Thursday, December 2, 2010
Guild Mtg, Shows & Sales
Last night I went to my Potter's Guild of Florida's Gulf Coast meeting which was held at the ceramics department of St. Pete's College Clearwater campus in conjunction with the student ceramic, print, and photo show in the Crossroads Gallery and ceramic sale there. Gary went to the event with me and we became enamoured with this Cow Pitcher by Barbara Bobbie Davis which is now part of our pottery collection. The cow pitcher is much nicer in person.
The show was great, sorry no photos of the show. Lots of spectacular photos, prints, and, of course, ceramics. Glenn Woods chaired our meeting with a quick discussion about all the upcoming shows and pottery events in the area including the Lutz Arts and Palm Harbor shows, the Dunedin Fine Art Center pottery sale, St. Pete Clay sale, and information about the Florida Westcoast Ceramics Society Tour De Clay.
Then there was a presentation by Jonathan Barnes about the upcoming NCECA conference in early Spring 2011 in Tampa. Next we had a tour of the ceramics department and a presentation by Kim Kirchman about soda firing and tour of the kilns including the soda kiln built on the campus. Before the meeting lots of folks were purchasing pottery during the sale.
The enthusiasm of the students and instructors was infectious, I was half wishing I was attending this college right now. Their high fire test tile board was really impressive with what seemed like hundreds of different glaze combinations. Well lets see, there were 91 test tiles and three glaze combos on each tile, so that's 273 different glazes. More later, I have lots of work to do to prepare for sales this month and a show in January at the Stirling Gallery in Dunedin for the month of January. There's frost on the pumpkin this morning, cold for Florida.