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3rd annual clayart slide workshop!!

updated mon 4 feb 02


Russel Fouts on sun 3 feb 02

I sounds like the Clayart Suite might be getting filled up with
activities, so I thought I'd better send this out to see if people are
still interested. I wouldn't want to compete with Tony's ball room
dancing classes (or was it Merrie's "Twist'n" lessons) or Elca's plate
making demo. ;-)

Here we go again. This is a popular event every time. We had so many
people wanting to participate the first year that we couldn't get them
all into the Clayart Suite. The next year we were blessed with our own
conference room (actually I think it was Elca and I discussing in the
hallway that drove the hotel to relocate us).

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, objectively 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

People should bring their 3 best slides (or worst, like Paul the first
year), 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.

We had lots of "experts" volunteering. Ruth Butler from Ceramics
Monthly, Polly Beach from Claytimes and a representative from A.C. Black
(I'm sorry I can't remember the name), 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 the "3 worst slides you 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 LOWER LEFT HAND CORNER when the picture
is right-side up. In other words, put the dot where it can be seen by
the person projecting the slides when they are in the tray.

- 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 these?)

- 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

- 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.

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.

- 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

- 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.

Very Important! 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 definitely 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