Past Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

2nd Quarter Member Meeting May 11, 2022

Gilmer Arts, 207 Dalton St, Ellijay, GA 30540

 

Roundtable 5:30 p.m. Meet A Member - 

 

Deborah MacKnight gave a WONDERFUL presentation on how she created the bases for her sculptures that were in the Marietta Cobb Museum show. If you recall, they had a lovely wood vibe with an iron oxide finish that created a range of surfaces from realistic wood to a leather-like look. Thick walls for support, ventilation, and lots of time helped her create bases that were perfectly flat (or really close) and sturdy for her sculptures. Her technique with the finish included rubbing or burnishing with a soft cloth creating varying areas of oxide. Where the oxide was thicker, it created a deep, matte finish in brownish-black. The thinner areas allowed for the variations of brown that helped create a natural wood tone.   

 

Kathryn Somers shared her results from Luce VanAsten’s workshop (they were so much fun!) and new pieces that she’s been working on. 

    

(A suggestion was made during the meeting that meetings from past years had sometimes included a show-and-tell from any member attending the meeting. We’d like to continue this tradition and encourage everyone to bring a piece that you can show, talk about, or get advice on. When I (Megan) first began attending meetings I was bringing my firing issues (pinholes - ugh) and getting the best advice and things to try. It was a great way for me to learn and get to know the other members! One of our purposes is to help educate each other and share our experiences. So, let’s do that!) 

 

Meeting 6:15p.m. – Call to order by Megan Baker and potluck began.

Financial : Treasurer Report – Luce Van Asten: 

  • Current balance $7977.96

    • Reminder on $1000 outstanding to be paid for 2022 scholarship.

  • Upcoming workshop by Stacy Morgan - We’ve received enough participants to cover the cost of the workshop.

 

Shows and Exhibits :

 

July 2022 - Gilmer Arts in Ellijay – (Handout flier - also see flier on website and email) Barbara Murphy: 

Drop off June 21 & 22, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - unless special arrangements are made.

Reception Sunday, June 26th. Time: 3-5 p.m.

Exhibit runs until August 23rd. Pick-up 23rd and 24th.

Please go to upcoming events on the website and submit your pieces, including your name, contact info, title of the piece, medium, dimensions, wall/table/podium, and price or NFS, for tags to be ready at drop off. Please email images to us at GaClayCouncil@gmail.com if you’d allow your pieces to be used for publicity. (We can also use them to update your images on your member page.)

 

Jan/Feb 2023 - Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association / Art Center - Mark your calendars! Rough dates are early January to mid-February, the same timeframe as our 2020 exhibit. Specific dates and times will be passed on when they are set. We’re looking forward to a beautiful show there again! 

 

Aug-Oct 2023 - Calhoun – The Harris Arts Center - approximate show dates of mid-August to mid-October 2023. Opening reception August 20th or 27th, from 3-4:30 pm. The pickup date would be October 16 & 17.

 

In the Works:

Chastain Arts Center & Gallery We’ve been talking with Kimberly Shelton,the Pottery Project Coordinator. They will be hosting their first official gallery exhibition in February 2023. 

  • Megan contacted Kimberly Shelton and offered dates of March - July or November into 2024. Waiting for a reply.

 

Galleries and Museums Spreadsheet – Julie Nunn is assembling a spreadsheet to help us plan for future shows and exhibits. 

 

Workshops :

Stacy Morgan, May 14&15, 2022, 

Friday Night Pre-party! Meet the Artist  Friday May 13, 2022. 6 p.m. dinner followed by a conversation with Stacy Morgan. Open to all members and workshop attendees.

Saturday: Slip Trailing 

An intensive, full day, hands on workshop about slip trailed decoration for ceramic  artists and potters. We’ll start with an information packed discussion and a demonstration of  the properties of slip, recipes and how to prepare them, how to adjust for the most desirable  flow and application, how to add colorants, a variety of tools for different effects, effective  drying and firing. 

The second part of the day is hands-on. We’ll explore a variety of application techniques on practice slabs of clay.  

Sunday: Beyond Slip Trailing 

We will  cover texturizing and special effects with plain and colored slips, building layers of interest with  slip from 2-D effects to 3-D effects, basic Mishima and Sgraffito, and a great way of making and  using stencils using a Cricut and a smartphone, that are perfect for working with slip to build  depth and interest on pottery surfaces.  

