AP Studios / New Props: Desert Sands


One of the great things about being photographers, food hounds and all-around hoarders is that we get to collect stuff.  Lots of stuff.

This Desert Sands china is a collectable from much earlier in the century.  Originating in the mid-west, these pieces were picked up from the factory in Barstow, CA, which operated until the 70’s.  Over the years I’ve collected a number of cups, plates and bowls thrown by T Evans, head potter of the Evans family and owner of the company.

Colored clay is thrown together and mixed with mineral oxides to create its swirled effect.  The challenge in shooting Desert Sands is how damn busy the shot gets when food is combined with swirling colors.  Still, it’s too hard to resist.  Just another find to add to our overloaded prop closet.

Desert Sands, T Evans, Pottery, Barstow

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About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.


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