There’s an aspect of a hand cut foot that attracts attention, how is this element affecting the larger whole… working to dissuade impressions of symmetry while bringing character.
I originally meant to turn the feet on this batch of work, the initial thought being that the unfamiliarity of look of a hand cut foot ring would dissuade new patrons from committing to choosing one for themselves. People often like looking at what is novel, but they seem to prefer to invest in what is already familiar.
… And it may be true, but conversely, I believe that it’s more honest to be committed to one’s own sense of aesthetics by creating work that moves within that framework that excites the individual making the work.
It’s a romantic view that trusts that patrons are attracted to the commitment of the craftsmanship of an identifiable set of aesthetics. It’s also a stretch of imagination to believe that support follows interest.
But it’s also problematic to chase the assumed tastes of the patron.
A risk either way… but if a craft is developed to satisfy ones own developing set of aesthetics and standards, the work seems to gain a sense of consistency in quality.
At the moment, I enjoy the haptic qualities of these hand cut foot rings. I enjoy how they make me want to pick up the work and explore what I’m seeing. I want to feel all of those textures under my finger tips. For me, the feeling of controlled irregularity conveys a sense of comfort.
A cup is meant to be an intimate object. They need to be allowed to be just that. They are meant to have individual character. They are objects being made with the intention of being chosen, and they are as individualistic as the people that choose them.