Pewabic Pottery, A Photo Story


Heavy machinery, breakable vases, unique people all come together in one building. What seems like a small, cottage home, off of E Jefferson Avenue, is much more on the inside.

Pewabic Pottery has a deep history, which shines through the people involved with the building and studio.

Pewabic Pottery has a new program, which essentially is a pop-up pottery shop. A Raku Kiln, allows pottery to be made and cooled in the same day, said Dobos, giving a more flexible approach to ceramics.

Chris Mayse, studio educator at Pewabic, explained that this “mobile museum” is another way Pewabic Pottery is giving back to the community. With a mobile workshop, individuals are able to learn more about ceramics and what they can do with it, said Mayse.

Pewabic Pottery also houses an educational studio, for individuals to enhance their pottery skills. Pewabic gets a mixture of returning students along with beginners.

“As a teacher in an environment like that it can sometimes be a challenge to try to make sure that everyone is working at the same level or has the same understanding,” said Mayse.

There is always someone working on a project, but that is what brings energy to the space, mentioned Chris.

“The education studio is always busy, between the classes offered throughout an eight-week period and open studio, nearly 200 individuals use this space in a session,” laughed Chris.

The educational studio is rewarding to artists because it allows for a respectful community, said Mayse. Escaping the pressures of academic pottery, Pewabic allows individuals to work at their own pace.

“The feeling of seeing a student break threw is the most rewarding aspect,” exclaimed Mayse.

Pewabic employees have a strong sense of pride surrounding the history of the business, along with the many successes.

Overall, my experience with the staff of Pewabic Pottery was great. I have learned so much about the history and tools of pottery, but I have also learned more about reporting.

This assignment has pushed me to interview individuals, along with photograph the area. With an exciting topic, I was eager to get a closer look of the studio.

Audio was a very big challenge for me that I was not expecting. I had trouble editing my clips to sound smooth, which was very frustrating. I am happy that I had to learn the process, but I am not interested in learning additional audio skills.

This assignment has been the most challenging in regards to learning new skills, which has also made it the most rewarding.


Sports photography was more difficult than I ever thought. There were many important factors to consider when taking photos at a sports event.

Action photos seem so simple to shoot, but there is so much more that goes into the photo. It was hard to balance outside light, cold weather, and a slow game.

Shutter speed is one of the most important aspects to focus on when shooting action. The shutter speed should be at least 1/500. I struggled with composition at the beginning of the game, because my shutter speed was set to 1/60 with an f-stop of 22. This made most of the action photos blurry.

For my assignment, I shot a soccer game, which was difficult because soccer is a less intensive game. The game was more about patience, which made it challenging to get great reaction photos.

Shooting sports can be very frustrating because getting the perfect shot can be near impossible. I noticed, I had to be thinking one step ahead of the play so I could have my camera ready.

When shooting this assignment, I used my longer lens so I could get a better close up of the action. However, shooting with a long lens had some drawbacks. It was difficult to follow along with a play because the camera would be so zoomed in on one area of the field.

I enjoyed being able to support a local sports team and cover a low-profile game for this assignment. It was nice to challenge myself with a new form of photography.  However, shooting sports is not what I enjoy.

Overall, I have learned that shooting a sports events is not what I am interested in doing for a career. I did not like the pressure of getting the perfect shot. I struggled with getting access to games, especially with weather.

Sports photography seemed more exhilarating than it truly was.


Allen Park varsity girls’ soccer coach, Kamry Miller, gives a pregame pep talk to her players at a hosted Allen Park High School soccer game against Lincoln Park High School on Wednesday, March 28.
Lincoln Park varsity girls’ soccer coach, Danielle Evans, strategizing with one of her players.
Allen Park scores a goal against Lincoln Park goalie.
Allen Park’s Charlie O’Connell, passes the ball up to her teammate.
Allen Park soccer fans bundled up as they sit through a cold spring game.
Charlie O’Connell, sophomore at Allen Park, celebrating a Jaguar 2-0 lead.

Feature Photography

Feature photography was very rewarding for me. I was able to capture the joy of individuals in my community throughout this assignment. This assignment however, was a challenge because it was more about emotional appeal than the composition of the actual shot.

Feature photography is very exciting because I was able to get involved with interesting events Downtown Detroit.

I pushed myself with this assignment to approach individuals in public to take a photo and get caption. This was nerve-wracking because I just had my iPhone which made me seem less qualified as a photojournalist.

For this assignment, we used our smartphones to get the shot. This discouraged me slightly because I have a nice DSLR and an average smartphone. My smartphone did the job but I found the technology of my phone isn’t as up to date as I would like.

Smart phone technology is becoming advanced and convenient. When going downtown I didn’t have to worry about carrying my heavy camera, I had my iPhone which I take everywhere.

When looking for feature street photography idea, it was difficult to find something interesting and almost exotic to draw individuals in. I went to the DIA to find a cool subject for the assignment.

Street photography is challenging because there is not a set topic to shoot, creativity came into play to capture something interesting.

