clennell on sun 24 jul 05
> For years I have come away from an art fair with several mugs that
> represented a fresh style, new glaze or a unique handle treatment.
> This year at the Ann Arbor Art Fair the selections were few and alas
> the $20.00 mug was nowhere to be found. The lowest price for a mug was
> $35.00. Steven Hill's mugs were beautiful and $40.00. $40.00 for a
> But that is buying a mug from a famous potter. When I commented to one
> of the exhibiting potters about the escalated price of mugs at the fair
> they broke into the, "It costs a lot of money to make pots and takes a
> lot of time. A potter has to recoup their investment and cover their
> travel...besides I don't like to do mugs=8B they are a lot of work for
> little return" I'm sure you've heard the line before.
Dan: If a potter proclaims "besides I don't like making mugs" don't pay the=
a nickel for it. Anything that is made with hate will ruin your $7.oo coffe=
and bring that hate into your house.
I love to make cups and mine where probably the cheapest at the Toronto
Outdoor Show. My students were asking and getting more than I do. Mine are
$25, made on treadle wheel, often woodfired, trimmed foot and damn fine
handle. To me the cup is the most important object a potter is called upon
to make. It is also a damn fine loss leader, if one thinks $25 is too cheap=
I figure if a person buys a $200 jug of mine they might walk by it once a
month and say that a fine jug. If my cup happpens to be their favourite and
they use it everyday I have put my business card in their hand daily and
they will be back for the $200 jug.
Steven Hill is never home. He does workshops all the time. It's a wonder he
has any cups to sell. So if ya want one $40 is probably a good price. Mayb=
if his cups where $5 you would have been greedy and bought 8 of them.
The cup/mug is to America what the teabowl is to Japan except in the pricin=
dept. We all like a damn fine cup to put our coffee in and at $40 or my
measly $25 they're bloody cheap.
Thank God for my students and guys like SH since it will drag my prices up
Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
CANADA L0R 1B1