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What do you collect and why? | June 19, 2013

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lorielle    1

Potters are collectors. At least most of the ones I know are! I like to collect small objects I pick up while walking. They provide an endless source of inspiration for surface design on my posts. What do you collect and why?

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

I collect clay whistles, especially those that use water to make a warbling sound.

I actually have a plastic one from a market in Central Asia that sounded like a clay one from Spain.

I got one from an old potter last year as a gift. Very nice one.

I do have a very nice collection of pottery /ceramic art that I started in Montana.

 

 

Marcia

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ayjay    119

I'm that slow I collect dust.

 

I have a friend who collects pots, he has well over !000, every room of his house looks like this:-

 

 

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shinoaddict    0

I collect tea bowls, mainly shino glazed. wood or gas fired, can't resist buying them. I have about eighty and use them constantly. All sizes for all my needs.

Also some specific potters: John Glick's for his glaze on glaze plates, Jeff Oestreich's carefully impressed tea bowls.. and so much more..

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oldlady    1,323

i have a collection of pitchers running all around the kitchen cabinet tops. they range from a tall bill van gilder to a short cream pitcher from someone in north carolina. they also make the kitchen look like part of the room since the ceiling rises at the same slope as the pitchers. some are even mine.

 

the real collection of pots is on shelves in the living room, and the bedroom, and the dining room, and the other bedrooms and the studio and..............

 

the collection of Windy Meadows houses is currently all over the place.

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Pompots    4

I collect besides pottery from my fellow potters, Currency from the different countries I have visited, bills and coins. Also I have a small collection of Huichol art from Mexico, and looking forward on making bigger my collection of Mata Ortiz Pottery too.

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I collect percolator tops! No particular reason why, I love that they are small, glass and there are so many different designs. They were made in an era when people held on to things, instead of throwing them out. They are easy to display and are a great conversation pieces! I also have several percolators, so it's fun to pick out your top for that day, and enjoy a wonderful cup of fresh brew out of your favorite mug!

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Local art, mostly pottery, preferably things made by people I know. And plants for the garden. We consistently go to art shows and plant sales saying we will not buy anything. Whatever.

 

We appreciate living in a community of artists, gardeners, and small local farms. If we want it to continue, we must $upport it.

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I collect small art vases, up to 5" in height, from all over the world.

 

As a child I once saw the Vases collection of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and immediately wanted to start my own collection....

 

Evelyne

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Denice    243

I guess I'm more of a collector than I thought, I exchange or buy other potters mug, that way I can have a small example of their work. I also buy ethnic pottery at estate sales, they gives me inspiration, someday I want to start a antique button collection, the quality of them and the detailed work is amazing. Denice

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ladyinclay    0

I collect pottery books--if it has to do with pottery in any way I have it--1,000 plus and counting. I started this collection when I had small children and felt I couldn't display pottery because it might get broken, then it was because my house was too small to display pottery, then because I didn't have adequate display space for pottery. Meanwhile, my book collection fills an entire wall with floor to ceiling book shelves--I'm hooked.

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Claypple    29

... I like to collect small objects I pick up while walking.

 

 

What is one man's hoarding is another man's collection.

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snaegele    0

I’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 experience—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 “non functional pottery.†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 “important piece of Art.†For me the Art of pottery is only to be found in the experience of using it.

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trina    20

I’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 experience—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 “non functional pottery.†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 “important piece of Art.†For me the Art of pottery is only to be found in the experience of using it.

 

 

 

 

I cannot even understand the concept of “non functional pottery

 

 

 

That makes me feel really sad for you. :( T

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Claypple    29

I’d like to put my comment here, I am not a potter. .............

 

 

Hi! Thank you for your nice post.

What brought you to the potters' forum?

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Mark C.    1,807

I seem to collect dust-it shows up in the house and on the cars

 

 

Really I like to drink out of other potters mugs so I collect them

I have a few tons of shipwreck brass-from portholes to propellers-alot I dove for some i bought.

Mark

 

 

 

 

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Biglou13    202

I’d like to put my comment here, I am not a potter. .............

 

Hi! Thank you for your nice post.

What brought you to the potters' forum?

 

In case he doesn't. Answer .....

 

..... A pottery fan, and collector

 

And in this case quite and educated and accomplished collector.

 

http://www.naegeledesign.com/eppages/pottery/chawan.html

 

I found his site before I started coming here, and have leaned a great deal from it.

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trina    20

I had a look at his site. Interesting....

 

I believe that nonfunctional pottery really has no place except if its part of a commercial art, i.e. design situation where the non-functional pottery is used by the designer because it best communicates the strategic message of the client or its soley a Fine Art statement. However a Fine Art a statement is far below funcitonal and its usually just another piece of junk we do not need in out society.

 

yip, I agree there is lots of junk we do not need in our society.

 

It still makes me sad

 

T

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Marcia Selsor    1,301

I have a collection of Spanish folk pottery collected in the 1980s from all over the country. Wonderful work with water jugs, farm containers, cheese strainers, etc.

I have a majolica collection with pieces from Spain to Central Asia.

I have some nice pieces by friends, many former Bray residents.Clary Illian, Dennis Parks,

Kurt Wieser, Josh Deweese, Rosie Wynkoop, Jason Walker, plus others from international events: David Roberts, Pietro Maddelena,

 

 

Marcia

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Chris Campbell    1,088

I just don't think there is such a thing as non functional pottery ... Just because you cannot eat or drink from it in the practical sense does not mean it doesn't function. We do have a few other senses we can use it with. : - )

 

On topic again ... I collect seashells and rocks, wherever I go ... pottery and art whenever I can.

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Idaho Potter    62

I collect keys and padlocks--none of them new. My Dad (at Mom's insistence) would clear the garage of his assorted "projects" and take the stuff to the dump. When he'd let me go with him, I would dig around looking for unusual keys and padlocks that didn't look like padlocks. I have furnished, to friends who collect antiques, keys to lock their dressers, glass cabinets, library glass fronts, buffets, and old money boxes. I don't expect anyone will want them when I'm gone, but every time I handle one, I wonder who used them first and for what.

 

like Chris, I also collect pottery and paintings when I can afford it (or they have a layaway plan).

 

Shirley

 

EDIT: I produce more"non-functional clay objects" than functional. They make me happy, and it's always nice when someone buys a pot or a sculpture.

I hope that the people who purchase my sculpture or raku do it because it makes them happy, too. Oh, yeah, that's a function, isn't it?

 

Shirley

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Biglou13    202

I have an art back ground and if its a visual piece it's functional. So I suppose all pottery is functional.

 

I didn't realize it but I have a collection of bonsai pots. I have zero finished trees. But many pots....some with chop marks some without.

 

Re: American bowls.

 

I think it's just a way of categorizing. While not many there are a few American potters that have acceptance in the japanese /Asian collector market as far a tea ware /chado goes. (John b. aka yoda from here is one of them)

Kinda like a museum divides up their collection. I can understand the value places on cultural and geographically, specific pottery. I'm kinda snobbish about japanese and Chinese made bonsai pots, they retain that foreign allure.

, and because foreign and distant I assign value to them. So in a sense it is discriminatory.

Nonetheless tea bowls sake cups and tea cups are on my list to collect.

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Natania    6

Rocks. I don't mean to, but somehow I end up coming home from trips with special pebbles, smooth rocks, interestingly colored or shaped stones. I try to keep the size down, because we have plenty of stuff in our house without the rocks as well. When you start to notice them, there is such an endless variety! And they are free!!!!!!

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