Newsletter November – December 2022

ACGA March-April Newsletter 2022

President’s Message

Cheryl Costantini - Board President ACGAIt seems as though autumn has at last opened the door to cool weather, colorful trees, and even rain. It’s been quite a year for all of us, in so many ways I think. ACGA continues to grow the organization and to seek better ways to be in inclusive and relevant.

Having our board meetings on zoom now opens up the possibility for more people to participation the board level. This letter is your personal invitation to consider serving on the ACGA board. As a board member you can help guide the organization to meet the goals outlined above, and help articulate new goals that you feel are important and would like to see worked on.

If any of you out there are interested, please feel free to call me for more information. Our next board meeting is on Monday, November 14th, 5:00. By attending it via zoom from the comfort of your home, you will get a good idea about how the board works and if you’re interested in joining.

On another note, it is that time of year for so many craft people. I always feel a bit like an elf in my workshop busily making pots and imagining them in the hands of happy gift givers and recipients. Being able to bring handmade things into the lives of other people must certainly be a tonic for these times, and I’m so glad to be able to be part of creating good.
Grateful does not come close to describing how I feel!


Cheryl Costantini
707 823-0950
Nichibei Shop

Get featured on ACGA’s Website

We are looking to put a spotlight on our members. A new artist will be featured every month. If you would like to be featured, please send us:

A short blurb about yourself, your work, your process or anything else you want to say. Try to keep it below 100 words.

5-10 images of your work. 400 px across x 600 px high max. 72 dpi. (I can re-size if you’re not sure how).

Link to your website or social media page.


Remember that if you would like to have your information to appear in the newsletter, you MUST send it to Bonita Cohn at, (Please separate image and text.)


New Members!

Erika Pazmandi Hage
Devon Cohn
Rebecca Love
Larry Colvin
Takahiro Unno
Tamara Danoyan
Brie Wolf
Brence Culp
Nick Nourot
Kevin Scheer

Jan Schachter and Lee Middleman

Two ACGA Members are participating in a show in Los Gatos:

Iwasawa Oriental Art Gallery – November 1st to December 30th, 2022.
Artist’s Reception: November 20th, 1 – 3 pm

75 University Ave. Los Gatos

Lee Middleman

Vicki Gunter – Arts Benicia

Vicki GunterNovember 19th – December 18th, 2022
Opening Reception: November 19, 2022 – 4-6pm
Family Art Day: Sunday, December 4, 1-3pm

Events held at Arts Benicia, Commanding Officer’s Quarters, in the historic Arsenal District
1 Commander’s Lane, Benecia, CA

Vicki Gunter, “In Hot Water” teapot stopper
Detail: Sneak-peek of full tea set. 11 x 12 x 12
I am honored juror Susan Aulik chose 3 of my sculptures for Gems V

Carol Koffel

Carol is a member of the Host Committee for the 18 Reasons fall event, Teach a Community to Fish.
She invites you to support this incredible organization whose vision is to create equity and belonging through the transformative and healing power of preparing and sharing food.

Jenni Ward

Jenni WardJenni has her ceramic sculpture on display in an exhibit Bodies of Water, at Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery | UCSC Santa Cruz California
Through December 3.

“Finding inspiration through exploration of the natural world has led to imagery of intricate planktonic skeletal structures that are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and to blooms of phytoplankton that are so large they can be seen from space swirling like a Van Gogh painting in the currents and tides.

Translating these images of life below the ocean’s surface into abstracted ceramic works that are reminiscent of jellyfish, urchins and other varieties of plankton forces the once mysterious world of plankton to be perceived.”

“Discovering the importance of these tiny beautiful creatures and their role in our changing climate only deepens my attraction to them. This exhibit ties together science, environmentalism and art in the hopes of inspiring others to preserve, protect and enjoy our wild spaces.”

Laurie and Dan Hennig

Open Studio Sale
Choose from an assortment of mugs, bowls, lidded vessels, sculpture, tumblers, shot glasses, tankards, jugs,vases, garden sculpture and more on this one day event at our studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Join us on Saturday, November 12th
11:00 am – 5:00pm
At our studio: 211 Grove Street
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
Our mailing address is:

Pit Fire and Yoga – Miki Shim-Rutter and Jen Lo

Join Miki Shim-Rutter and Jen Lo for this very special two day (not-sleepover) yoga and pit fire ceramics retreat! Each participant will take home their own pit fired artwork.
Retreat fees per person: $125 early bird (register by Nov 23, 2023), $155 regular pricing.
What’s included: Coffee at the beach, pit fire lessons, art supplies, Saturday’s lunch, and yoga sessions.
What’s not included: Transportation to and from Santa Cruz, applicable parking fees, and Sunday’s lunch.
Minimum of 5 participants required for workshop to run. A detailed list of what to bring and how to prepare will be sent to registrants. All art supplies are included, all experience levels are welcome!
To Register:
Jen Lo Yoga:
Miki Shim Ceramics:
Saturday Schedule:

  • 10:00am: Meet in San Carlos

  • 10:30am: Yoga to boost creativity

  • 11:30am: Miki’s clay demo and time to create your artwork

  • 12:30pm: Break for lunch

  • 1:00pm: Finish and burnish artwork

  • 3:00pm: Clean up and see you tomorrow at the beach!

