Pride of Place
Cathi Jefferson is one my favourite potters; I eat my breakfast from one of her bowls nearly every day, and use her cups and other pots daily too. One of Cathi’s teapots lives with us – we fill and drain it 4 or 5 times a day (we drink a lot of tea). Somehow we have ended up with a couple dozen of her pots over the past few years. I featured her work more than a year ago in this post.
The box in these photos is one of Cathi’s and belongs to friends. It occupies pride of place in their house on this ancient and remarkable piece of furniture.
To photograph the box I had to turn it a bit, it was shiny with reflected light from a window behind the camera. I drew the curtains to reduce reflections as well and thus the exposures ended up being quite long.
The box has shooting stars on it, one of the local wild flowers and so is typical of Cathi’s work which is mostly decorated with local flowers and foliage. If curious about shooting stars, you can see them in this and this post of mine. Cathi’s work is salt glazed with many variations arising from placement in the kiln and proximity to flames and salt when it is introduced to the fire. Some day I will show more of her work that is to be found in our own cupboards – we don’t own any purely decorative pieces, just functional ware that we can use and enjoy in the hand. Sadly, we break a cup every few months. Check out her website to see a full range of her work.
Canon 5Dii, Canon EF 50mm f1.4 len, ISO 100, f1.4, top – f5.6/6.0 seconds, middle – f8.0/5.0 seconds, bottom – merged from 3 exposures f5.6, 3.2, 8 and 20 seconds.