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Club History

A Brief History of the P&S Club

by Joan Ross

Remember the old ad for Virginia Slims cigarettes which said, “You’ve come a long way baby”? That phrase fits our club as well except for the “baby.” In 1973 the membership consisted of seventy-five hard working people. Now, we’re up to over 150. And talk about inflation, in 1973 the yearly dues were $200, down $13.00 from now. Yes, we have come a long way.

January 1973 was also the month and year Ceramic Casters, original name for Slip Casting, and Potters and Sculptures parted to become two separate clubs. It was by mutual consent.

The new Board did a Herculean job. A board was formed and they had to oversee everything it seems. They agreed on the purpose of the club (it’s in writing), they made the rules and regulations for running the club;how the studio should be used and maintained – whew, that’s not all.  They designated monthly board meetings AND monthly membership meetings (not at the same time).

Just think about that 75 members doing all of the above along with managing equipment and glazes and …

On May 18, 1973 a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held and “the club members proudly guided the Golden Rain Foundation through the new studio.”

Forty-three years ago and we’re still here creating art and having a good time.

Our teachers are outstanding and the continuous caring and helpfulness of our members are so gratifying! Of course things havent always run smoothly. There are tiny healed over problems from the past and will be problems in the future. But so what! We love this place, are grateful for it, and thank those hard working “pioneers” for getting everything started on a very fine foot!

Librarians Corner by Mary Doyle


New books added recently to our Library: "Simple Pottery" by Sara Pearch and Geraldine Christy and "New Ceramic Surface Design" by Molly Hatch. I have purchased it for our Club after reading good reviews and seeing the colorful layout with spiral binding.

Books may be borrowed by members for two weeks except for those labeled DNR which may be read in the studio only. Remember to ask a Supervisor to open the shelves for you. We also have new Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Clay Times, Sculpture, and Sculpture Review. They are filed newest on top in the fat binders. The library is a valuable resource for potters of all abilities.