Techno-ology: (Lightroom) Photo, photos, photos.

A big part of being a potter is adaptability.

These days that means you have to wear many hats and acquire many skills (until you can employ other more knowledgeable people who actually know what they are doing to work for you and do it right…). One of the skill I have set out to hone is that of photography. It is so important to take quality pictures of your work- or at least ANY pictures! There are a few pots I wish I had given some more time to in my space to photograph and sketch. We must also consider the behind the scene ceramic process that can be documented to our benefit. Here is an example for you:

While setting up at Out of Hand a lady stopped by and complimented our booth and reminded us to “be sure and take a picture”! I scoffed a bit at the comment, of course we would take photos! Well, she was right we really ought to have taken more photos the Market just got out of hand! I only have two horrid photos of a half set up booth taken with my phone (see below)! All that work and endless planning culminating with no visual reference for the future. Ak.

Then again, you can’t do it all. My list of projects is endless, something new is always looming, thus the things I do well daily are  completed without decent recognition and proper celebration.  Like the new regime of photo organization and public out put I’m on about in 2012. Taking lots of photos is one thing (I must work on) but, the huge data bank of unsorted and unedited photos is another thing all together. Learning new programs or digital processes is a pain but, a step in the right direction (as long as it is a time-saving endeavour for the future). I have begun to use Adobe Lightroom , a photo browser that allows me to edit and organize in batches and backs everything up for me (see below). There are tons how-to videos that can be found on the net because it is the program that many photographers use themselves (see below). Now I just have to learn to properly use my camera (I swear I’ll watch that instructional DVD one of these days)! One step at a time, even if I’m going in reverse! There are lots or resources for us potters out there and we must realize that documenting is a huge part of what we do, through the objects we make- that really will stand the test of  unlike their digital counterparts- and by the way we share our pots on the table and on the net.

Foodie: How to make a good latte…

I live with an industrial espresso maker.

It is certainly one of the perks of the move (oh there I go with the coffee puns again..). Needless to say my average weekly coffee intake has increased. I also have a rule that when asked out to coffee I can’t say no- equalling instant social interaction and a good strategy to get out of the studio. A friend of mine rang me the other day and asked if I had any good pictures of coffee, as she is doing a reasearch project on the average latte for school- she asked with a smirk for certain. I take a lot of pictures of food and subsequently coffee. I also worked on a coffee plantation in Columbia for a month this year (see some photos of the coffee harvest here). Where I would work in the mornings then like clockwork the rains would fall after the midday siesta, then we hike up the mountain to town and settle in at one of the cafes with 100-year-old coffee machines, this is me and the owner of my favorite, the green on the corner…

So I got some photos together from over the years….

Many of these are from Australia where I had to learn a whole new coffee lingo, do you know what a “flat white” is? Because I do, now.

Coffee is a huge industry and so as a potter I make mugs. Mugs to make your coffee better. Many cafe’s in the Kootenay area have small shelves selling local potter’s mugs. Last year I got onto Oso Negro’s wall for a month and sold out. The Frog Peak Cafe in the valley is selling my fellow potter Eryn’s mugs and may shortly be selling mine (I just have to make them first..). It is hard to grapple with being a potter in a recession when luxury craft items are more of a luxury but as much as local coffee sales are up and handcrafted mugs are on the scene I can sleep calmer at night….

Back to the espresso machine here are home. You see my brother talked my mom into getting it years ago, you see my bro is a bit of a coffee snob, some may say aficionado or some such label and so I know I make a sub par latte and have been told often (though I highly disagree), so does my mom. One day my mom gave my mom a two-hour intensive lesson on the art of the barista and so the other day I was relayed this lesson here are snapshots from that and you’ll be happy to know there are step by step instructions taped beside the espresso machine, just incase the lesson slips my mind:

Foodie: Show recipe I’ve cooked in the week and the picture of person enjoying it with beautiful ceramics.

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