April marks the return of Off Center, Blue Line Arts’ annual Ceramic Art Competition, which draws top talent in contemporary ceramics from around the country and abroad. The exhibition will host work from 41 different artists working in a variety of styles, from functional studio pottery to imaginative installations.

Writer, curator, artist, educator, and self-described craft activist Garth Johnson served as this year’s juror. Here is a special note from the juror:

“As someone who is surrounded by the greatest works in the history of studio pottery at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, I’m astounded by the energy that is driving the field today. Community studios are having a hard time meeting the demands of a public that is increasingly turning to ceramics for solace and to transform their environments. The resulting show, Off Center, is truly that. It’s full of work that makes me curious and excited about what is to come.”

–Garth Johnson, Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art 


Congratulations to the ACGA members who juried into OFF CENTER 2023!

Mary Catherine Bassett: www.marycatherinebassett.com  @mcrathergather

Michele Collier: www.burningclay.blogspot.com  @burningclay 

Mari Emori: www.berkeleypotters.com  @emoriceramics

Vince Montague: www.vincemontague.com  @vincemontague   

Jan Schachter: www.janschachter.com  @janschachter



Exhibition Dates: April 8 – May 20, 2023

Alongside Off Center, you can also catch solo exhibitions in different mediums for Nina Temple, Robert Obier, and Brooke Aruffo.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 4–7 pm

Stop by to enjoy a live demo at 4 pm, with a reception to follow. Juried prize winners will be announced at 6 pm.

Blue Line Arts: 405 Vernon St #100, Roseville, CA 95678

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11–5 pm or by appointment.  


Blue Line Arts is a regional cultural hub committed to fostering impactful arts experiences. Through exhibitions, educational programming, and public arts initiatives, we support a full creative life for all.


For more information, please visit www.BlueLineArts.org @bluelinearts


–Brooke Abrames, Blue Line Arts Co-Director