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2024
Meeting Minutes

Archived Minutes

1st Quarter Member Meeting - Thursday, February 8th, 2024
At Barbara Murphy’s home

Empty Bowls Collection (currently over 100!)
11:30 am Meet & Greet
12:00 noon Meeting

12:00 Meeting called to order 

Presentation: Lynna Gron, “Throwing Large”
    Lynna previously attended a workshop on throwing large as part of the GCC scholarship program. In the workshop she made a 75 pound vessel. In her presentation we were able to see the processes her instructors, Katie Johnston and Bryce Briscoe, taught the class. Lynna shared many wonderful photos that helped us see the process she chose for her piece. It was a very informative and entertaining presentation with great results. 
Will she make another large piece? She’s not sure - she found her limitation is the size of her kiln! 

 

Financial:
Treasurer Report by Kathryn Somers.
Current Balance:$7264.06
Recent Expenses:  
Upcoming Expenses: GA State license, $30. Annual Scholarship, approximately $450 with another expense later in the year. Promotional material for Hesser and Loucks workshop, approximately $40. 
Current Membership: 24 of 57 renewal invoices have been paid. 5 members have canceled their invoice due to moving and other extenuating circumstances.  


Shows and Exhibits: 

The Harris Arts Center Show Report: Mary DeFoor emailed an update on the GCC sales at the Harris Arts Center. “The total sales were $1242. Many gallery shows at Harris typically produce much, much smaller sales, so this amount speaks to the success of the show and the quality of the members’ work.”

GCC Shows 2024:
We realize these two upcoming shows are very close together. *Please note that there is some overlap from picking up pieces from the CAG show and dropping off for Bowen. It is possible to have the same pieces in both shows with a little coordination - lol.
 

Creative Arts Guild, in Dalton. June 7 - July 26, 2024 
Submission form will be available on our website in early April. Please think about pieces for hanging as well as pedestal pieces. 

  • Drop off dates: June 3rd & 4th, Monday & Tuesday

  • Opening Reception: Friday June 7th

  • Pick up dates: July 29th & 30th, Monday & Tuesday

We’re thinking of 30-50 pieces to fill the space. We need to make sure we are providing enough wall pieces. The gallery has limited pedestals available. 

Bowen Art Center in Dawsonville. August 3-23, 2024 

  • Show Dates: Saturday August 3rd to Friday the 23rd. 

  • Reception: Saturday August 3rd. 1-3pm.

  • Drop-off Dates: Sat. July 27th. 1-3pm; July 30, 31, August 1st. & 2nd. 11-3 pm. 

  • Pickup Dates: Sat. Aug. 24th. 1-3pm. & Aug. 27, 28, 29th 11-3 pm.

Items sold will have a commission deducted, members of the Bowen deduct 20% and non-members 30%. The Bowen will be sending a submission form and show information. 

Publicity for the show will include a postcard. They would like images of our work for it. Please send photos to our GCC email address.

The Bowen gallery has two rooms for the show. We estimate we need 50 - 60 wall pieces and there are lots of tables and pedestals for 3-D pieces. 

For the reception, the GCC will provide food and non-alcoholic drinks- since The Bowen is on school property they don’t serve alcohol. They will provide plates, utensils and napkins.


Another opportunity:
The BRMAA had a show titled “2024 Artisan Pottery Exposition” slated for June of this year. But, an exhibit was canceled and the pottery show was moved up to April. This show is all clay and will showcase local and regional artists. 
Some of the highlights:

  • 5 pieces per artist

  • All work must be for sale

  • Show runs April 5 - May 18th (ends before the CAG show)

 

Member Show & Sale:
At our last meeting, 4th Quarter 2023 in November, we discussed creating a new annual member sale based on past sales and the Art Ramble. We were contacted by Tim Coulter of Local Color Studio in downtown Canton about the possibility of using their studio to host an event. We will follow up with that and get more information for the next meeting. 

 

Fred & Laura Ellis introduced the idea of a member Spring or Fall open studio and sale. This would be open to the members to set up tents or use the covered porch of their studio for display and to sell their work. Members would be responsible for their own display, sales, and personal marketing. The GCC would provide some advertising, signage, and promotional material. Possibly some light refreshments for attendees. 
 

A tentative date of May 2025 was introduced. A step in the direction would be a letter of intent by members planning on participating. 

