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mug bashing

updated tue 27 may 03

 

Lily Krakowski on sun 25 may 03


I repeat my question: How can anyone judge, evaluate, even CONSIDER a mug
from a teensy tiny picture (I do not stoop to the word "image"!)?

A mug is to hold. It is held, it is cradled in the hand, it is rolled
gently as one watches the liquid in it roil. It is lifted and one
experiences its weight. Its weight is experienced full, and empty. The
relationship is thought about. One feels the glaze and the body--silky, or
coarse, or a combination. One thinks about the feel to the hand and the
feel to the lips. One sniffs the aroma of the liquid in the mug. Are all
the other sensations the mug offers harmonious or in interesting contrast to
the aroma. What is the point of a teamug that is harmonious only with glug?
Does the shape of the mug concentrate the perfume ( la snifter) or
dissipate it- la champagne coupe.

One sets the mug down and looks at its color. Then one puts it in the
cupboard among other mugs and one finds out how often one reaches for it...

Then, I think, then one says: what a rotten stupid ridiculous mug. Or, what
a glorious mug (I own two glorious ones)

And no. Don't bother asking. I tend to buy commercial mugs at the thrift
shop. The good mugs are for special occasions like tea when friends come
over, or breakfast when we have guests, or ME ME ME when I need some tlc

And to the friend who suggested I post to the list a mug-message I had sent
to said friend, I had erased my message to you--so rewrote.






Lili Krakowski
P.O. Box #1
Constableville, N.Y.
(315) 942-5916/ 397-2389

Be of good courage....

Lois Ruben Aronow on sun 25 may 03


>I repeat my question: How can anyone judge, evaluate, even CONSIDER a =
mug
>from a teensy tiny picture (I do not stoop to the word "image"!)?

I think a decent potter CAN judge a mug from a picture, to some
extent. You can tell it's the kind of handle you're comfortable with
( no thin, little ones for me, and none that look like ears...) You
can tell if it will hold the amount of coffee you like to have - need
to have. You can tell if the color will go with the sofa (smirk).

I have bought mugs I haven't seen from potters who's work I am
familiar with. I have bought mugs from pictures that I adore. I have
bought mugs in person that I have grown to detest. Sometimes it all
depends on your mood, and how much time you spend getting to know your
mug. I have gone through phases where I use one mug for a period of
time, then work another into rotation. I call them each by the first
name of the potter who made them (today was a Posey morning.
Yesterday was my own)

>And no. Don't bother asking. I tend to buy commercial mugs at the =
thrift
>shop. The good mugs are for special occasions like tea when friends =
come
>over, or breakfast when we have guests, or ME ME ME when I need some tlc

Very sad that you don't value yourself or your enjoyment enough to use
the "good" stuff every day. In my house, it's the ONLY way to start
your day off right. To me, a great compliment is when someone tells
me how much they love using my mugs. On the flip side, I sell them
faster than I can make them, and it's a drag of a way to make a
living. They're price is going way up at the next show.
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www.loisaronow.com
=46ine Craft Porcelain and Pottery


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Lois Ruben Aronow
Modern Porcelain and Tableware
http://www.loisaronow.com=20

Lily Krakowski on mon 26 may 03


Lois Ruben Aronow writes:

> I think a decent potter CAN judge a mug from a picture, to some
> extent.

Very sad that you don't value yourself or your enjoyment enough to use
> the "good" stuff every day.

Well, I guess I join Tony in being an indecent potter! Kidding aside, I did
not mean to suggest that I might not buy a mug from a picture/ad. What I
meant to say, with clarion clarity, is that I do not see how ANYONE can
pass JUDGMENT on ANY POT from a teensy picture.

And don't feel sad for me, Lois. I carry tea or coffee with me where I go,
and the breakage rate is high. Just as I wear old/odd workclothes most of
the day, and put on good clothes in my off hours, so I use any-old mugs when
I am working, and keep the good ones for contemplative quiet, generally
Sabbath hours. It has nothing to do with valuing myself!!!!! It has
everything to do focusing, centering, receuil, kavana--that special
attention one should pay to the important. If I have a mug that I appreciate
that I want to feel and examine and experience, I need to sit down and I
need to focus, and I can't be running around thinking about trimming pots,
or vacuuming the house....


Lili Krakowski
P.O. Box #1
Constableville, N.Y.
(315) 942-5916/ 397-2389

Be of good courage....