Will Covid kill the big pot?
Let's face it Covid ain't going away soon. I know that online is going to be the new reality for many of us potters. So as I started to make today I thought about the nuisance of shipping pots. I'm a add man. I add all kinds of appendages, doo dads and things that make an item hard to pack and ship. Take one of my teapots for example. All kinds of add ons to try to protect.
So then to that add big ware. I have never considered myself a "big ware man" but I do make a number of items that are bigger than would be possible to use in a domestic kitchen. 20lb jugs, 35 lb casseroles, 25 lb bowls etc. I shipped a really beautiful jug of mine to a friend in Arkansas a month ago. I can't remember the weight but the height was 19". The shipping was $92 which was a third of the price of the jug.
So do I make my jugs, my casseroles and platters or do I make handless yunomi's and tame my cut and prick handles? Today I did. I figure for the next year at least I'm going to be shipping pots and I want to make pots not spend days trying to pack the impossible.
I came up with a different handle on the bowls that I kinda like and the yunomi's have got some stuff goin' on and would be easy to ship.
I always maintained that the kiln is the heart of your studio and the size of your kiln dictates the scale of your work. A big kiln requires big pots. So unless you got people coming to the farm gate or a good gallery representing you I think you might be up Shit Creek. If the gallery does online sales I can't see them wanting a 35 lb casserole. Please tell me I'm wrong.
For years I always got set up by a miniature maker of pottery at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. She would come with two suitcases full of pots while I had a car and a pickup full. Her thumb sized teapots sold for more than mine and she went home with a whole lot money than me. I should have learned.