musing about mud
Fascinating video! Thanks for the share. I have done a bit of the "cup elf" on my own, but without the motivation of collecting stories. That's a wonderful take on any activity that places one of our vessels in someone else's hand. Just think how rewarding it is to hear the story of our own pots in other's lives. And pictures of our "pots in action" are always delightful. But giving away our pots as a bridge to connect us with the stories of others sounds endlessly fascinating.The "misfit cup liberation project" also sounds pretty cool. I can't think of how many pots from my kitchen I've passed on to other people because I felt they could honor them more than I was doing. That includes a handful of Michael Simon pots that were just collecting dust for me. Seems a shame to hoard such beauty when it could be out in the world getting the attention it deserves.I've heard of potters having a "cup of the month" club, where every month a different artists sends out cups to the other participants, so its a different new cup each month, and a complete set by the end of the process. That sounds great too, but I'd kind of like to dust off the pots in the back of the cupboard and send them off to new homes, and maybe get interesting new ones in return. I know what I like, so I rarely buy things outside my preferences, and just maybe I need an extra excuse to welcome an 'undesired' stranger into my home. I can't say that my curiosity has died, so I'm at least willing to explore something unfamiliar. And I'm always interested in discovering the mysterious beauty that other artists reveal. Maybe one day I'll organize something along those lines.....
I think you should organize such a thing! I doubt you're alone in that desire to get the dust off work and give it new life. I myself have boxes in the basement of our "collection" which gets added to each time my husband complains of lack of space in the cupboard when emptying the dishwasher. When cups are stacked 3 high we have to cut them back. I've always wanted a better life for them then boxes and the odd rotation back in use.
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