...and how I let go of my desire for everything to match.
Did you know that I used to be a big Correlle commercial glass dinnerware fan?
I grew up with all of my mom's dinnerware matching, and all of it very light weight correlle glass plates. Naturally, I just assumed everyone's dinnerware including my own should match.
It took me years to get over this desire to have everything match. I mean most people can handle an ecclectic cup collection, but a varied plate collection...that can be a stretch; including me back in the day. Honestly, it took my art professor questioning my desire to have matching plates at a group dinner she was hosting at her house. She told me to look at the Mary Bowron plate I was eating off of. That plate was an art piece unto itself, and I had the opportunity to fill my whole kitchen with art work, and stories of endeared artists.
Well my art professors story of the preciousness of an artist plate stuck with me. I have become a pottery collector. Surprise surprise... a lot of my plates are even Mary Bowron's plates. I love hosting meals at my home, and seeing peoples reactions to choosing an art piece to eat off of. Usually, the reactions are joyful, and sometimes a race to grab their favorite pottery. For some of my friends, it's a learning curve to appreciate that pots are typically heavier than correlle glass...but slowly I bringing one friend at a time over to the dark side of loving handmade pottery.
In my new Milwaukee house/studio I have had a big dream come true of creating a plate wall. It brings me so much joy to have my collection of plates becoming a wall of "painting" that get used and rearranged.
About Chris & Theresa:
"We are both art enthusiasts. Theresa is a student of ceramic arts."
What Kind of art work do you Collect?
"pottery, statues, paintings, handmade jewelry"
Why do you buy handmade pottery?
Theresa – “There are many reasons why. It’s one of a kind, handmade art that typically is also functional. I enjoy supporting the tradition of the arts. I like to see and feel the potter’s hands in a piece.”
Chris – “I appreciate the procedure and dedication of years of disciplined practice to result in any piece I hold presently.”
How did you acquire a Lisa York piece of pottery?
"2019 20 Dirty Hands Tour, Joe Pinder’s shop, Pinder Pottery, Inc., Galena, Illinois."
What’s your favorite part about the Lisa York piece of pottery you own?
Chris – “I really love geometry and bright colors. Lisa’s red mug had such a striking color result, along with the way the mug was thrown to create the circular shape, but then the external walls were shaped into a tangent square surrounding the circular inner wall. It reminded me of certain famous children’s picture books many of us read when we were kids. Almost like an object in those books that was brought to three-dimensional life from the pages.”
Theresa – “I like that both pieces were wheel-thrown and then altered. Both are square, and in the case of the garlic jar, it also has a round lid. This makes the pieces unique, and I see the artist’s hands in the work.”
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