My interview for The Potters Cast

You know how it's super weird to listen to your own voice? Me too. You know how sometimes you get this nagging feeling that you've said something stupid? Me too. You know how they say you should not be so hard on yourself? This is me trying: I gave an interview and sounded only marginally terrible!  

Seriously though, I had a great chat with Paul Blais of the amazing Potters Cast, all about Etsy—its potential (and challenges) for pottery businesses.

Listen to it below and let me know what you think! To share on Facebook, click here.

To begin, the first

Yasushi Mizuno, Japanese potter

This is my first post sharing pieces I own and love, so I'll start with these two pots by Yasushi Mizuno, the first ones I bought with the intention of starting a collection. I got them in December of 2016 at Sara Japanese Pottery, a New York City gallery specialized in Japanese ceramics, lacquerware, and glass.

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I was drawn primarily to the motifs—dogs and tiny furniture? yes, please—the unevenness of the forms, and the humor. Art can always afford to take itself less seriously, and Yasushi Mizuno does that with elegance and skill. 

 

The little dog head on the bud vase is the piece's strongest point of interest, but to me it's the uneven tab at the top that makes the piece. Then there's the finger mark on the glaze, and I'm a glaze-finger-mark enthusiast, so that, too, works for me. 

Yasushi Mizuno bud vase - Sara Japanese Pottery
Katakuchi spouted bowl by Yasushi Mizuno

The katakuchi is my favorite of the two, though. The curve from the bowl to the spout flows beautifully, but there's also a pleasant awkwardness to the proportions that, to me, makes the piece even more likable. I love the texture and the color; the slip on the outside is a dream to hold in your hands.

Katakuchi spouted bowl by Yasushi Mizuno
Yasushi Mizuno katakuchi

And then there's the chair, so freaking unexpected and cute. That little chair is like an act of kindness by the potter. The pot was already perfect—the potter didn't have to give us anything else, but he did. He gave us a tiny chair. Ugh, I love it.

japanese spouted bowl katakuchi

(I'm assuming this was made as a katakuchi because the potter is Japanese, but for all I know it could be used simply as a spouted bowl. It would make a great netilat yadayim cup, too. If only I kept the Shabbat...) 

 

Looking at these awesome pots for the hundreth time, I don’t think I could have chosen a better place to start my collection. If these little guys don’t make your heart sing, you’re dead inside.  

 
 

Yasushi Mizuno (Kyoto, 1973)
Purchased at Sara Japanese Pottery, New York, December 2016
 
 
 

Selling Online: How to find the right platform for your business on the web

I will be talking about the pros and cons of different online sales platforms for clay artists, providing resources to help you decide which online model would work best for you.

This event will be held in Seattle at Rat City Studios, and will be limited to 25 attendees. Please RSVP here.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 AM  1:00 PM
Rat City Studios
2410 Southwest 106th St
Seattle Washington

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In this presentation, Any Guelmann, Washington Clay Arts member and former Senior Maker Specialist at Etsy, will talk about strategies to help you select an online platform to sell your work. 

Any worked at Etsy for many years during her time in NYC. Now living here in the PNW, she is sharing her knowledge and providing resources to help you decide which online model would work best for your business.

An exclusive free presentation for WCA members only.