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#1 Nicci Jones

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 05:28 AM

Apologies if I'm posting in the wrong spot, first post to the forum.
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Hi, my name is Nicci and I am travelling to the US in July-August and wondered if anyonehad some advice on where to look into giving short pottery workshops incommunity colleges, unis or art schools and the like. (At the moment I'm in San Francisco first up from 21 July then across to New York)I have given many workshops here in Oz but usually byrequest and I don't have any pottery contacts in America. With a similarrequest through this the equivalent Australian ceramic discussion list in 2009 I found a Spanish potter who was interestedand I spent a memorable week in Spain with her at her studio making and talking pots inSpanish.

I've been a TAFE (Technical and Further Education College) ceramic teacher for 5 years, potter for19 years and I'm happy to provide theworkshop delivery in exchange for board/billeting, it's a fabulous way to getto know a culture, talk pots and of course share skills and clay passions.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Thanks, Nicci





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Posted 14 May 2013 - 05:39 AM

Hi, my name is Nicci Jones and I've been a potter for 19 years andTAFE (Technical and Further Education College) ceramic teacher for 5 years. I am travelling to the US in July-August andwondered if anyone had some advice or would be interested in me giving a shortpottery workshop in community colleges, art schools or working potteries orstudios.

I'm in San Franciscofirst up from 21 July then across to New York until 3 August. I have given many workshops here in Oz butusually by request and I don't have any pottery contacts in America. With asimilar request through the Australian ceramic discussion list in 2009 I founda Spanish potter who was interested and I spent a memorable week in Spain withher at her studio making and talking pots in Spanish.

I'm happy to provide the workshop delivery in exchange forboard/billeting, it's a fabulous way to get to know a culture, talk pots and ofcourse share skills and clay passions. If anyone wants to see my work you cansee it at www.niccijones.com and www.artsnw.com.au

Thanks for any suggestions. Nicci



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

sorry the post you have in another section came out badly but i hope you have read all the answers other people involved in education offered.

you might just try to visit a private studio or so during your visit. i had a potter from melbourne stay here for a month in 2009. very educational in many ways. i am sure someone would put you up for a time in exchange for some labor. check out some of the potters here for their locations and contact them individually. it might work.

by the way, are you male or female, your name is unusual to an old person like me.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:32 AM

sorry the post you have in another section came out badly but i hope you have read all the answers other people involved in education offered.

you might just try to visit a private studio or so during your visit. i had a potter from melbourne stay here for a month in 2009. very educational in many ways. i am sure someone would put you up for a time in exchange for some labor. check out some of the potters here for their locations and contact them individually. it might work.

by the way, are you male or female, your name is unusual to an old person like me.





Hi there oldlady!!

I have only just realised the replies don't come through to my email address! So apologies for not responding earlier.
I will have a look at other replies now and yes, I'm an old lady too (50!)
Thanks for your advice, the problem is if you do a Google search they don't necessarily come up. I am more than happy to work in exchange for a room.

Cheers Nicci

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:41 AM


sorry the post you have in another section came out badly but i hope you have read all the answers other people involved in education offered.

you might just try to visit a private studio or so during your visit. i had a potter from melbourne stay here for a month in 2009. very educational in many ways. i am sure someone would put you up for a time in exchange for some labor. check out some of the potters here for their locations and contact them individually. it might work.

by the way, are you male or female, your name is unusual to an old person like me.





Hi there oldlady!!

I have only just realised the replies don't come through to my email address! So apologies for not responding earlier.
I will have a look at other replies now and yes, I'm an old lady too (50!)
Thanks for your advice, the problem is if you do a Google search they don't necessarily come up. I am more than happy to work in exchange for a room.

Cheers Nicci


Hi again,
Just check out the post I put up on the Education forum and there are no replies. Am I missing something?
Thanks.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

and yes, I'm an old lady too (50!)