Beginning an annual member sale brought up the topic that this could lead to a resurrection of the Art Ramble. Discussion included that other members could open their studios for sales and a map could be provided with stops. Galleries, non-member studios, and different mediums, etc. could also be added. This led to a discussion about the amount of work the Art Ramble required. The Ramble had a budget of about $10,000. Some comments included that similar art trails in other areas provide online maps and studio/destination descriptions, cutting down on the costs of printing and advertising. QR codes can be used in simple advertising that lead people to easily updated information on a website. The Canton area has several art groups/organizations (Canton Creatives, Menagerie on Main, Local Color Studio, Canton Commission for the Arts, etc…) that could help promote or be included/involved.    

 

Workshops :

Scheduled Workshops:

Leather and Clay with Tom Slavicek, originally scheduled for February was canceled. Tom had a conflict with the February dates. A new date of Friday and Saturday, August 16th & 17th has been scheduled.  
Students will get a chance to use various types of leather while enhancing their clay creations.
Techniques to be taught include colorizing leather pieces and accents, using a pyrography tool on leather, decorating clay pots/mugs/bowls with leather accents, "wrinkled leather" technique, "marbled leather" coloring technique, and more. 


“Altered and Embellished” Demonstration with Lynnette Hesser & Steve Loucks https://www.lynnettehesserceramicscom https://wwwstevelouckspottery.com

  • April 13 & 14th 2024: Workshop. New location at Laura and Fred Ellis’s studio.

  • April 12th: Meet the Artists at Phoebe Maze’s home

  • Reserve your spot now. $140 members, $200 non-members


November 2 &3, 2024 Microwave Raku Workshop with Denise Young
    Watch for more details. It’s going to be fun!


Finishing and Glazing Techniques Weekend, late Summer/early Fall 2024 
Original suggested line-up:

  • Stains & Oxides - Debbie Macknight

  • Spraying Glazes - Valerie Diamond

  • Mixing Your Own Glazes - Kathryn Somers

  • Raku Glazes and Techniques for Alternative Firing - Fred Ellis & Ann Wallin


Proposed future workshops:


Pots with Personality: Sculpting with Rebecca Zeimer; monster figurines with an emphasis on expression and character development”

 
Throwing Large with Dan

 

Judy Brater: Handbuilding, 2025
    Judy had major surgery and a move this past Winter. She hopes to be up and running by Fall of 2024. We will touch base with her later this year to set a date.   

Current Outreach and Educational Projects - 


Empty Bowl Event: We’re still collecting bowls each meeting towards the goal of having a local event. Jenna Samples has stepped down as Chair. A plea was made for a volunteer to assume the role of chair. Valerie Diamond and Terry Gill volunteered to work as co-chairs to get the event rolling. Kathryn will be on the committee.
A thought was made that the empty bowls event could be rolled into the member sale and show. Valerie brought up that the empty bowls event was started as a reminder of those that live with hunger in their communities. The event really shouldn’t be combined with a member show or sale. For more information about the event and how it began, go to www.emptybowls.com 


Megan suggested the event might be held in a place like the Mill in Canton. They hold other charity events and seem to welcome events for the community. Local restaurants, including downtown Canton and the Mill, might be willing to donate the soups. The owners and managers of The Mill should be contacted to see if they would be interested in hosting the event. 


Building our Network
New Art Shows and Festival Database
Still working on it.
Send in any shows you love to do or have heard great things about.


Education and Outreach:

Annual Scholarship:
 2 applications were received for the annual scholarship. The first was from Kathryn Somers for an online glazing workshop. The second was from Jaylen Austin to attend the upcoming Tom Slavicek Leather Workshop. Since both scholarships were below the $1000 scholarship amount, they were both approved. Jaylen was also encouraged to find another workshop to attend on the scholarship that she can present to the members. Kathryn will be presenting in our glazing workshop. 

In Attendance:
Barbara Murphy, Kathryn Somers, Deborah MacKnight, Lynna Gron, Susan Blanchard, Charlotte Barron, Phoebe Maze, Denise Burke, Laura Ellis, Fred Ellis, Megan Baker, Valerie Diamond, Terry Gill, Jalen Austin.


Next Meeting: Night-time Meeting. May 9, 2024
5:30 Meet & Greet
Studio Stuff Swap & Sale will be the 2nd Quarter Member Meeting in May 2024. Just in time for Spring cleaning!  
6 pm Meeting 
Location: TBD

 

Georgia Clay Council Festival Survey

We are developing a resource for our membership regarding selling at art shows, festivals, and fairs. We would love your feedback. Please take a few minutes to answer the following:

Do you have experience with art/craft fairs and festivals?
For those with experience, would you be willing to assist or mentor members, or share tips and tricks for success?

