I'm old enough to remember a time when the American consumer was not bombarded with cheap goods from China, and if you wanted to give your Mom something special, you usually made it. Clay ash trays were popular items, as were pot holders. Thankfully, most of us don't smoke any more, but we still cook, and while it's probably faster and easier (not to mention cheaper) to run to Wal-mart or Target for a small household item, what have we lost along the way?
This pot holder took several hours to make. The materials cost more than a pot holder from, say, World Market. It's by no means perfect, and the design could use some work. But it's humble, and it's real, and I'd rather use this in my kitchen than something mindlessly mass-produced thousands of miles away in a twenty-first century sweat shop.