I am finally getting to my next guest blogger (whom by the way was much more timely about getting it together than moi!). Laura Zindel is not only a brilliant ceramic artist but also a very dear friend. She and I met thirteen years ago at a restaurant we both worked at in San Francisco for a brief time (I walked out on the job two weeks after I met Laura but I made sure I had her phone number before I made my dramatic exit!). We've shared studio sales, mold making sessions, kiln disasters, wedding dress shopping, honeymoons (I was invited to her and her husband's honeymoon!!), babies born, family, relationships past and present, late night stories, bottles of wine and of course any number of ceramic related issues that constantly present themselves. Laura never ceases to wow me with her work and I am so happy to feature her here because as far as I am concerned you can never get enough of this fabulous, talented and successful lady. Plus she brings up a very important topic which I think you all will find very interesting. Please read on...
I have asked a few people about this and they are bring up interesting points...could be a question of how green we are. Better to be more green than less green...
You and I work at home. We don't drive to work using fuel... that's green.
Your products are functional and don't get thrown away... that's green
When they get broken and are disposed of, the don't have a negative environmental impact... that's green
Your construction process doesn't use energy (electric potter's wheel, ram press,etc.)... that's green
You fire to a relatively low temp in an efficient kiln emitting no harmful gases (as in reduction)... that's green
Your kilns help heat the house and work space... that's green... you are quite green.
and on and on, BUT... Energy use, mining and transporting of materials and all that is a question. I will keep thinking as I am sure you will. x john