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1st Quarter Meeting, February 8, 2018


Dan and Mary DeFoor, Sue Chisholm, Ann Wallin, Linda Zolotnik, C. Larry Wilson

Triny Cline, Tina Vamvakias, Debbie Flatt, Megan Baker, Fred and Laura Ellis

Meeting called to order: 6: 15pm by President Fred Ellis

Minutes approved.

  • Treasurer Report:

    Laura Ellis, Correction on Nov minutes treasury should have read $4,009.88, not $4,009.66.

    Balance after workshop revenues and expenses and member dues being paid $4,552,86.

    Laura did remind us Gcc dues were due Jan 1, 2018 for calendar year.


  • A. Dawsonville/ Bowen Art Center Exhibit closes: Feb 23, 2018

    Pick up: Saturday Feb 24, 2018,1pm to 4pm and Tues Feb 27,2018, 10 am to 4pm

  • B. Upcoming Harris Art Center/ Calhoun, GA, April 11 thru June 6, 2018.

    Commitment to show: Notify GCC, Monday April 2,2018, to

    *** Please include ball park number of pieces and if work hangs or sits. We’ll compile and

    forward to Mary DeFoor at Harris art center

    Drop off: Saturday April 7, 2018, 1pm to 3pm.

    Monday April 9, 2018, 10am to 6pm. Harris Business hours

    Load in has easy access with ramps and dollies.

    NOTE: Wall work greatly needed. The Harris Center has numerous walls to fill.

    Hi res images needed for marketing the Gcc show.

    If work needs special display features, Gcc members should bring their own


    Reception: Sunday April 22, 2018, 3:00pm to 4:430pm

    (Gcc does not need to supply and refreshments)

    Pick up dates: Friday June 7, 10am to 4 pm

    Saturday June 8, 10 am to 2pm


  • GA Art Educators Regional Spring Workshop Saturday April 21, 2018

    GCC Demonstrations:

    1. Raku firing. Volunteers: Larry Wilson, Ann Wallin, Dan DeFoor and Fred Ellis

    Includes glazing work shop for Art educators to do own bisque firing.

    Bisque ware to be sold by gcc to teachers. Recouping cost of raku demo.

    Ann Wallin will mix Glazes for demonstration

    2. Hand building Techniques: for the classrooms grades 1-12

    Volunteer: Ann Wallin

    3. Wheel Demonstration.

    4. Other Ideas for demonstrations welcome, need by April 1.


  • A. GCC Workshops: Past Jan 20-21, 2018 with Lynette Hesser and Steve Loucks

    was both very entertaining and most informative.

    15 gcc members were in attended the demonstration, lectures, and slide show presentation.


  • B.GCC Workshop Upcoming: Saturday July 14 -15 2018,

    Christine Kosiba and Kristen Stingle “Hands on Workshop Featuring “The Wheel and Sculpture”

    Price: TBA members registration is limited to 12.

  • Pickens Appalachian Folk School: Jasper, Geo

    Larry Wilson gave GCC an update, the Southern Appalachian Folk School is now a reality.

    SAFSGA is located at 225 Chambers St, Jasper Georgia.

    Blue prints and Architect drawings were presented. Classes begin last weekend in February. Classes for now weekend only. Fund raising is ongoing. Donations of appropriate equipment gratefully accepted.

    View: Fred Elis offered Gcc support.


  • Cherokee County Art Center:

    Motion was made purchase a used clay extruder from Ann Wallin for $250 and donate to the

    Cherokee Art center, clay studio. Motion seconded, voted unanimous to approve the purchase.


  • May 10,2018 Elections

    Elections will be held at next meeting. A social media position needs to be developed and volunteer secured. Members interested in holding office should contact Fred Ellis.

    Meeting was adjourned 8:15 pm.

2nd Quarter Meeting Thursday May 10, 2018 @ 6pm.

Hosted by Tina and Plutarch Vamvakias in Canton, GA.

Georgia Clay Council Minutes May 10, 2018

Attending meeting: Ann Wallin, Cathy Meincer, Melinda Crider, Phoebe Maze, Fred Ellis, Laura Ellis, Triny Cline, Mike Sherrer, C. Larry Wilson Tina Vamvakias, Megan Baker, Dan and Mary DeFoor, Sue Chisholm.


The meeting was called to order 6:00pm, by President Fred Ellis. Fred expressed gratitude to Tina and Plutarch Vamvakias for hosting the meeting while providing such a great setting. Plutarch’s Greek chicken was excellent!!


Business Minutes

for the February meeting were passed. Minutes will be posted on the new web site, soon as GCC new site is “live”.


Treasurer Report

Laura Ellis reported $406.00 was spent this quarter.

* $250.00 was donated to support the Cherokee County Art Center and the community grant constructing the clay totem at the entrance of CAC.

