November 2018 -- As the year draws to an end, I think back on the many events that happened during the year. As part of our mission to educate and encourage the exploration of clay, we sponsored scholarships at the Community Colleges with Guild Ambassadors connecting with the ceramic classes; provided funds to several grade schools to help with their art/ clay classes; donated bowls for the Bowl Hop and had numerous demonstrations through out the year at the harbor and downtown. Our guild meetings invited some fun speakers. I hope you learned a new technique or two and were inspired to explore it further in your own work. The excitement of clay is the ever changing forms it can take. I always tell my students their limitations are their imagination.

We had our Dream Box workshop and are working on some exciting workshops for next year.

Our Annual Sale in Ojai was a success as is the Gallery in the Harbor Village where sales are exceeding our projected estimates.

The "On the Wall" exhibit is currently running at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. The opening reception was a great success. I'm very proud of our talented members. If you haven't seen the show, it is on display until the end of December.

I want to thank all the board members and committee members for their dedicated and tireless energy to make this a successful Guild. They are busy planning next year's events. If any of them ask for your help, please step in and participate. This is your Guild and it's everyone's participation that makes for a successful Guild.

To wind up the year, come celebrate at our Holiday Party December 2nd. Robin Hahin at Firestick Pottery is hosting this year up in Ojai at the former Larry Carnes home/studio. Be sure to respond to the evite that was sent out so she knows how many are coming.

I'll see you all at the Guild meeting Nov. 26. Don't forget, we are having elections and voting on the changes to the by-laws. See you there.

Genie Thomsen.