Tuesday, October 15, 2013
One of the things that Nancy said she wanted from the very first time she saw one, was Kristen Kieffer's cake plates. We ordered this from Kristen back when we were planning our vow renewal ceremony. As we got closer to our tenth anniversary, we both realized that the money we had planned to spend on the event was better used for other more practical things (lawyers, surgeons, etc). We just celebrated our 11th anniversary, which traditionally is associated with gifts of steel. I would much rather have pottery any day of the week.
Kristen's pottery is top notch, in every way. So often potters are either mud-people, fire-people or they want to paint but are afraid of a big canvas. Kristen eschews those stereotypes, aiming straight into the heart of the traditions of decoration. Finding inspiration in everything from English silver teaware, to needlework, to gardening to wallpaper prints... Kristen manages to combine so many different cultures and aesthetics into a cohesive body of work that just begs to be used and displayed for everyone to enjoy.
Monday, October 14, 2013
This image was created sometime around 2005. We had just finished creating our first brochure and were working on new images for our website. The original image was photographed with an Olympus C-5050Z... now a 10 year old, 5MP camera, with one of the snappiest lenses I have ever used.
Back in 2010, I began working with Lightroom (probably version 2 or 3), and one of the first things I did was re-edit some of my older images. Partly to see them in a new light, but also just to mess around with images that I liked, but weren't mission critical at the time. Back when I edited this, we were still under the assumption that I would be able to make pots again someday.
Last weekend, I celebrated 4 years since waking up from the coma. Not really something I feel like advertising. Worth sharing? Perhaps. I don't know anymore.