Clayfolk 2016
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These are some pictures taken during the recent 2016 Show and Sale
Hope you enjoy them ... if you have some to add please send them along
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Our advertising was exceptional this year ... our postcard was sent out
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Our publicity outreach made us front-page locally
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Our poster was on display everywhere you went
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There was great coverage in a number of local newspapers
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And we had a new venue
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With wider aisles
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Bright and cheery with lots of room for customers
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The usual crowded aisles of Friday night weren't a problem this year
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The new sales area layout really helped keep us (appearing) organized
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Plus those little yellow flags we were waving helped direct customers
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And we provided soothing music for those patiently waiting in line
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Our new Group Booth was stunning
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We provided security with a smile

[ AMANDA HIGGINS ]
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Plus some wonderful jazz vocals to sooth the tired shopper
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Our booths were well stocked
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We had almost any shopper's dream covered
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The season was upon us
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We were definitely ready
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It was a marvel of shapes and colors
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And the patient details were evident in the work

[ LINDA HEISSERMAN ]
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We anxiously awaited the flood of customers Friday night

[ NANCY LEEVER ]
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Our booths were well stocked with pottery and lots of smiles

[ GLENN BURRIS ]
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We were ready to greet our customers

[ DEBBIE RADDATZ THOMPSON and BILL THOMPSON ]
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[ CHERYL WEESE ]
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[ DEB NELSON ]
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It was obvious we were proud of our work

[ ALISSA CLARK ]
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Some even offered demonstrations on how to use their wares

[ BOB JOHNSON ]
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[ BILL DELFFS ]
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[ SALLY PURSELL ]
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The smiles were everywhere ... we really love this show !

[ FRANK and DENISE GOSAR ]
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[ JEAN and GLENN BURRIS ]
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[ PAT CAUSEY ]
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For the discerning customer we offered amazing wood-fired work

[ SANDY SEGNA ]
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And in the booth next door was the competition

[ TED ERNST ]
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[ DEB NELSON ]
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[ NANCY ADAMS ]
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Jerry (as always) had candy in his booth for us to steal

[ JERRY HUFT ]
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[ SUE RODEN ]
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Much to our customers delight, Bonnie Morgan returned after a long hiatus

[ BONNIE MORGAN ]
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[ JAN LACY and BILL THOMPSON ]
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[ ANNIE HERON ]
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[ KEN STANDHARDT ]
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We enjoyed sharing our stories with each other

[ SALLY PURSELL and BONNIE MORGAN ]
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A dandy amoungst us was dressed-to-the-nines

[ LARRY NELSON ]
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And he fit right in with some of his customers
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[ TRACIE MANSO ]
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[ STEPHANIE FRIEDMAN ]
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It wasn't so much selling our work

[ PETER ALSEN ]
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as it was sharing our excitement
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Some actually got interviewed for the local news
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It was fun to watch the interactions with customers

[ FRANK GOSAR ]
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Cheryl used a free-buttons-if-you-mention-my-booth program

[ CHERYL WEESE ]
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And of course there were great demos

[ DENNIS MEINERS ]
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We showed off our various techniques

[ JON KING ]
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Bottles were thrown

[ CHRIS BORG ]
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and hand built little animals emerged

[ MICHAEL FROMME ]
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There was enough variety to slabber-gas the audience

[ ALISSA CLARK ]
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And despite slipping glasses we wowed them with our techniques

[ JON KING ]
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And bowl-ed them over with our enthusiasm for pottery
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Tea continued to dazzle the crowd ... despite his wonky forms

[ TEA DUONG ]
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And Frank made it look way too easy (and had way too much fun)

[ FRANK GOSAR ]
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The Kids Clay area was a favorite destination from the very beginnning
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And it just got more popular as people found delight in clay
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Mother-daughter projects were common
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But kids really loved being left alone to expore as their parents shopped
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We taught how to use the slab-roller
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And the pencil as a trimming tool
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The simple discovery of a cut-off wire made some wide-eyed
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It was non-stop creativity
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Each potter-to-be was intent on their own creations
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Many worked diligently and created multiple pieces
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Some simply liked to squish the clay
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And some kids caught the whole pottery excitement thing
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We saw a unique ram-press in operation
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Even painted fingernails didn't matter when it came to making art
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Strange creatures emerged from the dreams of the kids
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It was non-stop enjoyment
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Collaborative works brought families together
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And just how some tools worked caused the occasional frustration
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But mostly it was simply pride in their creativity
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Each construction was a personal statement
( though sometimes obscure )
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Time permitted us to share our stories

[ ALISSA CLARK ]
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Potters were happy

[ NINA FERNSTROM-DUONG ]
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Lots of potters were smiling

[ FAITH RAHILL ]
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Some even cracked a rare smile

[ TEA DUONG ]
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Big grins adorned faces all around

[ DAVE PARRY ]
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It was evident we were enjoying ourselves

[ CHERYL KEMPNER ]
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Twosomes of smiles appeared often

[ JAN LACY and NANCY STEWART ]
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It was catching ... more twosomes got giddy
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Smiling faces could be found in almost every booth

[ PEPPI MELICK ]
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Even the boss was smiling

[ THE HUFTS ]
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Getting silly was totally OK

[ NINA - CHERYL - FAITH ]
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And hand gestures made stories all the more interesting

[ CHRIS WOOD ]
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The new Group Booth was also home to some big smiles

[ SUMMER BRENDLINGER ]
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And Art's smile lit up the place

[ ART LINNEMEYER ]
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Rare slow sales periods gave us a chance to catch-up

[ TRACIE MANSO and CAROLE PAQUIN ]
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Schmoozing about life

[ SALLY PURSELL and JANE ANDERSON ]
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We listened with wide-eyed attention to each other's stories

[ PETER MEYER ]
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Damn ... it was fun !

[ MICHAEL FROMME ]
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Even behind-the-scenes things were going well

[ MICHAEL MANN and DAN MINARD ]
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Towards the end of the show things got a bit crazier

[ KEN STANDHARDT ]
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Some really wanted to get that last customer's attention

[ CHERYL WEESE ]
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But perhaps not all the methods were well executed or understood

[ CHRIS BORG ]
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A simple smile usually was the best invitation

[ NINA FERNSTROM-DUONG ]
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It was another amazing affair ... see you all next year !
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