Thank you for doing the survey!

2nd Quarter Member Meeting May 18, 2023

Held at Harris Arts Center, Calhoun, GA

 

5:30 p.m. A little time to meet, mingle, and catch up with clay friends!

 

Meeting 6:00 p.m. – First order of business was a tour of the gallery. The space is large and will be a wonderful space to display our work. Lots of wall space and pedestals are available too. 

 

Great eats began as everyone served themselves from the potluck and made their way to the tables for the meeting.

 

6:20 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Julie Nunn.

 

Financial:

 

Treasurer Report by Julie Nunn, our treasurer Kathryn Somers was excused due to illness – Current balance is $5,996.34

Recent Expenses - Since the last member meeting there were a few reimbursements for 1st Quarter Member Meeting expenses and Raku Building Workshop.  

Upcoming Expenses -  Post Office renewal may come due this quarter.

 

Shows and Exhibits: 

 

The Harris Arts Center in Calhoun - August 25 - October 12, 2023 

Dates to note:

Submission Deadline to GCC (see below for more info) - July 27th

Drop off - August 17-19th

  • Thursday, 17th: 2-4 p.m.

  • Friday, 18th: 4-6 p.m.

  • Saturday, 19th: 10 a.m. - 12 noon

  • To schedule a drop off date or time, contact Dan DeFoor at 678-524-4499

Exhibit Opens - Friday, August 25th

Reception - Sunday August 27th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Pick-up - October 13: 4-6 p.m. and the 14th: 10 a.m. - 12 noon 

 

Things to note:

  • GCC members will submit descriptions of their pieces online to the GCC by July 27th. There is a form at the bottom of the page at https://www.gaclaycouncil.com/upcoming-events Note that there are 5 spots on the form. If you have more pieces you can submit the form again to have a total of up to 10 pieces in the show.

  • Wall pieces must be wired for hanging.

  • Table pieces can weigh up to 75 lbs.

  • Before drop off, tag each piece with the artist name, title, and price $ or NFS. 

  • The Harris Arts Center is insured for $65,000.

  • The Harris Arts Center takes a commission of 30% for non-member sales, or 20% for members.

 

In the Works:

Creative Arts Guild (Dalton) May/June 2024. 

Kathryn, Dan, or Mary will touch base on the schedule when it is finalized.

 

Workshops :

 

Raku Building Workshop with Fred - Was a GREAT experience for all who attended. They laughed, they learned, and they played with fire - what more could anyone want?! 

 

Workshops in process: 

 

March 2024: Leather and Clay with Tom Slavicek http://www.blackeagleleather.com we’re going to explore creative ways to use leather with our clay work. Photos and examples of possible projects were passed around.   

 

Glazing Techniques Weekend – 2 days to play! Come learn all about finishing your pieces. From mixing your own glazes, exciting options in commercial glazes, and unconventional finishes - we want to learn it all! Look for details coming soon. 4 presenters have been lined up. Next stage - scheduling.

 

A vote passed to move forward with scheduling “On and Off the Wheel: Into and Out-of-Round” with Lynnette Hesser https://www.lynnettehesserceramics.com/   & Steve Loucks https://www.stevelouckspottery.com/  

A date was established to host “Pots with Personality: Sculpting with Rebecca Zeimer; monster figurines with an emphasis on expression and character development,” but soon we realized both weekends were a conflict with the Harris Arts Center Show. It was a conflict with drop off and opening reception. We will check back with Rebecca and see about other dates available. To see her work… https://www.beckyzee.com/about  https://www.facebook.com/BeckyZee38104/  https://www.instagram.com/beckyzee38104/?hl=en 

 

Current Outreach and Educational Projects - 

 

Empty Bowl Event: Spring 2024! Jenna Samples has been working hard to research and begin planning a GCC sponsored Empty Bowls Event! We will need lots of bowls….  

So, on that note - Please bring bowls with you to every member meeting! Put them in your car so you don’t forget them, give them to your friends to bring, call us to pick them up, any way you can - get them to the meetings! We have a goal of collecting at least 50-75 bowls at each member meeting until the event. Ambitious? Yes! 

  • Julie is going to make a large thermometer to show our progress as we reach our goal of 200 bowls!

  • If you are making bowls for the event, we ask that each bowl should hold at least 2 cups, but all bowls are welcome.

