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    Amy Waller got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Top U.s. Cities For Clay Artists   
    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!
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from Diane Puckett in Top U.s. Cities For Clay Artists   
    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!
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from Marcia Selsor in Top U.s. Cities For Clay Artists   
    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!
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from Norm Stuart in Google - Find A Potter   
    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.
      Google Places for Business
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from ChenowethArts in Google - Find A Potter   
    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.
      Google Places for Business
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from Norm Stuart in Rice Grain With Clear Glaze Over-How Is It Done?   
    Related to this is Gombroon ware, a Persian fritware body that was sometimes pierced. It was possibly an attempt by Persian potters to imitate the translucency of Chinese porcelain. Then, later, Chinese potters may have been imitating the pierced Gombroon ware by making the rice grain ware.

    Here's an example and a little more information from the Ashmolean Museum:

    Gombroon ware bowl with foliage and pierced decoration
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from GEP in Was: Etsy or Ebay? Now: When Should You Start Trying to Sell?   
    Thanks for bumping up this thread, Tuttaz - some interesting comments here. Teardrop - I especially appreciated what you had to say.
     
    This thread over on the education forum has some more thoughts on related issues:
    To School or not to School? How has your choice affected your life in clay?
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from Diana Ferreira in How envy killed the crafts   
    Interesting discussion, especially about professional labels. I hate the word crafter and am still surprised that Clark - or anyone - likes it.
     
    Matt Jones responded at length to Garth Clark in a series of blog posts, starting with this one: Critique of a Critic: Rising to Garth Clark's Bait. (There's an overview in a later post: Wrestling with Garth, Post #1: Introduction and Clark's response (Garth Clark Responds) is included, too.) Highly recommended reading. This blog dialogue resulted in Clark coming to North Carolina last October. He visited a number of potteries and participated in events in Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville. Here's a Charlotte Observer article about the symposium at the Mint Museum.
     
    Lots to think about from many points of view.
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    Amy Waller got a reaction from LilyT in allegations about Penland School of Crafts labor practices   
    Natalie Tornatore, a Penland Core Student from 2005 to 2007, has posted a statement on the Clay Club blog:
     
    PLEASE READ THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! Labor Issues, Artists Work and Held Wages…
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