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3.27.2011

A little bit o' press never hurt no one...


Okay... I'm going to contain my excitement. Although I haven't been so delighted for myself in quite some time. Maybe since I realized I had readers on every continent save Antartica. P.S. If anyone is reading from there please let me know. ;) 


Author, and awesome young potter, Avi Arenfeld included (Mud)Bucket in a great article on blogging potters in the Winter 10/11 issue of Clay Times. How cool is that? I guess the Mug of the Month posts were a real hit. They've even inspired another budding potter to do the same.

I can't believe it took me until March to catch up on my ceramic print-media reading, but I still want to say thank you so much to Avi for including me in the article and welcome to any Clay Times readers who are here for the first time because of the article. 

I put a lot of my heart into this blog and it always makes it worth it to learn how much all of you enjoy reading it.

Thank you so much! 

16 comments:

doodles said...

Congrats! I enjoy your blog enormously, but not in Antarctica...

Leaf said...

I must say, that artticle was very poorly researched. I can think of at least ten other blogs that are much more deserving of mention than those cited.

Jesse Lu said...

Leaf...Yes, there are many awesome ceramic blogs out there, and many of my own favorites were not on the list. But those that were on the list represent a great cross-section of the types of different blogs out there which is what I think the author was trying to impress upon readers.

I would love to know which blogs you and other readers think are they're favorites.

FetishGhost said...

I was tickled pink when I saw your site on the list. You have done a fantastic job linking us out into a growing world of ceramics. Singlehandedly, you've broadened my view of contemporary ceramics and really opened my eyes more than a few times already...

Thank you!

You've earned your happy dance. Let's Waltz!

Honest Works said...

Ye-a girl! Mudbucket is our daily read. I wouldnt hesitate to say-- mudbucket makes life better.

big up star

Linda Fahey said...

JLu - congratulations! Well deserved! I love your blog, it inspires me with every post. And you continue to bring such brightness and energy - it's infectious and of course, I can't believe it's taken this long! Congrats girl!!

Tracey Broome said...

Your blog is great and well deserved the mention, but I have to agree with Leaf, the article was very poorly written and researched, I wrote a letter to Clay Times saying so. I don't mean this to take away from the kudos you deserve for your blog, but there are bloggers that blog every day that were not mentioned, and some of those that were mentioned hardly ever blog, with a couple of exceptions. Sorry, don't mean to be a drag, I am really happy for you and it is fun to get press! :)

Jesse Lu said...

Thanks for the kudos Tracy, but I'd really love to know which blogs you guys feel should have been included. I know I was surprised that Whitney Smith's blog wasn't included. This Artist's Life is an essential read on the pottery blog list.

becky said...

Congratulations!

Lori Buff said...

Congratulations, you deserve it.

Tracey Broome said...

Hi Jesse: I agree that Whitney should have been mentioned. I think the thing that bothered me the most about the article is that it was very poorly researched. If you read the article Hollis Engley wrote in Studio Potter about the Clay and Blog show, you can see how an article about clay blogging should be written. It wasn't so much the people that were left out as it was the blogs that were mentioned. For instance, the last two posts from Molly Hatch were Dec 2010 and Feb 2011 and were both copies of posts that were on Design Sponge, one about a recipe for spaetzle. Christa Asaad is not a frequent blogger and most posts are just promoting her workshops. Emily Murphy has not posted since August of 2010. I am not criticizing these artists, they are all wonderful, it's just that there are blogs out there that better represent what a clay blog is all about. The blogs I enjoy teach me something, entertain me or give me a glimpse into the life of the artist and they post frequently, it's like reading my morning paper. I'm not reading a blog just to see another board of greenware or see a workshop schedule,I want to understand the inspiration, the creative process and hear about the person behind the art work. That to me is what makes me come back to a blog time after time. I just think there are way too many great bloggers to single out a few that rarely blog and/or just use the blog for promotion. Those are not the ones I follow consistently. I have become friends with a lot of these bloggers, check out the sign that Cindy Shake made for me, and have never met her! We just blog together. That's what blogging is about!
Anyway, congrats again to you, I do enjoy your blog! I just think the article was really weak and should have been edited better....

Linda Fahey said...

Tracey/Leif - actually, real good, truthful comments. I agree. for me, it's one person's opinion - one person's article on the subject - and yes, it could have been better.

I have a ton of links on my blog of ceramic sites I visit often and I hope them being there encourage others to visit them as well. There are SO many really amazing, delightful and interesting blogs out there of all shapes and sizes and colors. I would have a tough time naming only a few myself. And we all like different ones for different reasons. I like to know about shows and events, I'm very interested in seeing a persons process and creative adventures that teach and inform as well as show us a window into the life they live around clay. I even like Gary's blog where he puts pictures of sock monkey adventures and cats and doesn't take it too seriously. I think its a facinating medium. So, yeah, I instantly thought that there was some curious choices - but I didn't get too caught up on it, I guess. I really like your blog Tracey, I visit Jesse's blog a lot and since I've met her - it's more personal for me. I wish Molly and Christa would post more - I'd be there reading them. And, I am surprised Whitney didn't get a mention. I think I could name at least 20 more that I find interesting. For me, it's a moving target and all press about clay blogs being out there waiting to be read is good for blogging in general.

So, all (great) discussion aside; Jesse, I really enjoy your blog and I'm happy for your mention!

Jenn Brazelton said...

This is fantastic. You inspired my blog! Love the Kuraoka stuff!

Jesse Lu said...

Jenn, so fantastic. Where can we read your blog?

connie said...

Congrats!!! I'm so happy for you and your blog!!! Your blog should be at the top of the list. I really want to go to Antartica, I have been researching how to get there. If I make it I will read your blog while I'm there. (ummm, don't hold your breath though. I don't think it will be any time soon.) But it's now on my life list.

Ride an elephant.
Run a marathon.
Fly in a blimp.
Visit all seven continents.
Read (mud)bucket on Antartica.

Hue said...

congrats!! I know it's a bit late, but this is super cool!! and keep up the great work!
ps. I love the new layout and background.

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