Monday, July 4, 2022

July 2022 Clay Network News

It's official, summer is here bringing in the heat, blue skies, beach days and for some of us a real big wish for an air conditioned studio!

Lots of catch-up here on my part, so let's get to it. 

We are growing! That's right, just when we thought the pandemic would end Clay Network, not only did we stay afloat, but our membership is growing. Thank you members, and don't forget, new potters are always welcome to our meeting and don't have to be a paid member (and its our job to get you excited about what we do so you do join!).

Our last meeting was held May 15th at the Atlantic Pottery Supply in Orange Park. Attendance was excellent and our guest demonstrator, Mark Lester, wowed the attendees with his double walled pots.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 17th 2 - 5 pm at our VP's house in Green Cove Springs. It's a pool and grill party, plus Angie will be demonstrating how she uses native clay. With the price of everything going up, it is a good idea to source our own clay! Please be sure to RSVP

Registration is also open for our September 2-Day Workshops with artist Stacy Morgan. You can register for both days or just one day. Seats are limited. Contact Laura at for more information or to get your registration form.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Springtime is Officially Here!

 Hello Potters!

Lots of catch-up to do on Clay Network! When the pandemic hit, the Clay Network, like so many other associations and groups, went on hiatus. In January, Clay Network held their first public meeting in two years! Fortunately, the fires were still burning and Clay Network is back! 

Our March meeting was held at the Jacksonville Pottery Studio, and was well attended. During this meeting, the group voted on a new board, and we are happy to announce our new board members:

Jill Kolb - President

Angie Hindle - Vice President

Mary Matheson - Treasurer ( she is staying until the end of the year, interested parties, please apply!)

Laura Burgess - Secretary

Kate Thomes - Past President ( she is staying on to help guide the new board)

                      (l-r: Mary Matheson, Kate Thomes, Laura Burgess, Angie Hindle, Jill Kolb)

Our upcoming meetings were announced, and a very exciting workshop was also introduced.

    May Meeting - May 15, 2 - 5 pm at the Atlantic Pottery Supply on 1904 Debarry Ave. in Orange Park. We'll have our meeting and potluck (don't forget to share a dish and bring your utensils) and a demo.

    July Meeting - the group also discussed whether or not to hold a July meeting and the vote was for a July Meeting - location and date/time TBD

    September Workshop - Clay Network will be hosting Stacy Morgan for a two-day workshop at the Atlantic Pottery Studio. Mark your calendars for Sept. 17-18. More information and pricing will be coming soon.

    November Meeting - TBA

After our potluck and great conversation, Cat Plesko of Jacksonville Pottery Studio demonstrated how to tackle a 25 lb. block of clay and make a large vessel. She made is look easy, but there is a trick to it, along with some strong arms.

    If you want to be a featured artist on our monthly newsletter, you must be a member. Still the best price in town at only $25/individual or $40/couple. Contact Mary Matheson for more information.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

 Hello Potters!

We will have our first in person meeting for 2022 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 2p-4p at the home of Kate Thomes, VP and Acting President in St. Augustine.  Please check your email for details or message here and we will provide the address.  

This meeting will follow CDC Guidelines regarding COVID by requiring masking and social distancing.  However, the meeting will primarily be held outside in the fresh air. 

We will have our usual potluck and we encourage everyone to bring a dish to share.  Please bring your own utensils and a plate or bowl for personal use.

We will be discussing the future of Clay Network in these new and different times.  We are also planning to organize a hands-on workshop in the fall of 2022 and are seeking input from membership.  

Please consider attending!

Yours in Clay,

Cindy Ward