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Letter to the Editor: Mention potters here in Washington

Thursday, September 2, 2010

As a local potter, I was delighted to see that your article on fall decorating included "Artisan wares." And as an Etsy seller, I plunged excitedly into that section when I saw that it began by mentioning Etsy. Imagine my disappointment when I realized that the point of those few paragraphs was to highlight the alternatives (to Etsy sellers) being offered by major retailers. The article went on to mention Pottery Barn and, to my dismay, low-priced clay vases produced in Indonesia being sold by West Elm.

I am not unsympathetic to the importance of micro-enterprises in developing countries and the need to support women entrepreneurs throughout the world. (Before retiring and devoting my energies to my passion for clay, I was an economist working in the field of international development.) However, it seems to me that The Post missed a golden opportunity to highlight local artisans, including potters. Your readers might be interested in knowing about all the artisans working in the area.

In the particular case of potters, they might be interested in the fact that the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria is not the only place where they can find quality wares. We have several strong area potters organizations, including the Clay Connection, the Kiln Club and Montgomery Potters, that provide educational and sales opportunities for their members and are very involved with local charities such as Empty Bowls suppers.

Graciela Testa Lynt,

Alexandria

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