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Etsy store is now live!

Another big development in my ceramics "career"... My work is now available for purchase online through Etsy! Now that I'm a freelance photographer, when I'm not working on photo projects, I have more time to devote to my other passion -- ceramics. I invite you to check out my work and hopefully buy some :) If you have something special in mind, I'm happy to make commissioned pieces especially for you as well.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoleneTaschner

Here's a sampling of some of the work I have for sale on my Etsy site:

Fred Follansbee Ceramics

My friend, Fred, sometimes has me photograph his pottery, so I thought I'd share it on here. Fred's work is unique and strongly influenced by Japanese ceramics. He achieves some really interesting surface textures through slips, glazes, and soda firing. If you like what you see here, he will be selling some of his work at the Midwest Bonsai show this weekend (May 18th and 19th). 

...and now that I've shown off Fred's work, I'll do a little shameless self-promotion of my own. If you're an artist in the Chicago area, and you need photographs of your work, get in touch with me! I love working with artists to show off their creations in the best way possible, and I have reasonable rates. Save yourself the hassle of trying to shoot it yourself. Plus, if you're lucky, you might get promoted on my blog, which has literally tens of viewers each month!

90s-inspired sportswear

One of the brand managers at work asked me to take some photos that could be used to promote their clothing on social media. "Just shoot some products in a different kind of way," he said, or something along those lines. He didn't want them shot on a model, or in the basic style we usually use for showing products on the website; but he gave me no other guidelines to work with.

So, since I didn't really know what he was looking for, I thought I would just photograph them the way I wanted to. And here they are. I still don't know if they're what he had in mind, but I'm happy with the way they turned out.

Empty Bowls 2013

It's that time of year again... my favorite arts/charity event! Of course, having waited until the last possible second, I just got these out of the kiln the other night, and the event is tomorrow... March 1st, at Lillstreet Art Center, 5-8 PM. Here's a link to the event: http://lillstreet.com/emptybowls Sorry for the short notice, but I'd like to invite anyone reading this (if there is anyone reading this) to attend!

For $25, you get to pick out one of the many fabulous handmade bowls donated by local potters, then eat a meal of soup and bread out of it, take the bowl home with you, and all proceeds go to an organization that fights hunger. Get there early for the best selection of bowls! Here are the two I'm donating. 

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Welcome and an early happy St. Patrick's Day

Welcome to my new website and blog! I'm pretty excited to have it up and running. I've never had a blog before, but I figured it was time to give it a shot. I'll be posting whatever comes to mind: photography, ceramics, random thoughts...

I'll start it out by posting these shots I took at work today. For over three years, I've been working as an e-commerce photographer for a large online retailer that sells officially licensed sports clothing. Most of the time, I'm just doing production, but occasionally I am asked to do something more creative (I did all the styling too). These were taken for their St. Patrick's Day promotions; maybe that's stating the obvious.

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