New cups, and updates in the clay blogging world

Here are some cups that I’ve been working on…

This is just a little peak at what I’ve been working on. I am making a bunch of tea bowls that will be given as gifts/favors at our wedding celebration this summer. It’s fun to think about these pieces going out to our families and friends all toasting out of these cups, then bringing them home as reminders of the celebration. Ian’s been having fun decorating some of the cups too.  If I could just give away all the pieces that I make, I would be a very happy potter! But it’s not such a great business model… But I’m so happy to have the excuse to give a slew of pots away this summer!


Here are some more updates, and things that I’ve been thinking about lately…

I was lucky enough to be invited to join in on the first firing of Donovan Palmquist and Colleen Riley’s new wood kiln this weekend. Below are some of the pots that I had in the firing. I’ll share with you the finished pieces when they’re out of the kiln! It’s really amazing to be in Minnesota. There are so many amazing potters here- and I’m having so much fun meeting new clay folks every week!


There’s a new blogger around. Actually, there are quite a few!  But I wanted to share with you Marcia Tani Paul’s new blog, Ceramic Arts: Clay, Food and More… Marcia is one of the many Minnesota potters that I’ve been lucky to meet. Take a look, and be prepared to be hungry!


Congratulations to Michael Kline and his 1000th post on his blog, Sawdust and Dirt! Talk about prolific! Michael’s been such a great contributor to the clay blogging community- I’m looking forward to the next 1000 posts!


I’ve been making a ton of cups in my studio over the past couple of months. You might have seen some of them in my last blog post. In the middle of cup making expedition, this Sequoia Miller wrote this great blog post about cups. It was a very timely read. This sweet jar of Sequoia’s is a cousin to one of his jars that I’m lucky to have in my collection.


Since I’m talking about blogs…

As you know, I have a big list of clay blogs that I subscribe to and enjoy reading while eating my steel cut oats every morning. I want to ask for a bit of help from you guys out there. Let me know if there are any blogs missing, and also if there are any that are defunct on my list. It’s time for an update! Just leave a comment below, or a note on my Facebook Fan Page, or send me an email. If you’re interested in setting up a blog reader with clay blogs to read over your morning coffee, I have directions on how to do it on my blogroll.

A couple of reminder notes about my list. I have to keep the list limited in some way- so I only include clay blogs, and mostly pottery blogs at that. And I try to limit them to ones that have mostly clay content. And it needs to have original content- not only Etsy listings or sale updates.

If you want a really complete list of blogs, check out the really complete list over at Slipcast, The Ceramics Blog.  It’s impressive!


I have some more things I’ve been wanted to share with all of you, but I think I’ll call it tonight and write another post tomorrow. Until then…

16 thoughts on “New cups, and updates in the clay blogging world

    1. Thanks for the link! I’ve added you to the blogroll. I’m totally OK with personal information on a clay blog- I think it’s important. But it should ‘feel’ like a clay blog. And without a doubt, yours is! Keep up the blogging and potting!
      Can I include your name in the blog roll? It shows up in my blog reader, and I really like putting a name with the words and pots. Ex: Emily Murphy, Pottery Blog or Michael Kline: Sawdust and Dirt. I see your first name in the comment, but couldn’t find your name (first or last) on your blog.

  1. Hi Emily, Great to have you back posting more often! Thanks for the link to Marcia’s blog. Wow, great idea there. And great pots too. I’m adding it to my Reader. Sounds like MN is treating you right. I wish I was going to be able to make it up for the Tour this year, but it looks like I need to stay put in NC and do a show! Ha. Help pay for some of this work on the house. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Ron- It’s great to be back. It’s too bad that you won’t be able to make it to the tour this year. But totally understandable! Houses sure have a way of spending your money. I had to make the decision like that this year: NCECA or kiln? Of course kiln won, but I’m totally bummed about missing NCECA. But I’m completely excited about my kiln! There is a slightly smaller version of the pottery tour up here in the Fall too. Maybe that’ll work out sometime! And if you ever need a place to crash, let me know!

  2. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog — in fact reading your blog encouraged me to develop mine. It’s good to see you blogging again — your posts are always jammed-packed with info. Thanks.

  3. Thanks Judy! I thoroughly enjoy your blog! I’ve been loving your new pieces. Look like you’ve having a great time in the studio lately. I’m happy to back to blogging and potting.

  4. Sadly, I will be missing NCECA too… I can’t complain…since it’s to go on a family vacation but I do have a daily struggle between family and CLAY!!!
    Anyway, I’m so glad to see you posting!!! I think you were the 1st clay blog I read YEARS ago! Love your work. Also…I do my Blog reading a little differently…your way may be better…. I keep the list tied into the margin of MY blog and I can see who has updated by scrollong down… this way I can read on my blackberry at night,(under the covers) or having breakfast or… when I am away… I love following the mudders!!! Thanks for being a true pioneer!

    1. Thanks Judi! I’m approaching my 6 year anniversary of this blog!
      I love the idea of sneaking in your blog reading at night under the covers. Seems like such a fun way to do it! Don’t change your ways! Maybe I would do it that way if I had a smart phone…

  5. Nice to see your new work from your new studio, love the tea cups; I think you blog was one of the first ceramics blogs I ever read and it encouraged me to start my own blog, thanks for a great blog.

  6. A great source of knowledge about cups made from clay. A bunch of thanks for posting this. Gettin’ inspired on its design. Wow!

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