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|Why I do Tours, a cranky rant 3/6/02|
If you're near any of the areas I'm touring this month and
you want to get friends together to have a clay day, let me know as
soon as possible so I can plan a stop in your locale. I'm going
Amtrak on this Equinox Tour.
Jolie's gotten in touch with the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild but
haven't heard much back from them outside of "Who's NoraJean?" and
"Are you a member of our guild." ooooookaaaay...
So San Diego folks, since the PC Guild down there isn't excited, but
you might be, let us know.
LA folks too, San Bernardino is accessible to Orange County, LA metro
and other areas down there.
Salinas is close to Monterey and Santa Cruz for folks down there. If I
can do a thousand mile round trip to bring clay and lessons to you,
you can make a drive of a couple of hours to come to a clay day.
You name me any other clay teacher who does this, makes house calls.
If you're home bound with young children, in a wheel chair, and you'd
like a visit to your home, let me know. I'm sure my hostesses would be
happy to bring me to you.
If you're wanting clay lessons and are broke, bring three of your
friends with you who can pay admission and you get in for free.
Organize something with your YMCA, like Jinx is doing in Salinas,
she's getting a bunch of kids together for me to come be a fool in
front of. Love teaching the kids because they are just so free
spirited. I'm bringing door prizes for everyone in a large groups and
gifties for the organizers.
If you're wanting clay lessons and are too broke to even have clay to
work with, get in touch with me and we'll work something out.
I'm bringing already made canes, all my scraps to show the new
techniques I'm working on currently in taking scraps to a whole new
level, and blocks of clay, just in case folks don't have clay to work
with but still want a demo. You can play with my clay. It's alright
Low cost tutoring, bringing clay to folks who want to learn but who
are in tight financial situations, the home bound, those who need and
can't find child care, these people and issues are what my focus is
Also one of the reasons why I have not re-applied for membership of
the National Polymer Clay Guild is because all the guilds seem to
ignore miniatures. Ok, let them. I don't need to have my money going
into a direction that doesn't support that which is the life blood of
the CITY-o-Clay list and a major focus of my clay time.
There's the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts and I'm
going to discuss with James about joining that organization.
KatherineF, Tere, Lenora are part of NAME. It's not polymer clay
exclusive, but that's ok. If I'm going to part with my husband's money
it has to go to organizations and efforts that promote polymer clay
and miniatures, not one to the exclusion of the other.
We have our own polymer clay miniature webring, we have the list, we
got our mini tutorials. I'll come to you and bring the clay with me.
What more could a miniaturists or any other clayer ask for? Plus I
don't work from a script. If folks want to see a particular technique
all they have to do is ask and work it out with the group of people
there and I'll do it. I've heard tell of folks who paid hundreds of
dollars to go to clay week ends and couldn't ask for special requests.
The teachers are loath to deviate from their script. I think it is
because some folks are afraid to screw up in front of a live audience.
I'm not afraid to screw up in front of an audience because it gives me
an great opportunity to show folks how to do a quick save. If a cane
doesn't work out in a live demo I show folks how to do chop and toss,
Natasha beads. I'm doing this new technique that James says looks like
scratched crayon...where you layer black crayon over colored crayon
and then scratch off the black, this technique looks like that. So
there's no failure, no garbage or scrap clay that can't be salvaged to
look better than it once was. That's why I don't go by scripts and do
Short Order Claying.
Do I sound cranky? Well I am. It pisses me off to no end that a huge
population of clayers and miniaturists are swept aside as "not being
profitable" to cater to. It pisses me off when Shrinemount and
Ravensdale does not have child care facilities or wheel chair
accessibility. It pisses me off to no end that the Guilds ignore
miniatures and don't have a charity arm established to foster and
nurture artists who are in need of support and encouragement.
That's why I go on Tour, bring clay, offer discounts, will make house
calls. It so all the folks who have been ignored and neglected get
some action and get hooked up. I don't pay a mortgage, don't own a
car, don't have credit card debt, therefore I do have some resources
that I can share with other folks. In time those folks who got support
and encouragement will do the same for another. This is the point of
the Tour. With what I'm asking for as donation is so I can continue to
do outreach. Each Tour will fund the next. I'm not looking to get rich
off of this. I do aim to encourage and foster the creative energy of
my claymates who can't take advantage of the other offerings that are
out there. I'll take in all the clayers who others have over looked. It's a
matter of principle.
That is the What of the Tour.
+++++ Why I do Tours
Art has been part of my life
since I was 13 years old, in a training
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