Sunday, September 20, 2009

carter's seller image

This was my idea for that tiny little square image that folks have next to their name in that right hand column of their shop and that comes up with a search on sellers. I thought it would make sense to use my "chop" to let folks know how I sign my work. Good idea or bad idea. Anyone out there?















12 comments:

sealeymorris said...

Hey Carter, i think its a great idea-- and i just loved seeing all these images. Gabe and I have been thinking about making a "chop" (i didn't know that was the term). So perhaps we will start testing some out and posting for some feedback.

carter gillies said...

Glad you think it is a good idea for the sellers image, but which one stands out? Any favorites? You can see that I use at least three different chops, each with slight variation. For me the chop works because I am so philosophically opposed to putting a signature on my pots. Because your pots tell your stories the signature seems more appropriate than it would on my pots, but the chop is also easier provided you get to your pot before it stiffens too much. Just make more than one so you will always have a backup if you can't find the one you normally use. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

sealeymorris said...

oh duh, sorry, i meant to write which one i liked best... ok the third one down for sure is my fave because it is sharp/clear. However i love your colored glazes-- i just think for that tiny image it should be precise.

juana said...

GREAT IDEA!!!!

juana said...

3rd and 9th are my favorites

Theresa said...

I vote the sharpest image, which is the third one. If you have an image, I think people should see it. It drives me crazy to see a chop, and it looks like, well, a blob.

Julie said...

i like the idea of the chop.. 3 and 9 are my favorites, possibly leaning towards 9 because of the warmth of the color. but then pink doesn't really seem to represent your work, to me at least. so i'm going to say 3 would be my choice. (i agree with theresa on the sharpness) have you seen anyone use their chop on their storefront? if not, i'll bet you're going to start a trend. having some spares is important.. i couldn't find mine recently (it was in the floor) and i attempted to scrawl one out with a pencil. not so good..

Julie said...

i would like to see a clear picture of your chop on a pot that sports your fabulous green glaze, since it is my favorite. (though looking at one of your mugs sitting in front of me, it seems that the glaze tends to distort the chop slightly) and for some reason i kind of like the idea of showing multiple images of your chop with assorted glazes. would that be too self indulgent? or might it prompt consumers to try to accumulate one of each.. kind of like the happy meal toys. hmmm..

carter gillies said...

Hey all, thanks for the feedback! Sounds like #3 is the verdict, so I will go with that. Julie, #s 5,6,8,& 12 are all that green glaze combination you like. Kind of weird how a small section of that glaze can be so unrecognizable; kind of like an impressionist or pointillist painting from a distance looks so different from up close. To be fair those pots I photographed have a bit more dark tones than the ones you have at home. Still trying to figure the glaze thickness for the combination to work out consistently.

Gabe Sealey-Morris said...

Sorry to take so long answering, but I say alternate. For what that's worth.

sarahv said...

actually Carter, I would agree with Gabe about switching up your chop - but staying with the same basic image. This way if someone adds you to 'their favorites'.. they may be more inclined to flip back to look at your page if they see a new image.

carter gillies said...

Hey Gabe and Sarah, those are great ideas. Thanks! It totally suits my nature not to get stuck with only one way of doing things. And if I only chose one I would be sad about all the others that didn't get seen. Switch them up I will!