How Do You Keep Records Of Your Work?
Posted 29 March 2014 - 07:58 PM
Do you use a notebook and sketch? Software and photos? What figures do you record?
Do you have a numbering system? Series system?
If you do production work, how do you keep up with the volume? What do you let slide?
In what areas have your records helped you improve?
Posted 29 March 2014 - 10:10 PM
With his retrospective as a catalyst, Chris Gustin has been creating a catalog of all his work. The smaller stuff isn't kept track of, but any of the major pieces are numbered with 2 digits representing the year and 2 digits representing the piece number. For example, 0107 would be 2001, piece #7, and 1412 would be 2014, piece #12. These are all photographed and catalogued.
I personally don't record, but I also don't send much major work out into the world. As soon as I make enough to forget what I've made, then it'll be time to record!
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 01:46 AM
dont have any hand records of what ive thrown but i have pics of glazes as well as glaze notes (hand written) in a notebook.
Posted 30 March 2014 - 02:01 AM
Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:36 AM
I use a system system my galleries with my initials, the year and the number and a brief description. Galleries have their own system, but at least I know what has been shipped.
Montana State University-Billings
Charter Member and former President of Potters Council
Posted 30 March 2014 - 02:16 PM
I make a lot of mugs and smaller functional things. I don't catalogue individual pieces that way. I sell most of my work out of my studio, and don't ship to galleries.I do make copious glaze notes and have a test tile with the fired glaze on each of my 5 gallon buckets. This way I know what I am glazing.I do a lot of glaze testing and have copious notes and glaze tiles. But once the pieces leave my studio, they are gone. I do photograph the best work before it leaves.
Your teacher wants you to make thumbnail sketches of your glazing, so that if you get a good result, you are able to repeat it. Also, you become familiar with the glazes that you used. This is a valuable exercise.
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