Making one-of-a-kind dinnerware has been an important part of my studio work since 1964, when a dear friend and patron asked me to make her family unique dinnerware settings. Encouraged by the warm support of friends and clients as the years progressed, I have made dinnerware a cornerstone of my yearly pottery output, and have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the individuals who have sought me out to have one-of-a-kind place settings made.
What makes up a place setting?
The most frequently asked question is, "What makes up a place setting?" The answer evolves in a lively dialogue that produces settings as diverse as each family's living and eating style. I maintain a comprehensive selection of dinnerware shapes that represent my best ideas of the past three decades. After looking at these examples, clients finalize their selections and I make a unique series of settings that answer their needs with respect to shape, size and color.
Does the client help "design" the settings?
Well, no, not at all. I do that. The client supplies individual preferences
for shape, decoration and color and answers the questions, "Too dark? Too light?"
The quantity of settings varies according to need. The most commonly requested number of settings is 12, followed by 8, 16 and 24 respectively.
Do the setting parts "match" one another? Definitely not. The nature of my work depends on each piece having a distinct personality. Do the parts work well together visually? Absolutely!
DINNERWARE FOR OUT-OF-STATE CLIENTS
Communicating well with out-of-state clients requires a different approach. A color photo portfolio clearly describes a comprehensive range of available choices. Actual examples can be sent to the client to clarify choices and to convey the "feel" of the pieces under consideration. Naturally, when possible, I encourage an in-studio visit to see actual examples.
WAITING LIST FOR DINNERWARE
There is a waiting list for dinnerware. Please contact me for information on the anticipated waiting time. In recent years the wait has been approximately one to two years from time of commitment to actual delivery date. A price sheet is available on request. We require a $150.00 deposit to place your name on the waiting list.
CURRENT PRICES FOR TYPICAL SETTING
Price per each four part place setting - $293.00
11" Dinner Plate - $105.00
8" Salad Plate - $75.00
8" Bowl - $75.00
10 oz Mug - $38.00
6 oz Cup and Saucer - $65.00
6.5" Dessert Bowl - $60.00
Additional pieces are available on request.
Quantities, shapes and colors of remainders are unpredictable, but choosing from these pieces is an excellent way to bypass the dinnerware waiting list.