Years ago, I moved to Gabriola Island on Canada’s west coast. Not knowing anyone who lived there, I thought, “Hmmm, how am I going to get my ceramic name and face out there?” So in addition to creating a postcard insert distributed by the island’s newspaper, I decided to make a few tip jars for local businesses, totally unsolicited and free of charge. It was a well-intentioned, but slightly subversive way of showing the businesses how much I loved their products and services while at the same time providing a way to introduce myself to potential ceramic customers. Well, the business that came back to me was a bazillion fold as people lingered and yes, fingered, the various tip jar gifts I strategically positioned as they waited to pay up. Soon after, the sales and orders and students came rolling into my studio! I made this particular meat tips jar for G&S Meats and it is still one of my favorites!

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