Thanks to everyone who came to our first virtual Clay Club! We got to see friends new and old; some we haven't seen since before COVID and others we got to meet for the first time. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my limited Zoom skills and special thanks to John Britt for co-hosting with me and making sure everything went smoothly (and answering some glaze questions, natch). We talked about what we've all been doing during the pandemic. For some of us, getting studio time has been harder. Lots of events got canceled and galleries were closed, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, but some have been pleasantly surprised by old and new revenue streams.
We talked about possibilities for upcoming Clay Club meetings. John is working on a group firing opportunity. Another popular topic idea was a social media panel. We've done social media focused Clay Clubs before, but it's been a while. Some folks who attended the Zoom meeting talked about difficulties coming to in-person meetings and there definitely seems to be interest in continuing to have some meetings virtually. Let me know if you have ideas for Clay Club topics and/or how to hold upcoming meetings.
Lori Theriault shared that The Village Potters Clay Center Gallery is open and tonight (Friday the 15th) there will be a virtual opening for Grounded Flow. From the Facebook event page:
Grounded Flow is a special exhibit and sale featuring the works of TVPCC Apprentices Caroline Woolard and Keira Peterson. We will host a Live-Stream Opening Reception on Friday, October 15 at 5:00PM. Caroline and Keira will tour us through their exhibit and answer any questions in simultaneous Facebook and Instagram Live-Streams. We hope you'll join us!
The Village Potters Clay Center is also open for classes and clay sales. Check out their COVID policies here: https://thevillagepotters.com/but-wait-theres-more/covid-19-pandemic-policies/
Lori and Tori Motyl shared that the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival (NCCAF) will take place next Saturday, October 23rd, in North Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Check out all the details about the NCCAF here: www.northcarolinaceramicartsfestival.com
Tori also told us about Double Island Studio, a teaching studio in Green Mountain, NC started by Liz and Scott Summerfield. They'll be coming out with their 2022 summer workshop schedule soon. (Tori will be teaching Wild Clay and Throwing Big workshops!) Check out more about Double Island Studio on instagram at doubleislandstudio. (You should also check out this totally unbiased review of Double Island Studio by Roby Summerfield here: https://nicelocal.com/north-carolina/utility_service/double_island_studio/) If you're interested in the possibility of teaching at Double Island Studio, contact Tori at email@example.com
Thanks again to everyone who came and participated in the first virtual Clay Club!