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workshops - lost and found

updated sun 23 oct 05


clennell on sat 22 oct 05

Sour Cherry Pottery

> I get requests to teach workshops on
> colored porcelain and neriage but I
> have no idea how to go about it.
> I do not have the BFA or MFA - or
> the reputation as a teacher - to make
> a large facility feel secure about taking a
> chance.
> I have never taught before to boot!!
> I know I could handle a week-end
> workshop ... but where and how do
> you start???
> All ideas welcome ... on or off list.
> Chris Campbell - in North Carolina - lost again !!

Dear Chris: You'd do a great job!
First of all the facility isn't taking much of a chance. If they don't get
the numbers they'll cancel you 2 weeks before. Not much lost.
Put some slides together of your work, work you love, your studio, Terry's
motorcycles, and bring some good wine. that's Friday night covered.
Your work could handle hands on -or am I wrong here? Demo and then hands on,
demo and then hands on. You could charge a materials fee and have the
coloured clay available and ready to use. Geezus, they'll go home having
learned the technique and something to show the spouse that they really went
to a workshop and not just drank wine in a hotel room somewhere.
As a bonus do a marketing seminar on the Sunday afternoon. Your marketing
seminar could be called "Even you can drink Napa Valley Chardonnay". It
beats my marketing seminar entitled "You'll never know where your next meal
is coming from".

Tony and Sheila Clennell
Sour Cherry Pottery
4545 King Street
Beamsville, Ontario