When shooting the feature gallery, I had a lot of fun with my topic of St. Patrick’s Day. I went downtown to photograph the family party at Beacon Park. This event was a great topic because there were a lot of people enjoying the weather and activities.

I have learned that smartphone photography can be convenient and powerful. The feature photos I shot were great to be shot with an iPhone. I was able to take photos in public without shoving my giant camera into everyone’s face.

I feel my DSLR camera intimidates people, which is why this iPhone assignment was ideal for feature photos.

Overall, I learned that feature photos are difficult to come across, but it is very rewarding when a great topic shows up. Smartphone technology is ever changing and advancing which is important for myself as an aspiring photojournalist.

Check out my feature gallery!

Mr. Chu drawing at the DIA on March 16, 2018.

Building New Skills

There are many things to consider when taking photos, lighting, movement and distance all influence the outcome of a photo.

Images are easier to get wrong than right. During my photojournalism class I have learned many valuable tips.

One of the most basic things I have learned from this course is the proper way to hold a camera. I was shocked when I was told I was doing it wrong, but the correct way makes sense.

Holding the camera with the left hand under the lens gives balance to every shot. This is also a better way to hold the camera, because it is easier to change zoom and focus.

I learned that it is important to set the ISO before a shoot and keep it consistent while adjusting the shutter speed and f-stop.  In the past, I would change all three.

I understand more about letting in light and the balance between shutter speed and f-stops. Changing just the shutter speed and f-stops allows for more consistent photos.

I also learned about reciprocity. Reciprocity is when you adjust the shutter speed one way, then f-stop the same amounts of stops the opposite way. For example, if you move the shutter speed from 125 to 500, you would move the f-stop 16 to 8.

Using reciprocity is essential I feel as a photojournalist because it allows for an easy way to adjust a photo. When taking a shallow depth of field shot then switching to wide depth of field it is easier to count the stops changed for f-stop and change the same amount for shutter speed than it is to guess where the numbers should end up.

In this course, I learned how to take different types of motion photos.

Panning was the hardest to understand because at first, I didn’t realize that I needed to follow the moving object with my camera. Panning is important to know for some sporting events because the object must be moving fast to get the effect.

Stopped action was something I had learned how to do in a previous class but now I applied my knowledge of balancing the shutter speed and f-stop. This made the process of setting up to take the photo a lot easier because I knew what I had to change to get a good photo.

Overall, I feel this course so far has taught me how to be efficient as a photojournalist. Understanding the fundamentals of a camera is important because once I am ready to take a photo I can trust my knowledge that the camera will perform the way I want it.

I think it is important to always go back to the basics because there are so many things to learn. I have learned a lot so far in my photojournalism class even though I had a semester of photography prior.

This class has taught me how to take the creative skills I learned in a previous course and shape them with foundational skills. I think photography can get confusing fast so it is nice that I have some background knowledge.



First Amendment Rights As a College Student

The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 

As a college student majoring in journalism, freedom of the press directly effects my career because it allows me to freely pass on information to the society while being protected. 

Freedom of the press does not only influence how we write but it also influences the photos we take.

As a college student, this is important to me because the First Amendment allows me to take photos of the university or about the university to highlight the truth of campus events. 

This is important to students and professionals because it allows photojournalists to document and share information with the public without being persecuted. For example, it protects against being thrown into jail if photographers do not give up sources, reveal information about the government or shoot controversial pictures.

There is a sense of pride when it comes to delivering the truth to citizens which the First Amendment allows. 

As an aspiring photojournalist, I am lucky to live in a country that does not have strict laws on the press but also follows ethical standards. Ethical standards are very important to this industry because they create a reliable source of information. 

While the United States has laws to protect the press, there are no laws to protect photojournalists from ethical issues. As a visual journalist, it is important to know how far is appropriate to go, in order to get a good shot.

The three-ethical decision-making foundations include: utilitarian, absolutist, and the golden rule.

Utilitarian approach is sharing photos whether they are good or bad, to better society. Absolutist is the idea that everyone has the right to their own privacy. Golden rule is putting yourself in the subjects shoes and deciding if you would want the photo published.  

Of the three-ethical decision-making foundations, utilitarian relates to me most. I have a strong desire to spread the word about important issues in order to inform society.

I think utilitarian the way to approach photojournalism because it spreads importance of the issue at hand. By this I mean, printing a photo of a tragic car crash if it would change the way viewers think, therefor preventing car crashes.

With this power of the media I feel I have an obligation to the public to take photos of important moments. I feel it would be my duty as a journalist is share information that it critical to help society. 

Truth is a very important component of photojournalism which is why the utilitarian approach to shooting photos is justifiable. 

I would want to use my photography skills to put more emotion into a story which would change the way readers feel about a certain topic. The utilitarian approach to photojournalism is a strong way to evoke the emotions of readers and leave more of an impact.

Overall, the First Amendment and ethical standards are guidelines that bring society accurate news. As a collegiate photojournalist, I am excited to join the field because how I can influence society for the good with photos I take.

Definition of First Amendment

 SPLC freedom of the press quiz

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