* PO Box annual billing for GCC was $120.

* $36.00 was spent for reshfreshments at 5/10 meeting.

*Balance to date: $4269.73


Old Business

Fred reported member sales for the February Exhibit at the Bowen Art Center totaled $2000.00.

Harris Art Center GCC Exhibit is ongoing, closing June 6. The exhibit was beautifully hung by Dan and Mary DeFoor. Fred expressed his appreciation, as other members voiced their agreement. Break down for the exhibit is Thursday June 7, 10am-4pm and Friday June 8 10am-2pm. All the boxes stored earlier at the HAC have now been removed by order of the fire dept. Check with if you have questions.

The Georgia Art Educators Association Regional Conference was co-hosted by GCC and the Harris Art Center on April 21, 2018. It was the first regional “Hands on Conference” for GAEA, attendance was 16. The GCC raku presentation collected $80.00. Art educators paid $10.00 to participate. They glazed a pot and observed the Raku firing process. The fees paid GCC raku expenses. GCC volunteers for the day: Dan and Mary DeFoor, Fred and Laura Ellis, Ann Wallin, Phoebe Maze, Janet Smith, and Sue Chi. Dan and Mary DeFoor also representing Harris Art Center thanked GCC for a great day and the hard work to provide presentations and demonstrations.

Dan and Mary also reminded us the Harris Art Center Regional Show is now accepting applications. It follows the GCC show in June 12-August 10, 2018. Deadline to apply June 4. Delivery June 8 and 9. Nonmembers of HAC have a $25 entry fee. For more details contact Harris art Center. 706 629 2559

Southern Appalachian Folk School C.Larry Wilson gave a report on the folk school. Weekend classes are beginning to run. Grand opening for the folk school to be August 11,2018. web site: or

Art Pickens is held the second Saturday of the month until late fall. It resumed May 12. New location. It being held in the parking lot of the folk school. 255 Chambers St, Jasper, Georgia.


GCC Workshop Upcoming: Saturday July 14 -15 2018, “Human and Animal Figurative” Workshop co-taught with Kirsten Stingle and Christine Kosiba. The workshop is hands on. Christine and Kristen prefer a specific clay body. Supplies TBA.

Will be held at Something Southern Pottery 145 Arliss Canton, Ga 30115 GCC cell: 678 310 4502 9:00am to 4:00pm lunch included.

Workshop Price: $180.00 Supply fee TBA. GCC member registration is limited to 12.


“Elections” of officers for 2018.

Megan Baker joined the GCC executive board as Social Media Director. Fred Ellis agreed to serve as president until 2019, as did Laura Ellis as Treasurer and Sue Chisholm as Secretary. No election was held. Since it was mid-year, we all just agreed to say status quo to wait until 2019. It’s not too soon to start thinking about what YOU can do for GCC in 2019.


New Business

New GCC phone number 678 310 4505 (rings to GCC president.) A phone number is now tied directly to GCC. That provides GCC the flexibility to post or print long term projects without committing an individual phone number.


Web Page /Social Media Megan gave a report on the on the new web site. WIX will be the new server. The new look is progressing great. Members are encouraged to update bio or artist statement t for the Artist page for the New GCC web site. See attachment. Please read Megan’s instructions carefully, in the attachment. She’ll be updating 40 some member pages, we need to make it easy as possible for her to set up the members’ pages. Your “page” as a GCC member will list your name, studio, photo of work, cell, email, link to web site or face book. Whatever you provide Megan will be placed on your page. She will not cut and paste from the old web site, unless you confirm information and photos are up to date. This will insure the contact information you wish listed, and photo of your work is current for 2018.


Marketing Fred Ellis, Sue Chisholm, and Megan Baker are developing a marketing plan for volunteer recruitment, and membership, promoting the new web site. Our goal is to create effective handouts driving potential customers and potential members to the new GCC web site.


Membership was briefly discussed. Using credit card for payment is possible by calling the treasurer, Laura Ellis: 678 310 4502. A question about PayPal came up. GCC will not undertake that process at this time. Simply because PayPal requires federal documentation…GCC has never had. Obtaining federal id, etc. is time consuming, and costly for non-profits organizations.


The meeting ended at 7:00pm

Extremely good eats followed.

3rd Quarter, August 9, 2018 

President Fred Ellis called meeting to order 6:00pm


New Business


Georgia Clay Council Executive Board Responsibilities.

Nominations will be taken at next meeting November 8, 2018. Elections February 21,2019.  

President: Responsible for monthly communication with exec board members, directing sustainable growth for GCC. Jobs include: the coordination and creation of annual goals, setting goals, and delegating goals and objectives. Other duties include: maintaining the operating structure and setting the direction for GCC. Goals should be presented (with prior exec board approval) at first quarterly meeting.  The president then maintains annual goals. President to Chair quarterly and exec board meetings. 