  • 7:00am: Meet in Santa Cruz (exact location will be sent later) for coffee.

  • 7:30am: Pit fire demo

  • AM Yoga (timing based on fire pit conditions)

  • 12pm: Break for lunch (there are lots of restaurants nearby, or you can pack your own).

  • PM Yoga (timing based on fire pit conditions)

  • 4pm-ish: Clean up and goodbyes

Pit Fire and Yoga


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.



We invite you to shop online at or schedule an appt:
Please text us @ 510.914.1303 and leave a message! Or call the gallery & leave a message @ 510.540.8729
There are still many beautiful pieces available that can be found on our website.

And if you have friends or relatives coming to visit remember TRAX has a nice bnb for short terms rentals – available only on web site

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


Friday – Sunday, 11AM – 6PM
Private appointments available upon request – 510.787.2925.
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA • 510.787.2915

Safety Precautions in place, Masks Required!
Private Appointments available upon request


Come to the Artery at 207 G Street, Davis, California.
We are open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm
In addition to our regular hours, The Artery will be open until 9 pm on Second Friday.


Amoca - American Museum of Ceramic Art - Breaking Ground

September 10, 2022–January 22, 2023 / February 19, 2023
Catalog: Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay
Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay – Exhibition Overview
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is proud to present the exhibition and accompanying catalog Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay, celebrating 44 artists who have defined—and redefined—ceramics over the past 100 years. Many of the Golden State’s most innovative and impactful ceramic artists in the 20th and 21st centuries are women who faced adversity due to gender inequality and were often ignored or overlooked in favor of their male counterparts. These incredibly determined women pushed forward, driven by creativity and tenacity.
Breaking Ground highlights the significant shifts in California ceramics over several generations of women artists. The story is toldi n three sections, using the artist’s “breaking ground period” (rather than their date of birth) to determine their place in history. The story begins with trailblazers Laura Andreson, Betty Davenport Ford, Stefani Gruenberg, Vivika Heino, Elaine Katzer, Mary Lindheim, Martha Longenecker, Gertrud Natzler, Susan Peterson, Ruth Rippon, Susi Singer, Helen Ritcher Watson, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Beatrice Wood. These artists laid the groundwork for the field and inspired successive generations of artists.
The second section includes a disparate group of artists who explored—or are exploring—the female figure, feminism, and the creation of the perfect form. Works by Judy Chicago, Dora De Larios, Roseline Delisle, Viola Frey, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Phyllis Green, Margaret Keelan, Karen Koblitz, Marilyn Levine, Elsa Rady, Lisa Reinertson, Nancy Selvin, Anna Silver, and Sandy Simon mark a substantial break in artmaking from their predecessors.

The Artists of Mettlach
The artists of Mettlach - AMOCAOngoing
A selection of works from the Robert D. and Colette D. Wilson Villeroy and Boch Mettlach Collection, featuring original research on notable artists involved in the production of these historical works.
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464

Bodies of Water
Jenni WardSeptember 20th, 2022–December 3rd, 2022

Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery | UCSC Santa Cruz California



Nina de Creeft Ward - Lily, Rabbit TeapotNovember 12, 2022 – January 1, 2023
American Ceramic Society – Southern California Chapter

President’s Show

The American Ceramic Society consists of educators, hobbyists and ceramic technicians who reside throughout the United States, including Hawaii. Past presidents of the Southern California Chapter were influential forces within ceramic art of the 20th century and members continue to represent ceramic culture in their work.

Please Join Us for the Opening Reception
Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 2 – 4 pm.
Location: 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper
Ojai), Ojai, CA
(805) 646-3381


International Terminal
Departures – Level 3, Gallery 4A
Oct 21, 2022 – Jul 09, 2023
More Than a Meal – Airline Meal Service Sets 1960s – 1980s

More Than a Meal - Airline Meal Service Sets 1960s - 1980sTo provide a restaurant-style inflight dining experience, airlines also considered the tableware comprising the meal service set. They carefully conceived their chinaware, flatware, and glassware for presentation, utilization, storage, and durability. Manufacturers often created tableware bearing the airline’s service mark or logo, as well as unique patterns related to national origin, destination, or service promotions. This exhibition presents eight airline meal service sets from the 1960s to the 1980s, along with menus and images of inflight meal services from the time.

Harvey Milk Terminal 1
Departures Level 2, Gallery 1E
June 16, 2022 – April 30, 2023
California Modernist Women – Groundbreaking Creativity

California played a central role in the formation of a modern American aesthetic during the mid-twentieth century. Decorative arts and design reflected exciting new technologies and forms of expression. As modernist artists and designers looked beyond traditional methods and towards the future, some also found inspiration in the handmade qualities of crafts. Many of the Golden State’s most innovative artists and designers were women who faced great adversity due to prevailing gender inequality. The most determined women pushed forward, driven by enthusiasm, strength, and creativity.

