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Why Aren’t Potters Credited In Magazine Photos?

Why Aren’t Potters Credited In Magazine Photos?

I was recently reading the Australian Gourmet Traveler magazine, when I noticed that the bowls used in an article were those of Malcolm Greenwood’s, potter extraordinaire of Sydney.

When I asked him if they were indeed his bowls, he said, “Yes, they are my bowls!! no doubt there was no mention of the maker. Rockpool is using my plates and bowls for all of their mains now,”

That is so true! Why don’t they credit the artist of the pottery in the photo? Often times, it will say, “Props property of food stylist” or some such, but they SHOULD have to give credit to the potter for the plate or bowl which the food sits upon!

Here are some examples of his work! Fabulous!

In a previous blog post, I talked about the “slow food” movement and the resultant effect should also be the “slow pottery” movement.

By the way, congrats to Malcolm Greenwood! That is so awesome that your pots are so gorgeous and that they are being used in a famous restaurant!

For more information on Malcolm Greenwood’s work, check out his website by clicking HERE.

Here is a great blog post on Malcolm and his work.

This is also a great article about Malcolm’s work with a cafe and his innovative design of functional pottery.

Another great web article about Malcolm is HERE,

I recently attended a workshop that he did at the Gold Coast Potters Association (see blog post about that here) and it was fantastic! Learned so much and my pottery is improving based on techniques that he taught!

We are talking about him doing a workshop here at my studio! So if you are interested in attending, be sure to let me know as places will be limited.

Peace out!

Marian

 

Written by Marian Williams

3 Comments

  1. Ben Richardson · February 17, 2014

    I couldn’t agree more – it seems to me that it is in the restaurant/cafe’s interest to have the fact that they have commissioned tableware by a local maker acknowledged – its another point of differentiation and identity building. Another part of my concern on this is when the ” stylists own props ” or similar term is used when it is the work of a
    contemporary maker and the maker is known. It seems to me there are sins of omission here on the part of some stylists, writers, and editors.

    • Marian Williams · February 17, 2014

      Hi, Ben!
      So glad you agree! It is just “wrong” to ignore the maker! We definitely should hang together with this one as potters and “ask” for the credit if possible.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Marian

  2. yvettedelacy · February 19, 2014

    Great post, I am usually interested in a recipe if it is on a beautiful piece of pottery, and wish the ceramicist was mentioned as well.

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