View Full Version : A Potter At Work-Homemade

03-13-2011, 08:00 AM
My wife, Catherine, is a ceramic artist and I am always fascinated when watching her throw on the wheel. To see a lump of clay, being gently coaxed into some or other recognizable form, is almost as satisfying as watching an image emerge in the developer - well almost!!!

A few days ago she threw a few test pieces (yes, potters also experiment) and I captured the exercise on Fuji Acros, shot on the Rollei with the homemade magnifier lens.

I hope you enjoy the three image series.....


Lawrie. Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/wheel_1_8842.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/wheel_1_8842.jpg)

03-13-2011, 08:02 AM
Image 2

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/wheel_2_8394.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/wheel_2_8394.jpg)

03-13-2011, 08:02 AM
Image 3

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/wheel_3_3962.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/wheel_3_3962.jpg)

Tom Persinger
03-13-2011, 08:06 AM
these are very nice!
very expressive.

03-13-2011, 09:00 AM
Artist hands at work are wonderfull!!
Thank you very much that I can see them in Germany!
Welll done!


03-13-2011, 11:32 AM
I love hands at work, even did a small series years ago myself. The combination of hands (beautifully expressive hands I might add), motion and home made optics give these photos a unique quality that, to me, reaches a pinnacle in photographic creativity where subject, photographer and love of the craft meet to form something wonderful. one photo may be chance, two luck but three is the mark of a master.

To me, the ability to create such strong and evocative images without the use of CGI is really what the craft is all about. Maybe that is the thinking of a Luddite but I do not seriously believe any of us here would really have it any other way.

Thanks for sharing these, there is real inspiration to be gained on so many levels.

03-13-2011, 11:36 AM
Very nice images!

03-13-2011, 07:45 PM
love it... except it reminds me I need to get back in the clay studio this week, the orders are backing up..

03-16-2011, 10:19 AM
This is a wonderful series that would not look out of place in a fine art gallery or museum. It might be nice to make a slow exposure pinhole shot of a pot being made. Or maybe that wouldn't work? Just a thought ;)

03-17-2011, 04:09 AM
Wow, exqusite, simple. expressive, beautiful tonality, excellent work.

06-30-2011, 05:48 PM
Wow its' very impact work. Beautiful effect of lens, very good work

07-04-2011, 05:43 PM
The single images are beautiful, the series is stunning.
I doubt if a more charming and atmospheric explanation of the potter at work has ever been made.
Someone phone Germany and tell them not to bother making any more lenses ;D

07-05-2011, 12:32 AM
A great series of pictures. The simple lens works very well. From picture to picture the center and the hands is sharper and the cup gets its more defined form. Excellent!

steve irvine
07-08-2011, 08:16 PM
These are terrific, Lawrie. The first one in particular is one of the best I've seen of this type of image.

Jimmy G
07-30-2011, 04:28 PM
I agree with Steve, the first is an very fine photograph....something about the pressing fingers and knuckle in the center of the pottery.. really great photo.
How does the missus like them?