Back At It ...

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So after 37 years in the photo industry ... that's right I started in 1980 ... here I am making plans to get out. Before gettin in ... I ran my own ceramics business, making fine art pieces and selling them through galleries and the Festival Of The Arts in Laguna Beach. Why did I ever get into the photo industry in the first place? Well if anyone remembers 1980 was a recessional year and the economy made you decide between eating, gas, and a place to sleep ... no room for fine art. So I shut down my art and went and worked at something I picked up pretty quick. I've had many hats, from retail sales, to a manufacturers rep, to a distributor fro two photo lighting companies from Germany, to the Director of Sales for a little strap company in Seattle. Lots of travel, and lots of eating antacids. 

I've had enough. 

So I went out and bought myself a kiln, a wheel, dug out all of my old ceramic tools and started drawing up designs. I am like a little kid again. I designed my cards, my chop (above - for signing the work) and have been playing with samples and pit firing techniques. I'm going to document my travels in getting this off the ground ... mixing in my other love which is photography and trying to show what starting a ceramic business is like for anyone who wants to follow.