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Oh my, but it’s rather dark in here…

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One thing that I noticed, when I switched from a laptop PC to my current desktop Macintosh was that the photos that I had been posting were both extremely dark, and much too saturated. I had been warned that laptop displays were deceptive in this way, but I truly had no idea just how much this was true. Correcting some of my older photos has been on my to-do list for some time now, though have always been so many other things that were more pressing. That is still the case, but as I have been working on the website redesign, I have begun to fix some of them. I am also taking advantage of the larger format of the new layout, and uploading the corrected pictures at a slightly larger size. In the case of “Inch Kenneth”, the custom glazed Imp at the top of this post, that probably makes him larger than life on many screens!

As it stands, the redesign of this site is almost completed. I still have a few more pages to migrate over from the old “horsecolor.info” site, but the format is pretty much set. With so many years of archive covering a wide range of topics (mostly on ceramic production, but also a bit on horse color), I have paid particular attention to sorting out both the categories and the tags to make it easier to find useful posts. You’ll notice the footer on the blog page now has both a global search for the site, and a second search that allows filters by both category and tags. When I finish the redesign on the Equine Tapestry blog – which is my next task – those will be part of that site as well. There is also a fully-functional Feedburner link in the footer, too, for those that want to receive blog posts via email.

All of this is in preparation for the release of the new horse color book, and the two upcoming guidebooks for the equine collectibles community. There are sneak peeks of the covers of each of those on the front page of this site, and I will do a post in the near future with more information on all three. Things are also ramping up in the studio, so watch for photos of new pieces in the coming days.

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Snow day!

We got our second snow in as many months. Three inches fell overnight, so it’s still sitting undisturbed (aside from a few bunny tracks). In a few hours, it will be covered with sledding tracks and converted into snowmen. Like this guy from a few weeks ago:

There he is guarding my mailbox with his nerf sword. I thought the “angry eyebrows” were a nice touch. Of course, Emma would point out that he is facing the wrong way. Evil brown delivery trucks approach from the other direction.

But for now there is a view of pristine snow from the studio window (that’s the window visible to the right in the first picture). It has been a good morning for working on the blog index, which is now up on the website.

Organizing it made me realize just how much information has accumulated here on the blog. I was also surprised to see just how often I posted about mold-making, since I don’t consider that to be my real area of expertise. I am, truly, still learning that skill. But it is true that the best way to learn is to teach, so explaining the process has really helped me to better understand it myself. I was also surprised to see just how often horse color has creeped in, because I had decided early on that the blog would be about the studio, and not about my research. I guess the two things are more intertwined for me than I realized.

Hopefully with the index the information posted in the past will be more useful to others. I know it’s going to help me remember what I have already talked about here, and what hasn’t been covered and might be new and interesting. After more than three years, the real challenge is not to repeat myself too much!

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