We started out well, seeing Isaiah Zagar speak about his mosaics at 8 am, manage to squeeze in a little shopping at the commercial exhibits because we can't live without a new tool, brush, etc, hoping for some free samples...I see my teapots, bowl, etc at the Amaco booth - I've helped them introduce a fab new ^5/6 glaze called Palladium. We eat lunch while watching simultaneous demonstrations by Judy Fox and Matt Metzler. Judy is an extraordinary figurative sculptor & Matt has been a studio potter for 20 years demonstrating his studio practices. We decide our plan for tonite - opening receptions at Magic Gardens, Sub Octo Gallery for Val Cushing & Ariel's National Student Show. and are lucky to find a friend with a car who wants to go with us. More things to see before we leave and then we find ourselves hanging with Isaiah Zagar at Magic Gardens (Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies), Sub Octo, complete with Val Cushing, glaze god, and finally the National Student show where our Ariel has won a prize for her piece! We are thrilled for her! Back to the hotel for a great party - the Texas Party sponsored by the Texas Clay Arts Association. $5 and I am a newly renewed member with a free beer! Now we are truly, positively ready to quit for the day...more tomorrow...

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Comment by mary obodzinski on April 1, 2010 at 11:24pm

Here are a few photos of our day. We are exhausted by the sheer size of this convention center and how much we will have to walk, see, think, be inspired by, be overwhelmed by and lust after...

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