Wednesday, September 30, 2009

photo experiance reaffired

Taking good images of your work is essential for artists, especially if you want to be a successful one at that. About a week ago my friend Drea sent me to look at her website show casing pictures of her work. I took one look, halted and did a double take. “Oh Honey,” I said to myself, “I need to help this girl out”.
So after dropping off some of her pieces at my place I got to work in taking pictures and photoshopin. But what this experience reaffirmed for me is that a photo is a first impression and you must present your work in the best way possible or no one is going to take notice. Above is a detail of one of her pieces I took a photo of, which I think is darling. Anyways take good photos!

On another topic:
I just had an amazing idea, so gather near and listen carefully. …….. Calendars! That’s right, C A L E N D A R S.
For all of us crafty/arty business folk, Christmas is our hottest time of the year. So wouldn’t it be great for a few artists to collaborate in designing a calendar? Then each artist would make an order for however many they wanted. Think about it, having a cool little calendar to sell along with his or her work at the craft show. How adorable and sweet is that. Mighty sweet I think.
I don’t know, I thought it was a brilliant idea and it could be done every year with a different theme. I think it would be fun and also cut down on the cost by splitting the printing prices. So it may happen soon, sweet little calendars by art buddies and me. I’ll keep you posted.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Finger Snapin & Craft Fair Vendin

These are some new pieces that I thought made a great group shot together. On the cups I am starting to cut away the clay at the base between the little knobby feet in attempts to merge the form and drawings together. Playing around with the cutting and warping of the forms has been a lot of fun experimentation. Plus I am learning more about how my glazes work on these new surfaces.

I have more images loaded on my flicker and hopefully more to come after that. It was a perfect overcast day for photos yesterday, if only I had a tripod for my camera.

Last Saturday at the Belmont Street Fair I received some wonderful feedback from individuals interested in my work. Such encouraging words really helps reaffirm what I do as an artist. So to all of you who support me, thank you.

Now there is however those other people, yes those people who have the need to slather their nasty opinions all over my happy day. I think such persons feel they are giving me helpful advise but by telling me my work is not a good investment, that its not worth that much because its not bigger or on a wall is just unnecessary. I know hearing things like this is going to be an on going battle my whole life, but it’s still not easy to stomach.

Now as to why I make pottery and not sculpture or hangable art is like asking why does an artist make anything? Because they have some reason, or uncontrollable need to make that thing and I just so happen to love making functional ceramic art. So there… head nod and a few snaps of my fingers in yo face.