VOTE for 2014 Board Member

As of March 2014, one board member term will be expiring; Shirley Potter. We as members of the board and members of Potters Council would like to thank Shirley for her excellent service in building Potters Council into the remarkable organization it is today.

 

From now and until March 3, 2014, you (PC members) will be asked to vote for a new Member of the Advisory Board of the Potters Council.

 

We have three compelling candidates who are ready to represent you for the next three years as a Board Member. You can vote online or send in the paper ballot included in the January Potters’ Pages Newsletter (mailed mid January).

 

Now, we are going to ask YOU to get serious.

 

Take five minutes of your time to read their bios and statements, and consider who would do the best job of representing YOU. Great people will move our projects from the planning stages into reality for YOU.

 

Remember the deadline to vote is March 3, 2014.

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Message from the Nominating Committee

OK fellow Potters Council members, it is time for YOU to do a little work for your organization.  This is an important assignment you are getting from this ole’ college ceramics prof;  VOTE!  Yes, this assignment combines some research with some writing (or clicking).  As a member of this organization, it is a privilege and a responsibility to be involved in the governance operations.  Potters Council is all of us.

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It is time again to spend a few moments reviewing the statements from each of the candidates on the website and in the issue of the Potters Pages and make a decision about who you want to represent you for the next three years on the Advisory Board of Directors.  

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This time around we have one Board vacancy to fill, and if you have questions as to why this is happening, please see Steven Branfman’s column in the previous issue of the Potters Pages.

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Get to work.  Your assignment is to be completed on time for you to receive a good grade.
–John Baymore, Past Chair and Nominating Committee Chair
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BOARD MEMBER CANDIDATES
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JOHN DORSEY, DEDHAM, MA
STATEMENT
I take great advantage of many of the video tutorials that Ceramics Arts Daily has showcased—they have enriched my teaching deeply! I browse the book area, I seek out residencies, I subscribe to Ceramics Monthly…in short, I have mined the Potters Council and its website for too many years! I am interested in serving on the Potters Council board so that I can give back to this wonderful community. I appreciate the information sharing, networking opportunities, and access to resources that the Potters Council has provided for me and other potters in the last decade. I hope that I can move the council forward and help sustain its great work.
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I have been teaching for nearly 25 years, the last 15 almost exclusively in ceramics. Much of my ceramic education has come informally. I have been fortunate enough to teach alongside some great potters: Makoto Yabe and Masakazu Kusakabe. I have taken workshops with incredible teachers: Mary Barringer, Sam Chung, John Gill, and Doug Casebeer, to name a few. I have also benefitted from the entire digital ceramics community, who are so generous in sharing their knowledge through blogs, websites, Facebook, and more.
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Currently, I teach at Noble and Greenough School, 7—12th grade students. I have been here for 16 years, serving as Department Head, teacher, and gallery director. Previously, I have taught at Sewickley Academy in Pennsylvania, Phillips Academy at Andover in Massachusetts, and both Portland Community College and Mount Hood Community College in Oregon.
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PRESTON RICE, TYRONE, PA
STATEMENT
Most of you know me as Pres, or Preston Rice. I am a retired art educator, who was lucky enough to be able to teach Ceramics for much of my 36-year career in a city high school. Over the years I have been a lurker, in the back ground, using online forums and resources to help me with the everyday teaching job. Most of this because I often worked teaching night classes for the vo-tech school, or for the local colleges. Most of these in technology and arts.
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Ceramics has always been at the heart of my existence, and I have done local exhibits during the 90s with Penn State being the largest.  I have an extensive library that I go back to, and read as many periodicals as I can on pottery/ceramics. Now that I have more time with retirement, I have been back in the studio working on new ideas and trying to get back into a regular schedule.
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I have been involved with the Ceramic Arts Daily Forum as the In the Studio moderator for the last year. During the year I have made a lot of friends, and have enjoyed the interaction with all of the people on the forum.  If elected, I will continue to act as moderator, as I become more involved with the Potters Council itself.
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MARCIA SELSOR, BROWNSVILLE, TX
STATEMENT

I am a Charter Member of Potters Council, a former Board member, and a former President. I have been involved with ceramics for almost 50 years. I find the Potters Council fills a need for people working in clay. It offers connections, a sense community, benefits including health insurance, professional benefits, and learning opportunities.
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The membership spans across the broadest definition of “Potter.” The level of experience ranges from beginners to advanced professionals, and includes many members who are women over 40. I am very familiar with this demography. In the university where I taught for 25 years, the majority of students were non-traditional in age and 60% were female. My workshops have consisted of the same demography for over the past 20+ years. I would like to work with the advisory board and attempt to address issues of interest and concerns to this large population of our membership. Since my initial time on the board in 2005, the Potters Council has grown and changed significantly. The support from The American Ceramics Society has become stronger. There is a much broader presence nationwide and internationally. The membership has grown significantly as well. I see this as an opportunity to offer my experience to help further the advancement of the Potters Council membership.

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