r ranson wrote:In a few years, I want to replace our dishes with handmade plates (two sizes), bowls (two shapes), and mugs (various sizes - depending on how much we like the guest - guests we like get the big mug, guests we want gone, get the small). We need six of each item, and probably more of the plates and bowls in case of breakage. Maybe add in a couple of cooking pots because matching.
That's a lot of pottery.
Why handmade? I can customize it to the style and size we use. And the colours. Support local - even use local-ish clay (there isn't much clay on our islands so it usually comes from the mainland)
But most of all, I like handmade pottery best.
The decision to make: Do I learn how to make my own or do I hire someone to make it?
Moneywise, I suspect it's going to cost the same - expensive. I'm going to have to save up.
Timewise, I don't know if I have enough time to learn these skills.
Skillwise, I'll have a new skill if I make them myself.
But time... time seems to be my most limited resource these days.
There's a studio near my work where I can rent time and the owner does one on one coaching (basically hints for success). I can also buy a lesson time by the hour. Use her tools, it includes glaze, and clay is freaky cheap if I buy from her.
I don't know. Just putting it out there as it's something I'm thinking about lately. I figure our current plates and stuff have about 5 more years before they start cracking - cheap boxstore bowls have a very short lifespan.
r ranson wrote:That's another thing I'm thinking about - how long would it take to learn to make high enough quality items to satisfy me? I'm very fussy about quality and am expecting these to last 50+ years barring accidents.
And then I'm thinking about replacements. I don't need everything to be identical (or I would go with Denby Ware) but matching a theme is the goal. So they all 'go together' as a set, but are each unique with variations of colour and stuff.
I also want stacking (one goes easily on top of another without falling over) as opposed to nesting (one fits inside the other).
I'm wondering if I'm just too fussy for a pottery artist.
Rob Lineberger wrote: You also want a precise, repeatable shape.