Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pitchers and more

After a long wait, we finally have some new images of the pitchers we've been playing with. I wont say much tonight... since I really should be outside loading the next glaze kiln! But, tomorrow while this kiln cools, I will post an update about some of the things Nancy and I have been working on in the shop.

For now, enjoy the new pics of the pitchers.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Sign of the times

A couple of weeks back, we were out on a drive, just cruising around the top of Cayuga Lake. Figured we would head over to Auburn for a photo-jaunt. The sky was grey, no snow... not the best light for winter photography. At the end of the day, Nancy took my favorite picture of the day.

Makes me wish we had some sign in Trumansburg that was as iconic and ironic and just plain funny as this one. Talk about a landmark!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Let them eat cake!

The old Dessert plates are DEAD. Long live the dessert plate!
Today we sold the last of the old style dessert plates.

Now we can put our focus on the NEW dessert plates which are so much nicer.
Deeper sides, more easily stacked and most importantly; less likely to warp!


Here we are, dead of winter, and there's no sign of snow. Grass is green(ish)...and the ground seems frozen. Makes taking winter photographs really tough! I had hoped to have new pictures of finished oval platters, dinner plates and dessert plates sometime this week. Still not there yet.

I spent today washing and waxing pots. I think, at the end of the day, there were enough pots waxed to fill at least two kiln loads. Having those new pots in the gallery will be really sweet.

We've spent this month really looking at what aspects of our pottery needs some updating or revising. If you have something you really want to see, now is a good time to speak up so we are able to at least add your ideas to the discussions.

Here's to ongoing revisions!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Working with images

I have put off installing the latest version of Photoshop... mostly because I am still trying to learn all that Photoshop 7 had to offer. The new Nikon D80 came with some trial software called Nikon Capture NX. Specifically designed to work with RAW NEF images from Nikon cameras, it is the most amazing software I have every worked with. It makes changes MUCH faster than Photoshop. It has more commonsense pre-programmed settings... it just WORKS better.

So, here's what I was playing with tonight. A photo of Ferro and part of the mozaic of images from yesterday. I can't get over how rich and saturated the colors can be!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Very Un-January like weather

Not really sure I have the words to describe how bizzare it is to see grass growing in the middle of January. It would be one thing if this were a visit to Miami. Nope. This is the field across the road from our house and studio.

Just wait till summer 08 at the Johnson Museum at Cornell University

Digital Cameras Fun
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platters coming to Cornell in 2008

Digital Camera Fun
Created with - fun with your photos

Fun with your photos
Created with - fun with your photos

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Shelves Shaping Up

When I started building our new dining room shelves back in September I figured we would be done in a day or two. Hmmm. Talk about understatement. I finished building them in about a week. Painted them for the following week. Then they sat in the guest room from October till YESTERDAY. Nancy got it into her head that THIS was the weekend for us to FINALLY put these monstrosities up on the wall ONCE AND FOR ALL. So we did.
Here's what it looked like throughout the installation.

Check back later in the week when we will hopefully have new pictures of the new oval platters, and the new dessert plates and maybe even a nice pic with both the dessert and salad plates together.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Dinner Plates have left the building


Thanks to the Meeker and Meeker-Robertson families the whole PILE of dinner plates have left the builiding. We thought it would be a week or two before someone decided to grab this offer. Nope. Didn't even make it to noon on Saturday. NICE. Glad we could help fill out both sets of dinnerware.

So, for the rest of the folks who have emailed asking for one plate or two.... There will be occasions where we can be bribed to make a few dinner plates now and then. Just dont ask till after we get through this Winter. Bribes need to be pretty good too.

All of this begs the question... Who needs more of the dessert plates to flush out their collection. We sold a few of the forest ones on Friday... but there are SO MANY... make a reasonable offer and you could walk away with a LOT of cute little dessert plates in lots of fun colors!!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Oval forms

After getting the first three oval platters out of the kiln this week, I am anxious to see the next 10 or so being made! They are a wonderful form. Lends itself to handles or lugs. Also would work nicely with a set of mugs on it, or a oil and vinegar cruet set.... tons of ideas to play with. I would love to have a larger oval too. Something closer to 12-15" long would be sweet. So, maybe if the weather clears tomorrow and I can get outside to make some sawdust it will happen. In the meantime here is what the final image will look like on our 2008 pricelist.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

What it means when someone says RAW

Today marks my first real foray into the real of RAW. No, I'm not talking about the 7degrees that marked the high temp today. I am talking about RAW format... which in the case of Nikon means a file type of NEF. I spent a fair bit of time today exploring options using Nikon's Capture NX software. It is more like working with a negative in the darkroom than anything else. Not really the same as Photoshop or any other editor. Working in RAW really gives you enormous latitude in terms of exposure, value, depth, focus, fixing lens abberations, color, white balance. Too many things to mention. Suffice to say, anyone exploring the RAW setting on their camera needs to own this book: Art of RAW Conversion: How to Produce Art-Quality Photos with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Leading RAW Converters by Juergen Gulbins, Uwe Steinmueller (find it at Amazon )

this is the original image, no post-camera processing

This is what I was able to do in a very short time with the RAW converter in Nikon Capture.

In the studio things have been wicked productive. I feel like I am starting to catch up on orders (though they are still coming in almost everyday!) and I feel like the pots are even better than what was being made a month or two ago. Always a good feeling for sure.

Nancy and I spent the New Years holiday making new forms from which to make our new oval trays, new dessert plates, and finally the new dinner plates. All are squared forms, with the oval being the most "oval". After roughing out the ideas on paper, we jumped straight into working out the forms in 2x12 fir. My little old jigsaw just couldn't do it so we found ourselves at Home Depot looking for a replacement. This is what we found... a Bosch.

So here are some images of the new wooden forms and the plates we've been making so far: