When I started out on the venture of writing this blog almost 4 years ago, I could only really find a half dozen or fewer ceramic bloggers out there writing. Things have really exploded and there are new blogs popping up every week now (as well as some casualties). I thought I’d share with you links to the blogs that I read. (UPDATED)
You’ll notice that my blogroll is long. 63 blogs to be exact. There is no way that I could remember to check in with these blogs on my own, so I use the blog reader, Google Reader, to subscribe to these blogs. Instead of visiting all the sites, the newest posts are compiled into the reader automatically and keeps track of the unread ones, etc… It’s very easy to set up (really…it is!).
If you’re interested in subscribing to my list (below), and you’re using Google Reader, just follow these simple steps.
- Login to Google Reader
- Click on this link and “save file”: http://www.google.com/reader/public/subscriptions/user/15666827403315601321/label/public
- Figure out where the downloaded file is located. (for PC users) Right click on the download and click on “open folder containing.” That will tell you where the downloaded file is located
- Click on “Manage Subscriptions”
- Click on “Import/Export”
- Click on”Browse” and locate the downloaded file.
- Click Upload and then start reading! You’ll be overwhelmed with posts to read at first, but once you get caught up, it’s quite manageable :)
You can always use this as a starting point and add and subtract subscriptions from this list to suit your interests.
I do plan on continuing sharing my “tour of ceramics blogs” with little write ups and images, but there has been such an explosion to pottery bloggers that I thought I should take a moment to catch you up with what’s happening in the world of ceramics bloggers.
- Alex Matisse: Notes from an Apprenticeship
- Alissa Coe & Carly Waito: coe&waito
- Ambrosia Porcelain
- Amy Sanders: There There Pottery
- Anne Murray: The Mark Maker
- Anne Webb: Webb Pottery Studio
- Bibbi Forsman
- Brandon Phillips: Support Your Local Potter
- Carole Epp: Musing About Mud
- Cheryl Alena Bartram: Dragonfly Clay
- Chi: Peppa Studio
- Christa Assad
- Critical Ceramics
- Cynthia Guajardo: Colorado Art Studio
- Daniel Soderstrom: Soderstrom Pottery Blog
- Diana Fayt: One Black Bird
- Douglas Fitch: A Devonshire Pottery
- Elaine Spallone Pottery
- Eleanor Hendriks: StudioÉLAN
- Emily Murphy: Pottery Blog
- Euan Craig: Euan The Potter
- Fine Mess Pottery
- Firing Log
- Frankie: A Pottery Studio in France
- Gay Judson: Sister Creek Pottery
- Heather Knight Ceramics
- Jeanette Manchester Harris
- Jeanette Zeis: Vessels & Wares
- Jeffrey R. Guin : CleanMud
- Jen Mecca’s Pottery Blog
- John Glick: Fresh Plums
- John Zenter: Pots And Other Things
- Josie Jurczenia: Josie Goes to Pot
- Julie Rozman: design-realized
- Karin Eriksson: Karin’s Style Blog
- Kathy Lin: Zen and Art of Potter’s Wheel Maintenance
- Katie Parker: New Work
- Kenji Uranishi & Mel Robson: Sandwich Mountain
- Kenji Uranishi: Kamenendo
- Kristen Kieffer Ceramics
- Kyle Houser: Homefry Sketchbook
- Linda Johnson: Little Flower Designs
- Linda Starr: Blue Starr Gallery
- Mary Anne Davis: davistudio
- Mel Robson: Feffakookan
- Michael Kline: Sawdust and Dirt
- Nancy & Andy: [that which is not]
- Naomi Cleary: Melt My Heart
- Pam McFadyen: Lurearts Ceramics
- Rae Dunn…Clay.
- Renee Margocee: The Pondering Potter
- Ron Philbeck: Potter’s Journal
- Shane Norrie – Journal
- Shannon Garson: Strange Fragments
- Shawna Pincus: Pinkkiss Pottery
- Steph G.: The Hairy Potter
- Tara Robertson Pottery
- Tasha McKelvey
- Taylor H: Wirerabbit Pots
- Tony Clennell: smokieclennell
- Vicki Liles Gill: Bluegill Pottery
- Whitney Smith: This Artist’s Life
I know there are more blogs out there, but it’s not always easy to find them! When looking for blogs to subscribe to, I look for the following criteria (it’s not an exact science):
- regularly updated… or interesting enough that it’s worth the wait!
- the content of the blog is multi-dimensional. (it’s not just a blog that is just showing what’s new in the writer’s online shop)
- The focus of the majority of the blog posts are about clay. (pottery, tiles, sculpture, etc…)
The way that I have found out about most of these blogs is to follow the links from the blogs I read, and wander off from one blog into another. The linking and referencing between blogs has created a sort of community the exists between bloggers and readers from around the world, but within one’s own computer.
If you write or read a blog that you think I’d be interested in, please let me know! I am always excited to find a new one. If I have overlooked your blog, it’s not intentional, please send me a link.
And just one other thing that you might be able to help me with. I don’t know the names of all the bloggers who write these blogs. It often just doesn’t exist anywhere on the blog. I am sure this is sometimes intentional, but I think it’s sometimes just an over site. If there are any gaps that you can help me with, please pass on the info to me. I really like knowing the names of the person writing, it allows you to make a personal connection to the person writing. A big part of why someone buys a handmade pot is because of the connection to the maker. I sort of feel like it’s the same thing with reading a blog. I want to know about the maker/writer. At least their name and where they’re from.
Enjoy the trip you’re about to take wandering off into the land of ceramics blog. I’m sure you’ll be inspired, like I am every day.