musing is one of 2015’s Top Pottery Blogs (*blush*)

I never have adequate words to express my thanks for the community support that has allowed this blog to flourish and grow since 2008. I’m humbled by your lovely comments, emails, letters, in person hugs. I’m humbled that I get to play an active part of such an inspiring and rewarding community of artists, makers, galleries, organizations, curators, writers, etc, etc, etc, …

Here’s hoping you all stick with me for another year or more….

xoxox to each and everyone of you ~ and especially to Pottery Making Info for this incredible honor.


call for artists: NCECA/crafthaus Conference Scholarship 2014

NCECA/crafthaus Conference Scholarship 2014

NCECA Conference
March 19-22, 2014 Milwaukee, WI
Material World

How to apply:
Copy/paste submission form into a word.doc, fill out form and e-mail to: with the reference “NCECA Conference
Scholarship 2014.”

Deadline for email application: Feb. 7, 2014
Notification Date: Week of February 10, 2014.


Cindy Bracker, NCECA Communications Director

Sam Chung, NCECA Director-at-Large
Assistant Professor – Ceramics, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Judging Criteria:
– Applicants must be currently enrolled with both NCECA and crafthaus!
– Cindy Bracker and Sam Chung will select one scholarship recipient
based on a review of images posted on the applicants’ crafthaus page and
brief responses to a short questionnaire (see application form for

Scholarship Details:
Complimentary pass to the 48th Annual NCECA Conference taking place March 19-22, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI.
* Shuttle tour ticket, enabling the Blogger to get to the conference exhibitions. (Longer excursion routes are excluded).
* One-year additional NCECA membership once the current membership expires.
* One-year additional crafthaus membership once the current membership expires.
* Prominent blogspace on crafthaus for one year. NCECA provides reciprocal blogspace on
* NCECA will work with the winning candidate to include him/her in
events and meetings with NCECA, staff board and conference presenters.

The recipient will receive prominent blog space on crafthaus and the
NCECA website geared towards the recipient’s field of expertise.
Crafthaus and NCECA expect the recipient to blog at least twice monthly
for a duration of 3 months miminum.

Suggested Blogging topics and timeline:
* Prior to conference: Introduction to audience, overview of own work,
preparations for conference, introduction to conference theme, speakers,
and exhibitions.
* During Conference: Updates on conference experience, such as
exhibition review, speakers etc. Note: These blog updates will be brief
to enable the scholarship recipient to fully concentrate on the
conference itself.
* After conference: Periodic updates starting with continued, further
in-depth conference coverage, then moving on to topic of Blogger’s
choosing as described in application. Overall continuation of blog for 3
months minimum.

Find the form here:

NCECA days…..and something for the rest of us.

Well NCECA in Houston is off to a great start, or at least it seems to be from what i can sense from way up here in minus 27C cold Canada. Enjoy your clay conference and sandal wearing adventures folks (no bitterness here….no sir….)

And Hide-n-seekah began this morning with some lovely pots being found. Congrats to those that won and best of luck to the rest of you in your hunting over the next few days. If you’re in the dark about Hide-n-seekah check out the details here and make sure to play along.

As for the rest of us living vicariously through facebook, instagram, twitter…I’ve decided we might need a support group to get us through the next few days and to address any FOMO issues (Fear Of Missing Out).

So if you’re like me and heading to the studio to work this morning maybe a podcast will help the time fly. Recently (back in January) I was interviewed by the amazing Ben Carter for his Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. It was quite the honor, Ben is not only a great interviewer but an artist extraordinaire. I’ve been a huge fan of his work and his blogging for ages.  So if you have a minute head on over for a listen to my late night ramblings with Ben, or check out the many other artists he’s interviewed in the course of his journeys.

a site 2 see friday: Decor8 eclasses

Blogging Your Way!

BYW Boot Camp is NOW ENROLLING and will run from October 5 – November
2, 2012! This exciting idea-packed class is for both Blogging Your Way
and BYW 2.0 students. It’s loaded with blogging inspiration, interviews,
ideas and both new and updated materials so you can build on what
you’ve learned in previous classes. Learn more about the BYW BOOT CAMP here.

Our current three workshops, Blogging Your Way (for beginners), Blogging Your Way 2.0
(for intermediate to advanced) and Blogging Your Way Boot Camp (NEW!
For all bloggers big and small!) bring a creative, personal approach to
blogging that you won’t find in other classes simply because most blog
courses only focus on the technical aspects – something you can learn on
your own for free. Our e-courses guide you as you begin to get
in touch with why you want to blog, what your intentions are, how you
should approach online networking and community building, what makes a
blog a “success” and shows you how to use your blog as a catalyst to
create your best life. In fact, using your blog as a catalyst to live
your best life is at the very core of what we teach.

Our online courses are packed with hundreds of
helpful tips, feedback, visuals, inspiration and ideas that will guide
you on your blogging journey. These self-paced password protected
e-courses and forums venture beyond the boring basics. You will learn
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opportunity to meet and network without feeling overwhelmed or