Monday, October 17, 2011

Exit Stage left

I have moved my blog to here,
for the future. The reason being it is much easier for me to blog my photos and am receiving a lot more visits from people there.

So come take a look at my new photo blog.

Aaron Britton

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Trip down to Jackson, WY

Wow, it has been a while since my last post. Summer just keeps me busy.

Down in Yellowstone park I love taking pictures of the trees that have been burnt by the hot springs. The tones that occur are just amazing and fun to photograph.

Once I start doing ceramics again I will be trying to copy this into my work.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Trip down to Jackson, WY through Yellowstone and Teton Park part 2

Once you get into the geyser basin part of Yellowstone park you are able to walk out on elevated boardwalks over the many different hot springs, geysers, mud pots, etc.

I always find myself drawn to the trees that have been burnt by the geothermal events. The transitions from an almost bone type color to deep brown blacks. Very intriguing.

This photo is of a tree stumps that have been mostly bleached out.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Trip down to Jackson, WY through Yellowstone and Teton Park part 1

My wife and I drove on down to Jackson, WY a few weeks ago. Had a great time and immensely enjoyed both Yellowstone and Teton Parks. Just amazing.

Well I grabbed a few photos along the way.

This first part is from Yellowstone park not far from the city of West Yellowstone. I pulled off into the viewing area because I thought I saw a moose. But, that just turned out to be a log in the grass.

All was for not because across the Madison River was a skeleton of a Bison. Pretty cool.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bitter Root 2

Here is the other bitter root we purchased over the weekend. This one has more of a yellow/orange cast to it.If you want to find out more about bitter roots go here or here

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Bitter root

My wife and I got over to the nursery yesterday. While browsing we came across some bitter roots. This is the Montana state flower. I very pretty small plant with rather large blooms. I thought it looks similar to a blood root.

So we purchased a couple, one that is blooming now and another that is about to bloom. I had to take some photos of them.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Alley photo

I was walking around the town of Billings last month and went down this alley. Grabbed this photo.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Snow Patterns part 3

Here is a softer texture. It is so interesting how this changes day to day. Now to figure out how to get these types of patterns and textures into my metal and ceramic work.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Snow Patterns part 2

Again here is another photo of patterns in the snow. Different from the first post but still containing pattern and texture.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Snow Patterns part 1

Throughout the winter here in Montana my eye has been drawn to the different patterns the snow will make. I have been slowly trying to document this. Here is the first of a few photos picturing varying patterns.

What I would like to do in the future is find a way to take these patterns and apply them to my art work.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Still Getting snow with some sun

Yes, we are still getting snowstorms blowing through town here. But the sun then comes out and melts it all again. Where upon another storm blows in.

The first photo is a closeup of the snow during sunrise.

The second photo is in our neighborhood from Sunday, once the snow had all melted. It was just a gorgeous day. The wife and I had to go on out and soak up the rays.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cheers Mate!

AAaaahhh a good dark beer. Cheers everybody.

If only I was in Denmark right now drinking this. Photo of me from last year in Roskilde, Denmark, picture was taken by my wife.

Friday, April 22, 2011

More Blacksmithing Work Part 4

My Fireplace set. I still need to get the broom/fire sweep finished.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Blacksmithing work part 3

Here are some other new items, my ginko leaf hooks. These were inspired from my trip to Japan.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Blacksmithing work part 3

Hello everybody, long time no blog post. Sorry about that, I have just been busy with a new full time job while a coworker is on maturnity leave.

So, I am sneaking in this post this morning. I new item I have just started to do, a dragon fly. This is my second prototype of the dragon fly. It is made to actually stick in the ground in a garden. I made 4 more for Christmas presents and am starting to refine the design a little more. I have 4 more in the works, but these are going to be paper weights, with legs and all. Once I finalize those up I will post them too.

Friday, March 18, 2011

More Blacksmithing work part 2

Another candelabra. This one I also made in California probably around 2001 or 2002.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More Blacksmithing work part 1

Candelabra from a while back. I forged this one up when I was at the California State fair with my friend Mike Carson in the Blacksmith Booth. Those were some good times. Hammering away in 100 degree weather.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Let's see some Blacksmithing work

All right enough of the ceramics for now. Now I am going to start showing some of my Blacksmithing work. This is a 3 paneled folding screen I did a wile back.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Portfolio Photography Soda Fire 3

A soda fired mug. This one actually has two different glazes on the inside. That s where the spots on the inside are coming from.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Portfolio Photography Soda Fire 2

Here is a pitcher I made from two separate clays again. There is a white glaze on the interior and just the soda from the soda fire on the exterior.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Portfolio Photography Soda Fire 1

A soda fired mug with flashing slip on the outside.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 6

Three cups with the cherry blossom shino. Again I received some great carbon trapping in the gas fire (which was the same firing as the other cherry blossom shino pieces.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 5

Back when I made these saucers I was watching an anime by the name of Mushi-Mushi. They kept drinking tea from saucers like this. So I decided to make some, well not just some but A LOT of them. This is just a few that when through the firing process.

My wife uses them for water color and sumi now.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 4

Here was the first large bowl I threw on the wheel. Not very good but it has something about it so I keep it around and use it for large salads.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 3

A bowl I did with the cherry blossom shino glaze. Again I got some good carbon trapping in the glaze.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 2

My water pitcher. I combined different glazes in layers to produce the look of water.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Portfolio Photography Gas fired pieces 1

Here is another of my cooking pots (with a lid that is made to become the bowl to eat from). This one was fired with a shino glaze (cherry blossom I believe the name was). The bowls received some great carbon trapping during the gas firing.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 11

A bowl and a two cups. These have the DeNile glaze on the inside.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 10

Bowls, Bowls, Bowls, Bowls, Bowls (aahh now that Spam song is stuck in my head).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 9

A couple more swirl cups. These have a clear glaze on the inside and rim with just the raw porcelain clay on the outside.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 8

I like drinking out of this cup. It fits well in my hand and with the curve does not want to slip out of it. Though on the swirl, I needed to add a little bit more mason stain to get the blue more vibrant.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 7

A pair of cups. I put the glaze DeNile inside. I like how this glaze gets a good crackle sometimes.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 6

My gin and tonic cups. I want to play with this shape some more.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 5

Three small swirl bowls. They work great for ice cream or yogurt. Just enough but not to much.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Portfolio Photography Porcelain Swirl 4

A picture of my pitcher. I had fun making this swirl pitcher. It is done in two parts. I throw the base and the the spout and attach them along with the handle later.

This one almost got away from me (the bottom was just about to collapse down upon itself). But I stopped in time and let it dry to stabilize itself.