Our local bonsai club tree of the month competitions usually finish up with our judge telling us to get better pots that do our trees justice.
To this end having had connections with the West Country art community for over thirty years I thought that I should be able to find someone to help me present a better entry with my tree.
This week I went to see the first products of local potter Anne Whittlesey labours having commissioned a selection of samples and I was really very impressed and would just like to hear the views of some other enthusiasts.
I gave Anne some ideas and photos to see what one might expect but she really went to town with the three sample pots which has made them a bit labour intensive. I wonder are people prepared to pay a price that will make it worth her while?
The designs were so good I felt churlish even thinking of pricing them but a good craftsmen is worth their hire and I would love to be able to create a market however small for her work.
The sizes of the samples was
Large 25cm x 19 oval x 6cm high
Medium 22cm x 17 oval x 6cm high
Small 20cm x 17 oval x 5cm High
This is not a profit making concern of mine rather a project to encourage a craft worker to explore a niche market and get a reasonable reward for their skilled time.I know myself that it is hard making a living in the art and craft world and few craftsmen are business minded. In view of the labour intensiveness of the design I might suggest some plain sided pots at a lower price range.
If anyone has any thoughts on these do get in touch I would be grateful for your advice.
You can see from this how good they are and the work that has gone into them.