Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA) Wraps Up 2017 Annual Convention and Raises Over $28,000 for Charity

The CCSA’s 2017 annual convention brought together hundreds of PYOP studio owners, as well as several exhibitors who serve the PYOP marketplace.

Each year when our annual convention ends, I tell myself that it can’t possibly get any better — but it always does!

The Contemporary Ceramic Studios Association (CCSA), a not-for-profit trade association serving the needs of ceramic and paint your own pottery (PYOP) studios and suppliers worldwide, has wrapped up its 2017 annual convention and raised $28,417 for charity.

The convention, which took place from August 25-28 at the Kierland Westin hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, brought together hundreds of PYOP studio owners, as well as several exhibitors who serve the PYOP marketplace. It also featured nearly 60 classes on topics such as business development, art techniques and more.

Per tradition, the CCSA also took the opportunity at its annual convention to raise funds for a charity that was selected by the association’s board, from recommendations submitted by CCSA members. This year’s beneficiary of a fundraising gala that included an auction, raffle and live band and dancing was Believe Big, a not-for-profit organization founded by Ivelisse and Jimmy. Established in 2011, after Ivelisse’s battle with Stage IV colon cancer, Believe Big’s mission is to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary medicine for fighting cancer, and provide patients with hope, help and healing.

“Each year when our annual convention ends, I tell myself that it can’t possibly get any better — but it always does!” commented CCSA executive director Dena Pearlman. “I’m grateful to everyone who made this our best convention ever, and I’m especially proud of our members who once…

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