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Phillip Schmidt Pottery

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  • Taken with Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal Length 46 mm
  • Exposure Time 1/200
  • f Aperture f/9.0
  • ISO Speed 100

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I don't think your yunomi is boring, or nothing special?

It does have movement and flavor. I dig the finger marks or drips. The glare is distracting , looks like reflection of house. I like the nature background and shallow depth of field. I'd like to see images with less light hitting house.

Shooting reflective objects isn't easy. Sorry for photo tangent, past life....

I'd to see Foot, lip,...mikomi, chadamari,kodai, mikomi. If you don't know these words maybe you should.


I'm trying to see why some would make "nothing special" statement. Ok at first glance I ask myself, is it japanese/ Asian influenced, or more so is it tea influenced, Has the maker drank 1000 cups of tea. From a yunomi. I'm not saying a gaijin can't make meaningful relevant pottery. But understanding more than the form and shape will make your work more meaningful. So un fortunately I do think this is a bit of gaijin about it. While large feet are acceptable , this kodai is out of proportion not necessarily in size but out of proportion regarding style.


I'm not slamming you yunomi I'd proudly own it.

From kodai up it pretty f

Straight forward design, color hard to tell but white grey ish. So far leads me to expect a form with formal design principle.......

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Thanks Biglou for the critique! 


You seem to know a lot about Japanese culture and language. It was fun looking up those words and figuring out what you were talking about. Now I see why you wanted to see the inside of the cup and the bottom of the foot. 


The reflection on the cup was a great critique, something I need to consider even when taking photos on the fly like I did here. Having a background in photography would be helpful--I have none. :)


About the cup--

I have borrowed the form of the yunomi from the Japanese, but I have no history with it and prefer to simply call it a cup, thus the name of the photo "Veiled Cup." You rightfully give me a little flak for borrowing on the traditional yunomi form, however because I make no claim to know anything about the tea ceremony, Japanese tea culture, or Japan in general, I am okay with taking the flak and moving on. The yunomi form has influenced me in a positive way in which I love making it, but other than that the cultural references are neutral as I live in N. America. So instead I make the yunomi form in a way of respect because I simply enjoy it. 


Therefore regarding my cup looking like it was made from a gaijin and my foot being unusually large, I am okay with this. I am a gaijin and proud of it. 


The glaze was very interesting on this cup, which is why I called it Veiled cup. The glaze is a clear glaze but became almost milky in some parts, which I tried to capture in the picture. This milky veiling really set off the cup's form nicely too. 


Thanks for the time and effort you put in to this critique Biglou! I appreciate it!

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Please no insult intended.!!! No flak intended.

Gaijin was used more as a term for foreigner/outsider not an insult. While I have spent some time studying, although Asian I too am gaijiin.


The key is you love making them. And that energy will show in the pots. And yunomi is more casual than chawan, which is less formal than ceremonial chawan.

I've seen some chawan in museum collection. Looking at them they had a holy grail,like quality.... In that they looked like the "carpenters cup" metaphorically speaking. Simple cups. And to most no magic there. But to the initiated WOW........


I learned this from John b. Drink tea out your cups. Learn about tea....bring your yunomi to japanese, chineese, korean restaurants. Watch others more familiar with team reaction and comments. Keep one with you , or close at all times, drink more tea, become intimately familiar with form and use. A cup is more than the out side. That's why I asked to see more. Like I said I'd enjoy and be proud owning one. (((Maybe arrange trade).


Photo wise I love the shallow depth of field the natural background.try getting large piece of foam core, large white card..... Bigger than you think you need. And or black card, Or sheet. Or combination of black and white. Remember that with reflective items you photographing reflection. Pm me we can talk more photo.


“We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that makes the vessel useful.†Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu


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