Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Clay and Blogs:telling a story

Two years ago I was planning a show with a friend who is a collector.
We had planned to pull together a show from the two prospectives of the makers and buyers or collectors.
Her life became very busy and we had a fire.
This put any thought of the show down in the depths of my brain.
Anytime it popped up I shoved it back down.
Sleep, I can't think about you now.
As last year came together and my brain was waking up, the show for October 2010 popped back up.
I called my friend and she decided she would like to opt out.

At this point I keep mulling things over and what I kept coming back to is that I wanted to put together a show about potters/clay workers who blog.
For me during the ups and downs and trials of the fire I found great strength through writing about what we were going through.
But what pulled it all together for me was the commets back from the readers.
The positive reinforcement that I needed was out there.
The first commet back was so startling I about fell off my chair.
It's like I was floating in outer space and a voice rang out.
I was not alone.
I was also touched at how sharing the potters were.
They were willing to share what they have learned and encourage other potters to step out and try new things.
I found that different potters blog for different reasons.
The blogs run from very personal to very business.
But none of them are without that personal element.
The blogs are like daily or weekly diaries into the life of a potter.
Some make me laugh and some make me think.
But what I found was a real connection between me and what was being written.

Anyway, I called the arts council and asked could I do a show about clay and blogs.
They loved the idea and I just needed to start the process.
Here is what I did.
I wanted to start with potters in Seagrove first.
I wrote an email telling them what I was planning and then I asked them for a name of a blogger/ potter they read.
It snow balled.
The suggestions bounced all over from state to state and up to Canada and out to Australia.
I emailed these potters and asked and they said yes.
So to date we are about 35 potters with a few more asks out there.
The show should be fun and interesting as it all pulls together.
I'll keep you posted as it goes along.
Here is the title:
Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story.
Opening reception will be held at the Campbell House in Moore county from 6-8 pm
October 1st, 2010
Exhibition comes down on November 1st, 2010.
It should be fun and exciting.
More later.


Laurie said...

I love this idea! Can't wait to hear more.

Alex Solla said...

The more I hear about this show, the more awesome it sounds! I am so excited.

Kitty said...

That is great! I am glad that you are going for it - I know it will be great.

Linda Starr said...

What a wonderful idea to further unite clay bloggers in a show, looking forward to the future.

Hollis Engley said...

I think we may have to come to NC from Cape Cod for this, Meredith. Thanks for all the work. It ought to be great fun and should be full of great pots. said...

OMG, what a great way to get us all together finally!!!!! It is so cool to read that Hollis may come. I have a post up on my blog today with a link to you. Thanks soooooo very much for this brilliant idea. Don't do all the work yourself, ask us for help when/if you need it.

Trish said...

What a FABULOUS idea!!. having just recently joined the pottery blogging world from north of the
'49th, I already enjoy the fellowship that it provides. Thank you...
..If I can be of any help from this distance, please ask. :)
Cheers, Trish from Alberta

Gary's third pottery blog said...

SMOOCH, thank you for asking me :)

FetishGhost said...

To say I'm excited and thrilled to be part of this event is such an understatement...Thanks for providing the vision and action needed to make this happen!


super idea!
very cool!

Shortstuff said...

I'm coming. Dibs on a room at your place. ;^)

Mr. Young's Art said...

Outstanding Idea! Can't wait to see it pulled together... may give me ideas on how to do something way out here!

cookingwithgas said...

what a great reponse from our fellow bloggers.
I was woking on the show and doing emails when my moniter died! ( insert dirty words here)
I have ordered another one but will be working off Mark's later today.
Thanks Mark!
It will be fun to see this come together and see more down the road.

jimgottuso said...

hi meredith... can't wait for all the excitement, wait, the excitement's already here. thank you for dealing with all the nuts and bolts. i posted about it this morning and i've seen other posts about it already.

Patricia Griffin said...

So much fun to be a part of this! I love getting to know everybody better, and hope to be able to plan a trip to meet you all in person. Thanks for your hard work Meredith.

Jay Henderson said...

Excellent idea. Tweak the new paradigm, develop a meme, and put the Internet to proper use.

ang said...

just heard about this, what a brilliant idea!!

Judy Shreve said...

This is gonna be fun! Great folks, great pots -- can't wait. Thanks Meredith -- and I second that offer to help -- if I can, let me know - share the workload!

Kitty Shepherd said...

Count me in, it sounds like a great idea.

Oy Clay !!! Pottery said...

This is a fabulous idea. Kari Weaver Hopkins talked about it on her blog. Good luck.

jeanette said...

Really fun idea! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Already planning a field trip to come see it!

John Shirley said...

Fabulous idea. There really is a community of ceramic bloggers these days. What a wonderful idea to get them all together

Emily Murphy said...

Sounds like a great show. Can't wait to see it! Good luck! said...

What a awesome idea!! I wish I lived closer so i could be a part of the show.