I'm an amateur photographer but I love taking random pictures (as seen in the picture above on this page - bait and dirty knife from one of the fishings trips I went to eons ago). When I went to New York a couple of years ago, I came back with almost 900 photos in my 16Gb memory card. But being an amateur, I know lighting is a very important component in photography.
Taking photos of my ceramics pieces, I knew I had to get the lighting right. So I tried with white background using my desk light which was okay. Then the husband told me about light box or tent. It was $90 from Ted's Camera and being a cheapskate, I made my own light box. Following the instructions from this website: How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent – DIY by Darren Rowse), I spent two hours creating the light box.
Was it worth it? Yes and no. Yes because the photos came out beautifully using the light box. But no because I think I still need to get a proper light tent for my future ceramics projects. Lucky the husband found a cheaper light tent online!
John Britt wrote on his book The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes (Lark Crafts, 2004) that "... all art disciplines had control over their materials - except for the art of ceramics."
When I put my pieces into the kiln, I never know how it will come out. Will the body warp, will the glaze run or will it even come out in one piece? I have nightmares waiting for my pieces to come out of the kiln!
But last week, I had an even bigger surprise. Even before the piece went into the kiln, disaster happened. My piece broke into many pieces as it was drying in the shelves waiting to be bisque fired. Ah, how I love the surprises ceramics bring.
I used to blog for many years and then stopped as I lost interest in sharing and more interested in making a living.
Blogging is a precarious habit - you need to make sure whatever you write is 100% things you want other people to know and you need the discipline to do it regularly. I can definitely say, I will try to do that!
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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