It's been a busy week this week but lots done and lots achieved. I've kept up the photography and there's lots of examples here. I've started playing with the photo's on the website, that's not going so great as I'm not clear on the layout but I'm roping in Jon to help today and we'll get back in touch with the web designers too. It will get sorted but I think we both know now that we will sell less designs on the site.
I want to encourage people to talk to us rather than click buttons, we can give so many choices of sizes and colours and styles but these can't be fully shared in an on line shop. Below is one of my favourite photo's of the week, the sun flooded the conservatory late one afternoon.
Above and below are my medium sized bowls, breakfast, soup or dessert bowls, the two below were the prize for a competition on twitter which ran this week, I'll be posting them out on Monday, once I've got them wrapped up. The glaze really is this light textured blue, it's great on bowls but I find it too strong on plates.
Love the detail you can see here and this really reflects how wonderful this clay is, it's like soap stone to the touch.
Below is a new reactive glaze I'm trying. These glazes are great in the variety they offer but not the glaze to offer people who want the same piece over and over, the surface changes depending on vertical or horizontal, thickness and then there's the positioning in the kiln itself.
Another photo shoot image below, I wish I was better at photography and food styling as what I see other people do with our work is really amazing, I'll just have to keep trying. I'm popping into town this week so I'll buy some fresh ingredients and carry on playing.
I haven't really done many photo's with Jon's bards but I was happy with this one, I'm setting up a twitter competition for Jon next to get him followers, the prize will be one of his oak chopping/serving boards.
This coming week I'll be throwing and turning everyday with some glazing in-between. I've got two orders to fill and prep starts for the show's coming up. The kiln is cooling right now so I'll open that Monday morning and hopefully have some more new work to photo. I have spent the last couple of weeks sorting out shapes for mugs, jugs and cups and I think I'm sorted now so I need to glaze sets together.
I'm also hoping to run four or five times, have a nice shop/lunch with a friend and do some gardening, whilst it's now warm enough to garden it's too wet!