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nceca (what else?!)

updated wed 24 mar 04


L. P. Skeen on tue 23 mar 04

If you ever get the chance to drive 12 hours with Wayne Seidl, do NOT =
pass it up! He flew here from Key West and we shared the rental car. =
(I think between us we came up with about 20 reasons NOT to buy the =
Dodge that we were driving.)

Most of this year's session topics at NCECA were way over my head =
(Dyslexia and clay?) but the ones I went to were interesting - I had =
already heard of the Energy Xchange, which is a studio/greenhouse =
operation that is run on the methane produced by a landfill. It's here =
in NC but I haven't visited it yet. I didn't make it to John's lecture, =
but glad he put it on the web so I can see it! I think the number of =
people in attendance really speaks to the need for the information he's =
trying to get out there. Learned about the Kinsey Institute - they have =
an amazing collection of ceramic things. Went in expecting clay dildoes =
and the like, but the discussion was more historical cultural objects. =20

Gail Phillips is a faboo hostess! Wayne and I stayed with her and her =
husband John, who have really got the most wonderful house renovation =
going on - her new kitchen is going to be TDF!!!

Clay folks are pretty trustworthy I'd say. We had the Subway envelope, =
the calendar envelope, the Branfman fund, all on the table on the honor =
system, and Joyce kept an eagle eye a lot of the time. Only one =
calendar mysteriously disappeared without payment . =20

It's about time to leave for school, so I may post more later, but I =
think many of us decided this one thing: We weren't there for NCECA. =
We were there for the Clayart room experience - meeting new faces (we =
already KNEW the people behind them), swapping stories, swapping pots =
(thanks Brian Haviland and Marilu Tejero!), sharing a glass of =
whatever....(PrimalBooze will knock you on your butt..!) =20

The collection of objects on the "mug" exchange table became its own =
show and non-Clayarters were coming in to take pics. Some amazing work =
going on out there. Did anybody else notice how VERY MANY pieces were =
glazed in some form of shino???


L. P. Skeen
Living Tree Pottery, Summerfield, NC
"There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading, and the =
few who learn by observation. The rest of them have
to pee on the electric fence."------- Will Rogers (att.)