I always get in trouble on my blog when I quote two of my pottery heros- Micheal Cardew a fabulous maker and philosopher and now thanks to a video sent to me by my buddy Doc - Richard Batterham my favourite all time potter. Just watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jox9gMLEQ5E It is said in the video RB never made a meretricious pot(pots attractive to the public but have no value or integrity]. Made because someone will like them and maybe not the maker. I have to admit I have made my fair share of meretricious pots when I was raising a family and had no teaching back up. Teaching allowed me to make almost only what I wanted to make. RB says in the video put a handle on it and the pot decreases in value. Man, Richard how I know what you are saying. Now more than ever with online sales and shipping handles are even more of a liability. I have said for years handles take longer to learn than throwing and now with on line shipping there is even more reason not to learn how to make them. I dragged my sorry ass to the studio to make some pots that would be easy to ship. I looked at them and thought they ain't mine yet. I went to work on some handle combinations and then tortured them with slip and my hacksaw. I have a few thoughts in an essay on "where it all going" in the Ohio Functional Ceramics Online Catalogue https://functionalworkshop.com/?page_id=2059. It is a tribute to folks like the Owens family at Jugtown, to RB and my aunt and uncle at Pinecroft. It is also a shout out to those amazing makers that are out there breaking the rules of tradition and making meretricious pots. Looks like I've covered my ass.