Packing Up Cups

Monday, July 2, 2007

As I packed up my kitchen, I found myself rightfully reconsidering why I need 32 different coffee cups.

The time is right to cull down to having artisinal ceramics in my kitchen. I often use such special considerations when choosing my food, so it only makes sense to have my kitchen ware be made with such consideration and intent as well.

cup handleMy history gives me the perspective to choose my kitchen ceramics such that I know who made what I use. If its machine made, I’ll only consider it under special circumstances.

It’s a scene reminiscent of Fight Club, instead there is no Robert Paulson here.

The making of ceramics for use with food is intimidating in its intimacy. You and I share where we place our hands, our fingers trace the same lines. You place your lips where my hands have fashioned their resting place.

This level of intensity – the proximity of interaction, exposes my maker’s habits to you. It’s what has caused me to shy away from creating functional pottery in the past, this closeness.

And yet, here I stand in my kitchen being pulled into it all again.


posted July 3rd, 2007 at 3:36 pm

I’ve been surprising myself at how little use my more industrial dinnerware gets at dinner these days. My Japanese and Korean ceramics see much more everyday use, because they help decorate the food.

Although I love my casual Mikasa dinnerware, those plates are rather uninteresting in the face of an ever-expanding artisanal collection. Some people avoid using their one-of-a-kind or distinctive dinnerware items because they want to reserve them for special occasions… I want to use them regularly because they are distinctive. They are crafts: they’re meant to be part of our daily lives, not locked up in the cabinet, hidden away.

Yes- you bring up a good point: making special pieces un-precious. I admit to needing the occasional shake up in that regard.


posted April 25th, 2008 at 9:51 am

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posted April 25th, 2008 at 10:40 am

I love connecting local food to local pottery! I believe there’s a name in that list I recognize!

- Lelo

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