Did you really need to ruin my day by calling a 50-y.o. person old? :(

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:09 AM

Nicci,

I thought that there were replies to this posting. Maybe I am remembering replies to a similar one though. I think you put multiple postings up on the Forums... and that is a problem because it can get confusing. It is possible that ione of the Mods deleted one of the postings because it was a "multiple".....and maybe that one was the one with a couple of replies. Not sure.

One issue with getting this kind of thing set up is that most US schools are on summer vacation at the moment. So the regular student body is well into whatever their summer activities are and are not able to be assembled on campus until the fall. Communication with them is difficult. And many of the faculty are breathing a sigh of relief and making work in their own studios or doing residencies or workshops themselves.....so they don't want to take on another school-related task at this point (for example I am about to leave to work in Japan for the rest of the summer).

Another potential issue is that most schools plan out their workshop scheduling as much as a year in advance. I know that WE do. So "short notice" events are hard to set up. And often..... there are already things scheduled in the spaces.

More commercial venues (community craft centers and rental studio type places) might be a better bet for you.... but I am guessing that they too have stuff set up well in advance.

So the lack of replies here does not surprise me.


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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:36 PM


sorry the post you have in another section came out badly but i hope you have read all the answers other people involved in education offered.

you might just try to visit a private studio or so during your visit. i had a potter from melbourne stay here for a month in 2009. very educational in many ways. i am sure someone would put you up for a time in exchange for some labor. check out some of the potters here for their locations and contact them individually. it might work.

by the way, are you male or female, your name is unusual to an old person like me.





Hi there oldlady!!

I have only just realised the replies don't come through to my email address! So apologies for not responding earlier.
I will have a look at other replies now and yes, I'm an old lady too (50!)
Thanks for your advice, the problem is if you do a Google search they don't necessarily come up. I am more than happy to work in exchange for a room.

Cheers Nicci


being VERY old, 72, (but i am really only 11) i cannot use this computer worth beans so i do not understand at all what your last sentences mean..what is a google search in this regard?
are you google searching people, places, replies? i would be happy to have you visit here, i am in harpers ferry wv, 60 miles west of washington DC., 250 miles or so from new york city.
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 09:25 PM

To make things easier, I combined the two posts(In the studio, and Education). Hopefully to give people more information without searching two areas for the topic.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:40 AM


and yes, I'm an old lady too (50!)

Did you really need to ruin my day by calling a 50-y.o. person old? Posted Image


Geez! I'm not even in the country yet and I've offended another potter, sorry!!!
In my defence I was actually making a seventy year old feel younger??
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:44 AM

To make things easier, I combined the two posts(In the studio, and Education). Hopefully to give people more information without searching two areas for the topic.


Thanks for that.

I think I'll make it clearer and more straight forward now that I am finalising the details of my trip to any potters interested in having free labour for a few days in either San Francisco,
Chicago, New York or Washington areas. My skills are throwing, surface decoration and sculpture. All I am interested in is sharing time and skills with other potters.

Cheers Nicci

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:51 AM



sorry the post you have in another section came out badly but i hope you have read all the answers other people involved in education offered.

you might just try to visit a private studio or so during your visit. i had a potter from melbourne stay here for a month in 2009. very educational in many ways. i am sure someone would put you up for a time in exchange for some labor. check out some of the potters here for their locations and contact them individually. it might work.

by the way, are you male or female, your name is unusual to an old person like me.





Hi there oldlady!!

I have only just realised the replies don't come through to my email address! So apologies for not responding earlier.
I will have a look at other replies now and yes, I'm an old lady too (50!)
Thanks for your advice, the problem is if you do a Google search they don't necessarily come up. I am more than happy to work in exchange for a room.

Cheers Nicci


being VERY old, 72, (but i am really only 11) i cannot use this computer worth beans so i do not understand at all what your last sentences mean..what is a google search in this regard?
are you google searching people, places, replies? i would be happy to have you visit here, i am in harpers ferry wv, 60 miles west of washington DC., 250 miles or so from new york city.


