The Power of Pots

"One of the highlights of the Utilitarian Clay Symposium last year at Arrowmont was the panel discussion “Potters Favorite Pots”. There is something so raw and revealing when potters talk about fellow potters pots. My peers shared heart-felt and personal stories that illustrated the emotional significance that pots carry. The following is the story I shared."

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Discovering a Favorite

"Like many people who have a collection of handmade pots, I’m often asked, 'Which pot is your favorite?'  And, as many may agree, this is a tough question to answer.  The beautiful thing about handmade pots is that they each have a unique story. Interactions between the potter and the pot are recorded in every detail.  Process markings then become modes of communication between the maker and the user.  I believe that in using handmade wares, we become more in tune with the significance of human interaction."

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