[Clayart] Why is your mug so expensive?

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Tue Jan 31 15:03:36 EST 2017

BRAVO David McBeth!!! 


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From: "David McBeth" <dmcbethme at gmail.com> 
To: "Clayart international pottery discussion forum" <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:26:01 PM 
Subject: Re: [Clayart] Why is your mug so expensive? 

I haven't been following this thread closely, but here are some thoughts, 
sorry if they repeat. 

I am in the final making day of 300 mugs for a local event. 


Each of the mugs represents.. 

- skill 
- time 
- materials 
- energy 
- groceries 
- studio insurance 
- clothes for my kids 
- student loans 
- etc etc 
- but most importantly, each cup is imbued with a little bit of me. My 
thoughts, emotions, ideas, soul. That $1.99 IKEA mug is among a long list 
of IKEA loss-leaders. Was made by a machine, has no emotion, no sense of 
touch, no heart, is like thousands of other IKEA mugs around the world. 

If you want a life-less IKEA mug, have at it. They are pretty, a pleasing 
shape, maybe. If you want a mug that connects you to some one, some place, 
humanity. Then find a potter and buy a mug. 


On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 7:38 AM, Lis Allison <studio at pine-ridge.ca> wrote: 

> On 1/30/2017 6:19 PM, Robert Smith wrote: 
>> The answer to how long the mug took to make is: the length of your ceramic 
>> career. For me, my current work has taken 44 years to make. It is the 
>> truth, and also can start a conversation about what is involved in the 
>> process. 
>> I like that! Next time, I'll say '25 years, so far'. 
> Lis 
> -- 
> Elisabeth Allison 
> www.pine-ridge.ca 
> Garden blog: www.garden-on-the-ridge.blogspot.com 
> Studio blog: www.studio-on-the-ridge.blogspot.com 

David McBeth 
Professor of Art 
Department of Visual and Theatre Arts 
University of Tennessee - Martin 
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