ACGA May Newsletter 2020


Festival Update

The ACGA Board regretfully announces that the ACGA Clay & Glass Festival will be postponed until July 2021.  We polled all the participating artists about changing the date to October, and fell short of the number we would need to make the Festival economically viable for the organization.  We also share a realistic concern that large gatherings (1000’s) may not be allowed as soon as October.

All participating artists will receive an email soon regarding booth fee refund options. ACGA has already incurred significant, nonrefundable costs associated with what would have been our July Festival. We fully realize that for some, the loss of shows represents a severe loss in income, and that for others; the impact might not be as large. When the refund options are finalized, festival participants will be notified. If is within your means, please consider a partial refund. By doing so, you will help our organization to come back strong in 2021.

We have compiled a list of resources that we think might be helpful to those who have been financially impacted by Covid 19. We hope this is useful.

Finally, as a child, not only did my parents encourage my creative enterprises, they taught me the resolve I would need if I chose to pursue them. Hence, I have weaved and bobbed through this life as a self-employed potter with my antenna always raised, looking for opportunities as well as trying to avoid the bumps in the road. But when those bumps come, which they inevitably do, I am grateful for my parent’s mantra…  “ When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

I wish us all the fortitude, compassion and vision to continue fostering the creative spirit.

Cheryl Costantini

32nd Annual CCACA ZOOM Webinar 2020

Cynthia Consentino, John Toki & Patti Warashina at the 2019 conference.
Live Online Demonstrations, Studio Tours & Lectures
This year, the Ceramics Conference will be happening May 1st – 3rd online!

We will be holding a free, larger scheduled event with more participants than ever. Instead of six artists, there will be 15 from all around the world. You will receive an online, live experience of artists giving lectures, demonstrations and tours of their own studios via Zoom.

Our staff has been working tirelessly to bring all of us together during this difficult time. We are eager to maintain the original dates of the conference and continue the ceramics conference after 32 years of tradition.For updates, please follow us on Facebook here and Instagram here.

We send all of our love to the ceramic community and hope everyone stays healthy and safe. We encourage this time for artists to be creative and create beautiful work. Upward and onwards!
Contact Us 530.756.3938

CCACA Online Schedule

CCACA Zoom Webinar May 2020

Our mailing address is:
John Natsoulas Gallery
521 First Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 756-3938

Friday, May 1st

11am – Yana Payusova
12pm – Lunch Break
1pm – Tour of the Ceramics
Exhibition at the Gallery
2pm – Sean Henry
3pm – Lisa Reinertson
4pm – Esther Shimazu

Saturday, May 2nd

10am – Kevin Snipes
11am – Wanxin Zhang
12pm – Paolo Porelli
1pm – Adrian Arleo
2pm – Margaret Keelan
2:45pm – Live Dance Party with Cold Shot

Sunday May 3rd

10am – Chris Riccardo
11am – Michelle Gregor
12pm – 1pm – Lunch Break
1pm – Arthur Gonzalez
2pm – John Toki


Liz Lauter Member News May 2020

Liz Lauter Profile

I’m so happy to be joining the ACGA as an exhibiting member. I recently retired from teaching high school Ceramics at Redwood High in Marin County for the past 20 years. So it’s wonderful to be my own artist at last combined with my years of developed technical expertise. When you teach, you love to learn and 5 years ago I began hosting an art workshop program for artists and art teachers using my ceramics classroom several times a semester on Saturdays. The workshop program is called Marin Art Teachers. It has a website, but since retiring, I haven’t arranged any events.

I live in West Marin in Forest Knolls, grew up in San Francisco where I learned pottery beginning at age 11 from Ruby O’Burke, whose studio was near my home. I studied studio painting at UC Davis and studied mostly with artist, Wayne Thiebaud.

My ceramics work now focuses on majolica on low fire terra cotta, painted designs, and constructed sculptures inspired by traditional Mexican Trees of Life. My pieces are 3D canvases for my painting. And now, I’m learning how to work with glass to make small bead elements to incorporate into my sculptures. I’m excited to be involved with ACGA’s efforts.

