STUDIO EVENTS/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
JOHN GLICK: LOOKING BACK, MAKING NOW
at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Michigan Masters Series #4
This exhibition was curated by my colleague, Paul Young, who heads the clay department at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Paul was
my studio assistant from 1989-1991, so it was a real pleasure to collaborate on this event.
The exhibition surveyed the span of 42 years of my work and it included numerous examples of present day work as well as their
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Current, future and former assistants at the opening of John's exhibition.
"FRESH PLUMS" (the PTP blog).
"A very, very large blog for the pottery field."
It is large, and the reasons have to do with its origins and subject matter.
WHY I AM DOING THIS?
In 2005 I juried the Strictly Functional Pottery National show. I was disappointed to discover that many of the 1300 submitted slides
were poorly lit, rendering them useless to me in judging the work. As my juror's responses were returned to the artists, I included a
letter suggesting fundamental ways potters could learn essential photography skills. A number of potters subsequently conveyed their
appreciation of my comments.
This photography blog concept is a direct outgrowth of this experience.
And looking back, I vividly recall my own bumpy path to more successful photography, and I'm grateful for all the advice, critiques,
books, articles, and seminars that I've sought out to improve my skills. It's an ongoing process. And, it is a survival skill!
So, I've pulled together resource materials, hard-won personal experiences, the current advice of photographers and potter colleagues,
and my own "do it yourself" approach to all technological challenges. Simply put, I feel more empowered as an artist when I'm in charge
of how images of my work are produced and conveyed. My goal is to enable potters to master the early learning curves associated with
acquiring good photographic skills. Outfitting oneself with serviceable tools (e.g. camera, lighting, software) to make excellent
photographs is essential and achievable in our ceramics field, where digital images are already the de facto medium for professional
As much as I might like to offer direct answers for the inevitable questions that will arise, I will not be able to do that. (Comments,
constructive criticisms and compliments, will be appreciated, however!)
Find the blog at web.mac.com/johnglick
This URL gets you to an introductory page with the rationale for the site, acknowledgments, and page listings - easily accessible for
navigation. Just follow the "Read more" cues at the end of each thumbnail description for each of the subject matter pages shown.
I welcome your visit.
"Now that the photography blog has begun, I am more interested than ever to work on the ideas listed below. Watch for Fresh Plums to
Share perspectives about and images of the large collection of 42 years of my own work, and
highlight pivotal periods in my development.
Survey work of past studio assistants at Plum Tree Pottery who've pursued careers in clay.
Show pieces fresh out of the kiln that excite that little kid in me so much I want to bring them
for "show and tell!"
Provide a sequential photo survey of the recent building of our salt kiln.
Document differences between salt/soda fired ware vs. reduction fired work.
Read reflections of assistants at Plum Tree Pottery about the experience of being here for a year.
Give guidelines for collectors about dating my pieces, by using identifying marks and stylistic
aspects involved with past phases of production.
THE NEW "BABY"
The NEW "BABY" is not so new any more. She "walks and talks" and we continue to love her more with each firing. And, unlike human babies
fortunately do grow, this one still weighs just 28,499lbs, 6oz!
Built during the summer of 2004 with much truly invaluable help from
my assistants Melissa Vaughn (PTP 2004) and Kirke Martin (PTP 1999), using
the kiln has become our special "treat" to ourselves owing to the delightful surprises it offers us. When you visit our showroom, watch
pots with the yellow dots on them, which indicate their origins in the new kiln.
The 55 cubic foot load capacity kiln replaces a smaller salt kiln built
in 1973 with the assistant of that year, designer and colleague Rosti
Eismont. Rosti and his wife Jeani are also the designers of our website.
Melissa and Laura say "goodbye" to the last of the brick rubble from
the old kiln and "honest", when I finished photographing this rather
symbolic ritual, I threw in my share of bricks as well!! Really!
Our new salt/soda fire kiln offers added surface enrichment
possibilities for my pots and sculptural pieces and adds another layer
of adventure to my thinking owing to the oft-times unpredictable
nature of this type of firing process.
Susie, my wife, quipped at the time, this kiln building project epitomizes the
concept of what optimism is all about - a sixty-six year old potter who
builds a kiln that will last 30 years! Absolutely!!