Local Clay Minutes, May 14, 2008
In Attendance: Michael Fromme, Ingrid Hanson, Frank Gosar, Tim
Sheehan, Elaine Pruett, Ziggy Blum, Rhoda Fleischman, Katie Swenson,
Celine Swenson Harris, Dave Winget, Paula (MacCullen) Mance, Leslie
Michael Fromme called the meeting to order.
Frank moved that we approve the minutes. Tim seconded.
Frank reported that the income for the period was
$800.00. The expenses were $462.70 (Clay in Ed., secretary) Balance:
Terry Kirby is stepping down from her job with Food For
Lane County and is moving to Birth to 3. Her position will be
replaced. The pots from the Throwathon are currently being glazed at
LCC. The Empty Bowls sale will be held at ClaySpace the first Friday
of June. The Empty Bowls Auction will be held later in the year.
Clay in Ed
Celine announced that Don Clarke provided wheel throwing instruction
at North High School, as well as an additional Demo to a class. Susie
Young taught classes for grades 3, 5, and 5 at Clear Lake School with
very good results. Elaine Pruett participated and said that the
school is still talking about it! It was very successful.
The Friday Night Gala is progressing well. Ali Clark and Susan Roden
are meeting with the caterer.
Paula emphasized that this will be her last year as Clay Fest Chair.
A volunteer will need to replace her by October.
For people holding points, Booth Selection will follow the Clay Fest
meeting at Georgies on Thursday, May 22. Booth Selection is scheduled
to begin at 7:30
The current website is difficult to navigate between Local Clay and
Clay Fest. Tim has done a redesign of the original content with fewer
photos and lighter colors. He chose the background colors of white
and tan to reflect the common stoneware colors. The home page
describes the relationship between Local Clay and Clay Fest. Each
organization has separate menus. Local Clay has a Member’s Gallery.
To have your work included, please send an email to Tim at
email@example.com with a photo, your website link, and your
email address. Tim requested that the chairs of Empty Bowls and Clay
in Ed contact him with more current photos that they’d like to see on
To see the new website in its current state, visit
http://www.clayfest.org/NewSite. Send website suggestions directly to
Tim. If you have content related suggestions, please contact the
chairperson in charge of that committee. Tim will edit the info but
will not write the copy.
The new website will be phased in around June 1. Access to both sites
will continue until the new website is fully operational, probably
sometime in late Summer. Plans for the new website will include a
Clay Fest slide show as well as info regarding future workshops and
demos for Local Clay.
Frank moved that we record the sense of the meeting that we approve
the new website and appreciate Tim’s effort. Elaine and Rhoda both
Lisa Orr from Texas will present a workshop at LCC on November 8-9,
2008. The price has not yet been set. Lisa is known for loose-form
handbuilding with exciting surface decoration, trailed slip, and fun
No date has been set for a workshop with Brad Mill Drexler from
Portland. Brad does large sculptural wall plaques with glass, rocks,
and dripped glaze. It will be a single-day workshop (probably on a
Sunday) and will possibly be a joint effort with Clay Space or Club
Mud. Details to follow.
Rhoda will host this year’s picnic at her studio in Brownsville on
Sunday, August 24. We’ll have a pottery exchange and a Smash for
those who wish to participate. People are still talking about the
picnic at Rhoda’s three years ago. This one should be equally great!
The pottery exchange at last year’s picnic was a big hit, as well.
Start thinking about a quality second to bring to the exchange and a
non-quality piece to bring to the Smash.
When Local Clay/Clay Fest opened the PO Box many years ago, we were
given three keys. We can currently account for two keys. If anyone
has the third PO Box key, or has any idea who may have it, please
contact Michael Fromme firstname.lastname@example.org or Leslie Friedman
email@example.com. Thanks so much.
DIVA has invited Local Clay and Clay Fest to place dates of our
meetings and functions on their calendar.
Art QuARTerly has devoted the Fall issue to pottery in support of Clay
Fest over the past few years. Please consider buying individual or
group advertising for that issue.
Full page ads cost $150. Smaller ads are available at ½, ¼ and 1/8
page sizes. The deadline for this year’s issue is ASAP. It’s a 40
page magazine with a distribution of 7,000 copies.
Dave Winget delighted us with his technique of throwing bottles with a
stick. Before he began to twist the clay with a stick in the middle,
he warned us to “Have no Fear – it Will get Wild!” We had fun
watching him create his original and very playful pieces. Thanks
Dave! And thanks Rhoda for lining up such wonderful demonstrations