Japonisme: A Passion for Japan
Terminal 2
Departures Level 2, Gallery 2

May 04, 2022 – Apr 02, 2023

Japonisme - Dragon Vase - SFOFrench author Philippe Burty (1830–90) coined the term Japonisme in 1872 to describe the new fervor for all things Japanese,following Japan’s opening to international trade after a prolonged period of isolation from the West. The increased visibility ofJapanese art and design overseas profoundly affected European and North American audiences as ceramics, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, metalwork, lacquer ware, fans, and textiles flooded Western markets. Japonisme permeated fine and decorative arts, interior design, and graphic arts. Artists such as Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) were deeply inspired by Japanese art. American silver manufacturers including Tiffany & Company and the Gorham Manufacturing Company were determined to create metalwork as fine as Japan’s. English potteries took heed of Japanese designs to create a plethora of new patterns.

Mattie Hinkley centers joy in her practice – and in the home.

Welcome to the inhabit series of The Queue!American Crafts CouncilThe Winter 2023 issue of American Craft magazine—centered on the theme inhabit—will be hitting mail boxes soon! In the next six installments of
The Queue, we’ll be inviting artists featured in this issue to share personally about their lives and work as well as who and what’s inspiring them right now.

de la Torre brothers - American Craft CouncilThe de la Torre Brothers, Einar and Jamex, are renowned for their large-scale, vivid mixed media sculptures incorporating religious and cultural iconography from their Chicano background. Based in San Diego and in Baja California, they work primarily in glass and lenticular printing. In The Queue, they share how they got into glass, the surreal aspects of making art across the Mexico border, and some of their favorite contemporary glass artists and exhibitions.


David Kordansky Gallery, New York
October 29-December 17, 2022
Betty Woodman: Conversations on the Shore, Works from the 1990s

Betty Woodman. “Balustrade Relief Vase #52,” 1992. 82 x 45 x 10 in.  – Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer and paint. Image Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery. Photography: Phoebe d’Heurl

Betty Woodman Ceramics

A New Look at a Groundbreaking Ceramics Artist – Betty Woodman
This major solo exhibition—the first of the artist’s work in New York in six years—brings together a group of ceramic sculptures rom a critical and career-defining period in Woodman’s practice. Anchored by the installation “Conversations on the Shore”(1994)—which was last shown in the late 1990s as part of an exhibition tour which originated at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam—the works on view include a number of wall-mounted and free-standing sculptures, each engaged in a range of conversations about materials, history, function, architecture, sculpture and painting.



The Center for Craft is excited to introduce a new grant opportunity, the Teaching Artist Cohort.
Applications are due November 30, 2022.
Twenty-one mid-career craft artists will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000 and participate in an 8-month cohort experience where they will be guided through training that encourages and sustains a generative practice as both artists and educators.

For over 25 years, the Center for the Craft has supported craft research and artists through our grant programs. As we consider the current challenges faced by artists, it is evident that many artists who teach are financially under-compensated and need time away from teaching to advance their practice. Uniquely positioned to support the sustainable career paths of artists and to advance the understanding of craft, this grant will award a dynamic group of 21 mid-career teaching craft artists a one-time,unrestricted grant of $10,000.

The Center for Craft Teaching Artist Cohort will also participate in an 8-month experience where they will be guided through training that encourages and sustains a generative practice as both artists and educators. The Center intends to develop and strengthen a network of craft artists through peer-to-peer learning and connection to enrich the impact on their communities.

The 51st Annual KPFA Holiday Benefit Craft Fair
December 3 & 4, 10am – 5pm both days
Taking place indoors at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, the winter fair features 200 artists & craftspeople, and a special live KPFA broadcast from the fair both mornings.

The new location also provides an opportunity for our exhibitors to reach new markets in a very wealthy part of the Bay Area. Pleasanton is well connected to the south and east bay, and we’ll be running a new and improved shuttle service to keep this event Bartable.
Are you ready for an indoor show? Note that this event has relocated to Pleasanton, since the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond was sold.

After the Gold Rush

From: Kim Patillo

Hi Everyone,
Hope you’re all as grateful as we are to be seeing some of our favorite shows starting up again! And that includes the 48thAnnual ‘Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire’ to be held on Nov. 18, 19 & 20 in the Chardonnay Hall at the Napa Valley Expo in Napa. As we told you earlier this year we’re turning the reins over to Chelley at Eckerstrom Productions, but she and we will be working closely together this year to bring back the awesome event it’s always been. Chelley intends to keep the layout, format, and holiday feel of the show as it’s been in the past; she was a vendor at the show for many years herself. Advertising has already began, including reserved billboards on Hwy 29 and banners all around Napa as always.

If the show is not full, we will jury once a month till full. Chelley and we will do the jurying together, and if you’re a past participant that would like. There are no refunds once accepted into this Fair.

Kim & Mark, After the Gold Rush

You can download applications from the website: or email us & we’ll send you them. Call us at 925-372-8961 anytime.


2020-2021 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.

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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