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updated sat 21 feb 98


Victoria Palmer on thu 17 jul 97

Hello to all members of CLAYART!

It has been decided that CerMATECH'98 is a "go". Date and venue will be
announced soon. Plans for '98 will draw from the evaluations received about
CerMATECH'97. An evaluation form is in the mail to each registrant, speaker
and exhibitor, but feedback is also welcome (suggested locations, workshop
topics, time of year) from those who could not attend .

The comment posted in CLAYART by one of the attendees summed up much of the
comments received by staff from attendees and exhibitors: "It was the
beginning of a great show. Attendance was low, but energy was high." We
feel it was a good start and hope to make CerMATECH'98 even bigger and
better. There's so much we couldn't squeeze into the first year's program!

As a trade program, we feel we have the chance to offer the production
potter and ceramic manufacturer growth and increased profits through
education. But we need you to tell us what type of workshops are most
needed to help you. Let us hear from you as we begin to plan our workshops
for CerMATECH'98.

Victoria Palmer
Ass't Trade Show Manager

Victoria Palmer on fri 14 nov 97

Production potters! Come to CerMATECH'98, 29-30 May 1998, Charlotte, NC
It's our second annual! Come to the Adam's Mark Hotel, 555 South McDowell,
Charlotte, NC. Technical workshops and exhibits. BROADEN your technical
knowledge. INCREASE your production efficiency. EXPAND your product

Last year's CerMATECH was applauded by those who attended and exhibited:

"The sessions were very helpful -- a good balanced program," per Mary Ann
Ettawageshik, Pipigwa Pottery, MI.

"Great place for one-on-one talks and information exchange," per Bill Lay,
Blackwell & Smith Designs, MD. "I learned some really neat stuff."

Exhibitor Richard Pelleriti of RAM Products, Inc., OH, said,
"Congratulations on the quality meeting put forth in Baltimore."

The '98 sessions will cover Clays and Bodies, Kilns and Firing, Glazes,
Cast Molds and Ram Pressing and Marketing and Business.

You can get two-day packages or individual session-by-session ticketing.

To make sure you're on the mailing list, contact CerMATECH'98, P.O. Box
2188, Zanesville, OH 43702-2188. Tel: 740-452-4541. Fax: 740-452-2552,
E-Mail: Web site:

Victoria Palmer on fri 20 feb 98


Come and hear popular speakers Nils Lou, Ron Roy, Fred Olson, and more.
Buy from your suppliers at their booths during exhibit hours. Where? At
CerMATech'98 on 29-30 May, 1998, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

Tickets will be sold ala carte or at a discount for the full event. Full
two-day package purchased in advance is $195 and includes: all four
sessions, keynote luncheon, box lunch round table discussion, and exhibits
on both days. Advance ala carte ticket prices are as follows: $40 per
session, $40 for keynote luncheon, $20 for box lunch round table
discussion, and $15 for exhibit pass good on both days. Save money by
pre-registering! There is a late registration fee of $15 per person on

To get your name and address on the mailing list, contact Once it's printed we'll mail you the
pre-registration brochure and full details.

To get special CerMATech'98 rates on hotel room ($89 s/d plus tax, at
Adam's Mark) and airfare, contact Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Zanesville,
Ohio at 800-878-6767 or 740-455-6767 or 614-455-6767 Monday through Friday
from 8am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, Eastern Time. Be sure to
mention CerMATech'98.

5 pm - 7pm Early registration and icebreaker reception

8am - 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions (Clays, Kilns)
12 noon - 1:30 pm Luncheon with keynote speaker on Marketing and the
12 noon - 4 pm Exhibits open
4 pm - 7:30 pm Concurrent Sessions (Glazes, Forming)

8:30 am - 12 noon Concurrent Sessions (Glazes, Forming)
12 noon - 1:30 pm Round table lunch discussions
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Exhibits open
4:30 pm - 8 pm Concurrent Sessions (Clays, Kilns)

Session Chair: Robert Hawkins

A. "What's Going on when things get hot" - Robert Hawkins, Hocking
Technical College
B. "Rheology" - Russ Fish, Old Hickory Clay Co.
C. "Clay Bodies - From the Ground to Your Studio" - Brian McCarthy,
Highwater Clays
D. "The Effective Use of a Lignin-Based Additive as a Binder in Artistic
Clay Work" - Jerry Wilson, Lignotech
E. "Prepared Clays and Testing" - Frank Tucker, Tucker's Pottery Supplies

Session Chair: Larry Bell, CerMA Exec. Dir.

A. "Reduction Firing" - Nils Lou, Linfield School
B. "Manufacturing with Electric Kilns" - Mike Sievers, Skutt Kilns
C. "Gas vs Electric Kilns" - Frederick Olson

Session Chair, Tom Turnbull

A. "Orange and Red Stains" - Eric Young, Cerdec Corp.
B. "Control of glaze properties using electrolytic methods (i.e.,
flocculation-deflocculation to control viscosity)" - George Vardy, Mason
Color Works
C. "Glaze and Body Fit" - Ron Roy, Scarborough, ON
D. "Use of Gold in Decoration of Pottery" - Paul Hameleers, Engelhard Corp.

Session Chair, Richard Hoge

A. "Continuous Mixing for Plaster Mold Forming" - Richard Hoge,
B. "Extrusion Techniques & Equipment" - Dave Egner & Brian Wheitner,
Plymouth Industries
C. "Forming by Pressing Clay" - Richard Pelleriti, RAM Products, Inc.
D. "Plaster Quality and Procedures in the Mold Shop" - Jim Collete, U.S.

Speaker, Sheri Marshall of Clayworld. Will share about marketing and the

For more information, contact CerMATech'98 sponsor: Ceramic Manufacturers
Association (CerMA), 1100-H Brandywine Blvd., P.O. Box 3388, Zanesville, OH
USA 43702-3388. Telephone: 740-452-4541 or 614-452-4541. Facsimile:
740-452-2552 or 614-452-2552. E-mail: Web: