Saturday, June 4, 2011

Woodfired Pots: Flashing, Ash, and WOW!


There is something very special about being asked to photograph the best pots from a potter's woodfired kiln. You know, right off the bat, that these pots have been through hell. And these, of all of them, are the ones special enough to make the cut.

These woodfired pots are more of Cary Joseph's work that I photographed at the end of May. These were fired in Julie Crosby's wood kiln. Much of the kiln had great flashing with not a ton of drippy ash to muddle the clean throwing style that Cary favors.



In many instances, I am only the second person (after the potter who unloaded the kiln,) to have ever held these pots. That is a sensational experience. To be able to run my hands over the rough surface, the ash slickened drips down the side of the pot, to feel the silkiness of the glaze inside... all transform this ball of fired clay into something magical. I always feel privileged to be asked to photograph pottery, especially when my friends are such great potters!



4 comments:

Michael Mahan said...

That bowl in the last picture looks delicious. Beautiful shots.

Alex Solla said...

Thanks Michael. It is strange to be photographing pots now, after all the years of making them. I see them differently. There's something so fun about helping my potter friends get into great shows or build their websites, etc... it just works.

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

wow amazing! I really like the colours you've captured in these. Woodfired and salt glazed pots have such interesting finishes.

Alex Solla said...

@Littlewrenpottery, Woodfired and saltfired pots really lend themselves to very simple dramatic lighting.