NEWSLETTER November 2020

ACGA May Newsletter 2020


Between COVID, the election and the prospect of spending the Holidays away fromloved ones, this is quite a time. Still, let’s dig  deep, enjoy the autumn, nurture our creative spirits and be kind. I hope that November offers us reasons to remember to be thankful for all we do have and hope for the future. Take care, stay safe and vote.
Take care,
Cheryl Costantini


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Over 70 Studio Artists come together on the ACGA website for the Holiday Sale 2020. Click here to visit the SALE!

The Davis Art Center exhibit: ACGA in Focus

The exhibit is up on our website. It is a good example of the ways we promote ACGA & its members. See a full view of the participating artists at


Barbara Brown

Barbara BrownArticle on Barbara Brown in Blog, Judy’s Lens, at Gallery House

“…Barbara joined the gallery 40 years ago and is still creating beautiful and useful objects for the home. Barbara came to her art when she arrived in California in the early 1960s through her husband’s work transfer. Taking a pottery class at the Sunnyvale Creative Art Center, she fell in love, and as they say, the rest is history.

She has taught at the Palo Alto Art Center, the center in Sunnyvale, and De Anza Community College and still teaches through the Sunnyvale Senior

While her classes are on hiatus because of the pandemic, she still checks in with her students weekly with assistance and words of encouragement…”

Sally Jackson

Constructed CeramicsSally has a piece included in the following show, running November 7 – December 19 in Oakland:
“Constructed Ceramics”
Applied Contemporary Gallery
473 25th Street, Oakland CA 9 4612
” The show will be available online as well as in person. I hope you’ll take a look, or better yet, drop by the gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, November 7, 3-6 pm.
Best wishes to all,

Vicki Gunter

Vicki Gunter at Canessa GalleryVicki invites you to her group show at Canessa Gallery

“It’s not one thing…It’s everything”
RSVP and wear a mask
November 2nd – 27th 2020
exhibit by appointment only
Wednesday & Friday 5-7pm
701 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, Ca 94111

Forrest Lesch-Middelton

Handmade Tile - Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Signed copies of my book, HANDMADE TILE, are available for purchase and make a great gift for ceramic and design lovers. With so many of my workshops getting cancelled in 2020, this step by step tile making book is the next best thing until we can resume workshops!

Available online and in my Petaluma, CA studio. 415.272.9997

Unfeigned Expressions in an Ancient Craft: Urushi by Hashizume Yasuo and Reiko

Urushi by Hashizume Yasuo and Reiko“I have always been enamored by negoro-nuri. It is a much sought-after antique urushiware that was originally produced by the monks from Negoro-ji temple in Wakayama prefecture beginning in the 12th Century. In negoro-nuri, the monks made their own utensils by applying many layers of black urushi onto the wood base that was followed by a top-coat of red urushi. The vermillion color has a distinctive depth because of the dark layers underneath, and as the surface becomes polished with use, the black is gradually revealed. It is a unique kind of ‘aged-dignification’ that the Japanese have grown to admire in their crafts….

Josie Jurczenia

Sacramento NCECA conferencePlanning for the Sacramento NCECA Conference (March 16-19,2022) has begun. I am writing to you in my role as a member of the Advance Planning Committee. As one of the representatives from the Oakland/Berkeley/San Francisco Area, I would like to keep you informed about what’s happening and how you might like to participate.

Although our area is on “the fringes” geographically to the main event and we in no way want to take the focus away from the events that will be happening in Sacramento during the NCECA conference, I am hoping our Bay Area ceramic artists, studios and galleries will want to come up with pre and post conference events. There might be as many as 6,000 attendees to the 2022 NCECA conference and many of them will be traveling through the Bay Area on their way to the conference. Our pre and post conference events could provide a great opportunity to get folks to take a detour off the freeway and get to know our diverse and exciting Bay Area ceramics scene.
There is lots of time for you to start thinking up something special for you and/or your studio/gallery to do…an exciting exhibition, open studio event, tour ???…the possibilities are endless. About 12 months prior to March 2022 I would like to start putting together a map listing your pre and post conference events. I hope to post this information on-line as well as in printed form so that it is readily available well before and during the conference. Other areas in our region are also planning pre and post conference events and we are hoping to get together a coordinated calendar. This is going to be an extremely exciting time here for all things ceramic.

Do you have a dynamite idea for a concurrent show for the conference? The proposals are due in April 2021. These shows are supported by NCECA (which generally means they supply the space and the show will be listed in official NCECA literature). If you have an interesting idea for a show please consider submitting a proposal. Go to the NCECA site for more information: Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have ideas or
suggestions about what you’d like to see happen at the 2022 Sacramento conference. I will be happy to pass along your ideas along. If you would please pass this information along to any ceramic artists,studios or galleries you feel might be interested.