Participant materials: Attendees will need medium leather hard, small to medium pieces on which to practice each technique. Suggested: 4-5 pieces. Basic pottery tools, paint brushes, foam applicators, heat gun, wax resist, water pails, sponges etc. Stacy will bring the slip trailers she prefers, and they will be available for purchase.  

Water, snacks and lunches will be provided both days. Typical lunches are Publix sandwich trays, chips, fruit, dessert for one day; Pizza, salads, and dessert for another. Participants will have access to a refrigerator to bring meals for dietary restrictions and other drinks. 

Check out Stacy’s website to see her work: https://www.spmorganstudio.com/

 

Future Workshop Possibilities:

Fred Ellis has suggested a raku kiln building mini-workshop for those who would like to learn about the raku kiln. He needs to re-do the GCC raku kiln and could host a workshop. (This is different from what is listed on the questionnaire that is mentioned below). Details to follow…

 

Future workshop topic survey - Kathryn Holt submitted a questionnaire for member interest in future workshops. Please check the website on the Upcoming Events page for the form to submit digitally. We’d LOVE to hear what your interests are and about any artists that inspire you. We can always reach out and invite them to present a workshop. 

 

John Roberts - Wheel-thrown workshop. Demo with stacked pots. Possible August or Fall 2022 date? Megan will email him to determine if the workshop could involve participation and when his availability is. Hosting can be at the Masonic Lodge if wheel throwing is outside. 

 

Mike Lalone- (Will be doing a pinch-pot bust workshop at CAC in May) Another workshop possibility for Fall 2022 or in 2023 “Throwing off the Hump”. Hands-on, all levels. 

 

Education and Outreach:

 

“Day of Clay” Teacher Workshop with Creative Arts Guild: Was a beautiful day! Thank you to all who participated. We had a great time and the teachers seemed to enjoy themselves! 

Report from Dan & Mary:

32 attendees of all levels of experience and grade levels

10-11 volunteers and presenters

Look for the next one in a few years…

 

Annual Scholarship:

Be thinking about workshops and courses you want to attend in 2023. Applications are due at the end of November. See the website for more details.

 

Julie Brown - Akira Satake Workshop 3 Day Virtual Workshop

Julie reported on what she had learned from the 3 Day online workshop she attended. Akira was originally a musician and moved to the US. He opened a recording studio and was a photographer. He enrolled in a pottery class to unwind from his hectic recording studio schedule. 

A few things Julie took away from the class - He is not looking to make “perfect” pieces; embrace the imperfect - when throwing tea bowls he makes them off-center because there is beauty in the imperfections. 

He uses a dark colored STARworks clay to contrast with white slip in the Kohiki style. He developed his own style of Kohiki by brushing the slip onto the dark clay body and then stretching the clay to distort and crack. See his website for examples and inspiration  https://akirasatake.com/kohiki-gallery  also at  https://akirasatake.com/  and  https://www.instagram.com/akirasatake/?hl=en 

 

Empty Bowls 

Denise has to step back from her activity with the GCC for a short while. In the meantime, we are still looking at a possible Empty Bowls event in the Fall. 

      Possible Locations:

                The Mill (Open air space, stage, Derby event) - they seem to be invested in community events and causes.

Anyone wanting to help or head up the event?

ELECTIONS ARE COMING!

Please be thinking about how you can serve in the GCC. There are lots of ways to help promote the clay arts and teach others. All positions are available for consideration.

  • President 

  • Vice President 

  • Secretary 

  • Treasurer

  • Media and Promotion 

  • Resource Chair

  • Shows, Exhibits, Galleries Chair

  • Membership Chair 

  • Website and Social Media Chair

  • Volunteer Chair

Nominations at the next meeting in August and voting in November.

 

Next Meeting: August 10th - evening Meeting:

Kathryn volunteered to host in Calhoun. Address to come.

5:30 Meet A Member, Show and Share, Cry and Complain (Whatever clay issues you’re dealing with!)

6:00 Potluck and Meeting

 

Sheesh, these minutes are getting long….

In attendance: 

Barbara Murphy, Luce Van Asten, Kathryn Somers, Megan Baker, Deborah Macknight, Lynna Gron, Nancy Mancini, Martie Moore, Phoebe Maze, Dan DeFoor, Mary DeFoor. 

