Demonstrations Chair Job Description
Organize demonstrations by OPA members showing a variety of techniques. Members volunteer to demo when they fill out a Ceramic Showcase
application. Recruit additional members if necessary.
Education / Experience / Skills
Excellent organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Some “technical skills” necessary to set up sound and stage equipment. Some computer skills to collect and forward digital images for the demo kiosk.
Prepare the demo schedule. Obtain a list of demo volunteers from the work shift chair. It may be necessary to recruit members to round out the demonstrations. It is preferable to have a variety of techniques represented.
Each demo lasts 1 hour with 15 minutes before and after to set up and clean up, for a total of 1 1/2 hours. This counts for a full 3 hour work shift.
Schedule the final Friday demo for 4:00-5:30. This gives time to set up for awards and music.
Schedule the last Saturday demo for 7:00-8:30.
Schedule the last Sunday demo for 2:30-4:00.
Contact equipment rental chair to order pipe and drape, banquet tables, audience chairs, and an easel for your demo schedule sign. Try to plan the space with a minimum of drape which is charged by the linear foot. Check prices with the Equipment Rental chair.
Arrange for the use of a wheel for demonstrations. Arrange with donor (Georgies) the pick up and return of the wheel.
Arrange for clay to be used in demos. In the past clay was donated by various distributors. Most recently Georgies has donated demo clay. Potters with specific clay needs provide their own clay.
Arrange rental of PA system. It is rented from Rose City Sound in Portland. Arrange pick up/return of demo stage mirror from storage.
Send finalized schedule to work shift chair by their announced
deadline. Provide schedule to Webmaster for website.
Provide images for the demonstrations kiosk to the Display-Kiosk Chair. April (4 weeks out)
After the information packets go out (5 weeks out) to Ceramic Showcase participants, call or write demonstrators to make sure they know the time of their demos and to bring their own tools. Note that they should contact you if they have any special needs.
Make a sign to acknowledge and thank any distributors that have donated clay and/or equipment for the demonstration. Include a schedule of demonstrators for each day. This sign will be displayed in the demo area.
Make small signs to be placed in each demonstrator’s booth that announces the time of their demonstration.
Make signs for artists with name, demo title, and time slot to display on stage during the demos.
Wednesday Set Up
Set up the demo area: Bring rags, buckets, an extension cord, and a large sheet of plastic to put under the clay demo area. The plastic needs to be secured with duct tape around the edges. The plastic makes clean-up much easier.
Have a few standard pottery tools available in case an artist forgets something.
Budget - Expenses include sound equipment (from Rose City Sound) and miscellaneous supplies (plastic and cleaning supplies for the stage area).
Committee Needs - Chair plus 2 members. Committee member work is during the show. Work Shift Needs - Approximately 12 to 14 members are needed to demonstrate as part of their work shifts. Demonstrations occur on the stage during each work shift unless the stage is being used for other functions such as awards or special events.