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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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FB Ceramic Index Update

Michael Kline

It has been a while since I have updated the Facebook Index of Ceramic Artists. Ten months to be exact!

A little background:
It was my interest in statistics that prompted me to set up a short list of my peers a couple of years ago that I recorded dutifully every week or so in my little tattered Field Notes pamphlet. This analog list in pencil was then transferred to a spreadsheet, and eventually became this list.

Why track this kind of stuff?

Aside from your personal preferences  concerning Facebook, Google, and "big data" the Facebook Page is a pretty awesome marketing tool for your business. Through posts on my FB Page, I get feedback from fellow potters and get an idea what my pottery customers "like" and respond to. Comments and likes are akin to compliments and smiles from folks who visit my studio or at events where I  meet folks in person. The stats from my Page help me to decide what is working or not, what content people are interested in.

In addition to looking at my own marketing practice, it's insightful to look at what others in our field are doing to market their work. It's helpful for me to see how others are growing their following on Facebook and to try to figure by what means.  FB introduced their "Pages to Watch" feature, which (looks suspiciously like my FB Ceramic Index ;-)  to help "compare the performance of your Page and [your] posts with similar Pages on Facebook."

Check out this awesome article written by Justin Rothshank about his use of social media to market his pottery.

So, I highly recommend that you set up a facebook page now if you haven't already. Building a strong social media following takes years to develop and the sooner you start the better off you will be. Consider your facebook business page an outlet for telling your story as an artist, a place to share your thoughts, your pictures, your milestones with others. At the least the process will provide an additional perspective on the work that you do, even if, at first, just your friends and family follow you.

An explanation:

Since data is only as good as you can accurately interpret, I sort the Pages according to the biggest change in followers during any specific time period. My reasoning for this is based on the assumption that changes in follow-ship are usually the result of diligent activity on the part of the artist managing the page. The more postings, events, etc usually result in increases of likes.  (although this article claims that changes in likes may be because of a variety of page activity, not just posts to the page)

So here are the top Pages from the Sawdust & Dirt Facebook Ceramic Index that had the biggest change of followers since June 2014.

How these boxes work:

Each Page Box is scrollable and if you click on posts within these boxes you will be transported to the FB Page. You don't have to be logged onto FB unless you want to comment or like pages. If you are logged into FB as your Page admin, you might have to switch to your personal identity. sorry.
If you want me to list you on the Index, leave your Facebook Page URL in a comment or email it to me

It's Monday Somewhere

Michael Kline

The clock just ticked into a new week, here at midnight North Carolina.
The family and I are just back from a wonderful week away from home in the sun and sky and ocean of South Carolina. The travelogue would have contained stories of leisurely good times, bike mishaps, bug bites, banged heads, jellyfish, and campground intrigue.
But a logbook wasn't kept, but pictures were taken and we did some live streams via Periscope, a fun way to say hi to the world outside the camp.
So, upon the return of any travel, it's always nice to sleep in one's own bed and appreciate home in a way that may be hard to appreciate in the day to day living in it.
The other contrast to a week of leisure is the work that lies ahead. I strolled through the studio tonight just to make a few mental notes on what it is I want to do this week as I start the road to Firing 52!
It was nice to see what I had been working on before I left a week ago and am excited to get my hands back into the clay again.

Here's a picture I took for Instagram, and later shared on my Facebook page, and thought I should include it here just to round out my audience.
More of this work to come as well as some other exciting things in the weeks to come!






A mashup of 4 recent platters with Mishima/sanggam style deco.
Posted by Michael Kline Pottery on Monday, April 6, 2015

How To Win "Friends" and Influence People

Michael Kline

I'm going to lead a seminar on social media tomorrow  (3/11/15) for the NC Clay Club in Bakersville, NC. In the short time we have, I'll be mostly talking about Facebook but I'll also talk about other social media resources that we artists can use to share our story.


Click on this tweeeet below to find out more.
Follow NC Clay Club on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter. Just do it. See you tomorrow night.

Click here to send me a tweet!

Some Results

Michael Kline




Episode 6 - Courtney Martin

Michael Kline



In this episode I talk with my friend, neighbor, and fellow Snow Creek Rd potter, Courtney Martin. We talk about cooking and the pots we like to use serving meals to friends and family, as well as my recent trip to DC, Courtney’s beginnings as a potter, and some of Courtney’s thoughts on pattern. We also answer your questions! We hope you enjoy the conversation!

