Let’s hear it for holiday sales. Especially those that specialize in handmade work. I have always hated the mall – no matter what time of year, but especially post-Halloween. The fake holiday cheer and pure consumerism that abounds is enough to make me lose faith in humanity.
So holiday arts and crafts shows have always held a special place in my heart, long before my adventures in pottery. You see, I’m into stories. And each piece of handmade art or craft is a story – the story of its maker and its journey into the world. So while I may give an object to a family member for Christmas, by giving the gift of handmade, I am also giving a story. Why are stories so important? Stories are what connect us and bind us to one another. Consider the feeling you get when you receive a Hallmark mug versus the feeling you have when you receive a mug made from a local potter who toils as a lawyer by day, or who struggles with a chronic illness, or who makes pots as a way to process the pain of a divorce. That pot is infused with the maker’s story. That is why we buy and give handmade.
This year head out to your local arts and crafts sale to fulfill your holiday gift giving needs. And if you are in the Washington D.C. area, check out my Events. I start this Saturday with a very special event that exemplifies the spirit of giving and gratitude – a benefit sale to support victims of domestic violence. Come see us Saturday afternoon. One of these beauties could be coming home with you.