I'm a potter. I make things I want people to use and love, so my proposal is to create three different dinner service sets, exploring different shapes, clays, and glazes, but all clearly identifiable as made for eating and drinking.
Then I want to let people actually
eat and drink from them.
As a society we recognize that access can be just as rewarding as ownership - libraries are one of the best ideas we've ever had. (I may be biased, I studied to be a librarian). I want to recreate that delicious feeling of bringing a book home from the library, the knowing that for the next 28 days, it’s yours. Only, with pottery instead of books.
Shared assets = strong community
An asset shared builds kinship - our parks, libraries, schools, even our roads and sidewalks tie us together. Why not our plates? I want to use this project to demonstrate that we believe the best of folks. To show that yes, we can have nice things. And that we're not too far gone to share a moment or a meal.
Any potter will tell you that you can’t fully experience a piece without using it, but a lot of people never get to do that. I want to widen that circle, so after the sets are finished and have been exhibited, people can borrow pots to take home and try.
I could see a pair of friends checking out bowls for an ice cream date. A family borrowing a set for a special dinner. An office taking mugs for a morning coffee meeting. We can give Tacoma a little art in the everyday.
It’s also a demonstration of trust: we’re assuming the best of borrowers. Yes, some pieces will break. That's ok, that's how pottery works. Yes, some won't come back. That's ok too, that's how society works, but it's still the best thing going.
Due to covid-19, the lending portion of this proposal has been indefinitely postponed.Target date is summer, 2021, pending, well, pending the world.