Alyss Dorese on tue 23 mar 04
In response to William Sheppard
"and am not aggressive enough to walk right up to Mel like he was my friend just because I read his posts."
Bill, last year was the first time I attended NCECA. I'm so sorry I was not able to make this year's. But let me tell you what happens when you are a clayarter and are wear that orange dot: You don't have to go over to ANYONE. They come to you. And Mel, before he was svelte, would come over and give you a big bear hug and personally welcome you.
This is the friendliest group I have ever belonged to. The first night I got there, I feared that I would be eating my meals alone. Not so, everyone just hitches on to others, there is no cliques or closed circles there. If a group of clayarters are standing around in a circle, they open the circle and ask you to join in, never ignoring your presence.
I will make every effort to get to next year's NCECA and if I do, you can count on me to be your mentor. (for the first 5 minutes) You won't need me after that. So, I promise you that you will not feel isolated and that you will meet and enjoy this group. They are a blast. They are great craftsmen and when you get them away from their potter's wheels, they are a blast and know how to have a good time.
See you all next year.