Friday, July 16, 2010
Set My Cube Up
Guess what? I finally got my cube set up today. Patricia Griffin and I had a pact we'd get our cubes out and take some photos before the week end. I finally got around to it today since these bowls are fresh out of the kiln.
My backdrop was larger than my cube since I purchased it from a different supplier, so I had to take the scissors to the edges and trim it down. I'm holding my backdrop up with wooden clothes pins. I used household lamps because I couldn't find any other lights I could use close by.
These kudzu bowls I made from a stoneware clay so the satin clear glaze makes them have an antique look, kind of interesting. The rest of the bowls are made from porcelain clay which gives that clear, crisp look to the slip and underglaze colors I used.
I may have to go to the big box store tomorrow morning and get some lights. I think I need brighter lighting, something to work on. But there is definitely less glare. Now I'm thinking of how to photograph sets or multiples and make them look good. I'm not sure about the way I've shown the four fish mini plates. I'll have to look at some photos in magazines more critically to get some ideas. The glaze I used is a satin, I might have more trouble with glare with a shiny glaze. I think with some practice, though, I'll be able to get much better photographs of my work.
I have serving bowls or larger plates to go with these small bowls and plates as sets but they are in another kiln load. I also have some pots from a series I've been working on the past six months to show you as soon as I improve the lighting for the photographs, so check back again. Comments and suggestions are welcome.