Dragonfly Ikebana with Lantana by Linda Starr
A few weeks ago I was catching up on my blog reading and I saw a post by Matthew Katz of Slipcast, The Ceramics Blog on pots in use. I commented I was going to post more photos of my pots in use on my blog, and yet I never did. So today I thought I would broach the subject myself and see what I could do about my promise to myself about posting photos of my pots in use. So I scrolled through all the photos of the pottery I've made and guess what? I didn't have a single photo of my pots in use.
So today I decided to gather some florals to put them in a dragonfly ikebana vase I made. For the first arrangement I used lantana flowers, rose scented geranium leaves and lemongrass leaves. For the next arrangement I used buddleia flowers and bamboo leaves. You may not be able to see it in second arrangement, but the spots and eyes of the dragonfly are the same color as the buddleia flowers.
Dragonfly Ikebana with Buddleia by Linda Starr
Later I was sampling some of the jelly palm fruit and thought to put a few in a ceramic bowl I made. The melon color of the fruit complements the blue of the vase. There's something wonderful about pots in use. The food or object looks much better in the pottery and the pottery looks good with the food or object. They enhance each other. By the way jelly palm fruit is heavenly with pineapple, banana, and mango flavors all rolled into one bite-sized and succulent morsel.
Blue Bowl by Linda Starr
Then I remembered a previous post when I served Gary some sourdough french bread on a woven platter I made. I did have one photograph with my pots in use, but it was on a previous post and I had to copy it to my computer to load it up again here. Oh and those wine glasses could have been ceramic too, they could have been ceramic goblets. Mary Starosta makes beautiful ceramic goblets.
Woven Tray by Linda Starr
I've seen a few potters post photos of their pots in use, but not many that I can recall right now. Some examples of pots in use really stuck in my mind. When Emily Murphy revised her website, I was struck by the beauty of her vases in use. The cup with coffee by Clary Illian posted on Ron Philbeck's blog is so serene. I love the handle detail on Clary's cup. The shape and function of Amy Sanders vase on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated is enhanced by the chrysanthemum flowers she used. Joy Tanner, who is a wonderful photographer and potter, took some great photos of Jenny Lou Sherburne's pots in use. The grapefruit in black bowls photograph by Lucy Fagella is a delight to the eye.
I know I use my pottery, but I just don't have many photos of my pots in use, even vases with flowers. OK, that's not true. I did find one photo of a vase I made with lavender flowers in it. The vase with lavender is one of the first things I made in clay. That's why I started in ceramics in the first place. I wanted to make a few vases to display the lavender I was growing. I've learned a little about photographing pots along the way too. The photograph of the vase and lavender would be much better with a light background. So where are all the rest of the photos of my pots in use? There just aren't any. I've got to work on remedying the fact I don't have photos of pots in use.
Vase for Lavender by Linda Starr
How about you? Do you have any photos of your pots in use to share? I'd like to see those photos. I can't seem to find many on images or blogs on the Internet. Let's share the beauty of pots when they're in use. Bowls with fruit, cups with coffee, vases with flowers, platters with appetizers, sushi on plates, and whatever else you can think of. I think ceramic sculpture in situ, (Cindy Shake's sculptures come to mind), should be included too as I feel sculpture is a pot in use as well. Do you have a link to your pots in use? On your website? In your blog? Please post the link in the comments section. Do you know of other artist's who have posted photos of their pots in use, please let me know about those too. Let's have some fun, let's share photos of pots in use.