Friday, May 22, 2009

Beaches Library Show

at the Beaches Regional Library exhibit

We hope you have had the opportunity to visit the Clay Network exhibit at the Beaches Regional Library. If you have not yet had the chance to go, it will be there until May 31st.

Members will have another opportunity to show their work in July.
At that time we will be displaying our work at the Regency Square Regional Library.

Keep creating, we love to see your art!
It looks so good in the glass cases.

Do you want to get in on the action?
Join the fun interesting people of Clay Network.

Together we can do more.
Meet other clay artists, and build friendships, participate in group sales, exhibits, workshops, and teach and learn through our free programs at each meeting.

We help and support each other, to take your art where you want it to go.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

April meeting summary

What happened at the Clay Network meeting on Sunday, April 26?

We have been very busy since our last meeting in January. There was a lot to discuss.

No more homeless pets has contacted the Clay Network.
They are looking for donations of animal-themed or inspired art to auction off. This is a juried show, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top pieces. Look for details at their web site

We have some new DVDs for loan from our library.
The spring SPVCA sale is canceled. We will instead focus on other opportunities.
We will consider participating in the fall St. Augustine Arts Festival, to sell, as well as exhibit.
We have scheduled 3 library displays. The first is May 1-31 at the Beaches Regional Library in Neptune Beach.

Christie is pursuing ideas for the Empty Bowls fund raiser.
Marcia is working on ideas for a sale and exhibit at the Women's Center.
We are considering participating in the new Riverside Arts Market.

We all got to see the new rack cards and logo design.
A web site, in addition to this Malleable Times Newsletter blog, is under construction.
Marcia will try to develop a photography workshop in order to have some great pictures for a gallery page of our members' work. She recommends everyone take a look at this web site This link is also listed under "Some Favorite Sites".

We now have a tent to be used for the Clay Network group shows. It can be rented, for just $35 for 3 days, by our members.
We are working on buying or building shelves too.

Marcia is excited about her new video recorder. She is going to make recordings of her class lessons and make them available for loan to Clay Network members through our library.

We voted to meet more often.

Wow! Clay Network is full of ideas and happenings!

After the business meeting we were ready for the clay fun. Margaret led our hands-on program, Coloring White Clay. We mixed various colorants with the clay and made small test disks which Margaret will fire to cone 6. We will see the results at our next meeting. Some of us took home the extra colored clay to make beads or other small items.
We also made magic water.
As we kneaded our clay, we were entertained by Tim's daughter, Emily, who played her violin for us. A fiddler on the roof!

A potluck meal followed the program and was enjoyed by all.

We all enjoyed seeing each other, and Margaret's beautiful beachfront home. Thank you for hosting us Margaret, and thank you for a fun program too.

The next meeting will be July 19th, at the home of Karen M, in Mandarin.
September 20th we will meet at Wild Ginger Studios, in Green Cove Springs.
November 15th will be at Marcia's in the Arlington area of Jacksonville.
We are planning to meet January 17th, 2010 at Lisa's, in Neptune Beach.
March 21st will be hosted by Christie in St Augustine.
The May 16th meeting will be at Karen J.A.'s home in Jacksonville.

Our meetings are open to everyone.
If you are not a Clay Network Member, but would like to attend a meeting, and need directions or other information, please contact Lisa at : .

If you would like to join or renew your membership, dues are only $20.
Please send your check to Margaret. (Contact Lisa for Margaret's address.)