Please visit ACGA’s EVENTS/WORKSHOPS page for a complete list of upcoming classes and workshops.


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


Teapot by HelkeFriends! We are back in Berkeley again! If you’d like to visit the gallery by appointment you can! Text/ call: 510.914.1303 Please email for the artbnb accomodation date availability.
Our next exhibition will open online Saturday, Nov. 21st at noon. TRAX will begin open hours on that date through Dec. 20th every Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 – 5:30. You must come Masked with smiling eyes!

Our next exhibition will be in November with Mike Helke, Kari Radasch,
Jenny Mendes, and Scott Parady.  

Peter Voulkos poster

TRAX Gallery has five unique Peter Voulkos color lithos
32″ x 24″, 1979, $1000 each, signed, unframed, email for more info.

1812 5th Street, Berkeley, CA  94710

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303


Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum
In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, we’re excited to bring back Free First Sundays beginning Nov. 1 and an additional day of free admission on Monday, Nov. 2.

Special Exhibitions On View:
Inspiration, contemplation, and healing await you at the Asian Art Museum. Explore our temporary special exhibitions to make your first trip back to the museum a memorable one. Current exhibitions include:

• Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment
• Lost at Sea: Art Recovered from Shipwrecks
• Jean Shin | Pause
Members can visit as early as Oct. 1 and admission to the museum will be free from Oct. 3 through Oct. 12. To get a closer look before your visit, watch videos about these special exhibitions on our YouTube playlist. Start planning your first visit back and learn more about our new safety protocols and limited capacity to ensure an uplifting and worry-free experience in the galleries. Learn more…
200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.581.3500


Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

Epperson Gallery“A spacious jewel of a gallery in the portside city of Crockett, famous for the huge C&H sugar plant – still operational. An enclave of artists and poets, the town is a blast from the past (excuse the expression). It seems to me Epperson is the heart of it.” – Frances Jackson

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


Davis Arts Center
Davis Art CenterIf you have not linked on it lately – – there have been many changes and updates. The most recent:    addition of a virtual showing of the Davis Arts Center ACGA show “Ceramics in Focus :2020”, that for obvious reasons is not live.

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

New Work from Esther Shimazu, Margaret Keelan & Irina Zaytceva
October 21st – November 28th

The works of Yoshio Taylor (below) & Pat Mahony
Yoshio Taylor has worked in clay for over two decades and has become one of Sacramento Valley’s foremost artist in the field of ceramics. Taylor received his master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in 1979. He went on to University of California, Berkeley where he received his Master of Fine Arts while studying with Peter Voulkos. Currently, he teaches full time at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
This exhibition includes works by colorist Pat Mahony.
Exhibition Information – Start: October 21st End: November 28th

Yoshio Taylor

Yoshio TaylorJohn Natsoulas Center for the Arts

Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616


Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA @ Home
Make Art @ Home—Create Stained Glass Windows
Get inspired by the stained glass windows in LACMA’s collection and create your own miniature stained glass windows using materials available at home. Subscribe for weekly art-making videos, with new activities every Friday.


Constructed CeramicsApplied Contemporary Craft Gallery
“Constructed Ceramics”
The opening reception is Saturday, November 7, 3-6 pm.
473 25th Street, Oakland CA 94612


We recently created a short video to share the first chapter of the book, Intersection: Art & Life. The book explores the role of the arts historically, and features inspiring works by contemporary artists.
Watch the Video:

Click Here:

This video shares the first chapter of the book Intersection: Art & Life. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is expanding virtual programming in order to serve the larger community.

Kevin Wallace, Director of the Center, wrote the book to share the Center’s educational philosophy through exploring the role of the arts historically, as well as inspiring works by contemporary artists. The book is dedicated to Beatrice Wood, as it is based upon her unique approach to the arts and cultural studies.

Become a member of the Center at the$30 level and we will mail you a copy of Intersection: Art & Life, or choose from our selection of thank you gifts.

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


AMOCA – The American Museum of Ceramic Art, or call (909) 865-3146.

We’re Reopening!
After more than three months of closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to announce that we are reopening!
AMOCA members and residents of the City of Pomona can reserve complimentary tickets online.
Tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online at least one day in advance.
We will welcome the general public back to the museum the week of August 3. Details on how to reserve advance tickets will be sent via email next month and available at in a few weeks.
Complimentary tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online a day in advance.

