Monday, September 1, 2008

It's the Attitude!

When I started my love affair with pottery my first attraction was to pitchers. I have been trying to figure out what it is about pitchers (and not mugs or bowls or casserole dishes!) that calls my attention. The first pitcher I bought was made by Phil Rogers. His was also the first workshop I ever attended, so this is a very special pitcher! I also took workshops taught by Steven Hill and Kevin Crowe and bought their pitchers as well. And I have a pitcher made by my long-time teacher and friend, Jane Cullum, as well as a tiny porcelain pitcher by Beth Kendall. I have a soy bottle made by Sandy Pierantozzi… not strictly a pitcher, but it still counts! I also have a pitcher that found it’s way to me rather than the other way around. A gallery at which I had my work closed and my pieces were packed and sent to me, among them was a pitcher that wasn’t mine. When I called to report this, the owner told me to keep it because they themselves didn’t know who had made it (I should note that this was also a teaching studio). And finally, I have to include in the list a creamer that is part of a set with a coffeepot and sugar bowl that were a gift from my father’s sister to my parents when they married in 1948. The pattern is called “Sunshine” and it was made in England by J&G Meakin. After looking at photos of these pieces, I see what it is about pitchers that I like: their attitude!














Take a look at some pitchers with attitude in the shops of these Etsy potters:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_2&listing_id=9868120 by trpottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_6&listing_id=10618857 by pagepottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_16&listing_id=12032213 by earthtoannie
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_21&listing_id=8849916 by patspottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_1&listing_id=14783342 by brookehousepottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_2&listing_id=10757451 by montezumamudd
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_7&listing_id=10257611 by ontheriseagain
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_14&listing_id=9061837 by kovarikpottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_11&listing_id=13613339 by JDWolfePottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_12&listing_id=14405260 by phenixpottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_4&listing_id=13912164 by misspottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_2&listing_id=13991314 by barbdunshee
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_7&listing_id=12535477 by jnpottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_13&listing_id=10146333 by lapellapottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_14&listing_id=7933333 by flaxenk123
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_4&listing_id=9836963 by dkpottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_12&listing_id=13490168 by muddyfingers
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_5&listing_id=12448686 by alinahayes
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_4&listing_id=14471696 by pottersvision
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9351424 by terraworks
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_1&listing_id=5210903 by dbabcock
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_7&listing_id=14346002 by khphilips
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_15&listing_id=8588680 by vesselsandwares
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_16&listing_id=11970635 by chARiTyelise
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_20&listing_id=10814470 by potterybyJolene
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_9&listing_id=11695676 by averly
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_15&listing_id=8748566 by antb
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_16&listing_id=7581670 by jorgensenstudio
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_13&listing_id=9575167 by frostindri
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_7&listing_id=10343759 by mepottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_14&listing_id=11618576 by coloradoartstudio
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_20&listing_id=10051838 by cwinokurporttery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13845235 by creativewithclay
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12523818 by btclay
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12746103 by timseeclay
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6457315 by fivefingerpottery
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13195032 by alicelasky

4 comments:

JNpottery said...

I agree, pitchers do have "attitude". They seem to have their noses in the air and hands on hips.

Thanks for linking to my shop!
Judy (aka JNPottery)

Tara Robertson said...

Great article! Thanks for listing my pitcher :)

pat's pottery said...

Thank you soooo much:>)

CreativewithClay: Charan Sachar said...

Great note on pitchers. You have a beautiful Steven Hill piece too. I have one of his mugs and someday will buy his pitcher too.