Vice President: Second in line to hold president position, should that become necessary. Optional to chair one committee of choice, such as social media or membership.

Secretary: Responsible for minutes and quarterly meeting notices. Maintaining internal documentation to ensure goals can be communicated with membership. Responsible for the coordination of updating hard copy marketing materials.

Treasurer: Maintains finances and billing payments, including dues and workshop records. Reporting financial status at quarterly meetings.

NEW Coordinator of Exhibits 2019:  Coordinates with the president the planning, development and execution and daily operations. Coordination responsibilities also include communicating with the GCC board, host or site director, and members who are participating.  Appointed position. Needs no election to take place.

NEW Coordinator of Workshops 2019: Coordinates with the president the planning, development and execution and daily operations.  Coordination responsibilities also include communicating with the GCC board, host or site director, and members who are participating as needed.  Appointed position. Needs no election to take place.


2019 GCC Goals are under Development (not in order of importance, all goals need volunteer commitments by February 2019, enabling GCC to continue to provide service to clay artist community in north Georgia). Members can sign up as volunteer for area of interest November/ February meetings.  These goals are being developed from members ideas and input over last 12 mos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

1.Membership. Define and create membership coordinator position in 2020. Coordinates with the president and exec board the planning, development and execution developing a strategy to build membership.                            

A)  Increase outreach to regional art centers and clay artist in 6 northern counties of GA. Currently GCC maintains working relationships 5 northern counties B) Contact past members inviting them to rejoin. Action: email has been sent this week, per Laura.


2.  Build a Resource List of north Georgia regional art centers and contacts. GCC board will start to compile the list. Members are asked to provide local art center information, if they know a contact. Volunteers will be needing to assist in coordination and mailing/ distribution of GCC materials.  

Action# 1:The updated 2018 Post cards and brochures were distributed to members at the meeting to share with their respective local art centers, and at shows. Post cards and brochures are available, contact Fred. 678 310 4502 or email

Action#2: Marie Luce Van Asten kindly volunteered to check with Blue Ridge and Ellijay art centers regarding future exhibits. She will get back with Fred.


3.  A) Revival GCC Gatherings. Quarterly Meetings are Feb, May, August and Nov. GCC members are invited to host

    B) Round table discussions and pot lucks, March, April, June or July. Topics tba. Volunteers needed to host.           

     C) Raku firings 1 or 2 times weather permitting. Spring fall or both. Volunteers will be needed to help with set up.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

4. Complete liaison between GA Art Teachers Assoc and GCC. Create the art educator resources coordinator position and a list the of GCC member interested in participating. Action: Dan and Mary DeFoor graciously did agree to volunteer for the position in 2019. Thank you for volunteering to continue to build the relationship with the GAEA.  Dan and Mary reported they are still getting great feed back from our spring workshop with GAEA.


5. Continue to develop GCC online presence completing web site, maintaining Facebook and researching other online sites, to promote GCC and regional clay artists. Fred encouraged members to share options online as they learn about the sites.


Old Business

Upcoming Exhibit and Show: Oct 5-25, 2018 Centering on Clay Cherokee Art Center, Canton GA  94 North St.

Set up starts Tues Oct 2 and continues Oct 3 and 4. (CAC requires A GCC volunteer must be available to check in GCC members.) Exact Time for drop off TBA.

Take down Friday, Oct 26 CAC business hours. Saturday, Oct 27 12-3 pm only.

Great space. Moderate prices sell best, there are also art collectors at CAC.

CAC annual Holiday show follows. Work can be held over for that show if you are interested.

Commitment to show will be due Sat. Sept 15, 2018. Email or call 678 310 4502. (Commitment was extended to Sept 19th at the Raku workshop)


Web site Update: Discussion: Megan requested that phone numbers and emails on the new site be confirmed, by each member.( If you were at the meeting and signed off, you are good to go.)  We were reminded to be sure to use the web site. NOT org.  Photos are still needed to complete the members page.


Raku date changed.   Discussion: Wed Sept 19, 2018. 6pm.  Due to many members expressing they were doing fall shows again, the date was changed back to a week night. Volunteer(s) are needed to help set up for firing. Call 678 310 4502.  Photography round table date TBA.

Treasures Report: Balance last meeting                            $4269.73

Balance after revenues and expenses this quarter         $4436.29

May Minutes were approved.   

Denise VanBalen gave an update on the CAC Clay Totem community grant project. GCC is a sponsor.  2 parts of the totem are yet to be glazed. The 6’ structure is tentatively schedule to be installed early this fall.

