snaegele replied to lorielle's topic in Int'l Ceramic Artists Network (ICAN) Operations and BenefitsIâ€™d like to put my comment here, I am not a potter. Every meal we eat in my house is served on hand made pottery which may range from having been purchased in a seconds bin to something very expensive. For me, pottery, like textiles, is a basic and necessary tool of human history which enabled humans to survive. Every time I eat from pottery I am reminded of this and I feel in touch with people through history. Its not just eating from but washing the dishes, handling each one, getting to know it, that is special. Owning pottery is like a zen experienceâ€”You can use it, enjoy it, break it, and when you are not attached to it you buy another one. Or you can put it away so it does not get broken, do not use it and save it for investment and miss the experience. Specifically I like shuki (sake utensils) and matcha, and while some of these pieces can be expensive, I still use them. And sometimes, especially since I moved to a home office, when I want a little creative input ( I am a graphic designer) I walk out, pick up a chawan or tokkuri and spend 5-10 minutes just exploring it with my hands. Even though I have an art education, have spent time in museums, I cannot even understand the concept of â€œnon functional pottery.â€ The reality of everyday I eat from a piece of art, everyday I have an important human experience with a plate or a cup or a bowl, is far above any value of some piece of clay sitting in a corner of a museum somewhere being acclaimed by some curator as an â€œimportant piece of Art.â€ For me the Art of pottery is only to be found in the experience of using it.