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Favorite Online Resources For Pottery Images

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In a recent thread we discussed the development of a personal style, and the value of looking at the work of other potters in developing ones own.

 

I happened across a pretty nifty online resource recently, and thought I'd share it.  The Smithsonian and the Freer Gallery are well worth a visit, but you can get an online fix here:

 

http://collections.si.edu/search/index.htm

 

I put in "song stoneware"

 

Wow

 

The images are very high resolution, and allow you to see many details not really available in books.

 

I hope others will add some of their own favorite online resources for this sort of free-form gazing-in-awe.

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I also like the Smithsonian's webpages for ceramics and other objects, and I also like the Met's online resources.

 

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/

 

 

I also use Pinterest often to put together images of things I find interesting, would like to try a process myself, or to learn more about.  I got to see a potter's work at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore because I came across one of his works on Pinterest, and I had not heard of him otherwise.

 

An example from the Metropolitan Museum's exhibit are things like this that I adore...

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pnch/hd_pnch.htm

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I draw a lot of inspiration from right here! Google Images is pretty good too. Especially if I'm looking for a specific form such as yarn bowls, bird feeders, casserole dishes and the like.

 

Thanks for the links to other places. I never would have known about them otherwise! :)

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http://rosenfieldcollection.com offers an amazing array of contemporary pottery. Currently over 2000 images representing almost 500 artists with only a portion of the collection documented.

 

The listings are not perfect (some misattributions, some mistakes in type of firing, etc.), but it's a wonderful resource.

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Pinterest, can be amazing for broad searches. I also like to Google any thought that comes into my head and then look at the images for the item.

 

Lately. I have been using both to look into using a die/stencil cutter controlled by the computer. I like to work with illustrator of Corel Draw to create images, but do not have the patience to cut the intricacies of these by hand. One of these die cutters may be the solution, as I want to make multi layered slab texture sheets for some upcoming projects.

 

I have been finding a lot of help here.

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Lately. I have been using both to look into using a die/stencil cutter controlled by the computer. I like to work with illustrator of Corel Draw to create images, but do not have the patience to cut the intricacies of these by hand. One of these die cutters may be the solution, as I want to make multi layered slab texture sheets for some upcoming projects.

 

I have been finding a lot of help here.

Pres….I attended a workshop not long ago on using a die/stencil computer controlled cutter.  We cut the stencils out of Tyvek.  I'll have to say, we had more stencils ruined than we had successes.  If the settings weren't perfect, or the pattern wasn't created properly, it was a failure.  My reason for taking the workshop was so I could create stencils myself.  After the workshop, I decided to try to find them on-line instead of investing in the cutter, the Tyvek rolls, the blades (which dulled fairly quickly), etc.  I found a site and ordered a couple of stencils…..excellent quality and they were only $5-$6 each I think, which I thought was very reasonable.  They will also cut custom stencils - don't know the price for this though.  

http://endlessmountainsclaytools.bigcartel.com/category/stencils

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Honestly, I think that THIS site is fantastic for looking at gorgeous pottery. There are THOUSANDS of pics in the community gallery that have made me flap my hands about wildly in pure happiness! Who needs pinterest? I have my friends! ♥♥♥♥

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