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Amy Waller

Member Since 14 Jan 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 16 2014 04:07 PM

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In Topic: Pit Firing In Ohio

16 March 2014 - 04:07 PM

Thanks for the annotated list of suggested references, Alabama.


Anna O. Shepard's Ceramics for the Archaeologist is available from the publisher as a free downloadable PDF (it's the first publication under "Archaeology"):


In Topic: Best Online Clay Retailer

16 March 2014 - 03:56 PM

Seeing that Mug is from northeastern Ohio made it pretty easy to guess which "pottery capital" (in quotes, as Mug put it) was being referred to. My point wasn't to argue the legitimacy of the self-proclaimed title but rather to acknowledge and show respect for the town's history, including the fact that the town called itself that and was known - including popularly, beyond pottery and ceramic circles - by that title.
John - to me your first comment came across as maybe a little funny. Your second comment a little less so. I might not have said anything if you hadn't posted your second comment.

Mug - I like what you said about traveling having a humbling effect. I've never been to East Liverpool but hope to make it there someday.

In Topic: Best Online Clay Retailer

13 March 2014 - 12:19 PM

Ouch, John.

I don't want to get into a pissing contest, and of course many places can and do lay claim to being the so-and-so capital of the world with little or no foundation, but I'd suggest dissing East Liverpool and its role in the history of ceramics also suggests not getting around much.

In Topic: Top U.s. Cities For Clay Artists

13 February 2014 - 06:21 PM

Because Asheville has been mentioned a couple times, here's a February 2013 story about the local arts scene (it's not specific to ceramics, bit it does hit on some of Paul's criteria):


Craiglist conversation is a tough take on Asheville's art scene


As alluded to in the initial post that sparked the above story, the Asheville Area Arts Council has gone through a tough few years. The current Executive Director seems to be doing some great work in turning it around, though - this profile is from last month:


Asheville Area Arts Council regains footing


My take: Asheville can be an expensive place to live, especially for young people and/or artists (who might be otherwise employed part or full-time). Tourism is big business, and lots of jobs are dependent on that - and not very high-paying. A lot of people work multiple service jobs. I'm not sure this is different from other cities in the US these days, but the heavy reliance on tourism can make it seem that way to a casual observer.


But - if you can afford to live in or near Asheville, it can be pretty great. Diane nails it on the generosity of potters and ceramic artists in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Handmade in America and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design are two terrific Asheville-based craft organizations. And plus one on Clay Club - Clay Club rocks!

In Topic: Google - Find A Potter

28 January 2014 - 04:55 PM

This is an issue, and as Chilly points out, it's not just pottery/ceramics/whatever-you-want-to-call-it that is affected.

Google has discontinued use of the plus sign as a search operator to force results to include a word (like +ceramics, as was suggested above). Here's a blog post that talks about this:

Google Drops Plus Sign from Search Operators
If you don't want to deal with using search operators, try Google's advanced search - it will let you customize your search.

Google Advanced Search
Also - if you haven't cleared your search history, or if you're signed into your Google account, Google will provide results based on your search history. Your results may be different from my results for the same search. You can get around this by using a search engine like DuckDuckGo.com.
One thing you can do to get Google (and Google users) to find your pottery business is to register for a Google Places listing. There are some issues with this - for example, Google now requires you to use their pre-approved categories to describe your business and these categories are not very artist or pottery/ceramics friendly. But it will make it easier for people to find your business locally.