Clayworkers' Guild of Illinois A dedicated group of ceramic clay artists and artisans.


Business Meeting Minutes – May 15, 2017

Members present:
Trish Volkommer, Lena Wells, Susan Clough, Erica Wilson, Mary Lou Mateja, Nancy Terranova, Pat Brutchin, Coco Medina, Frank Richards, Ben Rosenfield, Cindi Hicks, Tom Vician

Old Business:
The 2nd Annual Pizza/Raku Party was a great success once again. A big thank you goes out to Tim Pfiffner who has generously offered to host it again next year!

Old Courthouse Art Center Charity Event:

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We have entered the Illinois Clayworkers' Guild into a charity event for the Old Courthouse Art Center on the Woodstock Square.  We will be making dessert plates for the Friends of the Old Courthouse's  Murder Mystery Dinner that they are holding 10/28/17 .  The Guild will be donating our services as a way of giving back to the community that supports us,  If you wish to use Guild clay, talk to Trish and you will be able to pick it up at MCC.  We may have a day set aside to throw or build at MCC.   They have estimated that there will be 200 people in attendance.  Giving the patrons a dessert on one of our lovely handmade plates as a gift will be the highlight of the evening.  They will be allowing guests to eat s=dessert there or take it home.  They want a plate 4 inches to 9 inches in diameter, hand-built or thrown that will hold a cupcake and something that they can just cover with plastic wrap  without having to wash individual plates at the event. 

 Trish has 23 members who have indicated that they are willing to make plates for the above event.  Please contact Trish if you have not.  The more people who get involved, the less each will have to make.  They are asking for about 200 plates. at present, that would mean about 10 plates per person give or take a few.  Again, the size should be 4” to 8” and one that could hold a cupcake.  Any shape, color, design, clay it is all up to you.  If you have a special clay you like, use it.
The guild will have a label to add on the bottom of the plates indicating that they have been donated by our organization. You may put your own signature on one corner, plus you should have a business card attached to your pieces as well.   This is an opportunity to make our annual sale, November  through January,  ramp up with people who see out work!
We are asking for everyone to have their plates completed by the end of Sept. so if we need to make more plates we can do so and have them done and donated by the Oct. 28th deadline if not preferably before then. 
If you have not informed Trish that you would like to help with this event,  please send her an email indicating that you would still like to help out.  Contact Trish Vollkommer 

New Business:
Upcoming Calendar Events:

June Guild Picnic:  

Saturday June 24th, 2017

 (Rain Date: Sunday June 25th or possibly holding the event indoors with the barn or garage used for plaster event)

 10am- when you want to leave

At Mary Lou Mateja’s house in Woodstock.  Direction given closer to the date.
What will be provided:   Smoked pulled pork (smoked for 14 hours!!!!) sauces,  condiments, soft drinks, tables,  some chairs, utensils, napkins,  tent, 6 bags of plaster, mixing receptacles.  BYOB.
Things to bring:  Your significant other, a lawn chair, a dish to pass, 2-3 objects to make  into a plaster mold (no undercuts allowed), Pam pan greaser or other lubricant to spray on the pieces going into the plaster and an apron if you’re messy (LOL)

Here is the information sent via MaryLou:
JUNE EVENT:  The CWG Family Picnic and plaster mold making event.
Date:  June 24th, 2017  rain date the 25th unless held indoors.  TBA as the weather is known,
Time: 10:00 a.m. until you want to leave.
The plaster supplies will be furnished by the Guild.  It is up to you to you to bring a few pieces to mold.  Depending upon how many attend, you might be able to make 2 or 3 pieces.  Make sure that the pieces that you choose do not have undercut edges.  If they do, you will not be able to unmold them.  One fun and useful thing we have made in the past, is an elongated clay reclaiming platter for use in your own studio.  A box used to hold four six pack of pop or beer is a great mold, lined with plastic.  A larger wok  will be available, too, for casting and several other bowls and dishes.
MaryLou and her husband, Bob, have a large, very deep fish pond.  You may bring you poles, artificial bait and worms, but they prefer no minnows, as some minnows are scavenger fish and might escape the hook.  The pond is stocked with crappies, bluegills, sunfish, bass (many well over 12 inches) and catfish.   They catch a lot of fish on canned corn on a hook (really!).  Bring a bucket and take your fish home.  Whatever you catch you keep.  You can clean them there with their knives and they can be frozen or refrigerated until you leave.  There is a fire pit and mosquito pots to keep the pests away.   If it rains, we may still have the party indoors.  Mold making would be in the pole barn or garage, but a rain date might be implemented.. 
Horseshoes and some other games will be available.  The main course of incredible 14 hour slow smoked, pulled pork and some drinks will be supplied, such as pop, water and lemonade and/or ice tea.  BYOB and a dish to pass.   Ice and refrigeration will be available, too.   They have tables, sun umbrellas and a lot of chairs, but if you wish, bring your own to make sure you have a seat.   Hope to see you there!  PLEASE   R.S.V.P. when asked.  
Photo Shoot:  

