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nceca idea!-thanks to mel!

updated tue 11 jan 11


Susan Fox Hirschmann on mon 10 jan 11

Thanks, first to Mel for all you do and who you area,...your time, your ene=
rgy, =3D0Aall you have done over the years to create this great comraderie =
call =3D0A"Clayart!"=3D0AI am going to Tampa and hate to see all you have =
t, Mel, to disappear this =3D0Ayear.=3DA0 It is why many of us go to NCECA,=
to =3D
link up, personally with special =3D0Afriends.=3DA0=3DA0=3DA0 =3DA0=3DA0=3D=
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=3DA0=3DA0 Are any of you from the =3D0ATampa Area? Would any of you be wil=
ling t=3D
o take a walk around the Hyatt and see =3D0Aif there is a common area, like=
ne area of the lobby, any other common area, =3D0Awith chairs, where we cou=
meet up?=3D0ADoes this hotel have a VIP lounge (heck I am sure others alre=
y looked into =3D0Athat possibility?)=3DA0 I know some Marriotts have this.=
erhaps we could find that common area and, for starters, find times/ days, =
that =3D0Awe could just meet up.=3DA0=3DA0 We could, perhaps,plan even befo=
re the=3D
conference these =3D0Adays and times to meet up informally.=3D0AA hotel is=
going to throw us out, or move us, particularly since many of us =3D0Aare =
aying there, is my thought.=3D0ASo Kelly, tho I like your idea...perhaps we=
an actually plan something ahead of =3D0Atime and make it work?=3D0AWhat ar=
e al=3D
l your thoughts?=3DA0 Tampa residents come forward please!=3D0ASusan=3D0Asu=
san fo=3D
_________________=3D0AFrom: Kelly Savino =3D0A=
To: =3D
Clayart@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG=3D0ASent: Sun, January 9, 2011 8:25:42 PM=3D0ASubj=
NCECA plans=3D0A=3D0AEvery time another potter friend says he/she is not g=
, I get less excited =3D0Aabout NCECA this trip.=3D0A=3D0AI am going, thoug=
h. I a=3D
m flying down with Edith Franklin, and she and Barbara =3D0ABrown have gene=
usly offered to share their hotel room with me.=3D0A=3D0AI'm involved with =
the =3D
Potters Council and the K12 this year, and I won't hate =3D0Asome fresh air=
nd sunshine... and the endless exposure to good pottery that =3D0Arefuels m=
y =3D
inspiration for the next year and helps me raise the bar for myself.=3D0A=
t's sad, though, that the economy has cost us a chance to gather with frien=
ds =3D0Athe way we have in the past.=3D0A=3D0AMaybe the clayarters who are =
going =3D
could use facebook, or cell texting, or some =3D0Aother method of arranging=
ome "flash mob" get togethers, a meal here, a gallery =3D0Ahop there? Maybe=
omebody can find a funky little coffee shop we can call =3D0Aclayart centra=
=3D0A=3D0AThere must be a way. It's a high tech world. My brother met a lov=
ely =3D
woman in =3D0ABogota over the internet, and before he ever met her in perso=
he used to =3D0Aproject her webcam image on his dining room wall so they c=
ld have dinner =3D0Atogether, live, every night.=3D0A=3D0ANow they are happ=
ily ma=3D
rried, and expecting their first baby next month...=3D0A=3D0AYours=3D0AKell=
y in O=3D