Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Let's give it a go, shall we?

We do own another camera, but it is one that I consider Mark's camera.
Why- because I have been too lazy to really learn how to use it.
It is bigger than my point and shoot, it has different lenses, you have to think about it......
I finally had Mark get it out and give me enough advice to try and shoot a few pictures with it.
First off I found you have to stand way back away from the pots.
Waaaaaayyyy back.
Then I tried to just point and shoot- some were usable.
Then I took it off auto focus and shot a few more.
I see a learning curve going on here.
The other issue is I really don't want to expose this camera to the neglect I put the other one through.
I think nothing of taking the other one to the studio.
This one gets the white glove treatment.
Take out of  the camera bag ( are your hands clean????) and place on a clean towel....clean towel...hummm oh, we have a clean towel in the studio- where the heck has Mark been hiding those.
Note to self- look for hiding place of  these well hidden clean towels...
Then place the strap around your neck...see I, the lazy one, have to think about this.
Well soon I will have my lazy potter's camera back.

So here is what we are working on.
We are in the process of working out more samples for a customer, to be announced at a later date, and this means we have to get the weight and measurements right.
Or at least close.

This one is to be a very low, fat vase, two different sizes.
Mark is trying this in two pieces today to see if that will be a better way to make them.
Otherwise, there is some real trim time that will be going into these to refine the shape and get some weight out..
Today I am working on a bottle in two different sizes.
  These are right under 7 inches while the larger one needs to be just over 10 inches and a bit.

So there you go- we are working!
The weather is a balmy 47 out there, a bit wet from yesterday's rain, but you can not beat a walk across the yard in a zip-up sweatshirt.
We heard about the snow, 18 feet up in Alaska, and you would just have to lock me up and throw away the key if I had to live there!
Oh, I know we have hot summers, but you can get cool in the summer. I don't think I would ever get warm with 18 feet of snow on the ground.
My lunch hour is getting a bit long- better get back out to those bottles.


Michèle Hastings said...

love those bottles! ...and the pictures look good too.
i couldn't have an expensive camera either, i would either drop it or leaving laying around without it's case.
the weather here is AWESOME! no complaints from me.c

Tracey Broome said...

You got me wanting to make some bottles! Must stay focused, must stay focused......

Hollis Engley said...

The bottles look great. I do like those offset lobes.

cookingwithgas said...

bottles- one of my favorite things to make....
So thanks!

Laurie said...

You done good with Mark's camera. Still hoping we'll get snow, though 18 ft is definitely crazy!

Dennis Allen said...

I bought a good point and shoot last year and the "good camera" has only been out of the bag once or twice since.I like the big jars.Wet strength v/s gravity is a fine line.

cookingwithgas said...

Laurie- how can we get it to snow just at your house!? If it does snow I am bringing you mine- all of it.:)

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Dennis- you are so very right- getting a shape to go out and out and out and not drop down and down and down is a fine line.
Thanks for reading the blog.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

mmmmm, such pretty bottles :)

Kings Creek Pottery said...

Hi Meredith-
Good for you braving the fancy camera! I suppose it's good to keep pushing out of our comfort zone once in a while. and I will add another Love vote for the bottles!

cookingwithgas said...

thanks you two!