeing you at Robin's workshop last summer.

bfree clay said...

that's a fast firing. next time you fire how about some shots of the stacking? could you go into more detail of your firing? can't wait for the Akar show. Tell them to take images of your pots feet- they never shoot the feet...

FetishGhost said...

I think we all have cut the "wedgie". Maybe it's a hundredth monkey thing.

ladyofclay said...

I've been staring at those plate pictures for ten minutes; imagining them finished, using them, in my cupboard... coveting is wrong, right ?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm let's see, six distinctive, personal, wonderful handmade TC cups or 420 pieces of Chinese crap.
In this case, 6 > 420.

-Ovent Burns