Tead Off wrote: ... Chip, and the rest of teachatters have never met, said a word to, and know nothing about except that you like their work. ... It just makes me wonder, Chip, when you say her work was beautiful but you never bought anything.(Not trying to make you feel guilty).
Interestingly, every teaware piece I have bought outside of China and Japan, I have had direct contact with, and it was after they joined TC. Previously I did not appreciate "Western" teaware (though Elena is not "Western" per se being in the land down under) since historically it tended to be BIG
. I was thrilled to see I was wrong.
I tend to follow an artisan for a while, then buy multiple pieces of the artisan's work. I think part of my personality is in this, it is just not me to pick up a piece, I want a group that somehow makes sense together, even if they appear eclectic.
But this might take time ... so timing is a really big factor. But interaction can really speed up this timing process. You could have posted Seong-il's work here, and while I might say it is beautiful, I might not have jumped at the opportunitity (several times
) had we already not had interactions and discussion regarding Seong-il. So, I was "ripe for the picking" so to speak. I already had his works on my radar and was already looking for the right opportunity, the right pieces. 16 pieces later ...
I hope this makes some sense ... understanding a buyer's or collector's mentality, (sometimes irrational) thought process, motivations can be hard to grasp.