Ana Sanchez has been an instructor at Stony Brook University’s Craft Center for two years, teaching students and Long Island residents the skills to make pottery pieces. Sanchez was originally born in Brooklyn, but has traveled to many countries across Europe studying her craft, and now lives on Long Island.
I was put in touch with Ana by members of the Craft Center. I had to get approval from the Art department to shoot, and needed to find a teacher willing to let me photograph her class. Ana was a great subject, and lived a very interesting life fully dedicated to artistic endeavors. Her class also welcomed me with open arms.
I had difficulty adjusting to the light in the room for whatever reason. As a result, some of the photos had a lot of grain in them, which is difficult to remove, even in Photoshop. I enjoyed learning something I had never known about in the process of doing this piece, and I like Ana’s passion and dedication to teaching.
I rolled around on the dusty ground, and was definitely a little dirty after the shoot. My nose was a little stuffy too. Clay residue is not pleasant. But overall I enjoyed doing the piece. The only hangup was that there was not much usable natural sound, because the pottery wheel did not sound clear on the audio recorder, and there was not much else to use besides Ana’s voice.