I think the "dog days of summer" are still here. This warm weather make me want to chill out and take it easy. I'm not ready for the rush of the holidays. Hmmm! Ok. Time to get out to the studio and get busy.

The Bowl of Thanks is just around the corner. Nov. 3rd. Be sure to get your bowls to the gallery so Cecile doesn't freak out and wonder where they are. Come help out on that day. It's fun to see the people choosing their special treasure.

And don't forget to attend the opening reception for the Guild's show at the Beatrice Wood Center. It's Nov. 9th from 2-5pm. There are a lot of entries. Thanks to everybody participating. It should be a fun show.

This month's speaker James Haggarty creates some beautiful work. Don't miss out on his presentation. See you Monday Oct. 28th.

Genie Thomsen


Wow! August already.

Time is speeding up and our fall events are fast approaching.

The Ruthanne Tudball workshop is just weeks away. Get registered if you haven't done so yet.

There are other events coming up as well so read the newsletter to find out what they are.

The summer party at my home was fun. A relaxing time, great conversation and of course delicious food. Thanks to all who came.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer and keep potting.

Don't forget, the "Small Treasures" show at the Beatrice Wood Center is going to be here before you know it.

Genie Thomsen

March 2019

“March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.”  That's certainly fits this year with our crazy weather patterns. Let's hope it leaves like a lamb.  “March Madness”

I don't know about you but I've been lazing around all winter and now the “mad rush” starts to make pieces for up coming sales, especially the Ojai sale. This is the guild's source of income so we can have monthly speakers, workshop guests and service to the community like college scholarships and art sponsorships in the elementary schools.

“Ides of March”

In Ancient Rome, the Ides is the middle of the month. For March, that falls on the 15th. More notoriously it's associated with the assignation of Julius Ceasar, which became a turning point in Roman history. I see the Ides of March as a turning point where winter will be leaving us, spring arrives and new creative inspiration will come our way.

So have fun producing and I'll see you on the 25th of March at our next guild meeting.

Genie Thomsen.

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.