S: Piedmont Technical College - The Gary Clontz Years
BC: We Love you, Gary , and you will be missed!
4: For Gary Clontz With so many THANKS... for centering about a million pounds of clay, cleaning up our messes, saving our flubs, refereeing our disputes, always encouraging us to do it better next time and for shaping us into potters. We are so grateful to have known you, to have learned from you and to call you a FRIEND. From your Students at Piedmont Technical College
5: First Night Class
6: Gar | Gary's Birthday 2008
7: Classes for KIDS | David Stuempfle Michel Bayne Ian Currie Mark Hewitt Ellen Shankin Adrienne Dellinger | Workshops
8: Mark Hewitt Workshop | Ellen Shankin Workshop
9: Adrienne Dellinger Workshop 2/18/2011
10: Savannah River Clay Dig
11: Gary Clontz Robert Taft Ed Redman
12: Pam Kadlec | Several Raku Kilns | Piedmont Tech
13: Kilns were built | Beth Thornton
14: Pottery shows were held in Edgefield and Greenwood
15: More than 700 Empty Bowls raised more than $18,000 in the past 2 years | With your advice and encouragement, GASP was formed
16: There are so many STUDENTS who will miss YOU!
22: There are rumors of magic and there are believers but since I am not one who usually believes in either, some may wonder why I am telling this story....but here it is... by Hannah Poe Magic Transformations Once upon a time, a single stone dropped into the middle of a very deep, dark lake. Slowly a funnel of crystal clear water appeared and radiated out from the stone as it settled to the bottom. Concentric circles rippled outward and
23: moved more of the muddy waters back toward the shores. Normally the rippling effect from a dropped stone would subside but...energized by the stone, this rippling continued. In time the entire lake cleared and became a source of inspiration for those who learned of its magical transformation. Fish multiplied....fowl frequented the sparkling shores...and word began to spread.
24: As with any unusual event, there were those who disapproved. They went to see the stone but could see nothing of the steady glow. They only saw pottery shards from the past, half buried. Others rowed out and could see the stone and the light it refracted. The waves swirled their boats in gentle circles and they understood its purpose. They returned time and time again to study the energy source of this magic stone. When they thought they knew enough, they were emboldened.
25: They gathered new stones, polished them and carried them to neighboring ponds and lakes. Some of the stones had a similar result...!! Waters cleared from the center and still waters moved... More came to watch and even to help the magic along... with additional energy and sharing of ideas. It was indeed magic and each time... it started with the drop of a single stone. PS. There are similar stories from a
26: mountainous area in NC. The stories have been investigated but as of yet, no one has really understood the magic or reproduced it exactly. Yet still more and more believers are collecting suitable pebbles and preparing them. No one knows how many more stones might be polished and dropped successfully... or how far the ripples may travel.... But hope and hard work create their own magic... And so the story goes.
27: Here's to you, Gary We will miss you. You take with you our Love, our RESPECT and our deepest THANKS!