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Qotw. How Is Your Pottery Community?

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#21 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 09:47 PM

I would imagine that community teaching venues have a built in aspect to creating a community. The potters from well established communities over time have developed community efforts like the 18 hands in Virginia to the Studio tours outside Minneapolis. It takes tie.
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 12:45 PM

Mostly I keep to myself. I work out of my house and I live in a rural area with long travel distances to other towns where there might be some clay-centered people/activities. I garner a lot of fellowship and interaction from these CAD forums/active posters. Very grateful for this!!


I don't much care for exhibits/craft shows anymore...kinda too much "been there, done that" in terms of how I run my life these days. I try to go if people I know are in a show or holding an open studio, but, again, I just don't travel all that much.


I have met quite a few extraordinary ceramicists in person, here in NH, heavy hitters and rising artists, mostly associated with the New Hampshire Institute of Art and some from the NH Potters Guild.  I have been going to the NH Potters Guild meetings, which are also long distances from me. I joined the Guild, met some great potters and have access to a wood kiln. Meetings are quarterly and include a bring-a-dish, which is fun. I was hoping for a strong sense of community, but frankly I have been disappointed with the overall thrust of the group as a developing non-profit. The Guild, in my perception, is very disorganized and the active core community is just a little "closed". I have not found the kind of cohesion that makes me feel like I "fit in". My offer (to the board/and the membership) of assistance to coordinate a small development committee, to include a much needed update of paper and electronic databases and to work on a new website, had zero takers.


Once I get disenchanted, I am usually done with putting out a lot of effort, so I just "keep on keeping on", doing my thing! I guess "my pottery community" is more online than local, and certainly very supportive. I also get a lot of support from non-clay people who like what I am doing and who seem interested in learning about the various processes they see me do, which is quite satisfying. 

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#23 Rebekah Krieger

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 10:33 PM

I do not have a physical community here. There are several potters in northern Wisconsin and near Madison but I'm not young/cool enough to jive with the students/ up and coming potters and I'm not experienced enough to be accepted by the experienced collective. There really isn't a place for a middle aged basement mom potter. I did try my local artist guild and they had me on the board, but all they seemed to care about was plen air promotions.

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