1st Quarter Meeting, February 21, 2019. 

Called to order by President Phoebe Maze, at 11:30 am.

 

Minutes for the November 2018 meeting were approved. Reminder. Minutes will be sent to all members 7 working days from the meeting. Minutes will be posted on web site. Minutes will not be resent to members for approval prior to next meeting.

 

Treasury report was given by Debbie Macknight. Year to date balance is $4,734.75 Dues are past due. Debbie will send Members an invoice for 2019 dues, which can be paid by credit using the square.

 

Debbie is working on budgets for the upcoming GCC workshops. The goal is to commit 90% percent of the revenues back into the workshop...for artists salary, food, drinks, and clay supplies. The remaining 10% not budgeted is for the unexpected costs.

 

Invoicing workshops: An invoice will be sent by the square to members who have registered for the workshops 2 weeks prior to show. Invoices will have 7 day payment period (from time sent) to pay via square and credit card. Arrangements to pay by checks is an still available option. Gcc will maintain a waiting list, contact those on waiting list if space becomes available.

 

Membership and Social Media Friends: 2 levels 2 roles.

 

Membership Benefits: Members in good standing are eligible for GCC Show and Exhibits, registering for workshops, receiving minutes, attending free roundtable discussions, and can opt to have members page on the GCC web site.

 

Social Media Friends (new via social media outlets) stems from online activity that created inquiries and requests for newsletters and insight to GCC . This level has been added to provide online information about GCC, which in turn could build membership. “SMF “does not grant access to workshops, show &exhibits, web site, roundtable discussions...only membership creates those opportunities.

 

Discussion of Goals for membership drive in 2019... 35members or so. Goals for 2020 and 2021 under advisement allowing GCC to grow and seek fresh ideas. The growth needs to be at a sustainable pace not overwhelm the policies, procedures, facilities and volunteers working to provide a unique intimate clay experience for members.

 

2019 workshops

 

David Robinson is full. Waiting list is being taken. However...there’s a chance to meet David.

Phoebe Maze will host a slideshow presentation given by David Robinson, Friday March 22, 6:00pm. Gcc will cater in a simple dinner, and refreshments. Good eats at 6:00pm. Slide show at 7:00pm. Please RSVP: by March 15, 2019 to gaclaycouncil@gmail.com or call gcc cell phone: 678 310 4502.

Location: 12053 Reinhart College Parkway (also known as SR 140) Waleska, Ga 30183.

Instructions those attending for Dave Robinson workshop: Bust will be slightly less than life size. Bring tools and series of 8 photographs of the head you want to sculpt. Images taken 360 degrees, turning head 1/8 turn each shot. Images should be printed out. That works better than those stored in cell phone or tablet. GCC will supply the clay. Lunch also provided.

 

Ann Wallin Raku Workshop: Saturday April 6, 2019. 10:00am to 5:00pm, 3582 Chestatee Dr, Marietta, 30062. Raku Firing at Something Southern Pottery Sunday April 7. Lunch included both days. FEE: $65.00. Space is available, to members. Register by calling 678 310 4052, or gaclaycouncil@gmail.com. This is a weather event GCC will advise if weather conditions are not suitable, for firing either day. Ann fires one piece at a time. Her kiln will hold tall pieces up to 12”, not wide such as plates or platters. Attendees can bring one small piece. Glaze demonstrations, recipes, and firing techniques will be hands on as time allows, at Ann’s, completing the raku firing next day at SSP.

 

Barry Gregg “Functional Whimsical Clay Sculptures for Table Top Use.” Saturday and Sunday May 4-5, 2019 at Something Southern Pottery 145 Arliss Dr. Canton Ga, 30115.

Barry’s work is colorful, textured, and usually has whimsical things from nature as subject matter. He’s a humorous presenter as well as very knowledgeable. View www.barrygreggclayworks.com. On Facebook Barry Gregg Clayworks. Fee: $125.00 supplies: TBA Lunch included.

Registration is now open to members only.

 

GCC 2019 Exhibits and Art Shows

 

Gilmer County Art Center July 12- August 7, 2019 207 Dalton St. Hawthorne Hall, Ellijay Ga, 30540 Commitment to show : please send “yes” if you wish to participate by March 1, 2019. Gilmer Arts needs a head count of GCC artists participating for local press releases in early March. That’s all we need for now. Reply to: gaclaycouncil@gmail.com or call 678 310 4505. 18 members at the meeting have committed to participate! Its looking like an exciting show. Fabulous facility! Reception Friday July 12, 2019, 5:00 to 7:00pm. The Prospectus /and artist contract is attached as pdf. The Prospectus is due June 12, 2019. Drop off: July 10 or 11 between 10:00am until 4:00pm. Pick Up August 8 10:00 am until 5:00pm or August 9, 10:00 to 2:00 pm. Commission is 25%. 

 

Cherokee Art Center Canton Early October 2019. Meeting with Director Mary Ackers pending. Gcc will develop a stronger marketing plan. Tentative ideas were discussed to draw more of the “First Friday” crowd in historic downtown Canton to Cherokee Art Center during GCC reception Friday night.

 

Blue Ridge Arts 2020 is under consideration. Follow up May 2019.

Dalton 2020 November or December in the works. Details pending

Other Business

NAME TAGS: Linda Zlotnik recommended with the newer members attending the meetings, we should wear name tags. That was agreed upon. Make your own wonderful clay name tags or GCC will have paper tags at next meeting.

 

Canton Mill Exchange: Fred Ellis received a notice from the Exchange.. Art space and possible art sales for wall décor are being explored by the Canton Mill Exchange, the old Cantons Mills are being restored for offices and retail sites. Fred is setting up tour for the GCC board to explore the possibilities at the Exchange.

 

Second quarterly GCC meeting Thursday May 9, 2019, 6:00pm EDT. Evening meetings will resume.

Feed back from the February meeting at 11:30 am EST was positive. May meeting Location TBA.

 

Attending: Luce Van Asten, Megan Baker, Barbra Murphy, Debbie Flatt, Denise Van Balen, Deborah Macknight, Fred and Laura Ellis, Cathy Meincer, Phoebe Maze, Larry Wilson, Triny Cline, Mike Sherrer, Dan and Mary DeFoor, Ann Wallen, Linda Zlotnik. GCC also welcomed 2 new members to the meeting, Kathryn Somers and Robin O’Connor. Meeting was adjourned at 12:35. Good Eats followed .

 

The Photo Session: Everyone looked busy and photos were looking great. Watch the web site for results! A check list of supplies and resources used at the session will sent after the minutes have gone out.

 

Respectfully submitted, Sue B. Chisholm, Secretary GCC February 24, 2019

2nd Quarter Meeting, May 9, 2019

President Phoebe Maze called the meeting to order at 6:05pm. The late start was due to heavy rains delaying arrivals.

 

The Minutes for the February meeting were approved.

 

Treasurer Report: Current balance $4,987.00. Debbie Macknight continued to report on the workshops. All three workshops combined had a net loss of $160. Cost of the clay, food, and last minute cancellations of participants the reason. A discussion of pricing and registration polices will be held prior to finalizing the cost of any upcoming 2020 workshops. Breaking even is the goal. On the upside GCC has 43 members now. And increase of 14 since January 2019. GCC 2019 Exhibits and Art Shows Glimmer County Art Center July 12- August 7, 2019 207 Dalton St. Hawthorne Hall, Ellijay Ga, 30540 The Prospectus and Images should be sent NOW. Your prospectus and photos should be sent asap Attn: Tony Zsep. This is new deadline, he called Phoebe. He is now making the floor plan and beginning the marketing. It is time to send the prospectus. Don’t wait until the final entry deadline of June 12 for best the results. Photos or images( jpg only 300+dpi) of your work should be sent to Gilmer Arts( gilmerarts@ellijay.com) Be sure the photos of work is clearly marked with artist and title. In addition, print off the GA prospectus, fill it out. Take a picture of the document, using cell phone, add that photo of your prospectus with your images . Email the entire package. Technology at work! Or snail mail everything to address on contract. Please reply or CC to: gaclaycouncil@gmail.com that you have sent your paperwork to Tony. We need to know who has responded. When you deliver your work, you must unpack your boxes. Boxes can be stored, or taken with you.

18 members at the February meeting have committed to participate! Its looking like an exciting show. Fabulous facility! Reception Friday July 12,2019, 5:00 to 7:00pm. Drop off: July 10 or 11 between 10:00am until 4:00pm. Pick Up August 8, 10:00 am until 5:00pm or August 9, 10:00 to 2:00 pm. Commission is 25%. The Prospectus and artist contract are attached as an email with minutes. Attachment #1. pdf labeled Georgia Clay Council Exhibit.

 

Cherokee County Art Center, 94 North St. Canton, Ga 30114. October 5-October 24. Drop off Tuesday October 1 or Wednesday October 2, 11:30am-4:00pm. Breakdown Oct 25-26. The reception will be on a Saturday October 5, 2-4pm. Not on a First Friday, as in the past. No paperwork is pending at this time.

 

Blue Ridge Arts Center 2020 is under development for January 2020. More details at August meeting. Save these dates!!! Exhibit: Georgia Clay Council January 11 – February 22, 2020, Richard Low Evans Gallery Opening Reception: January 11, 2020 5pm – 7pm. Commitment to show due Thursday, November 7 at GCC quarterly meeting. Art work due: December 20, 2019 11am – 4pm (Alternate Date -01/03/2020) Artwork Pickup: February 23, 2020 11am – 4pm. Contract sent as attachment #2. Labeled 2020 Exhibit agreement.

 

Marketing the Art Shows : All the art centers listed above have reported stronger sales when the visiting artist send out postcards and use Facebook to contact their individual customers. A discussion followed about vista print. 100 copies run around $19.99 depending on the prime code etc. at your disposal. It was suggested you teaming up with a fellow artist and share a postcard the costs and double up on the exposure from using 2 mailing lists. FYI Standard post card stamps are 35 cents. Post cards could also be handed out at local galleries showing your work.

 

Workshops 2020

 

Judy Brater

see Judy Brater Art Pottery-Home|Facebook. Judy specializes in hand building and altering wheel work with textures adding natures subjects. She will also present glazing techniques using a video. Possible February 2020workshop. $130+TBA pricing review for 2020.

 

Liz Zlot Summerfield

see Liz Zlott Summerfield on Facebook. Hand build using slabs and templates. She offers a different format than what has been offered last few workshops. April or May 2020 $150+ TBA pending pricing review for 2020.

 

Round Table hands on Discussions briefly discussed. Slip and decals, mold making, airbrushing underglazes, were couple topics given. Any suggestion? Let us know. The photo roundtable was a great success, more can be done, we just need feedback.

 

GCC and the board toured The Canton Mill Exchange Monday May 6. It is still under construction. The site is a restoration of an old mill with 200 upscale retail booths and restaurants being developed. View: www.cottonmillexchange.net see artisan and merchants. The mill will feature 2d artist and 3d artists as well as upscale home décor and some boutiques. Upscale Home Décor being their primary focus...which includes us. No resale items, collectables, or flea market booths.

 

The Basics:

     1. GCC is looking at a 15 x 8’ ( 120 square feet) of RETAIL space is available within walking distance to restaurants and brewery. An Open space area connects the mall setting.

     2. A six month Booth rental commitment/contract is required. $400 per month first and last mos due upfront.  

     3. The Cotton Exchange will handle all transactions, sales tax withheld at point of sales, 10% commission on all sales, no required booth setting, cutting each artist a monthly check, easy load in and out, lighting provided and regulated by fire marshal. We will have one outlet for things like Holidays lights, etc.

     4. The Grande opening depends on site construction completion by July 15, 2019, then booth construction in September 2019. Opening is not firm, make plans accordingly.

2. General Operating Tasks GCC is the umbrella to make the Mill space available, and not solely responsible for the working relationship with the Mill.

     1. Developing Booth décor and furnishings in upscale design, coordinating booth display construction with members.

     2. Operating budget for booth construction and operation.

     4. Booth maintenance and general up keep coordinated with GCC members. 

     5. Collecting monthly payments from member and making payment to Mill.

     6. Maintaining working relationship with The Mill and City of Canton. +

     7. Signage and coordinating /assisting member marketing of booth space. 

 

GCC Members wishing would participate are required to:

     1.Commit for 6 months. Pay a deposit of $100 which be applied towards first months rent and booth construction supplies.

     2. Understand and sign a contract outlying GCC booth policies for rental at The Mill.

     3.Tag items using Mill artists Id code and price each piece, keeping your own inventory sheet for your reference.

     4.Members may be responsible for filing with IRS, fyfi 1099 may be required by the Mill, TBD. 

     5. Members will be asked to assist in booth set up prior to opening, depending on manpower required.

Levels of interest:

1) Are you willing to sign and commit money asap?

2) Are you interested by not ready to commit money?

3) You have no interest at tis time.

It is essential to let GCC know your position enabling GCC to make plans for booth space and usage agreements. Please respond by email to gaclaycouncil@gmail.com. No response will be taken as no interest. If you are interested we need to know ASAP. Cost of participating, and booth space available depends on number of members indicating comment. For example: 10 members dividing 120” sq. feet = 12 square feet of display space, floor to ceiling approx. 3’ish w x 8’high, @$40 per month. This is just an example, its not firm. Lots of variables exists until GCC has list of committed artists, and a working floor plan.

 

In closing , distance does make it hard for everyone to commute to the meetings. Which means there’s a lot of to read, this meeting had a full agenda, but then, a lot is going on. Thanks for taking the time to read, respond, and add deadlines to your calendars. Welcome to all new members!! I hope to soon see your images up on our web site. If you have questions contact our web site chairman Megan. meganmbaker@yahoo.com

The next quarterly meeting will be Thursday August 8, 2019 6:00pm. A Potluck and plant swap will follow the meeting. The meeting will be at the home of Phoebe Maze. 12053 Rhinehart Collage Parkway (SR140) Waleska, GA 30183.

