Tuesday, February 17, 2009
A few weeks ago I had some professional photos taken of pieces that I wanted to submit to the newest Lark Publication- 500 Vases. I have lights and a pretty good camera at my studio and usually take photos of my work myself. I know that they are not nearly the quality I would get if I hired a professional. I also know that the money involved in professional photos is astronomical and not an option most of the time. To get into 500 Vases the real deal was needed, so I called my friend Jean Michel Addor and spent a fun day in his studio watching my work come alive. I think it's interesting to see a photo I took of the same piece next to the one taken by Jean Michel. It is easy to understand how much a guy who knows what he's doing can truly enhance a piece. It makes a world of difference.
It was difficult trying to pick 3 pieces to submit for consideration. Should I go with what I'm better known for? Should the 3 pieces make a cohesive statement or should I submit 3 totally different looks and hope that maybe one would be what they were looking for. In the end that's what I did. We'll see....
Jean Michel's finished photo
My feeble attempt
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Yesterday's Andrew Martin workshop at fourth & clay was memorable. We had 17 people show up. One of the participants was Renee Margocee - The Pondering Potter. She came all the way from West Virginia. It was so great to meet her. You can read about the Plaster Disaster on the fourth & clay website. What struck me most, though, was how much information Andrew gave out from 9:30 - 5. What is it about potters that makes them so generous with sharing their skills and ideas? It really overwhelmes me.
Will I try casting? I'm thinking about it. Andrew's workshop made it look pretty do-able though unbelievably messy. As the workshop progressed there was a little plastic chicken statue staring directly at me. I kept thinking how great would that be to cast? I don't know, stay tuned....
(Photo above is a casting of my favorite textile stamp. I stamped it in reapeat on a large stab. Andrew cast it using 4 boards as dams...so easy. Now I have one BIG stamp.)