|eNEWSLETTER - January/February 2007|
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January General Meeting and Potluck
You are invited to the Sunday, January 21, 2007, potluck and general meeting at 2:30 PM. We will meet on the Southern Oregon University campus, in Room 150 of the Education/Psyche building. This fun gathering will feature our website, opportunities to be involved with Clayfolk, yummy food, a pot exchange, and a brief tour of campus art.
PLEASE BRING : a potluck dish to share with a serving utensil; your own plate, napkin, drink, utensils; and a small gift wrapped pot to exchange (if you wish). Chairs will be provided.
See MAPS at the end of the eNewsletter ~ Cheryl
Clayfolk Meetings : Place these in your planner
Can You Host a Meeting ?
At our January gathering, locations will be selected for our 2007 meetings. A variety of locations will be selected to help even out the driving for our members. Meeting hosts earn 2 points (remember you can be a host every two years). The October meeting will be large because of booth selection, and the January meeting/potluck is also well attended. If you are unable to attend the January meeting, but would like to offer to host a meeting, please call Cheryl at 552-0100 before January 20th. ~ Cheryl
Ray Reports on Show
Our 2006 Clayfolk show, the second at the Medford Armory, is now in the books. It was, as always, very well received by our collectors. The event proper ran nearly without a hitch. Sales dipped about 5% from the year previous, the first drop in more than a decade. Even so, it was still the second highest total ever. Your board members have gathered a variety of opinions, facts and strategies to address this sales anomaly. Together we hope to begin another decade of steady growth beginning with the 2007 show.
Every year we have addressed the challenges that come with growth. This show was by far the easiest for the expanded bookkeeping crew. Of the thousands of stickers we tallied, not a one was illegible or incorrectly marked. The committee members who added up line totals during the show saved us hours of tedium. Rarely did we find a discrepancy. We were able to double/triple check the totals and still finish before midnight. Thank you all for helping us to streamline our late night tabulating.
Of special note I would like to extend thanks to our newest accounting member, Debbie Jones. More than once we thought she might be punching her calculator at random. But no, her 10 key skills are virtuoso in both accuracy and especially, speed. As always, Greg (I’m gonna retire someday!) Tomlinson and Steve (I hardly eat or sleep) Kirkland were steadfast bean counters.
And, as most all of us realize, it’s almost unfair to put only 1 name on each sticker. That’s because behind nearly every potter is a partner or spouse. We see these anonymous contributors when the booths go up & down. Others participate in the studio or by assuming the burden of domestic chores while we hover over our wheels and build our art. For the last 10 years my wife Diane has toiled alongside the accounting crew into the wee hours. Frequently she prepares our meals, build the fire, and provides valuable levity. Her servile contributions, though unrecognized, have helped me and our group. Today may be a chance for all of us to remind our ‘silent partners’ how much they’re appreciated!
My thanks to you all for making the 2006 sale the smoothest ever. Your collective contributions were huge and the margin of error was tiny. At the general meeting in January, I will provide a handout with the breakdowns of daily totals and comparisons with previous years. Until then, happy potting, happy holidays. ~ Ray Foster
Summary of Show Survey
Thanks to the 47 folks who completed the three question survey at the close of the 2006 Clayfolk Show. Here a just a few of the comments :
Election of Officers and Committee Chairs
Clayfolk officers are elected each June for a one year term. It is time again to explore who would like to run for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three Member-at-Large positions. These officers meet every other month for board meetings. Any member who has been in the group for one year may run for office. Our long time Treasurer will be stepping down in a year or so and would like two Treasurer Trainees to begin to learn the position; one trainee would begin in June and the second would begin in November to concentrate on tasks related to the show. Please contact Ray Foster to get more information.
Also in June, members will be selected by the board to fill the positions listed below. Please write a brief paragraph describing your interest in the particular position and outline the skills you could bring to the position. Mail to Cheryl Kempner at 447 Pape Street, Ashland, OR 97520 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2007.
Webmaster Outlines the new webpage - www.clayfolk.org
The Clayfolk webpage is 99% complete. Fifteen members have already submitted their images to the Gallery section and we’re hoping for more. To submit your images and a brief bio simply email them to email@example.com
The webpage also has an entire page devoted to ceramic events which can be used to promote your workshops or holiday sales. To add you own event to the webpage simply email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the webpage is a Clayfolk resource, we are always open to suggestions for improvements and/or additions. To give us some feedback simply drop an email to us at email@example.com
And finally, the electronic version of the newsletter is always available online at the website under the Newsletter icon.
Photo & Slide Shoot
Liz Ellingson has cancelled the photo/slide shoot session formerly set for February. The shoot will rescheduled to a later date. Watch for information in the next newsletter and possibly at the January meeting. Remember that the Clayfolk website offers an opportunity for every member to show up to three photos. ~ Cheryl
Glaze Study meets Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6PM
The January Glaze group meeting, at least for the January meeting, will meet on the second Wednesday. At that meeting we can talk about another day if Wednesdays don't work for people. The next glaze study will be Wednesday January 10, 2007 at 6PM at Bonnie’s studio, next to SOPS.
Carol Hayne will present her "Chemistry Lesson for the Beginner." Shirley will send out an email reminder to those on the list, but all are welcome to this group at any time. ~ Shirley
Empty Bowls Update
Empty Bowls will be held on First Friday, April 6 in Ashland at the Schneider Museum. Empty Bowls will be raffling off pieces. If you have donations for the raffle or any regular bowls that could be sold, call Marie at 482-2818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Donna
Festival of Trees in Grants Pass
The Grants Pass Second Thursday Clay Artists donated a tree full of hand-made ornaments and pottery gifts to the Festival of Trees. The FOT benefits the community’s mental health agencies, including SOASTC, Options and Family Friends. Included in the gifts were a tiled table by Ruth Wendover, a bird feeder by Jami Bishop, a carved bowl by Gwen Childs, a Ikebana vase by Jan Lacy, an earring holder by Roxanne Hunnicutt, birds by Shirley (Cris) Usher, a bunny teapot by Marilyn Moore, and a tier of birds by Carolyn Rice. Shirley Huft made horse bowls, Kazuko Young made a raku tray and Vera Rogers made the quilted tree skirt.
Pictured, left to right: Jami Bishop, Carolyn Rice, Kazuko Young, Roxanne Hunnicutt, Marilyn Moore, Shirley Huft, Shirley (Cris) Usher ~ Roxanne
Summer Workshops Offered at Hummingbird Studios
Here are the summer workshops at Hummingbird Studios in the Applegate Valley. For more information and registration, go to www.HumminbirdSouthernOregon.com or call 541-899-7045.
The times for these workshops are 9AM to 4PM. Basic supplies and lunches are included. Payment in installments can easily be arranged.
~ Leslie Lee
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Directions : Coming south on I-5, take Exit-19 and follow signs into Ashland. Follow Main Street through town, and it will become Siskiyou Blvd. Turn right on Mountain Avenue. Parking lot #36 will be on your right just past Henry Street and is free. You may also park along Mountain, but do not park in lot #32 beside the Education Building, as you may get a ticket there. Room 150 will be on your left after you enter the Ed./Psyche. Building.
ROOM 150 Ed/Psych Building – FREE Parking in Lot 36 at Henry and Mountain
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