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.