[Clayart] nceca stories/long

jonathan byler jebyler2 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 15:17:17 EDT 2014

This is what I'm talking about!  hard work, and making friends.  this is how you go places. this is how it happens, and this is why I love NCECA, even if the conference program was less than interesting for me this year.  Where else do you find so many good people all in one place focused on making pots and art, and everything in between?  Some of the connections you make are invaluable, and the interesting things and ideas that you stumble upon when that many people of similar interest are in the same place is astounding, really.

 Please let us know about that wood fire conference in denmark when you get back, Tony.  I was hoping to attend, but my travel plans don't include europe this year.


On Mar 26, 2014, at 12:36 PM, tony clennell <smokieclennell at gmail.com> wrote:

> Steve: Although I agree with you and Taylor that perhaps the real potters
> are looking elsewhere for their clay injection site I have to say that it
> can be a worthwhile horse to ride.
> As for the Clayart horse- it was because of Clayart and you that I will be
> presenting at Ceramics Festival at Aberystwyth in Wales UK. Thank you very
> much, Steve for your nomination.  I am indeed most honoured as my early
> mentor Mick Casson would be very pleased. That followed by an invitation to
> do a workshop and present in the Lake District in the UK.
> Donovan Palmquist asked me to attend the Wood Fire conference in Denmark. I
> also had offers of two workshops in BC and one in Nova Scotia. So you see
> it can be worth the price of admission.
> On my way out of the hotel at NCECA a Clayarter that wants to remain
> anonymous offered me a scholarship for a Sheridan student of colour to
> attend NCECA next year. We took 30 students this year. Rhode Island is
> closer so there will be more from Sheridan going. I landed a couple of
> students summer assistantships that will be career changing. For some of us
> NCECA is about conducting business.
> That said you have to have good work to back up all the talk. The work is
> what gets you the offers not the pub talk. BTW I write many letters of
> recommendation but the real good ones I always set up a personal
> introduction at NCECA.
> Cya in Wales.
> T

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