Vince Pitelka on sun 21 mar 04
> Thanks to all of you at nceca for making sure that Jared, Ellen, and
> Steve Branfman know they are loved and supported by supporting the sale
> of donated items in the clayart room.
I think it is best if everyone knows that most of the "Branfman Benefit"
wares did not sell at NCECA. That's the problem with last-minute improvised
benefits. This was a beautiful idea filled with generosity and love, but
with no suitable plan or opportunity to carry it out.
The leftover wares included several of those beautiful big pots donated by
Lee Burningham and his wonderful students, and those of us in the Clayart
room late on Friday night were perplexed as to what to do with them. The
hotel staff was about to come in to purge the room, so we had to do
something. David McBeth volunteered to take the remaining wares, and he
will include them in the next UT Martin pottery sale, and then send the
money to the Jared fund. For those who don't know Dave McBeth personally,
he is a big bear of a man, with an oversized heart. He is one of the best
people I know.
Best wishes -
Appalachian Center for Craft, Tennessee Technological University
Smithville TN 37166, 615/597-6801 x111
Lee Burningham (Box Elder High School) on sun 21 mar 04
Thanks to all of you at nceca for making sure that Jared, Ellen, and
Steve Branfman know they are loved and supported by supporting the sale
of donated items in the clayart room. Thanks to all of you still at
home, wishing to be at nceca but couldn't, who still found ways to help
support the Branfmans in this time of trial. Especially all you folks
from New Jersey that sent the whole big box of wonderful stuff to help
raise money for the medical costs. I'm grateful we didn't have to box
anything up and take it home. No room in the van.
You are all the reasons why I subscribe to the list, belong to this
wonderful family of potters.