Past Meetings:

1st Quarter Member Meeting February 09, 2022

Hickory Flat Masonic Lodge, 2907 E. Cherokee Rd., Canton, Ga. 30115

 

Roundtable 11:30 a.m. Meet Barbara Murphy and her work

 

Meeting 12:00 – Meeting was called to order and potluck began.

 

Financial :

         Treasurer Report – Luce Van Asten is excused from the meeting due to illness : 

  • Current balance $7096.98.

  • This includes $1050 collected towards the upcoming workshop by Luce. Expenses for the workshop are expected to be

  • Five new members since the last meeting. Nancy Highfill, Pam & Evan Kohler-Camp, Martie L Moore, Cynthia Prince, and Jill Williams.

  • Dues are due! Look for an invoice from Square…

 

Shows and Exhibits :

We are working with galleries and venues that haven’t been open since the start of the pandemic. Many have had changes in staff and are learning new roles.  

July 2022 - Gilmer Arts in Ellijay – (Please see flier on website - upcoming events) Barbara Murphy: 

Drop off June 21&22 - unless special arrangements are made.

Reception Sunday, June 26th.

Exhibit runs until August 23rd.

A form is available on the website under "Upcoming Events" to send us the name of the piece, your name, dimensions,price or NFS, medium for tags to be ready at drop off.

If you can, please email photos to GaClayCouncil@gmail.com that they may use for publicity.  

Jan/Feb 2023 - Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association / Art Center - Mark your calendars! Rough dates are early January to mid-February, the same timeframe as our 2020 exhibit. Specific dates and times will be passed on when they are set. We’re looking forward to a beautiful show there again! 

Aug-Oct 2023 - Calhoun – The Harris Arts Center - approximate show dates of mid-August to mid-October 2023. Opening reception August 20th or 27th, from 3-4:30 pm. The pickup date would be October 16 & 17.

In the Works:

The Cherokee Arts Center The arts center is still looking for a new facility, but they have begun to use the current gallery space. Presently they are showing an exhibition of their instructors. We have approached them about a show later this year. - Update since the meeting - the CAC will be closing at the end of May.

Chastain Arts Center & Gallery We’ve been talking with Kimberly Shelton,the Pottery Project Coordinator. She indicated that they are in the beginning phases of coordinating their new roles since their re-opening. They will be hosting their first official gallery exhibition in February 2023. We will continue talking with them about a possible date in 2023. Working with our current commitments, we could possibly add them in March - July, or late Oct- Dec.  

  • Any thoughts on spacing out shows? 

  • What is the group comfortable with? 

  • Could shows overlap? The consensus was that shows should not overlap.

  • Do the members have enough pieces to cover an overlap? The consensus was that  many members do not have enough work to have shows overlap - that could create a show where there was not enough work available to fill the show and reflect the diversity of the membership. 

  • Megan will contact Kimberly Shelton and work on dates of April - June or late Fall into Christmas.

 

Galleries and Museums Spreadsheet – Julie Nunn is assembling a spreadsheet to help us plan for future shows and exhibits. 

 

Workshops :

Surface Decoration with Luce Van Asten;  March 26 & 27, 2022 at Phoebe Maze’s home. Registration will open in January. Cost will be $150 for members and $185 non-member. This will include some of the supplies needed, such as the gelli-plate, that attendees will take home. Fliers will be attached or available on the website. Look for a registration email in January.

Stacy Morgan, May 14&15, 2022, 

Saturday: Slip Trailing 

An intensive, full day, hands on workshop about slip trailed decoration for ceramic  artists and potters. We’ll start with an information packed discussion and a demonstration of  the properties of slip, recipes and how to prepare them, how to adjust for the most desirable  flow and application, how to add colorants, a variety of tools for different effects, effective  drying and firing. 

The second part of the day is hands-on. We’ll explore a variety of application techniques on practice slabs of clay.  

Sunday: Beyond Slip Trailing 

We will  cover texturizing and special effects with plain and colored slips, building layers of interest with  slip from 2-D effects to 3-D effects, basic Mishima and Sgraffito, and a great way of making and  using stencils using a Cricut and a smartphone, that are perfect for working with slip to build  depth and interest on pottery surfaces.  

