Deborah Thuman on thu 8 jul 10
Lily, as usual, makes some great points. Our competition is also Wal-
Mart and the mentality that goes with Wal-Mart. I want 6 dishes, all
identical, I can use them in the microwave and put them in the
dishwasher and I'm only going to spend $10.
I can't make 6 dishes for myself at that price.
A lot of people have no clue what goes into a hand made object - pot,
painting, clothing, you name it. A lot of people only know commerce
from going to the grocery store and stores like Wal-Mart.
We, right now, are in the midst of an arts and craft movement. We are
making things. We are making them with our hands and our tools. We are
keeping alive the knowledge of how to do this. We are a very important
part of life.
You don't like the slave labor practices of some overseas
manufacturers? Buy local and buy from local arts and craft folks. You
don't like cheap quality and throw away mentality? Buy local and buy
from local arts and craft folks.
We're producing a whole lot more than a mug or a bowl. We're producing
a way of life. We're producing quality. We're producing quality of life.
Marcia Selsor on fri 9 jul 10
Walmart is not the competition. People who shop at Walmart do not =3D
generally speaking buy art or fine crafts. People who buy from galleries =
are embarrassed to be seen in Walmart.=3D20
And knowing the difference between handmade vs. well crafted made by =3D
hand is what many on this thread
are talking about; i.e. educating the public about what goes into a well =
crafted piece of fine ceramics as a profession.
BL's "Towards a Standard" is popping into my head.
On Jul 8, 2010, at 5:14 PM, Deborah Thuman wrote:
> Lily, as usual, makes some great points. Our competition is also Wal-
> Mart and the mentality that goes with Wal-Mart. I want 6 dishes, all
> SNIP We're producing quality of life.
> Deb Thuman