 

Members attending: Cathy Meincer, Debbie Flatt, Raye Tobin, Ann Wallin, Robin O'Connor, Linda Zlotnik, Fred and Laura Ellis, Janet Smith, Debbie Macknight, Mike Sherrer, Triny Cline, Megan Baker, Phoebe Maze, and Sue B. Chisholm

Respectfully submitted, Sue B. Chisholm Secretary GCC May 15, 2019

3rd Quarter Meeting, August 22, 2019 

President Phoebe Maze called meeting to order 6:00pm.

 

Minutes: for the May meeting were approved .

 

Treasury Report: Balance as of August 22, 2019 is $4,523.97 . Traditionally that is generally the amount is GCC has carried forward in the third quarter or August. Treasurer, Debbie Macknight reported GCC is on track.

 

Gilmer Art Show unofficial tally sales were over $2,000 ,20 items were sold. It was a well done show. Gilmer staff was extremely helpful. The staff was also pleased with the sales, crediting price ranges GCC provided and the variety in work contributed.

 

Upcoming Shows and Exhibits:

 

Cherokee County Art Center, 94 North St. Canton, Ga 30114.

October 5-October 24.

Drop off Tuesday October 1 or Wednesday October 2, 11:30am-4:00pm.

Breakdown Oct 25-26.

The reception will be on a Saturday October 5, 2-4pm. Not on a First Friday, as in the past. No paperwork is pending at this time.

Blue Ridge Arts Center 2020 Save these dates!!!

Exhibit: Georgia Clay Council January 11 – February 22, 2020, Richard Low Evans Gallery Opening Reception: January 11, 2020 5pm – 7pm.

Commitment to show due Thursday, November 7 at GCC quarterly meeting.

Art work due: December 20, 2019 11am – 4pm (Alternate Date -01/03/2020)

Artwork Pickup: February 23, 2020 11am – 4pm.

This is a fantastic facility, great gallery and reception area. This is a perfect way to start the new year. Plan ahead and have inventory available. December will creep up, plan now to participate. Marketing will be a topic at the November meeting.

 

Marietta /Cobb Museum is under investigation as a possible exhibit site for 2021. Details pending.

 

Workshops 2020:

 

Judy Barter See Judy Brater's work on FB. Search for @JudyBraterCeramics". Judy specializes in hand building and altering wheel work with textures, then adding nature’s subjects. She will also present glazing techniques using a video. Working on mid January dates $130+TBA pricing review for 2020. Registration, date, and pricing at November meeting.

 

Liz Zlot Summerfield see Liz Zlott Summerfield on Facebook or http://www.lzspottery.com/ .She hand builds using slabs and templates. She offers a different format than what has been offered last few workshops.

March 7 - 8, 2020 $150+ TBA pending pricing review for 2020. Registration information and pricing available at November meeting.

 

Ana Leal watch for May 2020 dates. View https://www.facebook.com/ana.leal.9674227 : https://www.instagram.com/analealpottery/ Ana Leal (@analealpottery) • Instagram photos and videos.

 

General Information:

 

Reminder Raku Firing Wednesday, August 28,2020 5:00pm

Something Southern Pottery 145 Arliss Dr. Canton Ga, 30115.

Pizza will be ordered. Pot luck salad, fruits or dessert. RSVP would be helpful but not required. Meeting adjourned 6:45pm Good eats followed!!!

Next meeting will be Thursday November 7, 2019

Something Southern Pottery 12:00 noon

Potluck lunch at 1:00pm.

Watch for agenda items and further plans. Be thinking about Elections, its that time again. FYI we will resume winter (EST changes Nov2) meetings for Nov 2019 and Feb 2020. When EDT and nice weather returns May and August 2020 meetings will be at 6:00pm.

 

Unoffical topics: after the meeting was adjourned, a couple interesting topics came up. Are you interested in a GCC Holiday Party? December ???? 2-5pm on a weekend?

Social Media also came up in conversation. There seems to be renewed interest in the topic. It’s a vast topic. What is of interest to you? Please be specific what interests you about social media? FB, Pinterest Instagram? Selling online? Other? No reply/response to either topic will be considered a no vote. Please reply by email...

 

Note the great letterhead with phone and email address. Thanks, Denise!!!

 

FYI : Jeff Campana workshop Methods for Multiples Mold Making workshop Sept 28-29 10 am to 4 pm fee: $25 members Roswell Clay Collective /non-members $50. Contact Roswell clay collective: claywest4@gmail.com

 

Members attending: Fred and Laura Ellis, Megan Baker, Triny Cline, Mike Sheerer, new member Jennifer Kirksey, Kathryn Somers, Tina Vamvakias, Barbara Murphy, Janet Smith, Luce Van Asten, Phoebe Maze, Debbie Macknight, and Sue Chisholm

 

Respectively submitted,

Sue Chisholm, GCC Secretary August 26, 2019