Volunteers are needed! Valerie Diamond and Tracy Cullen volunteered to assist Jenna at the meeting - and you can join in on the fun too! (Thank you Valerie and Tracy!)

You can learn more about Empty Bowls and how it began here  https://emptybowls.com/ The charity we’re focusing on is Backpacks of Love. This organization's goal is to eliminate hunger in school-age children by providing food for their weekends. If you’d like to help out with the event, please reach out to Jenna (jennarsamples@gmail.com).

 

Building our Network - Business cards and an updated brochure are in the works for members to share with other artists you meet.

 

Education and Outreach:

Annual Scholarship:

Start exploring workshops and courses you may want to attend in 2024. Applications are due at the end of November. See the website for more details.

 

Next Meeting: Night Meeting. August 10, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 

Location TBD.

 

In attendance:

Julie Nunn, Tracy Cullen, Megan Baker, Jalen Austin, Valerie Diamond, Tisa Barton, Lilly Vicens, Mary DeFoor, Dan DeFoor, Fred Ellis, Laura Ellis, and Ree Lambert.

Several members sent their regrets, since they were off globe-trotting! Hope everyone had happy travels.

If you have not yet done so, please like/follow/join the GCC on the following social media platforms.  We’ll do our best to promote member shows, as well as group events.   Feel free to tag us in your own marketing efforts or email us with your event information so that we can add it to our feeds:

 

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/737121216769743  This is a private FB group where members can communicate and ask questions about upcoming events.

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/georgiaclaycouncil  This is a public page where anyone can see and post about group events.


Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/gaclaycouncil/  This is a place where the group or members can post images from events  or of their work.   The group can be tagged @gaclaycouncil,  #gaclaycouncil or #georgiaclaycouncil.

1st Quarter Member Meeting February 16, 2023

20th Anniversary Celebration

 

Masonic Lodge in Hickory Flat, GA

 

11:00 am A little time to meet, mingle, and catch up with long-time friends. Party games were enjoyed by all with a few prizes to boot!

 

Lunch: 11:30-12:00 Taco Bar opened & cake for everyone!

 

Meeting: 12:00 p.m. – The meeting was called to order by Julie Nunn.

Meet the New Board:

- President: Julie Nunn

- Vice President: Barb Murphy

- Treasurer: Kathryn Somers

- Secretary: Megan Baker

 

Financial:

Treasurer Report by Kathryn Somers – Current balance is $6,586.63

 

Recent Expenses - Yearly payment for the Secretary of State has been made this past quarter.  

 

Upcoming Expenses - Expenses for this meeting, but no other significant bills coming due now. 

 

Current Membership - Invoices have been sent out for 2023 membership to all past members of 2022 and 2021. Several are outstanding. We’ve had notices that 6 members will not be renewing, most have moved away and one passed away last fall. 

If you haven’t paid for 2023, please look for an invoice from the GCC through Square and pay it online. If you’d like to send a check, make it payable to GCC and mail to P.O. Box 4905 Canton, GA 30114

 

Shows and Exhibits: 

 

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association / Art Center - January 14 - February 24, 2023 

Update from Caroline: The traffic is good, interest is good, but sales are low.  

Dates to note: PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE

February 25, 2023 - Pick-up Artwork 11am-4pm ***As of the writing of the minutes, BRMAA sent an email asking artists to pick up on Friday, February 24th or Sunday, February 26th

Conversation about the lack of work for this show commenced. In the past the members of the GCC have filled the large gallery with enough work to make a strong show. This time there wasn’t enough work and the gallery moved in another collection to fill the space. The GCC show was moved to the small gallery (located behind the kitchen). This was not a show that reflected the strengths of the GCC. There were many small pieces but larger work was needed for the large gallery space. A distinct lack of enough wall pieces was crucial to filling the large gallery and resulted in the move to the small gallery. 


 

The Harris Arts Center in Calhoun - August 25 - October 12, 2023 

Dates to note:

Drop off - August 17-19th

Exhibit Opens - August 25th

Reception - Sunday August 27th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Pick-up - October 13 - 18th

 

Discussion about the Harris Gallery and the work we need to bring included:

  • The gallery looks best when it’s full.

  • The gallery has many places for hanging work, not only in the gallery, but in the entry and hall leading to the gallery. These are great areas to showcase your wall pieces.

  • Dan & Mary DeFoor’s last show there included 30+ large sculptures.

  • An estimate of 100 pieces from our group, including small 3D to wall pieces, sounds good for filling the space.

