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2004 stay at home clay exchange, repeat of info

updated mon 15 mar 04


Chris Schafale on mon 12 jan 04

Hi folks,

In case anyone missed it the first time, here are the details about the 2004
Stay at Home Clay Exchange. About 95 people have already signed up.

For those of you who are new to Clayart, this is an exchange that has
happened for several years now, during NCECA season. 227 "mugs" were
exchanged last year. Here are the rules:

This is the Stay-at-Home Clay Exchange, for those people who are
not going to NCECA and will therefore be madly jealous as the
posts fly about all the wonderful fun that will be had in Indianapolis. The mug
exchange is our consolation prize.

People who are attending NCECA can participate too, but you have
to promise to mail your mug BEFORE you leave for the

Like the exchange that happens in the Clayart room at NCECA, this is a
"clay thing" exchange, not strictly mugs.

All Clayart members are welcome to participate -- this is about making fun
connections with other members of this community, not about obtaining high-
value ceramic art.

Please note: If receiving a mug from someone of lesser skill is
going to upset you, I suggest that you not participate.

Here's what to do if you want to join in:

1. Send me your name and *mailing* (you know, like the post
office?) address (my email is: Send it to me
personally, not to the list.

Non-US residents are welcome to participate. If you have a
problem with paying postage across borders, please let me know
when you sign up, and I won't pair you with an international partner.

2. Make your mug (or teabowl or small vessel or candleholder or
whistle, or small sculpture or whatever.....) and be ready to
mail it no later than March 17, when NCECA starts.

Please, please, PLEASE don't sign up to participate unless you
can have a mug ready to mail *in MARCH*, not in May, not after
graduation, or after you build your kiln, or after you find the perfect glaze, or

3. On about March 7, I'll make the matches, then send you an
email with the name and address of the person to whom you will
send your mug or other clay thing. The person you send a mug to will also
be the person you receive a mug from. That is, person A will send a mug
*to* person B, and will receive a mug *from* person B.

Matches will be done on a random basis, with the exception that I
will honor preferences about international /noninternational
partners, as noted above, and I will try not to match anyone with the
person they exchanged with last year, to keep things interesting.
Requests to "match me with a really professional potter, not a newbie" will
be met with scorn and derision.

4. As soon as you get the name/address of your partner, get that
mug in the mail, so that hopefully your partner will receive it during NCECA
and have something to cheer them up.

5. If you have a digital camera, take a picture of your mug before you mail it,
and send it to me for posting in the Clayart Clay Exchange Gallery, which is
half the fun. (Go to to see last year's gallery.)

Any questions, email me directly at

Thanks, and let the mugs begin.

Chris Schafale

Light One Candle Pottery
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA
(south of Raleigh, NC)
NEW email: chris at lightonecandle dot com
(insert the @ and . as appropriate)

Terri Kennedy on sat 13 mar 04

Hi Chris, Did you send the mug exchange partners list out? Because if you
did, I must've erased it. Sorry. But what happened is that I was helping a
friend with a workshop last weekend and when I got back I had soooo much clayart
email that I just deleted everything. Then a friend of mine told me that you
had sent out the mug exchange partners... oh man!!!! Sorry. Could you PLEASE
send mine to me again. I would GREATLY appreciate it...that way I can ship off
their mug. Thank you sooo much.

--Terri Kennedy

Denham Springs, LA

*"Growing older is mandatory, but growing up is optional!"