Complimentary Private Members Tours – In-Person or Virtual!

 AMOCA members and residents of the City of Pomona can reserve complimentary tickets online. Tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online at least one day in advance. We will welcome the general public back to the museum the week of August 3. Details on how to reserve advance tickets will be sent via email next month and available at in a few weeks. Complimentary tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online a day in advance. Complimentary Private Members Tours – In-Person or Virtual! AMOCA members are invited to schedule in-person or virtual private tours of our current exhibitions.

These small-group experiences with a staff member or docent are a remarkable way to experience the exhibits on view.
As a thank-you for your continued support, you are invited to enjoy these special tours free of charge. On behalf of everyone at AMOCA, we are grateful for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!


The American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA) is pleased to announce the first national virtual open studio and sale event for ceramic artists. Be a part of this live event where artists open their studios to the public for an at-home virtual open studio and sale. During this two day event, guests will have the opportunity to “visit” artists’ studios, websites, and online stores from one central online location.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm PST

During the event hours, artists can live chat from their studio with visitors, collectors, and customers – with the click of a button. The open studio website will include 5 images, an artist logo, a welcome video (optional), and links to the artist’s website or store for each artist. All artists are required to have an online shop or create an Etsy account to participate in this event. This open studio event and sale is free for visitors, collectors, and customers and no registration required to visit the event.

No application fee.
Rolling jury process will be held on October 8, October 22, and October 29. Participation fees range from $150 – $250.
The event will be promoted on AMOCA’s website, social media, e-news platforms. AMOCA does not take a commission on sales.

Kim TuckerKim Tucker: Primal Beings, Ghosts, and Human Dummies

Alyson Brandes is a graduate of Chapman University and a 2020 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern at AMOCA. During her internship, Brandes writes periodically for, and posts on Instagram and Facebook on Tuesdays. “As part of my internship, an ongoing project that I’ve been working on involves researching artists for a future exhibition on women working with ceramics in California. ” In her eleventh blog, Kim Tucker: Primal Beings, Ghosts, and Human Dummies, Brandes explores Tucker’s “handmade, organic aesthetic.”
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464


Blue Line Arts

Off Center Blue Line ArtsOff Center

Since the first ceramics were created, like Venus of Dolní Věstonice, before 25,000 BCE and pottery vessels that were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BCE, people have been fascinated with clay. Today, artists continue to astound us as they push the boundaries of our preconceived ideas of what ceramics represent. From playful pieces disguised as everyday objects, to finely detailed vessels, ceramics delights and surprises us in its evolution.
Whether you work in a more traditional style, or prefer completely outlandish creations, we showcase your vision and techniques from around the world during this annual show.

ROSEVILLE, CA 95678-2636
(916) 783-4117


The Crocker Art Museum

Duck Out Calvin MaThe Crocker Art Museum is delighted to welcome to its collection “Duck Out,” a gift from Bay Area sculptor Calvin Ma, whose ceramic, toy-like figure is suspended in the moment of fight or flight.

“Duck Out” joins “Around and Around,” another sculpture by Ma, in the Crocker’s renowned collection of international ceramics. Through both
sculptures, Ma gives form to his experience with social anxiety, a disorder that impacts nearly 15 million American adults who experience a persistent, intense fear of being judged by others.

For more information and to view images, click here:


Online show:

Truckee Online Show


2020 Fall Residency, Sonoma Ceramics
We offer two, 6-month, all-inclusive residencies per year for potters or ceramic sculptors. Applications are open for this 6-month, all inclusive residency. Open to potters and sculptors on a professional trajectory. The Ceramic Artist in Residence program offers a self- directed emerging or established ceramic artist a supportive work environment to explore ideas and create a cohesive body of work.


Superb live/work studio space for artists & writers. This summer and fall you can prepare for a show, finish a manuscript, collect your thoughts, or plan your next body of work. Located on Lake Chapala, nestled in a ring of mountains with colorful fishing villages strung like pearls along the north shore, a slower pace of life awaits you.

When it gets hot and muggy where you live, you can be here painting or writing to your heart’s content where the weather is fresh and delightful. We still have several private studio apartments available You can focus on your creative work and enjoy our gorgeous scenery and perfect year-round climate.

Rates, descriptions & pictures:
For more info write:
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and Instagram: @360xochiquetzal



The Potter's Studio - Berkeley CAThe Potters’ Studio
61221 8th St
Berkeley CA 94710


Clay Hand Studios - Sponsor of Association of Clay and Glass Artists of CaliforniaClay Hand Studios
Contact: Nanette Mattos
660 Van Ness,
Fresno, CA 93721