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NEWLETTER July 2020

ACGA July Newsletter 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Without the shows and deadlines to bracket my daily life, it’s pretty easy to get lost in days of clay and pots, and that is an OK place to be. That they demand so much tending is a good thing. Their needs keep me grounded, and even though it, vertical, seems as though I rarely know what the actual day of the week is, the pots provide a different knowledge and rhythm that soothes. Time passes quite differently listening mostly to them.

And then, there is the garden.  Had those tomatoes not grown so tall and the peas not finished bearing, I might not believe that July is really here. Daily excursions to water, tend and harvest offer additional confirmation of the passage of time as well as the promise that this pandemic will pass. The trick for me is to incorporate some of the lessons from this time into life going forward, whatever that will look like.

But for now, it feels like life is less defined by the external world. The pace of the drying pots and the growing vegetables appear to rule the roost, and that’s OK with me.

Despite these musings, there are realities in this potter’s life that burst in like California fog. I chose to invest energy into online sales and as a result, I get to wear new hats; photographer, up-loader and shipping manager, to name a few.  It’s fun and different, but the truth is, I miss our events, I miss seeing customers face to face. Nothing beats that connection!

So, next best thing….Customers and artist alike, read below about the new 10 Days of ACGA…online!  Please support craft and the creative spirit….check it out, it will debut August 1st

Cheryl Costantini
potters@sonic.net

10 Days of ACGA Online

10 DAYS OF ACGA…Online!

August 1 – 10, 2020

Dear ACGA Artists,

Woo Hoo! We have a name and dates!

In this email you will find the link to submit your form and payment to be part of this new fun event. Please you MUST submit it by the deadline of July 7.

Remember, you do not need to have an Etsy or other shop to participate. For those of you who might want to or are in the process of setting something up, remember all we need now from you is the URL. You have till opening day to finish setting it up. Also, your URL might be your Facebook or Instagram … It can be all 3. Minimally it can be your phone or email. The point is to offer customers a way to contact and buy your things.

Your image needs to be 500 KB or smaller. I know that resizing can be hard for some … me included. Please, if you need help, I am going to suggest that you google it. Input all details pertinent to your situation. For me, it might look like ‘ How to resize an image on a Mac in Photos” . Change and save your image before you begin the form. Vertical is best.

You will notice the donation section. I actually think that this is pretty cool as it gives customers a bit of info about us. it makes it more personal, and that is a good thing.

The next email will include a banner to use in advertising and your emails and other postings. It will also discuss the importance of us all putting in effort to make this happen. I will not know what kind of advertising budget we will have to work with till the final numbers are in. This will work if we ALL post to social media … more on that next time.

For now…. GET THIS FORM SUBMITTED! Here is the link…https://form.jotform.com/201797765608166

ACGA EXHIBITION NEWS

Davis Art CenterThe Davis Art Center exhibit: ACGA in Focus

Ian Bassett - ACGA Ceramics in Focus - Davis Art Center
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 https://acga.net/2020-davis-center/

MEMBER NEWS

Lee Middleman
Julia Feld

LEE MIDDLEMAN & JULIA FELD

Lee Middleman’s and Julia Feld’s art pieces (3 each) have been accepted into the 9th China Changchun International Ceramics Symposium. Normally the symposium is held in August, but this year only the exhibition will be held from August 12, 2020 to January 7, 2021. The exhibition will be held at the Changchun International Ceramic Art Museum in Changchun, the capital of northeast China’s Jilin province.
Since 2011, Changchun has held 8 sessions of the China Changchun International Ceramics Works Symposium (International Ceramics Competition). At present, the Ceramics Gallery has collected more than 800 works created by more than 220 artists from 51 countries and regions in five continents.

Lee’s works selected are a Red Diamond Globe, a Winter Sun Flower, and a Jade Sea Urchin Vase and will be a part of the museum’s permanent collection. Julia’s are Modesty, Passion and Envy.

*****
Lee recently opened a ceramics gallery shop on ETSY, “take a look and give a “like” to the shop.
The ETSY link is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeeMiddleman Thanks.”

