Barbara Brown on sat 14 jan 06
I've been going to NCECA since 1982 when it was held in San Jose, Calif. =
I thought it might be fun for new potters to NCECA to have a guide to th=
e manufacturers and suppliers exhibit hall. My only disclaimer is that t=
his is based on the last couple NCECA's and I by no means was able to vis=
it all the booths. I did talk to 2 dealers this week to make sure of wha=
t they were giving away. Scutt kilns and Chinese Clay Art.
We'll start with the free stuff
1. Skutt Kilns-stop by and look at the kilns and say "Hi" to Jim Scutt. =
Pick up a free large strong plastic bag with handles to put all your loo=
t in. They also have a free poster and last year gave out a clay kiln go=
d magnet. I have 2 Scutt kilns and love them.
2. Geil Kilns-sign up on their mailing list and ask for a free tee shirt=
. Say Hi to my friend, Tom Coleman.
3. Soldner Clay Mixers-Take your Geil tee shirt and have a free silk scr=
een design by Paul Soldner put on it and get a free poster signed by Paul=
4. L & L Kilns-check out the kilns and get a free poster tube to put all=
your posters in.
5. Chinese Clay Art-Po Zhou is giving away a free navy denim "Clay Art" =
bag and stainless steel fettling knives. He also has a great tool kit fo=
r $5. Another new thing he has is a denim split leg potter's apron with =
a zipper that unzips the bottom part of apron so you can attach it around=
your legs while you are throwing. It is $9. I love mine. Booth 207/20=
6. Ceramics Monthly-great free poster and sometimes a free copy of CM.
7. Art Esmalglass/Opulence Glaze-
free bottle of water.
8. Many booths have free posters and other free gifts. Near the NCECA bo=
oth or in the hall there is usually a table with many free posters, post =
cards and show announcements. Take a rubber band with you to put around =
9. One last free thing not in exhibition hall.
I collect postage stamps with pictures of pottery on them. I zerox them =
and make magnets and bookmarks. I give them away free in the Clay Art ro=
om which will be at the Red Lion Hotel, near the convention center. Plea=
se come and have one as a gift from me (Barbara Brown) They will be a bo=
x sitting on one of the tables or counter.
Next is the good buys:
1. Mecca Tools-great hand carved wood pottery stamps at very reasonable =
I always get some for myself and my students.
2. Euclid Kilns-great pottery tee shirts. I got a black one with an outl=
ine of a teapot in red that says "I Love Clay" They sell great kiln elem=
3. Xiaoping Studio-pottery tools and tie dye Asia jackets and much more. =
4. Bison Tools and Dolan Tools both have great tools.
5. All the ceramic magazines have a booth and it's a great time to sign =
up for a subscription. =20
Many suppliers also sell pottery books at a discount (Axner) and even hav=
e the author there at certain times to autograph them for you.
I am sure there are many more free things and good buys that you will fin=
d if you visit all the booths. Have fun!
1225 Manzano Way
Sunnyvale, Ca 94089
Shula on sat 14 jan 06
Thank you so much. I have printed out the information and will be prepared. And to other NCECA pros - any other hints or wisdom for us NCECA virgins would be greatly appreciated.
I'm going for sure this time. I've had my hotel reservations at the Red Lion since Mel announced the hotel way back when, my NCECA registration is ready to go - as soon as I have a chance to go to the post office and get a 2 cent stamp, and, drum roll, please, I have my plane reservation. Yep, I decided to fly rather than drive. With gas prices rising again and possible weather problems, and fatigue, I decided the wisest decision was for me to fly. I am so EXCITED. I'm going to meet so many clayarters that I have "known" for years. Now all I need to do is get the materials to knit my boas. Yipee!
in Redondo Beach, CA
please excuse me if I seem a bit giddy. I'm on call this weekend and have been driving all over the South Bay of LA County to visit patients. I am so glad to be home finally. It was a long, strange day, but such is the life of a hospice nurse.
>From: Barbara Brown
>I've been going to NCECA since 1982 when it was held in San Jose, Calif. I thought it might be fun for new potters to NCECA to have a guide to the manufacturers and suppliers exhibit hall. My only disclaimer is that this is based on the last couple NCECA's and I by no means was able to visit all the booths. I did talk to 2 dealers this week to make sure of what they were giving away. Scutt kilns and Chinese Clay Art.