Hello All, best wishes again for the year ahead and all your pottery endeavours. As the current scribe for the club I thought we might send out a newsletter after each month's committee meeting in an attempt to keep you all informed of the subjects being discussed and decisions made. On that basis we hope that you will want to make contributions / suggestions on our club, facilities, classes, library, etc. I look forward to the full mail box.
From our January committee meeting:The response was that perhaps the Hub Board could take over the financial running of the facilities including receiving no funding from them. We have received a letter stating that this will increase our annual rent, in fact, more than double it. We are awaiting the final discussion between the Hub board and Dept of Education.
There is to be a gala day at the hub on the 23/30 March a meeting to discuss this is on Friday, the 8th Feb at 5.30. None of our committee members can attend so will ask to be informed of any relevant details.
There has been an enquiry from a visiting potter, John Summerfield, from UK, asking about presentation / demonstration opportunities in NZ pottery groups. He might be available for possible inclusion in our club night program.
We had an invitation from Mt Pleasant community Centre for us to participate in their Saturday market late last year. We will approach the and request some more details.
Class numbers are good and we may get another beginners class on Wednesday night: details to be confirmed by Leigh-Ann, soon. Leigh-Ann is going to split the large bags of clay into smaller weights, especially for beginners who may not get to use all the clay in a large bag. Details at your first class.
Tuesday club days: Graham will open in the morning (it might be a little after 10.00am); pop over to the office and ask Vivianna for the key if I'm late.
Ken will open in the evening. If you're the last one in the room, please make sure that the lights are off, windows are closed and the place is tidy before you close the door. Go to the office and ask Vivianna or Mary Ann to set the alarm code.
Subscriptions were due after the AGM, so, if you've put off paying them until now, please do so. $65.00.
Renata is running an intensive wheel throwing class which is nearly full on a Friday and Saturday once a month. Details are on the web site; one place, Saturday and two places on Friday are still available. Be quick as this is a wonderful opportunity to develop better skills in a small class environment; practising what you've learnt between monthly lessons.
We are planning to approach Halswell club again to have a wood firing this year and we've been in touch with Rangiora regarding a salt firing; see the club program on the web site.
The Hub has advised that we can have free WIFI in our room; we will get a router and set it up soon. Brenda said that Wifi and youtube were an asset for tutoring the children during her holiday program.
Good potting - Graham (Secretary)
The Secretary and Members - Mt Pleasant Pottery Group.