Saturday, February 23, 2008

Playing Around

So I have been playing around with my new light system and am not super confident with it yet. Sometimes I just want avoid all the other stuff, like the promotions, sales, website update, photography, networking, etc, etc. In a perfect world I would just sit at my wheel and make stuff. But I guess the universe is telling me that I need to learn more. So here I am, fooling around with lighting and photoshop editing and hoping that I will learn enough to make my pottery as beautiful in a photograph as it is in person. Here is one of my newest product shots. I'm hoping that it isn't too bright because I know that computer monitors show images drastically different depending on their age. I am open to suggestions if you would like to help me out!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My New Light Tent

Yay, Hurray and other joyous noises! It's my birthday today and I received a huge package at my front door this morning. It was a present from myself. I ordered a light tent kit a few days ago off of ebay and it arrived so quickly! I have been struggling with my photographs for quite a while so I decided it was time to reinvest in my work with a light kit. I found a set that included 2 light tents with backgrounds, two tripod lights, a camera tripod and a fabulous carry case. I feel uber professional now! I spent all afternoon playing around so I thought I should post a pic of my kitchen table with all of the gear set up. Good thing my hubby is taking me out for birthday sushi tonight because our dining table has disappeared...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

New Pottery Business Cards

I finally got around to creating and ordering some new business cards from It was pretty easy with a little help from my husband the computer geek! Overnightprints let me download a template for Photoshop but I could have used almost any program. From there, I just drag and dropped some of my photographic images from ETSY, added some type and voila! They even gave me glossy cards for no extra charge. Once my design was set, I googled in hope of finding a coupon and sure enough, I found a coupon code for 10% off my order. They even let me pay through paypal. How easy is that! Now the hard part is just waiting until they arrive at my door...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Custom Order Farewell

Here are the finished ramekins that I discussed a few weeks ago. The glaze turned out just as I hoped. I made most of them entirely in Winter White but a few have Winter Green bands to give the set a bit of an eclectic feel. They turned out even better than I had hoped for. At the moment I am waiting as patiently as I can for an order of chemicals from Tucker's Pottery Supplies. It has snowed so much that I am not sure if they will be able to find my house under the mountains of white. I have a whole set of bisqued mugs waiting for a new batch of Stormy Sea Glaze. We have a long weekend coming up so I hope the chemicals get here soon. I would love to enjoy my Family Day stat working in my studio for most of the day.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Addicted to handmade Soap

Wow, I am finding out that I have so many addictions! The latest is hand made soap from Etsy. I love those new scents like White tea with Ginger. The only problem is that they are a little more soluble than store bought soap. So, I decided a while back to make my own soap dishes that have ridges to catch the water drips that can cause handmade soap to go gooey. Here is a lovely one in Blue Hydrangea. It is about time that I start making stuff for me!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Here's My Piggy

I finally listed my little piggy magnet. My brilliant husband told me to match him up with a few ceramic truffles and list them as a set. I think they are adorable but the photos do not capture how cute they look on my fridge. Of course I kept a set for myself but I listed the others in my Etsy shop. If you know anyone with a pig fetish, send them my way.