Post # 1
I’m a potter. I make really nice stuff, too, not anything like that crappy, crooked, three-inch-tall, fifty pound vase you managed to make during the two weeks you spent on the wheel in middle school. No judgment on that thing, by the way. Anyone who has every tried the wheel has something like that. My mom still has the first piece I ever made proudly displayed on the mantel. It’s terrible, and I want to smash it every time I go to their house. I’m just trying to make sure that you all understand that my pieces are beyond that. I have one set of bowls in use at a high-end local Japanese restaurant, and I sell my work.
Anyway, I’m finally getting back into it after a bit of a hiatus. My mom mentioned on the phone yesterday that she’d really like me to make her a large salad bowl at some point for her birthday or something. Well, okay.
Now Darling Husband is saying we should just give out my pieces to all the family members for Christmas. He says his mom would LOVE them, but I dunno. Money is kind of tight right now, though, so the cost would be nice. I absolutely put my foot down, though, on giving them to anyone who wouldn’t care about them at all. We WILL get real gifts for those people.
Somehow, giving out handmade objects that are actually really good seems cheap to me. I mean, it would be one thing if I knitted as a hobby and knit nice sweaters for everyone, since that would be a nice gift from the heart. Giving everyone ceramics, though, feels to me more like if I were a baker, and on Christmas Day, I realized I hadn’t bought anyone presents and so just grabbed three of the dozen batches of cookies I had made and handed those out as a last minute thing. Does that make any sense to you?
Anyway, what are your thoughts? Gifting ceramics: a cheap cop-out or actually a good gift?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I would be escatic. I LOVE handmade pottery, especially from someone I know.
Post # 4
I would LOVE that! To have (well made) handmade ceramics from someone I care about is an awesome gift that I would display in my home and brag about it. I think it is just as nice (and even more special!) that hand-knitted/crocheted items, and I love those as well.
It in no WAY looks cheap, because even if the materials aren’t necessarily expensive, the time and thought that went into it makes it priceless.
Post # 5
I paid a small portion for a large bowl for my table that was hand thrown, so I would LOVE one! I think they are art, so I think that would be a wonderful gift.
Post # 6
Even if it’s not something I made specifically for you? If, say, I have fifty plates that I’ve made recently, and I just grab a few of them that look like something you’d like?
Post # 7
@GreenEyedMoon: I wouldn’t care even if you told me you had just chosen from 50. You still took the time, made something one of a kind, and I love pottery!
Post # 8
@GreenEyedMoon: Yes, I would still like it if it wasn’t made specifically for me. You still put time and effort into it, and you being willing to give that to me is very generous, regardless of why/when it was made.
Post # 9
@GreenEyedMoon: Yes, I would still LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Have you thought about putting them up on etsy also? Like I said, I paid a small forturne for the one on my table. My mom has a bunch that she bought from local artists. There is a market for that stuff. You could even just list them on CL. That could also make you some extra cash.
Post # 10
I think that sounds great. 🙂 I would love a pretty ceramic bowl. I am sure your family would love one too. IMO, you can never have enough large bowls, especially pretty ones.
@tksjewelry: and I agree. you should totally open up a shop on etsy. I would love to see some of your work.
Post # 11
Yes yes yes! SO’s mum crocheted me a handbag last year. I love it! Looks something like this:
I agree with @tksjewelry: I’d pay for good ceramics. I love things like that.
Post # 12
Darling Husband has a family friend who makes ceramics, and she gave us a nice chip/dip platter at the bridal shower and a beautiful pie dish for the wedding. I love them! It’s so cool to have beautiful pieces made by someone we know.
Post # 13
I think so long as you recognize which people would appreciate the pottery and which would be better candidates for other gifts (which you said you planned to do), then I think it is great!
Post # 14
In this case, YES! Especially since you have an idea of their style you can make each one individual.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I would love that from just about anyone.
Post # 16
My aunt does fantastic pottery, and by far one of the greatest gifts I have gotten in the last couple years were from her. A big soup bowl, couple of mugs, and a little decorative bowl and plate. I use them all the time and loooove them!
You can personalize them if you want to make it look like you didn’t just grab something from a pile. Just write a little “Merry Christmas 2012” on the bottom.