Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Steam Heat



We visited my new best friend, potter Wade Oliver, yesterday . Today I'll show you another step in the process.  Before Wade takes the bowl off the wheel, he uses a little blow torch to dry the clay a titch so it's easier to handle.  He set this one on the table by me and ohh the steam came up and I almost had a hissy fit!  Talk about at the "decisive moment".  Thank goodness I had my act together and caught it!  The photo below shows the finished bowls before firing. 


18 comments:

Olivier said...

la première, avec la fumée qui sors du bol, est superbe. Encore une magnifique gestion des ombres et de la lumiere, j'aimerais tellement savoir faire ça en photo

the first, with smoke billowing out of the bowl, is superb. Another magnificent management of light and dark, so I know how make this photo

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

awesome photo. Capturing the steam just perfectly. I also love the hands of a potter photos and I did enlarge the first photo. thanks for the series.

Babooshka said...

The top shot is steaming hot to trot. Not an easy shot you know, steams moves. So take a bow.

Bibi said...

Cartier-Bresson would have been snapping away with you at this decisive moment.

Jérôme said...

Very zen, and the lighting is perfect!

amatamari said...

Absolutely beautiful!
:-)

Halcyon said...

I was expecting a bowl of exotic soup or something from the thumbnails. But I love the simple elegance of these bowls. Glad you got the steam!

Bob Crowe said...

You know much I like this picture. The browns and tans are rich and appealing. Soup's on!

Might be interesting in B&W, too.

altadenahiker said...

I don't know what happened Ginger. I wrote a nice thoughtful comment and it's gone. Like the lip on the bowls (that's impossible for me) and the pictures.

Thérèse said...

So pure!

Snapper said...

Simply beautiful. Did you ever listen to Red Dirt Girl?

Harriet said...

Great photos!

I didn't know that people from Alabama had hissy fits --- I thought that was reserved for all of us people here in South Carolina. Can't you just imagine a European trying to translate that!!!!

Daryl said...

Love these and brava on catching the steam .. effective photo in so many ways!

Laurie said...

What a perfect study of tones and texture. I LOVE these!!! You can make absolutely anything into a work of art, V.

Virginia said...

Harriet,
I'm LOL at that. I'll put Alice on it. She managed to make the leap in French from "when pigs fly" to "when hens have teeth!" BTW, I can have a hissy fit at the drop of a hat. I hope I don't have one on the long flight over!

Snap,
I forgot to get on Itunes for "Red Dirt Girl". I will today. I think I'll like it!

AH,
Maybe "Ginger" can be revitalized, butI think I'm too old for it anymore. Maybe your next dog's name?

Jerome, I've been accused of a lot things, but Zen is not one of them. I'm trying to find that simplicity in my photographs. Thanks!

I appreciate all of you comments so very much. You help me hone my craft. Merci

Marie-Noyale said...

You captures the steam beautifully
Did you mange to bring one back home as a souvenir?

PS The Wisteria on the picture is a single trunk one.

Julie said...

I can see the desire for simplicity and for balance. The bottom shot has wonderful balance.

marley said...

Smokin'! Well, steaming...from balls to bowls.

Excellent capture :)