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Author Topic: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?  (Read 2334 times)

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Offline Anik R

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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2010, 03:59:55 PM »
Hi Craig  :)

I also look at the seller's listings, closed auctions, and feedback...  Unfortunately, it doesn't always guarantee fair practice  >:( 

This particular seller 'specialises' in glass and ceramics  :o

I think a big problem here in Poland is that we are a bit behind when it comes to consumer protection.  Especially when it comes to Internet auctions.  It's a 'you win some, you lose some' game... and when you are unfortunate enough to lose, there is nothing much you can do -- particularly when we are talking about 'small' sums of money (i.e. < 100 euro  :o).

Then again, I suppose everything must come with time.  Poland has already changed tremendously over the past 20 years and has adjusted perfectly well.  Hopefully, the idea of consumer protection -- heck, here I'd even add the idea of customer service -- will enter Polish thought soon.

Anik




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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2010, 04:07:40 PM »
Hopefully, the idea of consumer protection -- heck, here I'd even add the idea of customer service -- will enter Polish thought soon.

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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2010, 04:44:51 PM »
certainly don't think you can complain at €10. Anik - even with the burst bubble it must be worth that.  I don't know how deep this cavity is, but there is the possibility that you can get someone to polish this, at least to the extent that you will loose the sharp edges  -  of course if it is too deep then you will always have the a slight depression on the glass.   I don't understand the comment that this happens due to dusting  -  admittedly, I never dust since my pieces are under cover always  -  but can only think that some people dust with a sledge hammer.    Question, how many GMB members have actually burst a bubble (only a bubble) on studio glass  -  I don't mean dropping and shattering a piece though carelessness - when dusting?   Of course I may have to eat my words if you all use sledge hammers.  For us, now, of course it is conjecture only to say where and when the damage occured  -  it may well have been immediatly after manufacture, it may equally have been caused by the person from whom you purchased the piece.    Does anyone know, as a matter of interest, if Mdina sell/sold seconds or rejects?    However, you have learned a very valuable lesson, re a seller's description and our assumptions.   Generally, (aside from items which need in law to be 'fit for purpose') if something is sold without qualification and a Buyer assumes condition to be o.k. and asks nothing, then probably you don't have any recourse when you find a fault (within reason).   At least by asking questions and getting a description in writing, you can then decide whether to make a purchase.    "Experience is the best teacher", as we say.  If you want to make a profit, I will give you €15. for it ;D ;D

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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2010, 05:00:40 PM »
If you want to make a profit, I will give you €15. for it ;D ;D

 ;D That's a tempting offer, Paul...  but I'll pass...  at least for now  ;)

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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2010, 05:17:07 PM »
I did once burst a manufacturing bubble, while feeling for a rough edge on it, gently, with a (very soft) fingernail.
The piece was a large bucket-shaped, flared-rim, controlled-bubble bit of amethyst/purple WF. I blame the bucket. The bubble was too thin.  :P

In the early days at Mdina, they had so much trouble keeping up with demand that often wonky bits ended up on the shop shelves - that's also why the way they're finished on the bases can vary so much - they only got the "full treatment" if there were staff and time available to do it.

Here's evidence some strange bits ended up on the shelves - a neckless Fish, and a very odd bowl. The Fish is post-Harris.

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/necklessfish1.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/hat3.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/hat2.jpg
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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2010, 06:05:34 PM »
 ""did once burst a manufacturing bubble""  -  well all I can say is that one burst bubble doesn't make a summer, and anyway, technically, you weren't dusting :)
Only joking Anik :)

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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2010, 06:09:15 PM »
I did once burst a manufacturing bubble, while feeling for a rough edge on it, gently, with a (very soft) fingernail.

Sue, admit it...  you were curious as to how thin the layer of glass over the bubble was, so you applied pressure with your nail  >:D  :kissy:

The bowl is lovely!  There is something about it which makes it absolutely charming...  as for the fish, well, I kinda feel sorry for it.  The mother in me wants to hold it and caress it and tell it that everything will be alright...  :spls:

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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2010, 06:15:39 PM »
Honest, I didn't put pressure on it - I was trying to shift a lump of muck near it - my nails are incredibly soft and weak.

 ::) I know what you mean about the neckless fish - I had the same trouble when I saw a tiny, emaciated kitten with a bandage where her tail should have been in a rescue centre.... but she's a happy cat now and I cuddle her every day.
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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2010, 07:59:18 PM »
Sue,
I love the Fish vase  ;D
Are you sure you didnt over polish the neck  :24:
(i think weve had that conversation before)
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Re: A Michael Harris Mdina Vase? Reject?
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2010, 11:32:37 PM »
Me, polish????????

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