Techno-ology: How to videos galore.

It is always nice to see someone else throw. I also get a kick out of how potters try to explain what they are doing. I found myself instructing a friend in yoga the other day. I sounded like a really bad how-to video but she got the gist. The thing is explaining what we do and how we do it is a useful tool not only to others but to ourselves. In the art game we spend decades trying to articulate and condense our ideas into singular sentences. Why not do so in our studios? Sometimes saying  it out loud can bring ourselves much-needed clarity.

I always get a kick out of every potter’s esthetic preferences and choices (it often seems so arbitrary)(For if is it isn’t arbitrary we must delve into the story of the individual to find what led them to make their decisions (and we seldom get that chance) or get into doctrines of what is good or bad, right or wrong). With this film I found myself saying “Stop! Stop!” when the form unfolded mid throw to suit my fancy. Just at this moment:

Maybe there is a new tactic here to make the sketchbook obsolete… just video tape one’s self throwing and re-play the footage like any athlete checking form but rather stop and pause to discover the perfect form mid-throw. (Holy sports analogy! Sorry about that.)

Artist: Carole Epp (WebCreateDesign Part3)

What is WebCreateDesign and who is Carole Epp?

Web Design Create is a class I am taking this semester at ANU. If you are more interested in the pretense of the class, there is a class blog set up that breaks down various concerns for artists bloggers. This and the  three other posts with “WebCreateDesign” in the title are posted as an off shoot of an in-class assignment to take three artists using Web 2.0 technology successfully in their businesses. I have chosen to follow and critique three potters: Ayumi Horie, Marty Fielding and Carole Epp.

Carole Epp interests mr more for her blog following than for her work. Her blog is well known all over the world. She is a Canadian lady and subsequently all her posts are very relevant to my practice.

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Website: http://web.mac.com/jordanepp/iWeb/caroleepp.com/Home.html

I was surprised to see that Carole’s website differs from her blog. I was first introduced to her work via her blog, and it is certainly not the focus her blog. Still I wonder if someone else designed the website. Either way it is easy to use, clear and attractive.

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Blog www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com/

Musing About Mug is the blog that I rely on the most in all of the blogs in the blogging world. Actually most of the things I apply for either before or after I get the notion about them existing this blog helps me out. Carole posts application deadlines for residencies, shows, publications. She promotes events and shows giving all the appropriate info and links. She also lets us see snippets of her processes in the studio from time to time…It is one of the two blogs on my blogroll and it was the only one for a long long time. If you are at all interested in ceramics read this blog!

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Etsy www.etsy.com

Carole has links everywhere to her Etsy site. It seems to be a way of selling that suits her well.

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Facebook http://www.facbook.com

Carole has facebook, but for personal means, funnily enough her current profile picture has pottery in the foreground, potters are potters after all.

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Twitter www.twitter.com

I am not a user of twitter- I just am not about to jump on that bandwagon, but Carole has (the only one out of the three I have chosen to check out).

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Google www.google.com
She’s got it going on and on and on. Carole is a google friendly artist!

Artist: Marty Fielding (WebCreateDesign Part2)

What is WebCreateDesign and who is Marty Fielding?


Web Design Create is a class I am taking this semester at ANU. If you are more interested in the pretenses of the class, there is a class blog set up that breaks down various concerns for artists bloggers. This and the  three other posts with “WebCreateDesign” in the title are posted as an off shoot of an in-class assignment to take three artists using Web 2.0 technology successfully in their businesses. I have chosen to follow and critique three potters: Ayumi Horie, Marty Fielding and Carole Epp.

Marty Fielding uses some web 2.0 technology such as a blog and etsy, oddly enough I first came across his work in a book then looked him up from there. his work is sturdy yet light, geometric yet fluid, dark yet light. It is full of balance.

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Website/Blog: http://www.martyfielding.com/

Marty has his website domain forward to a wordpress blog (http://martyfielding.wordpress.com/). This is a great example of an artist finding a permanent domain as a convention necessary but for what ever reason preferring a blog.

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Flickr www.flickr.com

Marty doesn’t have a Flickr account but, I would like to take this spot up to show that Marty is represented on Flickr- or rather, his pots are. Even if he isn’t participating someone is promoting/cataloging work which includes it. Web 2.0 interfaces serve greatly as a quick, hopefully concise, network and potters of a certain caliber and circle have a presence, even if by indirectly.

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Etsy www.etsy.com

Where I first found Marty on the net. It is nice to see his prices and what work he posts. There was a jug I wanted to badly for such a long time alas it is gone, I guess that means this interface is working for him.

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Facebook www.facebook.com

155 Fans, I searched him and it didn’t work- then via a google search eureka. He has good images and comments frequently enough.

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Youtube www.youtube.com

This video is horrid- poor Marty this gallery has taken his work and made this monstrosity- still he is “on the scene”.

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Google www.google.com

It works, it worked when I couldn’t find Marty on facebook…

Artist: Ayumi Horie (WebCreateDesign Part1)

What is WebCreateDesign and who is Ayumi Horie?

Web Design Create is a class I am taking this semester at ANU. If you are more interested in the pretense of the class, there is a class blog set up that breaks down various concerns for artists bloggers. This and the  three other posts with “WebCreateDesign” in the title are posted as an off shoot of an in-class assignment to take three artists using Web 2.0 technology successfully in their businesses. I have chosen to follow and critique three potters: Ayumi Horie, Marty Fielding and Carole Epp.

Ayumi Horie uses many web 2.0 technologies (blog, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Esty) and uses many of them quite well.  In this post I plan to break it down and comment on how Ayumi uses web 2.0 interfaces she chooses to her advantage.

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Website: http://www.ayumihorie.com

Ayumi’s website is bright and interactive, just like her pots. It is nice to see a web interface that is so harmonious with the artist’s physical works. Her website also has the tendency to read like a blog. It includes exciting and charming bits like an audio clip of Ayumi saying her own name to the nitty gritty stuff, such as press releases and bio. I enjoy the way that her website’s heading changes with every page- diverse yet harmonious. The blatant colored boarders take some getting used to but than again her pots do too.

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Flickr www.flickr.com

Ayumi’s Flickr site leave something to be desired (but then again so does mine at the moment). She uploaded her first photo a year ago and has 53 photos. It is, however, a nice format to clearly see Ayumi’s work due to Flickr’s prescribed formatting.

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Etsy www.etsy.com

Etsy, I can browse Etsy for so long and it is super user friendly that, however, means that you may have to filter through a bunch to find the gems. Where as Ayumi’s work would be a gem under normal circumstances here it is not as she only has three shirt designs- I couldn’t see Etsy not being that lucrative for the work she does make goes to galleries or homes directly.

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Facebook www.facbook.com

1320 fans, good on ya Ayumi! Then again a tech savvy lady who has been around the block in the potting world would.

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Youtube www.youtube.com

Ayumi is the only one out of the three artist I have chosen for this project that has a video worth looking at on facebook. That is simply because she has something to show- dry throwing only with tools. I actually showed it to a group of ceramists earlier today while firing a wood kiln off my laptop-  yeah nerds! (The nerd bit there was the influence of the song that the performer is playing while I write this in a cafe on my mac the song is entitled “all the nerd in love”… appropriate).

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Google www.google.com

Everything you need- actually comes up with Ayumi’s name…mind you it is an unique name.

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Airstream www.artstream.com

Ayumi is involved in some pretty great stuff- that great stuff is represented on line too. Check it. Artstream is amazing and I have posted about it earlier. The project uses many web 2.0 interfaces.