Sorry, if you do an online search for "American Pottery Studios" you don't always find people with their own independent studios, you'll find the big factories. If you don't know the names of the locals you can't search for them. And thanks for your offer! Will plot my map and my itinerary when I have a little more time and we can discuss in more detail with dates, possible workshops or demonstrations. Do you have a pottery studio etc?
Nicci

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:35 PM

could Studio Potters, USA yield better results? i didn't realize there was a heading for potters with websites. isn't that what you would get?

try looking at the members here, maybe something will come of it??

try pottery guilds and studio tours in each state. they are certainly not complete but you might find something in the right areas. if you are going to ny state, ask bailey pottery supply to put an ad on a bulletin board in their retail store in kingston, ny. lots of great potters in the area. look up the Survings and Ayumie Horie, and see if their is a studio tour listed. that will give you names. look up wood fired pottery if it is an interest of yours.
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:56 AM

Hi Nicci,

I live just across the bay from San Francisco in Oakland. There is a group on facebook called Bay Area Ceramics Bulletin Board. You should try posting something on there. If you can't I can for you. Just let me know.

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:02 AM

Nicci,

I thought that there were replies to this posting. Maybe I am remembering replies to a similar one though. I think you put multiple postings up on the Forums... and that is a problem because it can get confusing. It is possible that ione of the Mods deleted one of the postings because it was a "multiple".....and maybe that one was the one with a couple of replies. Not sure.

One issue with getting this kind of thing set up is that most US schools are on summer vacation at the moment. So the regular student body is well into whatever their summer activities are and are not able to be assembled on campus until the fall. Communication with them is difficult. And many of the faculty are breathing a sigh of relief and making work in their own studios or doing residencies or workshops themselves.....so they don't want to take on another school-related task at this point (for example I am about to leave to work in Japan for the rest of the summer).

Another potential issue is that most schools plan out their workshop scheduling as much as a year in advance. I know that WE do. So "short notice" events are hard to set up. And often..... there are already things scheduled in the spaces.

More commercial venues (community craft centers and rental studio type places) might be a better bet for you.... but I am guessing that they too have stuff set up well in advance.

So the lack of replies here does not surprise me.


best,

................john


Thanks for all of that information, yes I realise it's all too short now.....it wasn't when i first asked though! Oh well, there have now been a few offers which I'll follow up on, something informal suits me just fine anyway.

Cheers, Nicci

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 12:05 AM

could Studio Potters, USA yield better results? i didn't realize there was a heading for potters with websites. isn't that what you would get?

try looking at the members here, maybe something will come of it??

try pottery guilds and studio tours in each state. they are certainly not complete but you might find something in the right areas. if you are going to ny state, ask bailey pottery supply to put an ad on a bulletin board in their retail store in kingston, ny. lots of great potters in the area. look up the Survings and Ayumie Horie, and see if their is a studio tour listed. that will give you names. look up wood fired pottery if it is an interest of yours.


Thanks for that, Nicci

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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:01 AM

Hi Nicci,

I live just across the bay from San Francisco in Oakland. There is a group on facebook called Bay Area Ceramics Bulletin Board. You should try posting something on there. If you can't I can for you. Just let me know.

Good Luck,
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Thank you Spring,
That would be great, thanks. Feel a little pushy just joining the group without being invited. While I was looking it up I found the Berkeley Pottery Studio and have written this email to them, feel free to re-post:

Hi there,

I am going to be visiting SanFrancisco next month (21-25 July) and wouldlove to visit your pottery studio.

I am an Australian potter of 18years, teacher for 5 of those. Alwayscurious to hear about other potters’ journeys and wonderedhow easy it will be for me to visit the studio by public transport

from San Francisco. Would really appreciate your advice and inreturn, I’m happy to give a throwing workshop if that is somethingyour pottery studio would be interested in.

This is my website and some otherreferences so you get an idea of my work. If it’s all too much work, I’ll just come say hi and havea chat.

Thanks for your time, cheers Nicci

www.niccijones.com | www.artsnw.com.au | niccipjones@gmail.com



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 04:49 PM

Thanks to all who replied to my request and made suggestions. I now have a few pottery studio visits lined up across the US.
Happy potting. Cheers Nicci

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