Friday, April 8, 2011

Mugs and Bowls

I was unloading the dishwasher today and thought that my cup and bowl cabinets looked sort of cool. When non potter/non artist people come to my house they are so confused by this. They are looking for the glasses and the department store china. This is so much better. There are some Fiestaware bowls in there but most are made by me and other potters. The little ones on the bottom are all the bowls I have made over the years testing glazes. They aren't quite good enough to sell but good enough for olive oil and soy sauce.
I may have started down a new path today, I made a piece I am really happy with and I think it might be where I want to go next. We'll see...... my mind could change tomorrow.
Happy weekend!


Licia said...

Love it!

Hollis Engley said...

I love that about potters' cabinets. Always have. Nice pots you got there, Broome.

Tracey Broome said...

Well, Hollis, you have been a great contributor to my collection! Hi Licia, loved the stamps on your blog!

carter gillies said...

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!

barbaradonovan said...

I love seeing potters' kitchen cabinets - the pots stacked up for everyday use. My ideal dinnerware set would be a complete set for 12 but with each piece from a different potter. Wait, I guess I already have that -- it just isn't yet complete. Thanks for sharing that cupboard pic

Michèle Hastings said...

love to see other potters cupboards! i agree with Carter... surrounding yourself with lots of potters work is inspirational. i visited a potter once and saw a pot on a shelf and i asked who made it... they replied "why me or course, i am the only potter who lives here." i then realized upon looking around, that she didn't own any pots made by anyone else. i thought that was a little odd.

Amy said...

a wonderful sight in a kitchen--- pottery! where none are alike. As it should be... will be great to see what may be next.

Judy Shreve said...

Love peeking in your cupboards! Mine look similar. It is fun to have guests pick their mugs and plates and bowls. I usually just open the cabinet or set some on the counter and have folks choose -- makes such a lovely table :)

But what I love about it - using someone's work is a direct connection to the maker for me -- it's like a visit with them :)