OK, here goes THIS story.
A rather wonderful customer of mine who also happens to be another one of my imaginary cousins (sure, I have dozens of imaginary cousins, which does NOT include all of my honorary cousins)*** has a daughter getting married. The daughter is having a MAD HATTER TEA PARTY before the wedding, with manymanymany guests.
I was asked if I had an idea for something that guests could use and take home, a special souvenir that related to the theme plus was handmade.
The wife and I were thinking about it, and doodled out the possibilities, and you see below the rather excellent second attempt--I think the customer will go for this and I'll make a bunch.
Here is the, um, CATCH.
The customer is an attorney married to an attorney, and you know people like that see the world DIFFERENTLY from you and me, you know? The convo went like this:
customer: "are you worried about copyright problems and being sued???"
(because as you know, a certain LARGE media company seems to own some or all or most of the rights on this thing or whatever, I don't want to know)
me, naively: "I am a potter, why would I worry about lawsuits?????"
WELL, from what I can tell, the original story and illustrations are so old as to be open source. I am not asking any further questions. I am basing my design loosely on an illustration over 100 years old. And so, I shall move on thinking to myself "ignorance is bliss..." with my fingers crossed :)
(cups by Gary Rith)
***What is the difference, you ask, between my imaginary cousins and the honorary ones? Simple! Honorary cousins are the adopted cousins that I have met and hang out with. Imaginary are the ones I have not yet met in person----and just like Boy Scouts, all you have to do meet me to get promoted :)
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