Guidelines for eNews and The Slip Trail Blog

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NMPCA has two venues for communicating with members, The Slip Trail (viewable to the public) and eNews, a mostly weekly email newsletter (members only).

Historically, “The Slip Trail” has been a resource for publishing longer articles, and the current version is an online blog. The Slip Trail is also interactive allowing members and public to comment.    

Guidelines for eNews:

Items about upcoming events in ceramic arts or NMPCA activities can be included in eNews.  eNews is generally published on Tuesday or as needed.  In order to insure timely sending of your message, please follow these simple guidelines:

Members please send your message via email to the eNews editor,, at least 2 days before the required publication date.

Send your message as text in the email message.  Please be sure to include your name, location and contact information.
5.   If you have a piece of equipment or other item you think would be of interest to our membership and want to post the item for sale, write a short, succinct “ad” and include description, price, your name, where the item is located, if any transportation or aide of transportation would be offered, along with contact information. 

1.     Format your message the way it should be sent to the members. Designate the message content with lines or indicate Start Message and End Message.  

3.    Images can make your message more interesting to the recipients.  One or two small images can be included in the message. Attach these to the email as jpg files. They should be no larger than 200k bytes each. A good guideline is to make sure the image is no larger than 600 pixels in either direction. 

4.    We cannot have attachments to your eNews article. If you want the recipients to have access to a document, such as a show application or longer pdf, provide a link in your message text where they can click to pick up the document on your website.  

For more information contact the eNews editor at:

Submissions to the Slip Trail:

The Slip Trail is an online blog

Typically, submitted articles are a few paragraphs or more about anything of interest to clay artists on a wide-range of subjects, including workshop and internship experiences, how to pack your work, and studio techniques.

1.    Please keep in mind that The Slip Trail is viewable to the public and a submitted article will be read, edited, and a copy sent back to you before publishing.

2.    When using Microsoft Word or Mac Pages, do not embed photos in the document but rather send as a separate attachment (jpg format is best).  If a PDF document is used, it will be shown as a link and not in the article.

3.    Submitting images with the article is encouraged to make the article more interesting.  Two or three small images can be included in the article.  Additionally, we need one horizontal image that will be used as the headliner image to visually sum-up the article.  The headliner image will show on The Slip Trail home page and can be clicked on to bring up the article.  Images should be no larger than 200k bytes each.  A good guideline is to make sure the image is no larger than 800 pixels in either direction.

4.    There cannot be attachments to articles. If you want readers to have access to a document, provide a website link.  (If you do not have a website link and need to provide a document, create the document as a PDF file and it will be shown as an link.)

5.    “Meet the Members” is a section in The Slip Trail for getting to know our membership and their work.  We randomly select a member to submit a short biography and a landscape photo to go with the article.

For more information, please contact The Slip Trail Editor at

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