Participant materials: Attendees will need medium leather hard, small to medium pieces on which to practice each technique. Suggested: 4-5 pieces. Basic potter tools, paint brushes, foam applicators, heat gun, wax resist, water pails, sponges etc. Stacy will bring the slip trailers she prefers, and they will be available for purchase.  

Water, snacks and lunches will be provided both days. Typical lunches are Publix sandwich trays, chips, fruit, dessert for one day; Pizza, salads, and dessert for another. Participants will have access to a refrigerator to bring meals for dietary restrictions and other drinks. 

Friday Night Pre-party! Meet the Artist  Friday May 13, 2022. 6 p.m. dinner followed by a conversation with Stacy Morgan. Open to all members and workshop attendees.

Check out Stacy’s website to see her work: https://www.spmorganstudio.com/

165/200 if we have AT LEAST 12 attendees to cover costs. 

Future Workshop Possibilities:

Sculpting with Plasticine Clay & Mold Making with Julie Nunn; has been delayed to 2023. This is a one-day workshop including step-by-step for modeling the head.

John Roberts - Wheel-thrown workshop. Demo with stacked pots. Possible August or Fall 2022 date? Megan will email him to determine when his availability is. Hosting can be at the Masonic Lodge if wheel throwing is outside. 

Mike Lalone- (Will be doing a pinch-pot bust workshop at CAC in May) Another workshop possibility for Fall or 2023 “Throwing off the Hump”. Hands-on, all levels. 

The subject of location possibilities brought up the Talking Rock Pottery (in Talking Rock…) They may be available to host a workshop, especially a wheel workshop. It is something to keep in mind for future workshops.

Education and Outreach:

“Day of Clay” Teacher Workshop with Creative Arts Guild: Update from Dan and Mary DeFoor:

         Saturday April 23, 2022. A handout was presented (and will be attached or found on the GaClayCouncil.com website) for members to sign up to help someone with a workshop, or to present a 1 or 2 hour workshop for the teachers.

         Workshops can have a target audience for teachers with no experience and up to teachers that are very educated in clay. Some schools, such as many elementary schools, may be limited to hand-building, but others will have wheels available. Dan will be running a wheel throwing workshop. A raku workshop is always a hit and is planned. Past workshops have included ribbon pots, fish, pinch pots…  Really, anything you do would be knowledge gained for the teachers!

         So, fill out a form and present a workshop or help someone else present theirs!

If you have any questions you can contact Dan for more information (and send your form in) at drdand4@gmail.com or 678-524-4499.

 

Annual Scholarship

Two applicants sent in forms. Lynna Gron and Julie Brown. 

  • Lynna Gron 

Bowl”ing” with Cone 6 glazes John C Campbell Folk School Folkschool.org with Lynnette Hesser & Steve Loucks 

Accentuate bowls with carving,altering,assembling, and embellishing techniques creating unique pieces for a variety of purposes. Demystify glazes through demonstrations of various application methods for cone 6 electric firing.

The dates of the course or workshop and cost...: June 5th thru 12th. 2022 $1009 tuition + Room and board extra 

  • Julie Brown

Akira Satake 3 day virtual workshop. March 1-3, 2022 https://akirasatake.com/ I have all ready registered because it could sell out. In January it did sell out and I missed it. I admire his work and would look forward to sharing his techniques should I be awarded the scholarship.

Three-day online Zoom workshop that will feature hands on demonstrations, slide presentations, and lots of in depth discussion about my techniques, artistic journeys, and personal creative philosophy. Each session will run for three hours with a short intermission. Students are invited to submit questions on the Zoom Chat feature which will be answered during the session. Open to all levels of experience. 

The dates of the course or workshop and cost...: March 1-3 $300

Both applicants were awarded approximately half their expenses for the class. Julie Brown $150 and Lynna $1000. This is a little over our original amount, but within the budget. Lynna’s class was filled before she could register, so she will update the board on another class or opening at a future date. 

 

Empty Bowls 

Update from Denise who is in quarantine since her husband tested positive for Covid. They are well. 

The GCC Empty Bowl fundraiser for Must Ministries has been moved to a fall date. As of now she’s looking at October and hoping we can coordinate with a city of Canton event! 


 

Next Meeting: May 11th - evening Meeting:  Julie Brown offered the Gilmer Arts Center for the next Quarterly Meeting in May. 

See you then!