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How Do You Keep Records Of Your Work?

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What is your record-keeping system?

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?

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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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My instructor won't let any pieces leave the studio unless I can tell him what glazes I used on them. So I keep records. I've been using an app on my iPhone called Pottery Notes that is really nice. I just don't like how I've been numbering my stuff - in sequence according to what type of object it is (Mug 19, bowl 12, etc.) I feel like I should be using a system that places each piece in sequence with the others, regardless of type. I'm not sure, though. That's why I want to hear what everyone else does and why.

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What about potters who do a lot of repeat throwing? Pieces nearly identical, all to get the same glaze treatment?

Do you just make note of each batch, rather than individual pieces? Do you number the pieces in the batch?

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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.

TJR.

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