ago, I was re-reading sections of A Life in the Arts by Eric
Maisel, Ph.D. In the book, Dr. Maisel uses many quotes from creative and
performing artists. This reference from Billie Holliday specifically struck
stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession. If you
can, then it ain't music, it's close order drill or something, not music.'
notion of repetition made me think about making pots, which then led
me to thinking about inspiration. What inspires the potter? I have heard
more than one master potter refer to each repeated form as being one-of-a-kind
(Ellen Shankin, for example). Kathy Triplett recently gave affirmation
to one creative process:
heard one potter friend refer to the "craziness" of going to the wheel,
yet again, and attempting that form she can never master.
form that is never made exactly the same way by human hands.
approach to creating through play.
attempt at getting a form just right.
All of these
aspects of repetition are intriguing to me. This repetitive process
of making. We have all probably heard other potters refer to how the clay
centers us. Dr. Maisel puts into words what most visual artists know intuitively;
that absorption in what we do provides ground for inspiration.
Remaining 2003 Meetings:
Oct. 11 – program:
Coy Quackenbush will demonstrate
his pottery techniques (Coy had to cancel the June 14 demonstration)
Dec. 13 – program:
Charlie Tefft will discuss glazing
and glaze calculation
All meetings are held at David
4541 Peeples Rd., Oak Ridge,
NC (336-668- 2192).
News & Announcements
to Jean Caviness at the loss of her Father-in-law.
|Special thanks to the following
members for donating their time and talents at the Carolina Clay Guild
booth on Sunday, September, 14, 2003, at the Music Academy's Annual Fundraiser:
Kim Shireman, Noah Carlton, Deik Pierce, Susan O'Leary, Sally Hayes, Marcy
Maury, Molly Lithgo, and Jim Rientjes. The event was fun for all and a
great success. Our Guild hosted activities for the kids, demonstrations,
and an opportunity for anyone to try their hands at the wheel! Click
here to see a few photos taken at the event.
|Also, special thanks to Charlie
Tefft and Guilford College for the use of their wheels, and to Sonya
and Brandon Askew for updating the Guild brochure.
|Congratulations to Deik Pierce
and Susan Cutter, who each won raffle prizes at the last Guild meeting.
Clay Guild Sponsored Events
Clay Guild Holiday Pottery Show/Sale
Dates: December 4th, 5th,
609 South Elm St., Greensboro, N.C. 27406, (336)273-9885
Fees: Small participation
fee for gallery space and advertising (amount dependent on number of participants),
+ 15% of sales (10% to 2AC/5% to Guild)
Reserve your spot by October 1st:
email or call Rachel Reed: firstname.lastname@example.org
show will be highly advertised
food will be provided by the gallery
on Thurs. & Fri. evenings (1st Thurs. & Festival of Lights Weekend)
music will be provided by the gallery
on Fri. evening
tables available from the gallery (10
of them 6" and 5 others that are 4")
displays provided by Carolina Clay Guild
committee: George & Pat Hayes, Dottie Tally, Sally Hayes, Sonya Askew,
Space may be limited!
You may now contact the Guild
in any of the following ways, for any of the workshops listed below:
PO Box 5656, Greensboro, NC 27435, phone: 336-275-1202]
FILLEY will present a 2-day demonstration at Rockingham Community College
on Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9, 2003, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM each
Susan will demonstrate her various
forms using Coleman Porcelain. Cost is $75.00 for members and $100.00 for
nonmembers. Saturday lunch will be potluck, provided by participants (Guild
will supply drinks). Sunday lunch will be provided by the Guild. Click
here to read more about Susan Filley.
NICK JOERLING will present a
2-day demonstration of his work at Rockingham Community College on Saturday
March 13 and Sunday March 14, 2004, 9:00 AM – 5:00PM each day. Cost is
$75.00 for members and $100.00 for nonmembers.
UK ceramic artist, JOHN CALVER,
will return October 4 – 8, 2004, to Rockingham Community College for a
5-day hands-on workshop. Participants will throw various forms, glaze,
and fire during this week, with a kiln opening on the 10th or 11th. Cost
is $200.00 for members and $250.00 for nonmembers. High-fire clay for the
firing will be an additional cost. Lunches are not included. More information
will follow regarding this exciting week!
Carolina Claymatters Pottery Guild
in Charlotte, NC is hosting Tom Coleman, "One on One," Saturday, February
21 and Sunday, February 22, 2004. The workshop will be held at the
Country Suites Hotel located at I-77N and Highway 73, Exit 25. Workshop
cost is $150 and will include: workshop notebook, continental breakfast
and lunch Saturday/Sunday and a social hour Saturday after the workshop
ends. Country Suites has a $89 room rate for the workshop.
For more information and registration forms please contact Gary Lee at
Rising Sun Pottery, 704-735-5820 or e-mail
The Carolina Clay Guild participated
in the Grovewood Gallery's annual open house on Saturday, July 4, 2003,
in Asheville, NC. Members representing the Guild were Rachel Reed (who
organized the guild members), Charlie Tefft, Lisa Skeen, Molly Lithgo,
and Jim Rientjes. Unable to attend were Pat Harden and Bo Reid. These Guild
members were able to sell and display their pottery in the booth while
promoting the Guild. We learned that this is a prime area for what our
Guild has to offer, as there is nothing of it's kind in that area. The
Grovewood Gallery was recently presented with the Nation's Top Retail Gallery
Award for 2003 by NICHE Magazine. Member Brandon Askew donated his time
and talents creating the new sign for our booth. Members reported slow/low
sales at this event, but agreed that an enjoyable weekend was had by all.
And, downtown Asheville puts on a magnificent fireworks display for their
4th of July Celebration!
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