handmade

December 2, 2019

It’s an important step for an artist to show her work. There’s a legitimacy and validation in seeing her paintings, pots or textiles in a public forum, in receiving feedback from strangers, and in their being an exchange of money. It takes courage to put your work out into the world. For years, I wrote features for magazines and newspapers, but the writing was never meaty or personal enough for me to feel that putting a byline on it was an act of courage. It was always exciting to see my name in print, it still is, but never as thrilling as seeing someone walk away with one of my ceramics. Potters work hard. It’s tough on the body, there are so many steps involved, and we’re always at the mercy of the kiln. Most significantly, anything we make, is a small manifestation of our inner most selves. “I don’t care how heavy it is, I am taking it back to Australia,” said one lovely customer of a massive Mati piece she snapped up at our holiday sale this weekend. For every enthusiastic visitor like Christiann, there were at least half a dozen people that barely gave my table a sideways glance. That’s how it goes. “I don’t think my work is for everyone, but those who like it, seem to really like it,” I told my Mum after the sale. “There’s nothing wrong with having a general appeal, but more interesting to be unique.” Mums always say the best things.

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