I make a lot of pots because I enjoy making pots. As a consequence, I sell those pots. A lot of potters don’t sell because they don’t want to feel pressured to make a certain number of a particular pot. But, I don’t feel that way. In fact, I was quite excited after Bele Chere because we sold a lot of mugs. Now I get to make more mugs!
Last autumn, I made a lot of mugs which have provided an inventory for our recent shows. But with the shows we have scheduled, we need to add to the collection. So I am in production mode.
This means I am making 5 mugs every other day. Five is my number for mugs. I can make 5 bodies, pull 5 handles, trim 5 forms, and attach 5 handles without feeling like it is tedious. Knowing my number (5 mugs) helps me keep from succumbing to the temptation to over-produce. Over-production is bad when I am putting handles on mugs because too many mugs results in too little fun.