Connie Norman
Connie Norman

The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay


About a year ago I was asked to be one to the jurors for The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay.  This is a giant milestone for me, I was thrilled to be juried into 500 Vases, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be published in a decade book  of ceramics, but to be asked to help pick the work that went in to it.  In my usual manner I said, “Yes, I would love to do that!”  But, I didn’t think about how hard it would be to comb through the last ten years of Lark’s 500 Series books on Ceramics.  My assignment was to choose five of my favorites and write a few words.  I set out with my sticky notes and soon I had around hundreds of little tabs sticking out the all the books.  This was going to be a daunting task, and I haven’t even started writing yet.  Well, I as you can see I did finally did get my selections down to five and I did manage to write a few words on each.  I am honored to be asked to be part of The Best of 500 Ceramics, not only to have two of my images in the book, but to have my very top five choices included with my thoughts of the each work.  Yes, this was an extraordinary milestone for me!

Here is what Lark Books had on their website about The Best of 500 Ceramics.

“Rather than simply pick and choose our favorites from the past decade, we invited many of the best jurors and artists in the field to select their favorites for The Best of 500 Ceramics. We also encouraged jurors to pen a few words on why they thought a particular piece was the best of the best. The result is a book with a layer of thought and contemplation new to the 500 series. For many artists, having a prominent figure in the field comment upon their work was one of the most exciting parts of this project.”


Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph

Wesley Anderegg

Jennifer Allen

Melody Eliis

Kristen Kieffer




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4 Responses to “The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay”

  1. smartcat Says:

    Congratulations! I was delighted to see that you were chosen as a juror and had work included. I bought it as soon as I knew it was out. It’s sent me back to look carefully at each book. Visit old friends and learn new things!

  2. Alina Sartain Says:

    I seriously love your website.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m looking to create my own personal blog and would love to learn where you got this from or what the theme is called. Many thanks!

  3. Connie Says:

    Hi Suzi
    Thanks so much! I was pretty happy about being selected as well. The book is a wonderful reference for all kinds of ceramics. I love the Lark books, they really struck gold with the 500 series books.

  4. Connie Says:

    Hi Alina
    Kelly Curtis does my website
    Kelly is amazing I love her. She is great to work with and does an amazing job. I can’t say enough great things about her.