There is a community of "granola moms" and environmentally aware women out there who use cloth diapers and cloth menstrual pads. Women who use cloth pads soak them in cold water to keep stains from setting before laundering. While a plastic bucket with a lid works just fine, a few years back I got requests from women who wanted something more attractive; some wanted to celebrate their moon-time and treat themselves. Others were getting complaints from life-mates about their current methods. Some asked for lids, others for none; some wanted spouts to water their plants, others preferred no spouts. Some want to soak for a few hours, others want a big pot to contain a day's worth or more.
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WHY A HANDMADE POT?
Some women find cookie jars at yard sales, recycle tupperware, or find similar ingenious frugal ideas. That's great! There are cheap, factory made and mold made pots that would work just as well.
So why do people buy handmade goods? Why buy a colander from a potter at an art fair, or a hand carved wooden bowl, or a woven shawl? Why pay $12 for a coffee mug made by a potter when you can get them from Walmart for a buck?
I think some people like the idea of an object made with loving hands in a traditional way. Some people like the idea of art being something in their daily lives, not just something on a gallery wall.
Others are concerned about owning things made in sweatshops, or by people who are exploited and unhappy. Some just want something other than the ever-present plastic!
Pots made by a real potter are not uniform and perfect like the factory standard we are used to. The glaze flows and drips in interesting ways. The hands leave their mark in the clay, and the firing process is unpredictable at best. Like hand dyed, woven fabrics and cookies actually baked by a person, there are irregularities and "flaws" in handmade work that show they're part of a tradition of human hands.
WHY STONEWARE? While all ceramics are breakable, stoneware is much more sturdy than the mold made and factory produced ware you see in stores. Fired at 2020F, and covered with a high-fired, non toxic glaze, a stoneware pad pot will stand up to dishwashers, bleach, and acidic "soaks" like vinegar. (Some women prefer baking soda in the soak water, or Dr. Bronner's soap. See cloth pad sites for suggestions!)
HOW TO BUY A POT:
If you see a pot you like, and it isn't marked "sold", let me know! You can use paypal, or a credit card through your paypal account. If you want to send a check, you have to email me first and let me know it's on the way; I will hold a pot for a reasonable time and wait for the mail to bring your check. My address:
5714 Dennison St.
Be sure to include your mailing address and the name of the pot you're buying.
Now: Go look at the pots!
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