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Best Pottery Blogs of 2013! And Why I Blog

Best Pottery Blogs of 2013!  And Why I Blog

I was so excited to learn that I had been chosen as #8 of the Best Pottery Blogs of 2013 by Brandon of Pottery Making Blog!!!  What an honour and what a task for Brandon Schwartz of reading, collating, and sharing all of this information!

Here are my comments to Brandon:  First of all, Congratulations to YOU for all the hard work, time, effort and love that you put into this pottery blogging universe!!! You have made my day, week, month and year! As a blogger, we never know if or who is reading us and if it makes any difference at all – this award and recognition is a great way to encourage all us bloggers, allow us some bragging rights and make us pretty darn excited about our blogging! Thanks again so much for reading, categorising, promoting, and encouraging all of us bloggers! You are amazing! Someday I’ll thank you in person and buy you a beverage!

Which brings me to another point.  I wrote in my “About Marian” section of this blog about “Why I Blog” and I feel that I need to restate that.  I have reread this previous post and found that I feel the same way now as I did when I first wrote it. So I shall give it to you again:

Why Do I Blog About My Love Affair?
Why do we blog about pottery, clay and the processes surrounding it?  For me, it is the ultimate way of recording what has been a miracle in my life.  I would like to share it with the world and the teacher/educator in me feels the need to pass along my hard-learned knowledge.
Other potters, such as  Scott Cooper at  St Earth Pottery, write blogs and he was also contemplating this exact thing – why do we blog?!
His post of January 22 talks about blogging and how it works as both a photographic record and firing record.  He also mentions Michael Kline, “who’s just back from a blogging sabbatical, and the man I think of as the Godfather of potter bloggers — has been writing about the whys and wherefores of his endeavor over at Sawdust and Dirt.” 
Another potter/blogger that he touts as a great influence is Carter Gillies.  His post about pottery eyes is brilliant!  He states, “This is the critical role of my blog. It is a tool to pry open our eyes and our perceptions.”
So, I will continue to blog.  As a record.  As a tutorial for others.  As an inspiration for others and myself.  And, ultimately, as a tribute to the love affair of my life – CLAY!
Life is good.
A Love Affair with Clay Logo Color Chloe
Written by Marian Williams


  1. Carter Gillies · January 13, 2014

    Congrats Marian!

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Keep up the good work!

    Happy potting, and happy blogging!

  2. Daina Taylor · January 13, 2014

    Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blogs. As an English as second language learner, it is very helpful to read something related to what I like to do everyday and make sense out of it. Please keep writing, so I can improve my English. Thanks and best wishes for 2014!

    • Marian Williams · January 13, 2014

      Hello Diana! Thanks for the lovely comments! What is your first language? Glad you enjoy reading my English writing! Are you a potter as well?
      All the best,

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