I had previously assumed that the fragility and price of hand-made ceramics would make them, by default, a rather adult affair. But recently I've had to re-think.
I have gradually realised that my customers often actually have, or are expecting, a young family.
I also realised how often people stop to look at my work with interest and then comment that one of their parents or an extended family member is or was a potter.
And of course, I know that my parents had a set of hand-made tableware by Marianne de Trey that has been used for every special family meal I can remember for my whole life.
So actually, introducing children to hand-made ceramics looks to be a great way to encourage them to value hand-crafted pieces, to really understand the additional tactile, visual and narrative pleasures of using something made by a craftsperson rather than a factory - not just intellectually but deep in their guts. It can encourage them to slow down and take care of special pieces, and later to seek out special pieces of their own.
What better way to gently help shape the values of the next generation?!