Connie Norman
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The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012


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




Good News!! 500 Vases and Ayumi Horie Pots in Action Contest!!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

"500 Vases" One of the title pages.

This has been a good week.  It started out, when I got home and found 500 Vases waiting for me in the mailbox; I was lucky enough to have all three of my submissions accepted in the book.  And I was thrilled to find my work on one of the title pages!!!

500 Vases page 22

500 Vases page 22

Here is what Lark Books says about the 500 Series book:

500 Vases was juried by the Julia Galloway.  The 500 Series is one of Lark’s most distinctive and popular lines, this is the series lovers of fine craftsmanship rave about. It provides an overview of the best contemporary work in fields such as ceramics, jewelry making, woodworking, and more. Each book is juried by an expert, features informative introductory text, and showcases spectacular images of state-of-the-art work. The first entry in the series, 500 Teapots, was published in 2002. Since then, 35 books have followed, and new titles release each season. With an international roster of contributors that includes both established names and up-and-coming craftspeople, each volume spotlights the shared and divergent approaches taken by artists who are producing visionary work. Filled with lavish photographs, these gorgeous books inspire crafters and collectors, artists and aficionados—anyone who enjoys celebrating the creative spirit.

500 Vases

500 Vases p142

500 Vases p195

500 Vases p195

Iam ecstatic to be a part of this inspirational book.  After looking at all the images of the book, I had to go work in my studio.  I had been taking time off from the studio, (excuses, excuse, excuses…) because I almost broke my finger (still swollen after a month), it’s the start of the school year, and I’m tired from my new school schedule.   I had a fantastic night in my studio, and I’m soooo excited to be working again.  Thank you Lark Books for getting me out of my back to school slump!!!

If you want the book here is a couple of links: and Barnes and

Other Good News!!

Ayumi's Pots in Action Contest 2nd Place

I believe Vander’s sweet little face was hard to resist, and the darling Lindsey!!

I found out I got second place in Ayumi Horie’s Pots in Action Contest. Last night when I found, my husband and I went to Ayumi’s website to see what I won.  As we were doing this Vander comes wandering over to see what we are doing and looks at the computer screen and says, “That’s my monkey cup.”  I can’t argue with that.  Vander has his first piece of amazing pottery in his collection.

Thank You Ayumi!!!  I love your work and our new Monkey Mug!!

Pots in Action Prizes

Thank you to everyone who voted for our picture!!

People have asked me if I was nervous that the camel was so close to Vander.   I am friends with the owners of the Terry Bison Ranch where we took the pictures, and called before we went out there, and asked if this idea was possible.  They wouldn’t let us in the field with camels, and one of the owners went with us to feed the camels.  She was right there just out of the picture at all times.  The camels are hand feed, trained for riding, but only one person rides them.

Here are some more pictures of the day.

Even if we didn’t win a prize the day was well worth it.  The kids had a blast.  We petted and played with so many animals that day.  It was great to have a guided tour of such a fun place.

500 Vases – Yipee!!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I just found out that my work was accepted to 500 Vases by Lark books.  I’m very excited about the whole deal.  I’ve been lucky enough to be published in a couple of magazines, but this is will be my first time to be published in a book.  It has been such a long time since I applied, I had thought of it once or twice and assumed I had been rejected and never received the rejection letter.  The juror is Julia Galloway.  The book will be out in bookstores this coming fall.  Here are the pieces that got accepted.