The Meeting was closed at 7:00pm. The meeting was hosted by Phoebe Maze.  Her gardens were beautiful, the food was great, and Phoebe also arranged a very fine plant swap. It was a perfect summer night.

Attendees: Laura and Fred Ellis, Mary and Dan DeFoor, Triny Cline, Phoebe Maze, Marie-LuceVanAsten ,Denise VanBalen, Janet Smith, Debbie Flat, Megan Baker, Deborah Macknight and Sue Burkhart Chisholm,  Secretary GCC

4th Quarter Meeting, Thursday November 8, 2018


The meeting was called to order by President Fred Ellis 6:00pm.

Treasury Report: by Laura Ellis ending balance 3rd quarter: $4,328.93


Minutes: were passed around to the members attending for review, as the President began nominations. Nominations were approved. No corrections made to minutes.


Election of Executive Board Officers: A motion was made for an or down vote on slate of officers. Motion carried. Officers for Nov 2018-2019 are: Phoebe Maze, President, Megan Baker, Vice president, Debbie Macknight, Treasurer, Sue Chisholm, Secretary.


Committee(s) Development: all appointed positions. Megan will chair the Social Media committee. Dan and Mary DeFoor: Education Recourses, Denise Van Balen: Marketing. A discussion was held regarding the committees on Exhibits and Workshops. It was the consensus of the group that a list of workers for events needs to be developed. (No interest in chairing those committees has surfaced, but much interest in “willing to help out”, has been given.) Further development of list of volunteers to “Help Out” will be addressed at the February meeting.


Upcoming Workshops: Save the dates. Budgets for each workshop is under development, prices TBA.


David Robinson Saturday and Sunday March 23-24, 2019 Something Southern Pottery. Figure Sculpture. On Facebook David Robinson Clayworks, also hhtp://


Ann Wallin Saturday April 6, 2019. 3582 Chestatee Dr Marietta, Ga 30066. Demonstration on Raku firing. Ann’s firing techniques varies from “GCC process used at Something Southern”. A Raku Firing date at Something Southern will be set at the workshop to test out the new techniques.


Barry Gregg “Functional whimsical Clay Sculptures for Table Top Use.” Date pending, Spring 2019 at Something Southern Pottery. View . On Facebook Barry Gregg Clayworks.


Exhibits :

* Gilmer Co. Arts/Ellijay July 12-August 7, 2019. Further details will be discussed at the February21st meeting.


GCC/ CAC Exhibit: End of show report. The show had great GCC participation, 19 artists. The body of work had a fantastic variety in both techniques, and prices. CAC reported the show was well attended. Sales were soft. A discussion on the value of doing exhibits at art centers ensued. The discussion concluded; Art Centers have low marketing budgets and are short staffed. Great sales expectations should be limited. The value is in exposure for GCC and learning event for GCC emerging artist. The value of exposure is in The Marks Project, see details below. The group did believe GCC should continue to support art center exhibits. Now, with a marketing committee volunteer, GCC can develop a stronger overall marketing plan. We can then, implement a marketing strategy for each exhibit, providing other members give a helping hand to the executive board.


The Dalton Art Center Exhibit/GCC Fall 2020 is in the works thanks to Dan and Mary DeFoor.


Winter GCC Meetings: A discussion was held over moving the November and February meetings to daytime. The group agreed overwhelmingly to move the meetings into daylight hours.

February 21,2019 GCC 1st Quarter Meeting will be held at Something Southern Pottery 11:30 am pot luck at 12:30.

Following lunch, a round table discussion will be held on “Affordable Photo Lighting and Backdrops ”. It will be a DYI /hands on discussion. A photo booth will be assembled. Bring 1 piece of work and a photo will be taken and used for the GCC web site. Annual Dues will be due, so bring your credit card or check book!


Web site update: Megan will begin to reach out to members to discussion their page on gcc site. If you have images for the site send them to .


The Mark Project Inc: The Mark Dictionary of American Ceramics ( ) was in contact with GCC at the Bowen Exhibit. Phoebe followed up with Jeff Kuratnick and did and interview over the phone. Attached are the details. The Marks Project is compiling a list of American clay studio artist from 1946 to now. This is an interesting opportunity, be sure to open both pages of the attachments.


In closing: * FYI: Fred heard from the director of Gilmer arts assoc. on Friday, Nov 9. I added the info to the minutes, so the dates could be saved, as you plan out your 2019 show schedules.

We really covered a lot of ground, with great discussions and input. The November meeting really did set a foot print for 2019. In attendance: Ann Wallin, Cathy Mozley, Phoebe Maze, Barb Murphy, Megan Baker, Denise Van Balen, Debbie Macknight, Fred and Laura Ellis and yours truly. Meeting adjourned at 7:05pm. A fine chili pot luck warmed up a rainy night.


Sue B Chisholm, Secretary GCC

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