A note from your neighborhood potter:
In preparing to write this blog, I found it difficult to send the business as usual, ‘come out and buy stuff’ letter that normally goes out. Over the past few days, there are many people who have expressed strong opinions from both sides regarding the recent election and there are wonderfully written pieces out there to explore. What I would like to express is the importance of supporting your local economy.
The proliferation of large stores and companies has made it easy for us to go out and get everything we “need” in one place, at a very low price and without having to interact with anyone. In many regards, it’s great. But something gets lost in that transaction. The value of the items we possess decreases and those items become disposable. The people who own the stores generate extreme profits but do not pass it down to the people who work in the stores. As not only an artist, but as a person, I find this disheartening.
Over the past few years I have made a conscious effort to think about the items I purchase and where they come from. Living in the Tiverton, RI community there are so many wonderful and talented farmers, artists, restaurants, and businesses owners to support. There are these people in every community- you just have to look for them. Sometimes it’s easy when there is a community farmers market or an art show (like the one coming up at Francis Farm on Friday & Saturday…), but sometimes you must go looking for it. Two weekends ago, I accidentally found another great farm stand just a few miles from my house that has produce, serves lunch, CSA options, and a summer concert series!
If you want to encourage the redistribution of wealth in the country, and not have it go to the top 1%- start with yourself. Shop local and support your community (go here to see more reasons). I am not looking to take over the world selling pottery. My goal is to sell enough to support the studio and continue sharing handmade objects. I believe that using handmade objects helps to enhance everyday life. By looking at and interacting with a piece that speaks to you, you begin your day with wonder and that can lead to great things. Using those handmade objects can conjure up memories and experiences that connect people to each other. Perhaps to remind you that we’re all in this together and maybe we can leave this world better than we found it.
Shop local. Buy handmade. Experience art. It’s important.