Jan Schachter Member News May 2020

Jan Schachter

23rd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition

Online Gallery is now live!

Go to to check it out.

Lee Middleman Member News May 2020

Lee Middleman

Lee’s latest Diamond Winter Globe will on exhibition at the Contemporary Clay Biennial in Grand Junction, CO from June 5 to June 27, 2020 at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. This is Lee’s sixth time participating in this national competition. Juror: Bill van Gilder

Paula Ross Member News May 2020

Paula Ross

Due to covid-19, Paula Ross’s Saturday open studio is temporarily closed.  “I’m working, and making new pots all the time.
If you would like to make an appointment to shop please let me know.

I hope you are healthy and safe.
My best to everyone.”

Natasha Dikareva Member News May 2020
Natasha Dikareva Member News 2020

Natasha Dikareva

Sunday, May 3, 3‐4:30 pm
Join me for the artist talk and a virtual studio visit from the comfort of your home!
Showing images and my actual sculptures, I’ll talk about the development, inspirations, techniques and concepts behind my works and share with you what is cooking in my studio. We’ll also have Q&A session at the end of this event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The event  will be a Zoom meeting, and I will email the zoom link the   day before the event, on Saturday May 2. If you haven’t worked  with Zoom yet, you will need to download Zoom client. You might also want to check out the tutorial. Please let me know if you need help. ‘

left  : All-Seeing Eyeglass, stoneware, glazes, china paint
6x9x3 inches

Vicki Gunter Member News May 2020

Vicki Gunter

This is your invitation to…
~ grab a reception snack
~ fill a special-occasion-glass with our precious water
~ dress for the occasion: special party ‘fit or pajamas
~step into a portal to the curated Opening Reception of:


Portal One… Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Portal Two… NCWCA Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art

Seventy-seven women artists speak out about the sacredness of the land and the importance of standing your ground in this era of climate change.

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, broken climate accord agreements, gutting of the EPA, record-breaking heat, and global conflagration, this show examines artists’ reactions to the sacredness of nature and the existential crisis of our time: global degradation.

Lean on in & take the time to expand the images and our visions for the future.
I value clay’s infinite potential − mirroring our own.

Peace & Health,
Vicki Gunter “


NOTE: Some of the dates/activities may no longer be correct,; be sure to contact the organizer to confirm.


Volumes: The Container and The Contained through April 11The Container and The Contained - Trax Gallery Berkeley
Online Sales for Volumes: The Container and the Contained
Click link to see work:
Containers: Randy Johnston, Ron Meyers, Jess Parker, Jan Mckeachie-Johnston

THE 28th annual ST. CROIX POTTERY TOUR IN MINNESOTA – always Mother’s Day Weekend – begins ONLINE Friday, May 8th at 10 a.m. Central Time. Go to May 8th. The web site includes a list of the fifty five participating potters with a link for each where you can make purchases.

MAY 8th please join Robert Brady and Sandy Simon who will be selling their work at

ART BnB: Now offering an exclusive place to stay in the Berkeley Bay -“ARTbnb” Open for Booking at $125/night + city taxes
1812 5th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 – 5:30 thru April;
until then by appointment
call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303


Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art
Friday – Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm – Anytime by Appointment
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett CA 510-787-2915


John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

Arthur Gonzalez Member News 2020

Support the Arts from Home!

Social Distancing Sale

Dark, somber and foreboding, Arthur Gonzalez’s works encourage serious deliberation and reflection on the relationship between personal concerns and world issues. Raw in form, lacking in smoothness and rough in finish, the ceramic sculptures give glimpses of a conversation or a contemplation in progress. Gonzalez’s creations of ceramic and found objects reveal visions and feelings that are not polished but ongoing processes of gyrating thoughts and churning emotions that threaten to erupt into reality and consciousness to defy the fantasy of a peaceful experience.

