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Two in one day, though the second one wasn't so insistent, just a very nice older lady who'd broken her soap dish, and wanted to buy a new one, and you know? I couldn't think of a single potter at Market who made them.

It's a design issue, or construction or price-versus-time, possibly all three. A good soap dish has to have some sort of raised structure to keep the soap out of the water that runs off of it. It probably needs to be rectangular, to fit on the sink and accommodate the bar of soap. And it needs to be quick to produce, because, like spoon rests, nobody's gonna pay very much for one.

So throwing and altering is out. Hand-building is definitely out. Both take too much time. The best way to produce soap dishes is probably either casting or press-molding (though I think Buck Creek Pottery used to extrude them), and the few potters we have that work with molds concentrate on higher-value products.

Come to think of it, I used to extrude soap dishes, long, long ago, and like my sponge holders, I never sold enough of them to make it worth my while to make more.

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