Since the economic downturn at the end of the "noughties" there has been a renewed interest, worldwide, in artisanal craft. This new arts & crafts movement seems to be (at least in part) a reaction to anonymous, mass produced disposable goods and there's a growing movement towards owning things whose origins extend beyond an assembly line. Handmade objects have an inherent history in the origin of the material and this history, evident in the less-than-perfect finish, is what seems to be making the connection with people. Seeing the "hand of the artist" in a great painting is often used as the highest praise and so seeing the hand of the designer/maker is todays equivalent compliment.
This is good news for makers like me as placing something in an electric kiln, setting it to fire to 800 degrees C, and then walking away for a day is a process that rarely, if ever, gives perfect results.