Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Buster is a Oenophile
I get letters all the time from people like Natalie in Sonoma. She writes 'you write about beer and beer steins and coffee mugs and teapots all the time. Wine lovers feel left out! Do you make goblets?'
Well, Natalie, I can and sometimes do. Rule one of pottery is only make what you would like to use, and when it comes to wine, I like a glass. Yep, it is true, I wouldn't want one of my own goblets. I came of (pottery) age in a time when the 70s were setting and the NEW AGE was upon us, with lots of big brown pottery goblets for medieval style wine slugging. Not my style. I was commissioned by Grace Episcopal Church of Chicago for a complete communion set in 1993, and I made it, and it looked slick. A couple of goblets, little pitcher, small box for the toast, plate for same, candle holders, even a couple of crosses. The goblet famously slipped to the floor during communion once (must have been a sinner out there) and so in 96 I made them a new, better, slicker set. Anyway, my goblets sell well, and here is a picture of an idea I got yesterday: why not whack the sides in an interesting way? Buster is showing us the first, next to its twin brother not yet completed.