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2003 stay at home mug exchange

updated sun 5 jan 03


Chris Schafale on fri 3 jan 03

Hi Lela,

Not too early at all. I don't want to hog all the fun, so if someone
else wants to volunteer please do so, but I'm willling to organize it
again this year. I am planning to be out of town for a couple of
weeks before NCECA, so will plan to make the matches in mid-
February instead of waiting until the week of NCECA.

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, here are the

This is the Stay-at-Home Mug Exchange, for those people who are
not going to NCECA and will therefore be madly jealous as the
posts fly about all the wonderful fun that will be had in San Diego.
The mug exchange is our consolation prize.

People who are attending NCECA can participate too, but you have
to promise to mail your mug BEFORE you leave for the

Like the exchange in the Clayart room, this is a "clay thing"
exchange, not strictly mugs.

Everyone is welcome to participate -- this is about making
connections with other clayworkers, not about obtaining high-value
ceramic art.

Please note: If receiving a mug from someone of lesser skill is
going to upset you, I suggest that you not participate.

Here's what to do if you want to join in:

1. Send me your name and *mailing* (you know, like the post
office?) address (my email is: )

Non-US residents are welcome to participate. If you have a
problem with paying postage across borders, please let me know
when you sign up, and I won't pair you with an international partner.

2. Make your mug (or teabowl or small vessel or candleholder or
whistle, or small sculpture or whatever.....) and be ready to
mail it no later than March 12, when NCECA starts.

Please, please, please don't sign up to participate unless you
can have a mug ready to mail *in March*, not in May, not after
graduation, or after you build your kiln, or after you find the perfect
glaze, or ......

3. On about February 20, I'll make the matches, then send you an
email with the name and address of the person to whom you will
send your mug. The person you send a mug to will also be the
person you receive a mug from. That is, person A will send a mug
*to* person B, and will receive a mug *from* person B.

Matches will be done on a random basis, with the exception that I
will honor preferences about international /noninternational
partners, as noted above. Requests to "match me with a really
professional potter, not a newbie" will be met with scorn and

4. As soon as you get the name/address of your partner, get that
mug in the mail, so that hopefully your partner will receive it during
NCECA and have something to cheer them up.

Any questions, email me directly at

Thanks, and let the mugs begin.

Date sent: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 23:33:27 +0000
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From: lela martens
Subject: mug exchange

> Hi All,
> Is it too early to inquire about the `Stay at Home Mug Exchange`? Who shall
> we get in touch with? Thanks, Lela
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OWLPOTTER@AOL.COM on sat 4 jan 03

I am so glad you came forward to moderate this year's stay-at-home mug
Thank you!