The most important thing for a functional potter, as opposed to a dysfunctional potter, to do is to use their own pots. It is only in the process of using a pot, serving with it, receiving from it, washing it up afterwards and putting it away, that you can really understand whether it is functional or not. That is why the first thing which I do with new pots fresh from the kiln is select a cross section and take them straight to the kitchen for testing. And so it was that this morning we indulged once more in delicious cappuchino. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it!
After a long hot day, of course, there is nothing more strenuous than having to test beer cups. The cups have been in the freezer for an hour, the beer is on ice along with some cucumbers fresh from the garden. Sitting on the engawa waiting for Mika to join me, I watch the children playing in the garden.
It doesn't get much better than this, and you can't get more functional than that. I love quality control!