February 21, 2019

1st Quarter Meeting

The first quarterly meeting was 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

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