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Steve Booton has produced an interesting article which may be of use (or at least thought provoking!) to others, both in the ceramics world and more generally…
Let me take a moment to explain the title of this piece, it can have a number of different meanings. I live on the edge of Sheffield which is very much on the edge of Yorkshire and also as a recent returnee to ceramics, I feel very much like I am on the edge of the world of pots looking in. This enables me to offer a positive perspective from which to discuss my recent observations and experiences of the world of ceramics.
At the risk of preaching to the converted, how many of you have viewed the global phenomenon that is YouTube. I read that in the US, 10.5 BILLION views of uploaded videos were made in the month of October alone. With viewing statistics like these, YouTube would appear to be a good way for us potters, or indeed any craftsperson, to reach a wider, global audience with all the potential sales a wider audience can generate.
Ordinarily, even with the best intentions in the world, we can only reach a relatively small number of people through exhibitions and crafts fairs. Of course these events have their place as they create essential revenue that all potters need to survive. However, I feel it is important to embrace as many diverse methods of reaching as many people as possible. With this in mind, I recently started posting videos of my work on YouTube. Initially, I uploaded slideshows of my work. Then, I posted some live action videos of me throwing pots and latterly a couple of videos of kiln openings and firings discussing the successes and, just as importantly, the mistakes I have made.
Up to the time of writing this piece, I have had over 11,500 viewings of my videos, with 132 subscribers to my channel from all around the world and all this from a virtually unknown potter. Simon Leach, on the other hand, has had over two million hits to his videos, with 3316 subscribers all of whom are notified each time he uploads a video, providing a very large captive audience. He also says that his website used to get a few hundred hits per year before posting on Youtube, since posting the number of hits on his website have become thousands.
As well as enabling craftspeople to reach a much wider global audience, videos posted on YouTube can be utilised to raise revenue. This is achieved via Google Adsense, where relevant related advertising banners are attached to the video which earn the owner revenue each time the banner is clicked. For example, if you wish to advertise an upcoming event or offer courses, you can incorporate the details in the information banner attached to your video and, in doing so, reach an incredible number of potential customers or students for free!
If you have a website it is easy to attach your URL to your YouTube channel so that people who watch your videos are able to navigate to your website easily and buy your products online. All of this is FREE and only takes a few minutes to set up; surely this is an opportunity too good to be missed!
By Steve Booton of ¬†www.youtube.com/user/stevebootonceramic
This work will be shown by Design Nation at Decorex International 2011, London (see Regina’s events). Regina says ¬†”I will have on display my new line of wall based ceramics, reminiscent of the tile tradition in architecture, yet¬†three-dimensional, and a work of art. Available in subtle high-fired colours, including precious metals like gold, these sensual wall panels are ideal for bespoke and exclusive commissions ranging from individual pieces to site specific wall installations.
You will also have the opportunity to view samples of the “Regina Heinz” 3D-tile collection, exclusively designed for the American company ANN SACKS and launched in 2011. Composed from 6 designs and 36 hand painted colours, the collection is available at¬†Ann Sacks showrooms across the US as well as at the new London showroom at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.”
A complete guide to achieving a fantastic¬†spectrum of colourful glazes for the studio¬†potter, Colour in Glazes looks at the full range¬†of materials and options for creating colour in¬†glazes, focusing on colouring oxides in detail,¬†including the newly available rare earth oxides.¬†It also looks at what commercial stains are¬†made from so you can create your own. Types¬†of base glazes and the fluxes used to make them¬†are discussed in relation to colour response.¬†Emphasis is placed on using colouring oxides to¬†achieve depth and variety of colour, rather than¬†just resorting to commercial ceramic stains. The¬†practical aspects of mixing, applying, testing¬†and adjusting glazes are explained. and a large¬†section of test tiles and glaze recipes is included,¬†for use on white earthenware, stoneware and¬†porcelain fired in electric, gas and salt kilns.
A very useful book aimed at making glazes to¬†achieve the colour you want, and to help you¬†broaden your palette.¬†There will be an extract from it in the next issue of Ceramic Review.
Format: 246×189 mm; ¬†Binding: Paperback; ¬†Extent: 128 pages; ¬†Images: 110 colour (approx);¬†Price: ¬£16.99 – publisher A & C Black
Piyush Suri showcases the work of 90 of the¬†most creative craftspeople working in Britain today. Whether¬†they are creating delicate lace from recycled plastic bags,¬†rescuing discarded objects to create new heirloom-quality¬†pieces, or ensuring they work with responsibly sourced¬†materials, the individuals proÔ¨Āled are passionate about what¬†they do. Jewellery, ceramics, furniture, fashion, objects that¬†are functional or decorative–or both–this book will inspire¬†students and anyone interested in Ô¨Āne craftsmanship.
- 224 pages;¬†200 illustrations; ¬†Retail price:¬† ¬£ 19.95; Vivays Publishing Ltd
Images shown from Emily-Kriste Wilcox
Saturday 17th September 2pm – 4pm
If you are interested in ceramic sculpture then this is not to be missed. Even if sculpture isn‚Äôt your bag I can promise you that you will enjoy this rare oportunity to see one of the UK‚Äôs leading makers and double bonus, there are two of them‚Ä¶
Paul Priest has been sculpting in ceramics for many years, his work is and always has been quite unique and often a little mad – like the man himself! Gaynor Ostinelli attended one of Pauls courses and in Pauls words¬† ‚Äúshe stood out‚ÄĚ They have collaborated in their work for some 6 years now and have rapidly climbed to the top of the tree in the sculpture world.
Paul and Gaynor will be bringing a new body of work to the gallery to combine with our next show. So they will also be able to talk us through their new collection. Their demonstration are always a lot of fun and very informative, there will be a nominal charge and places are limited so contact the gallery soon to book a place as they always sell out quickly. Your place will also give you entry to our raffle to win a piece of Ostinelli & Priest sculpture.
The award winning Wedgwood Museum Collection in Stoke on Trent is facing the threat of forced sale to pay for the ¬£134 million pension liability of the Wedgwood Group Pension Fund which arose from the insolvency of Waterford Wedgwood in 2009.
Legislation introduced initially in 2005 and amended in April 2008 has led to the museum entering into administration and legally defending the position of its collection as one that is held in a Trust and therefore a Permanent Functional Endowment.¬† The new law had the laudable objective of preventing companies from fraudulent transference and misuse of pension funds. It was not intended to cause the break-up of nationally important, unique historical and cultural collections.
The Museum and its collection are being held responsible for the ¬£134 million deficit of the Wedgwood Group Pension Fund simply because five of the museum’s staff are among the Pension Fund‚Äôs 7,000 members. The Museum is still fully open pending direction from a Judge to the Administrator to determine whether the prize winning collection can be sold off to pay the pension creditors. The long-awaited court hearing will commence on Tuesday 13thSeptember at:¬†Court 6, Birmingham Civil Justice Centre, Priory Courts, 33 Bull Street, B4 6DS, before His Honour Judge Purle QC
The public gallery will be open.
We will update the website and news blog once a decision is made.
The work of supporters in writing to their MPs and raising the issue in other ways has been immensely helpful in publicising the Museum‚Äôs plight ‚Äď we wish the Museum‚Äôs legal team all the very best.
Tristan recently sent me some images of his recent work. He plans to set up a studio and become a professional ceramicist when he has finished his studies. I, for one, look forward to that day and thought you might enjoy seeing some of the images he sent me.
The first two pictures are:¬†heads and eggs inspired by the work of Faberge, and the second two are: a sculptural piece called the ‚ÄúAge of Classicism‚ÄĚ and a large sculptural piece.