Names We Drop

Bowl by Matt Kelleher

Show Links



 

 Follow Courtney 

Follow Michael 
Exhibition and other Show Links

POW!!! kickstarter project
"Days of Endless Time", at the Hirshhorn Museum 
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show 
Pottery on the Hill 
Spruce Pine Potters Market 
Signature Show 
TRAC Studio Tour


"Thank" Courtney  on Twitter!

Thanks for listening!!

Check out this episode!

The Index Is Updated for June

Michael Kline

I haven't been able to get around to updating the Facebook Ceramic Index in a while (since late April). So it was time to crunch the numbers and share with you the movers and shakers in the Facebook ceramics realm. If you're not into the Facebook, my apologies, (RP & KC).

My hope is that you will discover some new artists and that artists will reach new collectors/fans!

A little how to. You can see the complete list, here. Each artist's box is scrollable. If you are logged in to your FB acct, you can like posts from here, but will be taken to the fb page if you click on comment.

If you have a FB page for your ceramic work and aren't included on the big list, (sorry no personal pages acting like biz pages) leave a comment here with your FB URL.

enjoy.









This Month's Top 10

Michael Kline

Here are the past month's fastest moving Facebook Ceramics Pages. The complete list is here. The current FB Index lists 324 ceramics artist's pages and is growing. Please leave a comment here if you want to suggest your FB Page or one of your faves. Currently the list is only for individual studios. Thanks for all your comments and continued support of this project!

How to: Each artist box is scrollable but at the moment you can't comment or like the content here on this page. But if you click on something you find interesting you will be taken to that content on Facebook. You do not need to be signed into FB, but if you are you can then leave comments and "like" content.  Have fun discovering new artists on FB!























Top Movers and Shakers

Michael Kline

I just inloaded a kiln full of pots and will be shipping the best of the bunch to Dallas for this weekend's Dallas Pottery Invitational. I can't wait to see all of the potters and their pots at the show. Maybe I will see some of you? Let me know if you are going!

I'm a little late with this week's top facebook Ceramic Artists Pages but thanks to Scott for getting these numbers to me! The pages are listed in order of highest percentage change of new fans since last week. Congrats to all the active artists providing interesting content to their ever growing Facebook followers!




Shakers and Movers Week 12

Michael Kline

I just got back from a wonderful NCECA conference in Milwaukee. Today is my decompression AND my re-entry day, all in one. So, as I get ready to wield some brushes to deco some pots, I offer you this week's climbers on the FB Ceramic Index, courtesy of Butterfly Bend potter, Scott Williamson.  If you have a FB page for your ceramic art and aren't listed, please leave me a comment with your URL. I'll list you ASAP.

Stay tuned for some new deco this week as well as a post about my time at #NCECA2014!

This Weeks Movers and Shakers

Michael Kline

Here are this week's Top 10 movers from the FB Ceramic Index. Each week I track Clay/Ceramic Artists' Facebook Pages and log their numbers. The list is ordered by the biggest percentage of change in each page’s fans from week to week. The Index is far from complete, but so far I have 308 sites. If you aren't on the list, please leave a comment here and I will try to add it ASAP.

Here's little how-to:

  • each artist's "box" is scrollable 
  • scroll outside the artist's box to scroll down the page.
  • if you are a facebooker and are logged in you can 'like' pages here. 
  • if you want to leave comments or like individual posts, click on that post and you will be taken to FB.
I hope you find new artists to follow and that new followers if you are and artist on the list!


 










This Week's FB Movers

Michael Kline

Last weekend I was at the NC Potters Conference and consequently I'm a little late getting the Index up. But here are this week's Top10 movers from the FB Ceramic Index. Each week I track Clay/Ceramic Artists' Facebook Pages and log their numbers. The Index is far from complete,
but so far I have 300 sites. If you aren't on the main list, please leave a comment here and I will try to add it ASAP.

This Top 10 list reflects the biggest jump in new likes among the FB sites.

Again a BIG Thanks! to Scott Williamson of Butterfly Bend Pottery for doing the database crunching to make this possible. Check out Scott and Debbie Williamson's web page here, and make sure you like their FB page, too!  Thanks Scott!

And now the list! If you're on FB, please support these hard working potters and sculptors!




























Did you hear? What do you think?

Michael Kline

I was hoping you could read the "thread" of this conversation here, but I guess you will have to go to the post on Facebook. A really interesting discussion on success, quality, and social proofing in art. Anyone can see on the convo on FB. FB members can join the convo and comment. If you are interested in reading the comments just hover over "comments" and click.

2/25 Index

Michael Kline

Here is this week's top 10 based on largest percentage change of followers since last week.  [for the complete list click here. ]

I am still adding pages as I have time.

