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2nd anual clayart slide workshop

updated wed 21 feb 01


Russel Fouts on tue 20 feb 01

Here we go again. This was such a popular event last time. We had so many
people wanting to participate that we couldn't get them all into the Clayart
Suite. I think this is one of the reasons they were determined to get a
bigger suite this year.

Basically, the idea is to run it like a jury slide viewing to give people
the experience of seeing their slides in a jurying situation so they could
see what the jury sees when they review slides. It would also be an
opportunity to see your slides, objectivly in relationship to the others and
how they might appear to a jury and pick up some tips. Of course, it's also
an opportunity to see more of the work of our fellow Clayarters as well.

People should bring their 3 best slides (or worst, like Paul), we load them
up in the trays and run them, each slide gets a few seconds, no comments,
just run through them, 1,2,3. Then, if anybody has a comment they could make
it before the next set.

Last year we had lots of "experts" volunteering. Ruth Butler from Ceramics
Monthy, Azad, a local Denver Craft photographer, John
Hesselberth, who wrote a good article on photographing pots, lots of folks
with jury experience and even Paul Lewing with his "3 worst slides he could
possibly imagine". There was a lot of great participation.

If you want to participate, volunteer or loan equipment:
- Send an OFF LIST email to Put "Clayart Slide
Workshop Participant" in the subject.
- If you want to show slides, label your slides with your NAME and ADDRESS
and Put a red dot in the upper right hand corner (the picture is right-side
up). (Please correct me if I'm wrong on this. Everyone got it right but ME!
My slides were upside down!).
- Please have the slides in a protective cover/container of some kind and
label the cover/container as well.
- No glass mounted slides please (am I the only one who still has some of
- You are welcome to participate even if you don't have slides. Just let us
know so we have an idea of how many people we have to set up for.
- We'll need volunteers to "wrangle" slides, donate projectors, carousels, a
big screen, help set up the projectors, the room and reset afterwords.
- Please let me know if I've forgotten anything.
- We will let you know as soon as we know the date and time. Depending on
when we know, it will be announced on Clayart, or in the Clayart room or on
the Notices Bulletin Board (there always is one).
- We'd like to limit this to Clayarters (active and lurkers, alike).
Otherwise, it's just going to get too big.

There are several of things I'd like to handle better this year. I'd like to
make sure that we get the slides of all the people who want to show. That
all the slides get shown and that all the slides get back to the rightful
owner. Out of all the people that submitted slides, a couple didn't get
their slides shown and I think one didn't get her slides back.

- Collecting of slides. I think the Clayart room is the best location for
this but nobody should have to spend all of NCECA in the Clayart Suite
collecting slides (unless they were planning to spend the whole of the
conference there anyway). Maybe we could have a rotation of volunteers.

- Slide "Wranglers". Volunteers to load the slide trays and make sure that
the slides get back into their rightful containers afterwards.

- Some way to make sure that, if people can't pick up their slides after the
show, there is someone to give them back to them afterwards.

If any body knows of a local professional craft photographer who would like
to volunteer, please let us know. Craft magazine and book publishers are
also welcome.

We will let you know the date as we get closer. It sort of depends which
evening event Clayarters are most willing to miss. The night of the dance is
definately out. Mishy would never forgive me. ;-)

All of this will be refined as we go along.

OK, let's hear from you!

Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 223 02 75
Mobile: +32 476 55 38 75

freeflt on tue 20 feb 01

I missed it last year, and kept hearing how great it was, I will =
definitely make of point of being there this year! Don't think I'll =
have slides by then, but I will be there!
~sherry wells