© 2012 Fourtoes NicolaB2

Marie Canning Ceramics

I’m just having a break from editing yesterdays digital re-shoot for ceramic artist Marie Canning, and taking a look at some of the plates that we shot at the end of the day.

Quarter plate ambrotypes.

Main image above f4 and eight seconds with the Interfit lights.

The one below was the first test plate with Nicola leaning against the wall with window light from behind. I love the lighting in this one and especially how the light drops totally off from Nicolas face. If I remember rightly this had to be way over developed. Exposure was 15 seconds and bounced reflectors, still not enough to illuminate Nicolas face, the wonders and challenge of UV light and wet plate.


Check out her work on her website. These are hand thrown on a potters wheel. Amazing stuff.



  1. Posted November 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM | #

    Better not tell Nicola how much you love the plate without her face.

    Nice plates Tony, interesting diagonal lines on the over-developed picture.

  2. Posted November 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM | #

    The lines are from lack of alcohol in the collodion, its getting on a bit, so its drying a little too quickly before I can get it in the silver bath.

    We also thought that maybe Nicolas make up was blocking the UV? for a final plate she removed the makeup, it didn’t make much difference in exposure but I’m too much of a gent to post that plate up.

    Only kidding Nicola, it looked lovely!

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