Lisa Clague. 2018. Archangel. Clay, Glaze, Luster, Encaustic. 8″ x 5″ x 3.5″ – $800

Lisa Clague Member News May 2020

Warashina, Cat Cup. Ceramic. 3″ x 5″ x 3.25″Warashina, Cat Cup - Member News May 2020

This collection of prints and ceramic works have been produced by some of the most noteworthy painters in all of California. To reduce overcrowding and risk of spreading germs, this sale hopes to encourage people to enjoy their staycation by browsing artwork from home. Perfect for gift-giving or adding to your own collection, these unique pieces offer something for everyone. Support the arts today by visiting our online store and checking out our Social Distancing Sale!

Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616


Bay Area Gallery – Next show is in November.
Glimmer – A solo exhibition by Jenn Shifflet at Bullseye’s Resource Center Bay Area
November 26 – March 14, 2020
Important Pickup and Sales Announcements for Resource Center Bay Area
Contact-free order and pickup:
Your local Bullseye Glass Resource Center is currently closed to in-person shopping. We welcome your orders via phone or email and will call you to schedule a pickup at a later time. Greater Bay Area] Bullseye Resource Center
4514 Hollis St.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm – 510.595.1318



The 2020 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition, originally scheduled to be shown at artspace in Richmond, Virginia has been moved to an online format and is now available for viewing. Visit for images and information about the exhibition. Online sales are also available via artspace and a video of the works included in the exhibition will premiere soon on the artspace Facebook page.


Over the past few days, NCECA’s intrepid staff members have caught up with all 2020 conference registration processing requests that were made prior to and immediately following our cancellation announcement. Still, quite a few eligible people have not yet contacted us to refund, carry over, or donate all or a portion of their conference registration fees. June 10, 2020 will be the cut-off date for NCECA to honor refund requests. After that time, any 2020 registrations remaining will be automatically carried over as non-transferable registrations for the 2021 conference.


Beatrice WoodBeatrice Wood Center for the Arts

Update Regarding COVID-19

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts will be closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19, while adhering to guidelines and recommendations provided by health organizations and government agencies.

8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai) – Ojai, CA 93023 Tel: (805) 646-3381


AMOCA – The American Museum of Ceramic Art High School ’20Southern California High School Ceramics
Virtual Exhibition Dates: May 2–31, 2020
Opening Reception: May 2, 2020 @ NoonAn annual juried show featuring 74 finalists from 27 Southern California High Schools, striving to inspire and recognize young artists achieving excellence in their own creative endeavors.

Due to the temporary closure related to COVID-19, this exhibition has been moved online and exhibition dates adjusted. Come back on Saturday, May 2 at noon to enjoy the awards ceremony, simulcasting on Facebook and Youtube Live.


Visitor’s Choice awards to be announced via press release at the close of the exhibition.
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464


The Crocker Art Museum
The Museum is currently closed

The Crocker Art Museum is temporarily closed to the public, and all programs, tours, classes, and events through May 31 have been postponed or canceled. This is a proactive measure to preserve the health and well-being of our visitors and staff, and to support the city of Sacramento’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as possible. While you are home, we will do our best to provide fresh ways to engage with art and one another on our social platforms, so we can all stay connected. Follow us @crockerart for updates and new content.

Main: (916) 808-7000, Membership: (916) 808-6730 216 O Street


This time of social distancing, school, and workspace closures continues to be very tough going for so many of us. Some have lost friends and loved ones. Others are coping the best they can under difficult constraints. Many of our friends in the arts community are rising to the challenge to share valuable information and resources like those below. Please let us know of sites and articles you have found helpful that NCECA might share in the days and weeks ahead.

Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center includes links to webinars, studies, helpful blog articles, and a running list of opportunities some of which are limited by geographical region or artistic discipline.

 CERF+ Emergency Relief Fund
CERF+ emergency assistance is available to established artists working in a craft discipline who have earned the majority of their livelihoods from artmaking and are in need of immediate financial assistance. CERF+ grants typically total around $3,000.