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08 March 2007 @ 07:57 pm
I want this  

Lorna Meaden teapot from Red Lodge Clay Center. Had a nice chat with the gallery director, Anthony, today. He says it's a lovely piece. Of course he said so, but in this case it really is. I prefer her 'plainer' pieces over her more popular diamond stuff, which doesn't do a lot for me. Another example of being picky discerning...

What I *need* is a timing belt for my car. Which is what I'll be saving for, of course. But it's nice to look at the pretty things.

It's funny - I listen to some of the guys I work with talk about the stuff they spend $$$ on. Going out to bars, sports game tickets, cases of beer for their parties. Video games. Cigs. And then they complain they have no money? For what they spend in a week I can buy a nice cup or small bowl. With a month of their spending I could afford this piece. This collecting thing is better than the feckless spending they indulge in - at least I have something nice to show for it, which may appreciate in value.

-the redhead-
tedeisensteintedeisenstein on March 9th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
While there is no accounting for tastes, and while I am not someone who should be objecting to spending discretionary income on things that bring people joy like sports events, yet still I find myself nevertheless in agreement with you: if you want to spend money on something nice, why not spend it on something that's permanent rather than temporary?
-the redhead-theredhead on March 11th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not one to object to spending a little change on one's self either. It just strikes me as odd that it goes for things like a 'weekly beer budget' (their term, not mine) of $40. Really, it means that I don't understand beer being that important. The part I really don't get is why they then complain about things like not having enough $$ to buy new tires - a few weeks of forgoing beer & going out with the buddies would take care of that. It comes down to different priorities, I suppose.

I'm sure they don't understand why I got so excited about buying that hand thrown Michael Kline cup for only $24 when I can get a perfectly good cup at Target for $6.

I still think I will get more enjoyment out of my cup in the long run, as I use it over the years.

-the redhead-
tedeisensteintedeisenstein on March 11th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, I don't see the appeal of beer either. :-)

. . . and I'd certainly buy the Kline cup for long-term enjoyment. And the Target cup too, for guests under a certain age, or people I know are real klutzes. . .
-the redhead-theredhead on March 12th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I enjoy a nice beer once in awhile.

I especially enjoy a fine single malt scotch. And have *occasionally* been known to spend a pretty penny when I have some extra mad money lying about (once every few years, on average). But even the single malt is not a thing I plan to go out for weekly, with it's own budget.

Dunno - maybe *I'm* the weird one.

-the redhead-
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on March 9th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely teapot.
-the redhead-theredhead on March 12th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
It is a good teapot, in all of the important teapot ways. Dating a potter has gotten me a fairly in depth education about ceramics. I never knew there were so many aspects to a perfect teapot. Form, balance, heft, spout & hole placement, the way the lid sits on the pot, thickness of the handle, how one's hands naturally fall on the handle & lid, size, etc. This one has function and is aesthetically pleasing.

-the redhead-

PS - got your email. Let me know when they reschedule your jaunt to the People's Republic.
Westwest_ on March 9th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
that's a beauty.