Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Emotional Attachment to a Favorite Mug is a Thing

Broken mug, broken heart

Over the years I've received several requests to make replacements for favorite mugs that had been broken.  I've learned that it's not uncommon for people to feel a personal attachment to a favorite mug.  I experienced that feeling first hand today.

John dropped and broke my favorite mug.   I heard the crash and sure enough, it was my favorite broken into pieces.  I think he felt worse than I did.  He knew that mug was special to me.

I made the mug during a difficult time.  I was able to express my feelings through the art for this design.   Somehow using the mug brought me comfort.  When the mug broke I felt that weird little piece of comfort disappear. I know it sounds ridiculous, but now I personally know the attachment that so many of my collectors have with their favorite mug.  It's a real thing.

Does a replacement mug take the place of the original?    From the feedback that I've received, the answer is yes. There is always the understanding that the replacement mug will not be the same as the original.  It will have it's own one of a kind personality.

So please, use your mugs and enjoy them.  Find comfort in drinking from them.  If your favorite breaks, don't feel bad for too long.  There's always more favorite mugs in my Etsy shop!

Love to all.
DirtKicker Pottery

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lowering my Pottery Wheel

10 years ago I raised my pottery wheel for the health of my back.  Standing while throwing was awesome until my feet started having problems.

Years of standing in place for hours at a time took a toll on my high arched feet.  

Today my hero husband John cut 7" off the leg extensions on my Shimpo Whisper Wheel.   I'm no longer standing at the wheel, but I'm not sitting low either.

The height of the wheel is now 29".  My adjustable tall chair allows my legs to be just slightly bent and feet flat on the floor.   I'm being mindful to keep my back straight and not slouch over the wheel when throwing.
This new set-up feels healthier.   I honestly don't believe there is a perfect ergonomic throwing position for any potter.  Throwing standing, sitting or leaning will take a toll on your body over the years.  I guess it's the price we pay for doing what we love.    

Just a bit of advice.   If you're standing at the wheel and your feet are hurting, don't delay changing your setup.   Feet problems are no fun.

Cindy Gilliland, DirtKicker Pottery

Mother's Day is just a couple days away.   My baby girl sent me 50 hot pink roses in the mail today. They are just too beautiful not to share.

Love to all!