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4rd annual clayart slide workshop!! update

updated tue 25 feb 03


Russel Fouts on mon 24 feb 03

We've got over 50 participants so far. Looks like we'll have another
great turn out. Please let us know if and how you want to participate.

It looks like the workshop will be on the Thursday night after the
Randal Session.

One thing slipped my mind, we'll need extension cords, you never know
how far that socket is going to be.

A lot of you are asking for more information, I've attached the original
note at the bottom of this update.

In short (see below for details);
- No more than 3 slides, properly labeled, in protective "whatever's"
- Bring them to Clayart room any time that it is open, there will be a
box (hence the protective whatever)
- We never know where the Clayart room will be until NCECA starts but
word always seems to get out.
- Slide Wranglers should identify themselves to me early.
- That handles most of the questions I was asked directly. Please see
the full info below.

Ruth Butler and Polly Beach have confirmed that they will be there.
We'll also have a new "publisher", Richard Wittaker, Jean Lehman,
organiser of the "Strictly Functional National" and John Hesselberth,
who not only knows about glazes, he knows about photographing pots too.

We're still looking for a local professional craft photographer who's
willing to volunteer their input.

Please let us know if and how you want to participate. Remember, I don't
need you to let us know in advance in order to participate but it helps
us anticipate the size of the room we'll need AND it's good to know in
advance how many volunteers we're likely to have. Actually, all
participants are considered volunteers because potters are always
willing to pitch in. ;-)

Current list of participants:
Phyllis Tilton - Participant
Shellie Hoffer - Slides
Kira Campbell - Participant
Gary Holt - Slides
Rebecca Knight - Volunteer
Catherine White - Participant
Marcia Selsor - Participant
Stephani Stephenson - Projector, Carousels and Possibly a Screen
Joy Hought - Participant
Brian Molanphy - Slides
Jack Rosenberg - Participant?
Dave Finkelnburg - Volunteer, Slide Wrangler, Chocolate Lover
Lari Ward - Participant
Michelle Lowe - Slides?
Pauline - Participant
Ilene Mahler - Participant
Billie Mitchell - Slides
Terry Sullivan - Equipment backup
Marta Matray Gloviczki - Participant
Donald Goldsobel - Participant
Michael Coffee - Participant
Leslie Laurent - Participant
Chic Lotz - Participant
Charles Moore - Participant
Rikki Gill- Volunteer and slides
Tony Ferguson - Slides
Mary Jane Moriarty - Slides and Slide Wrangler
Marty Morgan - Participant and maybe slides
Ann Semple - volunteer
Dale Neese - Ugly Slides
Gregg Lindsley - Slides and help
Steve Branfman - Slides
Jared Branfman - Slides too!
Bacia Edelman - Slides
Ron and Nancy (not the famous ones) - Slides
Lauren Bellero - Volunteer
Fred Paget - Slides and perhaps a big screen
Joanne Rounds - Slides
Lesley Alexander - Slides and competing chocolate!
John Evans - Another offer of a screen
Tena Payne - Slides
Mark Heimann - Slides
John and Dorothy Weber - Participants
Sam Miller - Participant
Connie Christensen - Participant
Bonnie Hellman - Participant
Gail Dapogny - Slides
Ann Testa and Friend - Slides?

So let's hear from some more of you.

I've included the original note below:

Judging from the current discussion about taking your own slides, it
looks like it's time to announce this.

The Clayart Slide Workshop has been a popular event the past 3 years. 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 Lewing 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 "expert" volunteers in the past. Ruth Butler from
Ceramics Monthly, Polly Beach from Claytimes, Janet Mansfield from
Ceramic Art & Perception, 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 and Dale Neese with the
"3 worst slides you could possibly imagine". There was a lot of great

If you want to participate, volunteer or loan equipment:

- Send an OFF LIST email to Put "Clayart Slide
Workshop" in the subject. This is just to get an idea of how many people
will be coming so we can judge the size of the room needed.

- 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. Bring the
slides with you to NCECA.

- 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 at the conference (there always is

- 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

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