Barbara Brown on thu 13 may 99
We are blessed with a visit from the wonderful mel/mn. For anyone
living in the San Francisco Bay area, he will give a workshop at DeAnza
College in Cupertino Room A51, Sat May 15th from 9-4. $30 bag lunch. I
am giving a pot luck dinner for him Fri eve at my house (address below)
at 6:30. Everyone is welcome.
If you need directions, call me or use mapquest.
Barbara Brown phone/fax 408-736-3889
1225 Manzano Way,Sunnyvale,Ca. 94089
Florence Turnour on tue 19 sep 00
I attended the workshop given by Mel this weekend at R&T's Creative
Oasis in State College, PA. I wouldn't have missed it for the world, having
such a thing here in my home studio. It is very exciting to have the kind
of potterly activity the workshop provided so close to home.
Mel taught us among other things that making sets and series can be done not
only by muscle memory but also by careful and accurate measurement, made
easy (OK easier) by some really nifty tools. I spent this evening throwing a
set of cups off the hump, better than I ever had (though I didn't manage to
cut the bottoms off straight, so they look pretty pathetic on the ware board
with their tops pointing all-which-a-ways. I can almost hear Mel saying
something about moving the hand horizontally...).
Anyway, it was a fabulous experience. I was amazed at how, without
discussing it overly if at all, Mel managed to validate all of us as
potters. Of course I am a potter! What else would I be? I received a ride
home with another participant and only came to my senses when she asked me
how long I had been working with clay and I had to answer "only since
January." Yet during the whole workshop, I felt myself surrounded by peers,
who wanted to hear my opinion and ideas, as a matter of course.
Of course I am a potter! What else would I be?
State College, PA
Dannon Rhudy on sun 29 apr 01
Mel's workshop was brief, but to the point, and full
of information. It was a pleasure, as always, to
benefit from his long experience and generous
nature. I tried to keep the workshop small, but
there were still a few who could hardly see what
was going on as elements were removed and
replaced, and other odds & ends discussed and
drawn. But Mel kept up a running commentary,
and if some could not see really well, all could listen.
Changing a very small electric kiln to a gas/electric
was a lot of fun, and very informative for most
there who'd not seen or done it. Didn't take long
with so small a kiln, either.
I had the pleasure of meeting a number of clayart
folks I'd not met before, too, from all around, who
came to see about what was going on. Or perhaps
it was just to meet Mel and laugh a lot. In any
case, it was altogether an enjoyable time. Thanks
to Mel, and to all who made it such a good weekend.
Tommy Humphries on sun 29 apr 01
Dannon did a really wonderful job of getting things organized, and I th=
everyone enjoyed the experience even more because of it.
It was at times a bit hard to see, but it was very educational just the
same...some of the principles of the gas/electric that I had been wonderi=
about became clear as Mel explained clearly and with a great sense of hum=
the entire process.
It was a pleasure meeting and putting a face on some of the names that
cross this computer screen so often. I feel that I made a few more friend=
yesterday, Thanks all!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dannon Rhudy"
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2001 2:32 PM
Subject: mel's workshop
> Mel's workshop was brief, but to the point, and full
> of information. It was a pleasure, as always, to
> benefit from his long experience and generous
> nature. I tried to keep the workshop small, but
> there were still a few who could hardly see what
> was going on as elements were removed and
> replaced, and other odds & ends discussed and
> drawn. But Mel kept up a running commentary,
> and if some could not see really well, all could listen.
> Changing a very small electric kiln to a gas/electric
> was a lot of fun, and very informative for most
> there who'd not seen or done it. Didn't take long
> with so small a kiln, either.
> I had the pleasure of meeting a number of clayart
> folks I'd not met before, too, from all around, who
> came to see about what was going on. Or perhaps
> it was just to meet Mel and laugh a lot. In any
> case, it was altogether an enjoyable time. Thanks
> to Mel, and to all who made it such a good weekend.
> Dannon Rhudy
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craig clark on mon 30 apr 01
Just a quick thankyou very much to Dannon and Mel for the =3D
workshop!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though I'd been up driving until 2 am the =3D
night before I didn't start to fade until late in the afternoon. Mel was =
wonderful, Dannon was great, I learned a lot, and it sure was nice to be =
able to interact with a group of fellow "clayarters."
Craig Dunn Clark
619 East 11 1/2 st.
Houston, Texas 77008
Toni Smith on thu 3 jul 03
About three years ago I attended one of Mel's workshops in Columbus, Ohio. He welcomed everyone warmly, as if we had been friends for a long time. Mel is knowledge and experience of clay and of life combined with a winning way and a warm heart. He is genuinely interested in other people and its evident the moment you meet him. The sincerity shines through. Go to his workshop, to learn, to laugh and to just enjoy. Toni Smith from Ohio