Saturday July 8th, 10am-2pm 
Tom Vician will photo shoot your pieces of pottery 1 to 6 pieces per person and bring a flash drive and he will down load it onto that.  Then you will have professional looking pictures to submit for entries into shows.
You must RSVP to Michelle Artner by email  if you plan to attend this event & receive your time slot.  RSVP is REQUIRED for this event; if not enough people sign up, it will be canceled
Business Meeting:  

6 PM August 30th at MCC

Fall Workshop:  

September 29 and 30th, 2017 at MCC 

Time: TBA

If you want, bring a snack to share.

A hands-on event with Annie Crietzberg 

Workshop Artist Reception/Pot Luck: 

Thursday September 28th at MaryLou’s house

 Clayworkers Guild Show:  At the Old Courthouse Arts Center on the Square in Woodstock, IL
Our show will coincide with another 2-D art group, although not with E-Group as we have for the last several years.  Contact Susan Clough for more information.
Terms of entry: $10 fee plus an additional 20% commission to the gallery on each piece sold with up to 5 pieces being submitted into the show. 
            Drop off: October 1st & 2nd, times TBD         

            Show Begins: Thursday, October 5th

            Show Reception: Monday, October 9th, 

            Time: 6:30pm  with awards given out to our members for:  







     Our Judge this year is:   CJ Niehaus -- here is a bio on CJ
CJ Niehaus received her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC) and her BA in Art Therapy from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Awarded a residency at Paducah School of Art and Design, she taught college level ceramics and art history classes along with studio assisting and pursuing her own work. CJ has also taught college level ceramics at SIUC and Elgin Community College along with classes at McHenry County College.
Recently she was awarded the Lillian Thomas Distinguished Fellowship at Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and the IA O’Shaughnessy Foundation Scholarship at Penland School of Crafts.
Juried into exhibitions at Northern Clay Center, Baltimore Clay, the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, NCECA Expo, and others, CJ maintains an active show schedule across the country. She is represented by several galleries, including the Charlie Cummings Gallery and In Tandem Gallery.
Believing that art offers creative problem solving skills, CJ values teaching critical thinking as well as technical proficiency in ceramics courses.
November Business Meeting:  

November 1st at MCC

6 PM

Holiday Sale:  

November. 2017 through the first week of January, 2018

Contact Trish for the latest information; rooms still under negotiation  This is open to all members of the Guild who wish to participate.  This sale is not funded by the Guild but we use the Guild name to promote it. 
Members pay for their space and are required to work a certain amount of days (this has been about 3 to 6 days in the past few years) determined by how many members are in the sale.  This is a great opportunity for members to sell their pieces of pottery (only pottery items are allowed).  There are a few built in shelving units at the gallery if you do not have a shelving unit, you can also use tables in some cases, and/or borrow from someone who does have a shelving unit.  For more detailed information about this sale you can contact  (Trish Vollkommer).  The start up cost for your space is $100 and again this may go down depending on how many members want to join in on this sale.  
Christmas Party:  

Saturday, 12/2/17

 Tom Vician has volunteered to host the Christmas Party if his house renovations are completed;  Michelle Artner has volunteered to be a back up host if Tom is not ready; if anyone else is interested in hosting the party this year please contact Trish and names will be drawn from a hat to determine the host.
All upcoming events can be viewed on the calendar of the Clayworkers Guild Website, in the calendar of events that was emailed out, or on our Facebook page
Meeting adjourned

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