Lori said, brilliantly, if the customer could make it herself, then she could understand how many years it takes to learn pottery and what goes into making an item! Plus, this person contacts you out of the blue AND INSULTS YOU? It happens to potters every day!
Basically, there are 2 items I NEVER make because the market is flooded with cheap factory made imports: pet food dishes and plant pots or planters. Of course, the market is also flooded with other manufactured mugs, bowls, etc from around the world, but people seem to have those in a higher category.
ANYWAY I always feel like there is no point in making stuff to compete with the factories, so I express myself in my work so it is unique. I am also quite affordable, I think.
I heard from ALBUG the other day, an old aquaintance and blog reader. She was on vacation and had a pleasant visit with a potter, but THANKS TO my BLOG right here, she felt like an appreciative and understanding customer.