I knew there was a dichotomy between my cup and Basil the Jiggerman’s. Maureen your comment was the perfect segue into this post and thank you for it. In over 7 years of writing this blog I have never had 7 comments on a post. That shows the differing opinions. Many days I feel like I am talking to myself.
People that make solely for the marketplace think that the market they have created in their own minds is the only one that exists. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Look at the cups on my kitchen shelf. This is a small selection of probably 100 cups of “other” potters. There is e-ware, wood fire, salt, reduction, oxidation. smooth, rough, small, big, the entire gammit. I think there is a market out there for all kinds of potters and lots of different aesthetics. I was taught to look longest at what you don’t like because it is from this work you will learn the most.
FYI Basil’s cup is my favourite travelling cup. You’re right I don’t have to look at it.
Here is my favourite cup by Mark Pharis that I have used every morning for 35 years. It has a rough lip and foot, the handle is too close to the body and the colour is just about as much colour as I can handle in the morning. I love this cup and have learned how to hold it. I look at it every morning! The yellow one he made recently - perfect rim and lovely one finger handle. I have never used it- not once!