Who knew? As an annual gathering of clay folks, this gathering seems to be one well kept secret! On a whim, I contacted Gary Shaffer (WV potter), and he was kind enough to send images of the flyer my way via facebook, and answer my questions about what to expect during the three day event. Amazingly, there is absolutely no online presence for this gathering, and it is basically a word-of-mouth event, so consider yourself invited by this now-in-the-loop WV potter!
35th Annual West Virginia Potter’s Gathering
February 13-15, 2015
Cedar Lakes Craft Center, Ripley WV
Presenter: Antoinette Badenhorst
While Gary has assured me that the gathering is a laid-back opportunity to network with other clay artists, the event starts with a Friday Night Potluck. Bring a dish to share, meet some folks, and enjoy a presentation by Antoinette about her work/life/inspirations. Saturday is usually a day of demonstrations, discussion circles, a room to show and sell pots and supplies, and plenty of conversation, ending with a party for all. Capitol Clay in Charleston brings supplies and tools for anyone interested, and you can special order from them online in advance for delivery at the gathering.
Sunday is more presentations and conversations, and folks can wander off after lunch, or stay for the afternoon, depending. (Thanks again, Gary, for the info!)
Fees for the weekend can be as low as $52 for a ‘student commuter’ or as much as $324 for tuition/room/board. Food is cafeteria, and there are options of just tuition, tuition/room, or tuition/room/board. There are refrigerators and stoves in most buildings, and some folks bring their own food to cook together.
Gloria is the person to contact for registration and more info: Gloria-greg (at) Hotmail (dot) com or 304.372.7860
Looking forward to seeing you there!