Open House

Tomorrow is our Open House at LibertyTown and I have started a new tradition of saving a bunch of my favorite pots through the year for this event. We are open from 10AM until 5PM. I don’t have a lot this time around as my autumn firing was a bit grim, but I really like some of the new/old pots I’m making lately.

5 Responses to “Open House”

  1. John Tilton

    Hi Dan,

    If you can suspend a round piece of Foamcore a few inches over your pot you will cut down on the over exposure on the top of the pots. There are several ways to do this.

    If you have a baffle making the transition from light to dark, you might just set the round piece on top of the baffle so that it sticks out over the pot.

    You can also just stick a coat hanger in the side of the foamcore and then just let the round piece — gobo for go between — hang there.

    On pots of this size if the gobo is about 8 inches in diameter and it’s suspended about 6 to 8 inches from the top of the pot, you will even out the exposure a lot. Diameters and distances must be experimented with.

    It looks like, by doing this, you will make the top too dark but this is not the case. Somehow the light gets in there.


  2. Patricia Griffin

    Dan – Hope the show went well! The pots look great. My favorite is the last image, with the little bird… Read John’s tips above on photo-taking. My goal for 2009 is to start taking my own images. Sounds very challenging but I’ve got my set-up and am ready to give it a whirl.

  3. John Tilton

    One thing for sure is that taking photos of your work is a craft, and you can learn how to do it.

    Almost no professional photographer can even do it well — I’ve been to many — and those who can still have their own way of seeing your pots.

    I was fortunate to have Randy Batista of Media Image Photography in Gainesville, FL help me with my slides. He gave me merciless critiques but I learned fast. And though I like Randy’s photos — they are incredible — still he does not see my pots as I do.

    You can buy Bogen Bowens Monolites –strobes — on eBay for around 100.00 each and they will give you incredible light.

    And yes, I can see that you do not have a great camera. If you get something with a long lens — say a 180mm equivalent — you will create a very different view of your work.


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