I am getting some awesome help from my database expert/potter friend, Scott Williamson of Butterfly Bend Pottery to fine tune this index and expedite the tedium of data entry.

If you would like to add your Facebook Business Page leave the FB URL in a comment below.

I also hope you find new artists through this index and this list is something of value to you.

Thanks!

Michael

Directions: Each Page Box is scrollable and if you click on posts within these boxes you will be transported to the FB Page. You don't have to be logged onto FB unless you want to comment or like pages.

Movers and Shakers

Michael Kline

Here is this week's FB Ceramic Index. For this post, I've sorted the list to reflect the fastest growing pages from the last two weeks. If you would like to see the complete (to date) list click here. If you are interested in looking at the artist's pages, you can click on their names to be magically transported to their FB sites.

Of the current roster of ceramic Facebook Pages, these artists saw the biggest positive change in their following in the last 2 weeks. It could have been from active posting and/or sharing, or an invitation campaign. Anyway, I hope you discover some artists that you weren't aware of and find this information useful!

This Week's FB Index

Michael Kline


My work on the Facebook Clay Artists Index is taking a back seat to my work in the studio as I prep for a firing later this week but I wanted to offer you this group of pages for this week's Index. The complete list is growing and includes almost 300 artists and hopefully I will be able to configure a page with all of them soon. I know there are so many more out there that haven't been added to the Index yet, sorry. This is becoming bigger than I anticipated. So, thanks for your patience.

I hope you can check out these artist's pages and I'll have another group for you next week!

Directions: you can scroll down in each individual box to see posts in reverse chronology. If you want to go directly to the FB page to comment or like,  just click on the post.

Ceramic Artist Index

Michael Kline

I'm working on a new project. Just click here or click the Facebook Ceramic Index tab above. The Index updates automatically/live just like a blog roll. Scroll within the page block to see posts from the artist. Scroll outside the outside the FB page block or in the artist header to scroll down the Index page.

Don't worry, you don't have to be a member of the Facebook world to look. :-) But if you ARE logged onto Facebook you can click the "like, comment" and will be redirected to FB. I appreciate all input as this is a work in progress. Thanks.

#1490

Michael Kline

Sorry to butt in on your day behind the keyboard,  and this is Not a real post, just an acknowledgement
of 6 years and 1489 posts at this here blog. Whether it is a worthwhile effort, only you can say.

Much has changed in the the last six years! This forum marches on, despite the many soldiers of the cause falling out for one reason or another. I'm reminded of seeing the "ClayArt" meeting room at a recent NCECA, and saying to myself, "ClayArt? Haven't they heard of the internet?"

ANd with that snarky thought,  there must be folks out there that grimace when they hear the word "blog". ("...hasn't he heard of Facebook?)

Is the pottery blog archaic? Have we become jaded from the ease of something like Facebook? No time to read blogs, just responding to the visual stimuli? I'm not sure if I have another 1500 posts in me, we'll see, I never thought I would ever get to this point in the first place! For those of you who missed it the first time, here is the inaugural post from Feb 6th, 2007.

OK, BTW!

I'm "finally" heading up to hill to continue making mugs for the Penland School Auction and more hanging with Scott.



Q/A

Michael Kline

from Facebook
Hi Brett,

It all depends. Some weeks I'm very productive and some weeks things go slowly. At the beginning of my session before a firing, I may make a handful of pots a day. Closer to the firing deadline, I'm filling up tables, checking off my make list. Ironically, when I'm at the top of my throwing game (like now!) it's time to stop making! I should have stopped making pots last week, but my make list says that I still need so many of "x, y, and z". The compounded effect of this deadline kind of thinking is that the last minute making steals from the time I need to paint and glaze the existing pots and then steal again when they, too, want to be decorated. The image in my mind to describe this is one you might be familiar with. You know when there is an traffic jam on the interstate and everybody politely is waiting, then somebody decides that they are more important than the rest and passes  in the breakdown lane to get to the front? That's what the pots that I made yesterday will be doing to get into the kiln by Friday.

So to answer your question (or not) it varies. I try to average about 20 pots of various sizes a day. I also try to balance pots that require trimming and post-wheel work with pots that just have to be turned over to dry.

I'm not very good at making pots and decorating at the same time, so I tend to "stockpile" my bisque ware and sit down for a week before the loading and firing of the kiln surrounded by stacks of plates, jars cups, etc. All of them waiting for some sort of decorative treatment. Once I get rolling the intimidation of that many pots melts away and the exhilaration of painting patterns  becomes exciting.

So, Brett, I hope that approximates a good answer to your question.

Here are a few pots I've made in the last couple of days.