I can’t imagine anyone reading my posts and not reading Tracey Broome’s excellent blog, but let me just take this opportunity to give a shout out to her post today. If you know Tracey you know what an inspiration she is. She does her job with the clay in hand but also with her mind and her words. We are lucky to share the same space in this wide open either as she does!
So her post today was the potters’ favorite “a peek in my cupboard”. The pictures are a treat for the eyes, but her accompanying observations are also pointed and worth considering. In particular she points out that despite all the glorious beauty on display, non-potter/non-artists are usually confused by the tumbled beauty of an eclectic collection. Most people just want the Wallmart special when confronted with this choice among many beauties. Here’s the comment I left on her blog:
“You are such great inspiration! I just received a Brandon Phillips jar in the mail yesterday, and have been so excited to have it in my kitchen that I can’t stop smiling.
I feel so fortunate that when I started making pots I understood that it was also important to surround myself with other people’s cool pots. There is so much to learn from other people’s example. And visiting other potter’s kitchen cabinets is always a special treat! Thanks for sharing a peek at all the goodies you are surrounded by.
It always seems like the best appreciators of a potter’s work are always other potters. The confusion you describe about the non-potter/non-artist rummaging through your cabinets proves how much work we still need to do to educate folks. The beauty of a diverse collection of mismatched tableware, a jumble of bowls, a kaleidoscope smattering of mugs and cups, all these things are real beauty. But there is such a prejudice among non-potter/artist types against our kitchen and dinning ware not matching up in that Wallmart way. Always a blessing when someone else really ‘gets it’.
The trick, I guess, is in getting more people familiar with why pots are so cool. It seems that the more opportunity folks have to interact with pottery the better off everyone is.
Thanks for helping to spread the word and for making such cool and enjoyable stuff! The world needs more good pots in it, and your efforts are helping to make the world a more beautiful and livable place. Keep up the good work!”
So let me leave you with one last share of Brandon’s lovely jar in its new home. Isn’t it Beautiful!