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Blog redesign in progress

 I am experimenting with a new look for Jane Street Clayworks, toying with magazine-style formats with two sidebars. Am working on sidebar widths; some are spilling over borders. Will fix shortly! The toolbar and background was edited today and I continue to test out this template. I cleaned up the look of the sidebars, as they were too busy, visually. I placed an Amazon aStore sidebar on the right side, with a separate aStore page, too, found through the toolbar. Will be experimenting for a couple of days with this theme, so please bear with my blog redesign. Any comments about the new look? Would so appreciate your feedback! Thanks! — Jan

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Please ‘like’ our new Facebook business page!

Facebook like thumbUpdate: Many thanks to those of you who have ‘liked’ my page. Your response was so terrific and FB has granted us access to the biz page SEO tools I need. Thank you!

What better time to explore than in the fall, when the cold is setting in and we heed the siren call of the Internet? Just imagine it’s spring and you are setting off on a footpath through a beautiful wood…. In the fall, we can give ourselves permission to armchair travel, with a good book, taking the road less traveled or we can enjoy having the time to surf the Internet. Yes, we can do these things, all in the comfort of our homes, with a cup of tea or coffee at our sides. In a way, it’s perfect timing, because Tuesday, Jane Street Clayworks’ new Facebook business page went live! Duplication of content will be minimized, so there will be less information overlap with blog posts. You won’t be bored and communication will become more interactive! I would really appreciate it if you would become a part of the community by clicking the ‘like’ button on our page. If you want to go directly to my Facebook business page, click the link above…that way you’ll be able to take a look at the content. If you’re in a rush, you can just click the like button on the sidebar to the right. Either way, we’d sure appreciate your effort! Thank you in advance and here’s to  exploring! If you already have ‘liked’ it, thank you so much and now let’s go have some fun! — Jan



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Thank you for visiting Jane Street Clayworks!

Viewership pattern from 11/15 to 12/15, with the most in the United States and Canada and England

When I finally got Google Analytics up and running, I was astounded! I had had no idea that people the world over had seen Jane Street Clayworks. Of course, I know social media has no boundaries, but learning that someone from Tunisia had read my blog was very touching. After I got over the initial excitement, I investigated further using this amazing tool. Then began to feel very grateful. Thank you very much for visiting Jane Street Clayworks, each and every one of you. Your visit is appreciated and I happy you arrived on my doorstep. You are so welcome.

Over time, I have been keenly interested in which articles people have looked at the most and, hands down, the most-read article is “The History of Bricks: Mesopotamia.” In addition, the most viewed photograph also accompanies that article and it is of the famed Ziggurat of Ur. Pauline brought up the idea that teachers might have assigned the article to students. I did put my heart and soul into that series and still believe the humble brick holds the key to civilization, historically.

Search engines sent readers here and it is my sincere wish that you have found what you are looking for with your research or surfing. Using Google Analytics graphics, I want to take the time to show you more about the company you keep here, as I think you’ll find it’s as interesting as I do. When I look at the map above, I see the obvious: most of you are from the United States. I wondered about that, as someone who is writing from Canada, but the U.S. population is gargantuan compared to that of Canada and it makes sense that the readership therefore appears disproportionate. And there are probably more people on the Internet in the U.S. than in any other country in the world. Regarding my country, as I peel back the geographic layers, I see that most of my Canadian readership is from the province in which I live, British Columbia.

Viewership patterns in Canada, with the most readers in British Columbia and Ontario

As it turns out, the U.S. state with the most readers is California, followed by New York. This also means that, all told, most of you are from the West Coast of North America. There could be umpteen reasons why there are so many readers from California, but I do emphasize the Arts and Crafts style and there are bungalows aplenty in The Golden State, along with a healthy appreciation of this historical movement (and its connection to ceramics and pottery). There is a fair spread of readers up and down the state, as you can

Where the majority of this blog's viewers reside, coastal CA

see. Trending toward the coast, save a few spots that are more central. Then we have New York, with a wider geographic spread, but mostly centred in New York City. Much the same with Florida…viewers from all over the state, with the most from the Miami area. Just thinking of Florida makes me pine for the sight of a traditional Florida cottage with its lovely screened sleeping porch, speaking of architectural styles… But while the majority of readers are from California, you are appreciated no matter which country you hail from or which region of said country. I have enjoyed seeing where you are from, especially and I hope you don’t mind my sharing a few locations: Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Jakarta, Casablanca, Al Qahirah (or what I know as Cairo), Algeria (this must include my friends there), readers throughout the entire Middle East, Europe, Scandinavia, and, in China, most are from Chongqing.

Yet, whether you are from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Down Under, or anywhere else on the globe, I thank you for coming to Jane Street Clayworks. You are what makes this blog tick and what sustains my interest. Your visit is so appreciated. As an Adult Third Culture Kid, people and places are in my blood…no geographic location seems too far away…. Plus, we all share in the appreciation of ceramics and pottery, it’s history and modern practice.

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Subscribe to Jane Street Clayworks!

As many of you know, Jane Street Clayworks recently moved from WordPress to a self-hosted site. Day by day, I am making improvements to the site and soon it will be better than ever! A few things that are on the agenda are as follows: feature stories and interviews, thanks to my new digital recorder, and new series segments, to name two. While it is taking time to get the hang of the changes that have taken place between sites, I’m slowly catching up. Next on the agenda is figuring out how to change fonts because I want to take it back to a serif face, as it is much easier to read.  I have yet to come up with a solution for a slideshow, but  that is also a priority. I also have to add a ‘share’ button at the bottom of posts, as that was a popular function before. Another thing I want to check on is whether people can subscribe to comments on posts. If you have any suggestions, please pass them along, as this is a good time to make changes and I want to be responsive to my readership. It’s all about you! The good news is that the e-mail subscription service is up and running. Please take a moment to subscribe to e-mail posts or a feed for posts and comments, both brought to you by Feedburner. Delivery time is between 1:00-3:00 a.m., so a new post will arrive in your mailbox every day, hot off the press. Just as you would walk outside to your mailbox for your newspaper, you can boot up your e-mail and find a fresh edition about all things ceramic. Whether the story is historical, current, pictorial, or a how-to, or a set of news briefs it will be sure to please. Take the time now to click on the box at the top of the sidebar to receive your daily post from Jane Street Clayworks! Thank you in advance… — Jan

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