Tuesday, October 14, 2008

new pots

i'm happy to say that this is my 100th post, and to mark such a milestone i suppose it's appropriate to share some pots from the last(and best) firing of my wood kiln.

every year the art center that my wife works at holds a fundrasier called "little masterpieces." all the artist members(100+) paint a small 5x7 canvas and they're sold for $50-100. last year i donated some small capjars but they were the only 3-d pieces and felt out of place so this year i made a couple 5x7 tiles. i "stole" part of the design from kyle carpenter.

i built myself a fancy new soft box to light my pots, i found the information via john glick. i built a cheapo version of his and i have to say it works quite well. i shot this real fast as a sort of test but they actually look better than most of the photos i've taken before.

we're leaving thursday morning for houston so you probably won't hear from me until next week. for now i'll leave you with this quote:
"To me the greatest thing is to live beauty in our daily life and to crowd every moment with things of beauty. It is then, and then only, that the art of the people as a whole is endowed with its richest significance. For its products are those made by a great many craftsmen for the mass of the people, and the moment this art declines the life of the nation is removed far away from beauty."
name it. the author i think is pretty easy, but kudos to whoever can name the original english source of publication.


klineola said...

For some reason the glick link(say that three times) didn't work for me but I found it here. The pots look great, the lighting great, I'm inspired to make a box after my last photo session. I spend most of th time tweaking the images that were so so and even then they weren't quite right. Thanks.

Judy Shreve said...

These pots are wonderful! And the photos are really good too. Good work!

Deb said...

Your pots are fantastic Brandon. I'd be very interested to see a shot of your light box and what you used to build it. I'd like to build one myself.

Ron said...

These are all great, but that baker is my favorite. It's wonderful. Nice fire and atmosphere. Makes me want to make some stoneware pots.

brandon phillips said...

thanks for the correct link michael. i was so tired of having to adjust my photos so this has been a bit of a blessing. these are not adjusted at all(other than cropping and sizing.)

i'll see if i can get a post with some pic of the light box.

Anonymous said...

i think the quote is from Hamada, and Leach said it in English first???

jbf said...

Amazing pots.