The Best of Sawdust and Dirt
A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!
Filtering by Tag: photography
|melting ice from the storm|
|so many postcards|
|sign by Lillian|
|punch list and plaster|
|view from showroom|
|wood kiln door edge|
|mostly broken door bricks|
|back of the kiln with crumbling stucco and sooty spies|
|light, cone pack, and plate|
|leftover teapot lids|
|calipers and saved trimming|
|buckets holding treadle hostage|
|packing and shipping accessories|
|blue and green tarpscape|
|the wedging table|
I've struggled and deleted a couple of drafts to this return to the blog. Soggy brain, I suppose.
As you might have guessed by some of the previous picture only posts, I have been looking at my pots thought the lens of my camera. Seeing the pots through the camera and the subsequent viewing on the desktop photo software give one a very different view of one's work. It takes the same rigor that one develops over the years to imagine the pots after we've treated them with slips, glazes and fire or heat. The ceramic process is somewhat of a dream that is usually idealistic and never incorporates the slightly uneven firing, or the glaze applied too thickly, or the number of things that can happen during a firing. Nor does this dream imagine the wonderful things that are somewhat mysterious and surprising about the process of finishing clay that renders it into a hardened ceramic pot.
But the perspective that the camera and the photo process give, help me to see the details of the pots that in a different way. Similar to the distance that time gives after a firing. The ceramic dream gets revised and the reality of the finished pots sinks in.
So, like Rip van Winkle, I slowly wake up from my long blog sleep and dream about the pots I will make in the coming weeks. The blog helps me to process the process and understand the results of the kiln. I look forward to sharing it all with you here. I hope you will come along with me.
Thanks for reading.
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It's been a dizzying two days behind the camera and the computer to put all of this together. But now I can sit back with a cold one and pray that I have enough packing material to ship all of these orders out in the morning!
You know, being a potter these days doesn't just mean getting behind the wheel. It also means getting behind the tripod and clicking away pictures to use in an email campaign. It means knowing a little about photoshop and and little about spreadsheets. It's a whole lotta stuff I didn't learn in school. Maybe these days they are teaching student-potters how to do this stuff to stay above the waterline!
Anyway, I just wanted to check in and say that all is well on Snow Creek Rd. The chickens are all cozied up in their new chicken condo that John and I finished last week. The wind howls outside and the roads are icy. But the shop is open 24/7. Stacey and I have some great stuff for sale. click on the "shop" tab above to check some of the listings. [clicking the images will take you to ETSY.]
Time to make my rounds and check on the animals before I call it a day. Tomorrow it's shipping day! I bid you a good night!
Anyway, I hope this is a little window into what I'll be doing in the coming weeks. I will share more thoughts as this process evolves.
Please indulge my captions. Let us know what you see.
As always I love your comments. Don't be a stranger.
I know you're probably wondering what other 33's you know of. Well here are a few, excluding the obvious sports figures who donned a jersey with the numeral 33, from Wikipedia...
- In reference to gramophone records, 33 refers to a type of record by its revolution speed of 33⅓ revolutions per minute. 33s are also known as long playing records, or LPs. See: 78 and 45
- A significant number in modern numerology, one of the master numbers along with 11 and 22
- A song by The Smashing Pumpkins on their album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Also a song by Coheed and Cambria on their album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade (the songs are not related)
- The title of the first episode of the new Battlestar Galactica television series
- The 33 Strategies of War is a book by Robert Greene
- 33 is the coming of age of a hobbit in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
- In French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese, the word a patient is usually asked to say when a doctor is listening to his or her lungs with a stethoscope (Trente-Trois, Trentatrè, Treizeci şi trei, Treinta y Tres and Trinta e Três)
- The code for international direct-dial phone calls to France
- A normal human spine has 33 vertebrae when the bones that form the coccyx are counted individually
- The number printed on all Rolling Rock beer labels
- The namesake of the private club, Club 33, located in Disneyland's New Orleans Square.
- The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry has 33 degrees.
- Number of victims, including the suspect, that were all killed in the Virginia Tech Massacre, April 16, 2007.
- 33 were Uruguay's national Independence Heroes that liberate the country in 1825 from the Brazilian Empire, they are popularly known as "Treinta y Tres Orientales" (The Thirty-Three Orientals), one of Uruguay's national states and its capital city is named " Treinta y Tres" after them.
- A religious image of the Virgin Mary from the XVIII Century is known in Uruguay as "Virgen de los Treinta y Tres" (Virgin of the Thity-Three) consecrated by Pope John Paul II in his visit to Uruguay in 1988.
- 2008 is the first time in 33 years that the United States has sent a satellite to explore and orbit Mercury (January 15, 2008)
- Progressive Metal band Meshuggah released their album "Catch 33" in the year 2005.
- In 2008, musician Teddy Geiger gives clues to fans about his new single, "march" which dropped March 3, or "33". In late May he announced 33 brand new songs that his fans could choose from to create their own album, called TG33.
- '33' (three-three) is a Nigerian produced brand of beer.
- N.A.S.A's Pathfinder landed on Mars, location 19.5° N by 33.3° W, on July 4, 1997.
- The number of the French department Gironde
- Beethoven's Op.120 consists of 33 variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli
- Dante wrote the Divine Comedy in 3 canticas - each consisting of 33 cantos.
- United Nations symbol has 33 segments.
Here are some particular nice details that I picked up while looking at all the pictures yesterday.
It may be my 48 year old eyes, but some of these details weren't noticable to the naked eye. Or at least my naked eye. [why do we say naked eye, anyway?Do we mean to imply that the eye lid is some kind of garment?]
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the devil in the details and I'll try to post a few more when I get time. There are still quite a few nice details to share.
But there's Etsy work to be done. The sale is going to happen on this coming Tuesday at 10 a.m. [August25th]. I hope you can help me spread the word. You can use the "[+Share]" button on Facebook or here below this post. I thank you!