In addition, my firing method - soda-firing - generates a fair amount of seconds. Pasty, not-enough-glaze pots, big blobs of soda in unfortunate places, warps, minor cracks...all of those fall in the category of aesthetic seconds: flaws that don't compromise the function of the piece.
What to do with all these oddballs? In the summer I sell many of them from my front yard "pottery stairs," but in the winter they just pile up. Since one of my 19 for 2019 was to increase online sales, I decided to offer these imperfect-but-fine pieces a place in my online store. Upside: maybe sell some pots! Downside: photographing & listing takes time - way more time than just sticking them on shelves in the yard & letting them sell themselves. It may turn out to be not worth it. Also, the flaws do not decrease the cost of shipping, so they are not as much of a bargain for online shoppers as they are for drive-bys. In spite of these, I decided to give it a try. Here are the pots I've listed so far:
Serving Bowl w Green Dots, $30
(Some of the dots are smudged)
The flaw is the blotch, obviously! But this one is nevertheless my favorite.
I got distracted while doing this demo for my class, and mis-spaced one of the quilting lines.
|See that funky diagonal? That's what I get for trying to do too many things at once.|
We'll see how it goes. Worst case, they don't sell, and will find homes when summer comes.