2017-18 KC Clay Guild Board Candidates:
The candidates were asked to tell the voters about themselves and to answer the following questions:
1. Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?
2) Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you would like to use them as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.
Elissa Keiser1. I would like to be more involved with the clay guild and hope to bring forth fresh ideas to the table. It would also give me a chance to learn about the board does and give ma a chance to network with more people who love ceramics and art in general.
2. 1998 graduate of Iowa State Univeraity with a BFA in Fine Arts- visual design.15+ years experience in interior design, graphic design, and merchandising. I also work with memberships in my current role at Topgolf. I am finishing up as an officer at my daughter's high school where I have been secretary/VP for the past two years for band parent's association. Everyone pretty much knows me as the Wednesday afternoon monitor.
I would be honored if you accept my request to be considered for a position on the Kansas City Clay Guild's Board of Directors. I am in my twenty-sixth year of teaching in higher education, and service to others has become an integral part of who I am. My personality leads me to seek new challenges in my work and in the classroom as I challenge myself and the students that I work with each semester. I am interested in being on the KC Clay Guild's Board of Directors to serve a quality organization that I am highly interested in and to challenge myself to take a step out of the classroom and accept more responsibility in serving a region of the state that I live in.
My skills range from organizational to hands-on construction. I am great at generating ideas but can have some issues on follow up if I get overwhelmed with to many things to do at once. I am at my best as a member of a team working towards a goal. I have basic construction skills and am good at building and painting. During my time as an educator in ceramics I have had the opportunity to build numerous shelf units, tables, etc. As an artist I have built my own crates to ship my work nationally and internationally. In education, I have served on and chaired numerous committees ranging from retention and enrollment to building coordinator. I have also served as Assistant Department Head for two years. I have developed a vast quantity of patience as an educator and have had the privilege to teach a wide variety of students and learning challenges. I have the ability to "see the forest" when others "are only able to see the trees."
My professional research includes ceramic sculpture and wheel-thrown functional ware. I have had the opportunity to travel abroad and spend time creating my work in other countries. I have experience with a plethora of firing ranges and techniques that I utilize in my work when I feel that it brings another layer of depth to what I am expressing.
I have a wonderful sense of humor and a laugh that is identifiable and allows people who know me to find me in large crowds or spaces. I enjoy life, serving others, and seeking new challenges. As I stated, it would be an honor to be considered for a position on the Kansas City Clay Guild's Board of Directors where I could share my talents and experiences to help the KCCG continue to grow.
Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?
I like the opportunity of creating events and bringing people together to interact, create and enjoy the arts. I always have. Being a part of the KC Clay Guild’s growth is an educational experience that has allowed me utilize my administrative and organizational skills in developing further awareness of what the guild offers, as well as being a board member, given me the opportunity to be a part of the positive membership and community growth. I have been with the guild since May 2006 and a board member since, I believe, May 2008-9 and only hope to be a positive part of its continued growth.
Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member. –
Skills: I am an active ceramic artist, but I am also an administrative assistant. My administrative experiences, such as mass mailings, production of media and events and organizing membership and communications are support activities that I truly do enjoy and welcome each new opportunity to explore, design and/or organize in being successful and profitable whenever possible.
Experience: I have been a ceramic artist since 1979 and an administrative assistant with everything from large and small organizations, profit and not-for-profit. During the past, almost 30 years as an administrative support unit, I have learned a great deal regarding how to put functions and communications together, database building and maintenance, etc., but more importantly how to bring people together to accomplish whatever goal set: profit and fun!
Interests: During the past 11 years with the guild, I have become a part of the clay community and with my involvement with its growth, I just want to be a positive part of, have fun and grow creatively.
Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?
I have been working with clay in places like the guild for the last 25 years. I have served on the board this past year as Advertising Chair and have worked as a monitor for the last four years. The guild is a tremendous resource for the members and the community, and I feel I have the time and abilities to help the guild continue to grow and improve.
Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.
My background is in engineering and management. I have worked as an engineer, project leader, supervisor, and trainer for General Electric and Corning. For the last 10 years I have been at home with my children.
I have been part of organizations like the guild in three other states and can share experiences about how these other organizations have run.
I have strong communication, organization, and computer skills. From managing projects, to communicating with and organizing groups of people, I feel I can contribute to most any role the board needs.
This past year I have co-chaired our first and second Spring Sales, and organized the David Schuh memorial sale in addition to working on advertising. I hope to continue to serve the guild in some capacity in the coming year.
1. The KCCG is a volunteer run, not for profit ceramic studio and education center. It is essential for the viability of KCCG that members actively participate in its management. I want to use service on the Board as one of my contributions to the Guild.
2. I have had the opportunity to serve on the KCCG Board for the last three years. The first two I was Chair of the Building and Maintenance committee, coordinating the upkeep and improvement to the inside and outside of our studio building and property. This last year I have served as the Chair of Education Committee overseeing the marketing and organization of the studio classes. I am a "hobbyist" potter and have been a member of the Guild since 2012. I have a background in architecture and law and would like to continue to serve in any capacity that would result in a successful KCCG.
1) When I get involved with an organization I like to give my all. I become very involved. I serve on the Board to help make sure it runs as smoothly as possible, to promote KCCG and ceramic arts in general, AND because I love KCCG. I have been a member since the beginning...1988.
I have been in Ceramics for over 40 years...making, selling, exhibiting, taking classes and teaching classes (K-12 and college). I live and breathe pots and clay, run a studio in my home and have a large collection in my home...some 360+ pieces.
2) I have been on the Board since 2002 and have served as President, Workshop Chair and Gallery Chair. I chair the KCCG Teabowl National and have served on KCCG committees for NCECA twice, 2002 and 2016. I also instituted the Resident/Intern program and the 2nd Wednesday Workshops. I am also a member of long standing in NCECA and Potters Council.