  • Expect a commitment call prior to finalizing your submissions; estimate your number of wall pieces and 3D work so we can plan to have enough for a full show.

 

A few remarks about the focus of GCC shows stemmed from these conversations:

  • Participation is important.

  • Variety makes our shows unique. All skill levels combine to create a show that has something for everyone to enjoy. 

  • No one is too new to clay to show. The most humble beginner piece next to an advanced piece from an experienced artist shows the capacity of clay to reach every artist and level. We want to showcase the breadth and depth of clay and all the artists that use it.

  • This is the venue for emerging artists to emerge. No matter the skill level, people want to see the work and there are few, if any, restrictions to showing with the group.

 

In the Works:

Creative Arts Guild (Dalton) May/June 2024. 

Kathryn, Dan, or Mary will touch base on the schedule when it is finalized.

 

Workshops :

Glazing Techniques Weekend – 2 days to play! Come learn all about finishing your pieces. From mixing your own glazes, exciting options in commercial glazes, and unconventional finishes - we want to learn it all! Look for details coming soon. 

  • Some highlights will be:

    • Oxides for dramatic or subtle effect

    • Mixing your own glaze recipes

    • Spray your glaze!

    • How to finish your raku and alternate fired pieces

    • Cold finishes - what does that mean and what can I use?

 

Raku Workshop - Look for an upcoming Raku Kiln Building Workshop with Fred soon! We’ll be learning how to make a raku kiln and how to test fire it. 

At a later date we’ll have a raku night with time for everyone to fire a piece or two. 

 

Possible Workshops:

Three possible workshops were presented to the members and all were voted on as good to proceed with details:

1. Microwave Raku Workshop with Denise Muckleroy Young. Use a kiln insert in a microwave for small raku pieces or test pieces. https://www.facebook.com/happyturtlekilnarts/  https://www.instagram.com/happyturtlekilnarts/?hl=en 

2. Throwing and altering forms with Lynnette Hesser https://www.lynnettehesserceramics.com/   & Steve Loucks https://www.stevelouckspottery.com/  

3. Pots with Personality: Sculpting with Rebecca Zeimer; monster figurines with an emphasis on expression and character development. https://www.beckyzee.com/about  https://www.facebook.com/BeckyZee38104/  https://www.instagram.com/beckyzee38104/?hl=en 

 

Alabama Clay Conference Report - 

The conference was so much fun! It was a weekend of inspiration, learning, and socializing. We had the opportunity to watch 4 artists work for several hours each day and ask questions. Lectures were available in the evenings. Gallery exhibits were close enough to walk to. Other fun events included a mug exchange, attendee show, presenters sale, clay vendor market, Auburn University student show, and raffle. 

 

Current Projects - 

We are collecting and updating our member mailing addresses for a future Pin Map of Members and Resources. We’d like to be able to see where our members are located so we can work on connecting members and having events that are as convenient as possible. 

 

Member Page Updates on the website - it’s time to renew the images and artist profiles. Everyone gets a page! You can have as little or as much on your page as you want. Please email images and info to gaclaycouncil@gmail.com  Subject: Member Page info, Attn: Megan. 

 

Empty Bowl Event this Fall! Jenna Samples has been working hard to research and begin planning a GCC sponsored Empty Bowls Event! We will need lots of bowls….  You can learn more about Empty Bowls and how it began here  https://emptybowls.com/ The charity we’re focusing on is Backpacks of Love. This organizations’ goal is to eliminate hunger in school-age children by providing food for their weekends. If you’d like to help out with the event, please reach out to us (gaclaycouncil@gmail.com) or Jenna (jennarsamples@gmail.com).

 

Building our Network - Business cards and an updated brochure are in the works for members to share with other artists you meet.

 

Education and Outreach:

 

Annual Scholarship:

Start exploring workshops and courses you may want to attend in 2024. Applications are due at the end of November. See the website for more details.

 

Next Meeting: Night Meeting. May 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 

This meeting will likely be held at the Harris Art Center in Calhoun so the members can see the space for the upcoming show. Stay tuned for confirmation.

 

In attendance:

Barbara Murphy, Julie Nunn, Patricia Reeves, Sue Chisholm, Lynna Gron, Charlotte Barron, Janet Smith, Deborah Macknight, Susan Blanchard, Laura Ellis, Fred Ellis, Megan Baker, Kathryn Somers, Valerie Diamond, Triny Cline, Mary DeFoor, Dan DeFoor, Phoebe Maze, Cathay Meincer.

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