NESOSC Convention Salem , Massachusetts 2005

The witches

  • NARRATOR Nina Robertson

    For this year's convention salt, the New England Society of Open Salt Collectors commissioned two very special local talents to come up with the perfect commemorative piece. We are pleased to be able to share with all of you the complicated selection process that took place.

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of FANCY fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • ENGLISH ART GLASS: Lenore Smith

    When it comes to sheer beauty, Oh, where do I start? I'm much more than "pretty," I'm a true work of art! I make grown men gasp, Bring women to their knees, They all want to possess me, "No autographs, please!"

  • WITCH 1: Lovely, yes, But also wacky. Are those frills gorgeous Or just plain tacky!

    WITCH 2: This one, my sister, Cannot be the best.... Let's return to the cauldron. Let's try again.

    WITCH 1 Let's!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • ENGLISH ART GLASS: Lenore Smith FAIRY: Mike Kump

    (A woodland fairy appears, nodding his approval of the beautiful salts and consoling them when the mean witches reject them.)

    WITCH 1: What is this woodland piece of work?

    WITCH 2: Pay no mind to the fairy jerk!

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of PERSONAL fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • STEUBEN: Bill Mehlenbacher

    There never was a time, When such a small piece of glass, Exuded such elegance, Exhibited such class! Hand wrought of the finest material, My maker, Frederick Carder Is without an equal.

  • WITCH 1: Hmmm...Freddie Carder... Nay, we've not met.

    WITCH 2: Back to the pot. We've not found it yet!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of LEGENDARY fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • CAMEO GLASS: Linda Kump

    Steuben... Schmooben! Make room for me, Handcarved English cameo Of the finest quality. To achieve my glory, An artist slaved for ages! I'm the ultimate in open salts, So say all the sages.

  • WITCH 1: Sages...Smages Jump back in!

    WITCH 2: We've much work to do. But where to begin?

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of NATURAL fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • HAWAIIAN: Nancy Villaverde

    I hail from Hawaii. I'm a tropical delight! I hula all day, And I lei all night! My undulating curves Are carved by hand From the rarest koa wood Of my Paradise I-land.

  • WITCH 1: Well, I'll be, Sister! It's Carmen Miranda!

    WITCH 2: Miss Chiquita Banana Is not what we planned-a!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of AMERICAN fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • LACY: Jackie Brady

    I'm a grand old dame Lacy From the province known as Sandwich. If you find I've suffered a nibble or two, Just wrap me in a bandage! My colors are varied... My sides are stippled... If I'm not in Neal's book, I'll give you goose pimples!

  • WITCH 1: Nibbles indeed! Me thinks that Sandwich Lacy dame Has had too many bites.

    WITCH 2: Back to the cauldron We could be here all night!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of FRAGILE fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • PLIQUE a JOUR: Linda Drew

    Handcrafted to perfection Like miniature stained glass The beauty of a plique a jour Is simply unsurpassed! Although my price is through the roof And not for faint of heart, I'm like no other open salt. I'm the one true work of art.

  • WITCH 1: She's lovely, it's true. But her price tag would kill us.

    WITCH 2: Return her now, quickly, Before the dealer can bill us!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of FLOWERY fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • ELFINWARE: Nancy Dietel

    You won't find a salt sweeter Than one of Elfinware, With forget-me-nots all over, And roses here and there. Collectors love my spinach. They sometimes call it "moss." When it comes to china open salts, I dare say, I'm the boss!

  • WITCH 1: Yech! Spinach! I don't think so! Back to the pot. C'mon, let's go! As the salt walks past...)

    WITCH 2: Spinach is an acquired taste. Such a shame it'll all go to waste. (Then the witch plucks off a piece to eat.)

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of FIGURAL fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • FAIENCE 2 FACED FIGURAL: Judy & Jim Royer

    Face 1 (Judy): Thank you, gracious ladies, For helping me appear. I'm the finest faience figural... Face 2 (Jim): Whose best side is right here! Face 1 (Judy): In your dreams, honey, That right cheek of yours sure looks funny Face 2 (Jim): But this little bit of crazing a restorer sure can hide! Face 1 (Judy): No way baby, THIS is our best side.

  • WITCH 1: What say you, sister? It is two for one!

    WITCH 2: But geesh, they're conflicted, I'd rather have NONE!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • WITCH 1: Double, double toil and trouble

    WITCH 2: Fire burn, and cauldron bubble

    WITCH 1: Potter's glaze, and silica sand, Clay of earth and embers fanned.

    WITCH 2: Precious gems and metals - Tame! Bring forth a salt of WORLDWIDE fame.

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • BLUE & WHITE: Debi Raitz

    Blue and white china is so classic, I truly have it all. I hail from many countries, Come in master size and small. My makers may use transfers Or carefully paint me by hand. With blue onions, willows, or seaweed, I'm always in great demand!

  • WITCH 1: It's true she's very popular But we're not there yet, not quite...

    WITCH 2: Let's conjure up something That's shiny and bright!

    Sherry Diamond & Karen Wetmore

  • (The fairy has been watching all the salts get rejected by the mean witches and has decided to do something about it)

    FAIRY: You haven't liked anything. Nothing makes you happy. How about I throw YOU in? In the pot, now! Make it snappy!

    WITCH 1: You'll be sorry, fairy! Our spirits will not die!

    WITCH 2: We'll be back when you least expect us. Bye for now...Fairy guy. Let's see what adding them has done. Maybe, finally, it'll be the one. Double, Double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Precious gems and ingredients - SETTLE! Bring forth a salt of brilliant metal.

  • CONVENTION SALT: Sandra Jzyk

    How can a single salt Be the perfect choice for all? Some prefer china over glass, Or masters over small. One perfect salt does not exist... There's been no such invention, Except, of course, the Salem witch You'll take from this convention!

  • Final bows!

  • And a few other close-ups!

  • Written by Nina Robertson and Debi Raitz. The Royers also wrote their own lines.