Alpha Fired Arts

4675 Aldona Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841(916) 484-4424
“We are currently open for In Store Shopping and Curbside Pickup with reduced store hours, Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Closed Saturday & Sunday. We have resumed our Firing Service!
New Summer Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday & Monday”
http://www.alphafiredarts.comhttp://www.alphafiredarts.com

CERF+The Artist's Safety Net
CERF+ Announces Launch of COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists
CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net is pleased to announce the launch of a COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing, and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the deadline for the first round will be July 29, and the second will be September 9. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
“CERF+ recognizes that artists, who are so vital to the health of our communities, have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic with the sudden loss of income because of canceled shows, residencies, exhibitions, teaching opportunities, and other income-generating activities,” notes CERF+ Executive Director, Cornelia Carey. “We acknowledge that this is a small program relative to the significant need, and we look forward to rolling out additional programs to assist with recovery.”

www.cerfplus.org        802.229.2306       info@cerfplus.org

COVID-19 Relief Grant – CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.

As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the application opens July 8th and the deadline for the first round will be July 29th, the second will be September 9th. Priority will be given to eligible artists facing the most severe financial pressures, and CERF+ will ensure that funds are dispersed throughout the country. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
https://cerfplus.org/cerf-covid-19-relief-grant/?org=808&lvl=100&ite=2242&lea=2181869&ctr=0&par=1&trk=

annuity.orgOn behalf of Annuity.org: a site dedicated to providing the most accurate financial content to help heighten financial health in our country.

In light of the pandemic we are facing with COVID-19, we understand many individuals and organizations have been impacted. I wanted to share the free information we provide that I feel would be of great value to users looking for more information about the economic impact, small business help, federal benefits – along with much, much more. You can read our guide below:

annuity.org/financial-literacy/covid-19-financial-guide/
annuity.org/annuities/  (In case you had any annuity questions!)

EXHIBITIONS

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

AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL
The Queue: Kitchen Table Series

A weekly roundup for and by the craft community, the Kitchen Table series of The Queue introduces you to the makers, writers, curators, and more featured in the most recent issue of American Craft. We invite them to share their shortlist of exciting projects, people to follow, and content to consume to help you stay dialed into what’s hot in the world of making.

SANDOR KATZ ON THE CRAFT OF FOOD AND NEW FERMENTATION EXPERIMENTS

Featured in “From Passion to Plate” in the June/July 2020 issue of American Craft, Sandor Katz is an author and educator, and is regarded as a guru of all things fermentation. He has experimented widely in this realm, taught hundreds of workshops all around the world, and written two books on the subject: Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation.

What are your thoughts on the relationship between craft and food? Everything about food involves craft and technique, from growing it to harvesting it and storing it correctly, to milling, sprouting, fermenting, cooking, and all the other processes that transform the raw products of agriculture into all the things we love to eat and drink. Read more.

“My work empowering people with fermentation skills is motivated by my desire to see more people get their hands into food crafting.”
~ Sandor Katz
https://craftcouncil.org/post/queue-sandor-katz

Korsha Wilson

KORSHA WILSON ON HONORING KITCHEN INNOVATORS AND THE POWER OF THE COLLECTIVE VOICE

Korsha Wilson is a food writer and host of the weekly podcast A Hungry Society, which explores the intersection of race, class, and gender in dining and culinary spaces and communities. Read more about Korsha in “Thinking with your Hands,” an interview between her and American Craft Council board member Sarah K. Khan in the June/July 2020 issue of American Craft.
@korshawilson @ahungrysociety

https://craftcouncil.org/post/queue-korsha-wilson

“Thinking with your Hands” explores the relationship between craft and cooking and the lessons to be learned in the ways we make, share, and savor.

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY
Tea pot by Sandy SimonHello All TRAX friends and fans!  Summer is upon us.
You can purchase pots online at traxgallery.com many great pots by great potters’.
TRAX will reopen for walk in business in October, (minus the virus).
Our next exhibition will be in November with Mike Helke, Kari Radasch,
Jenny Mendes, and Scott Parady.  

TRAX will reopen for walk in business in October, (minus the virus).  Jenny Mendes, and a surprise!

Tea Pot by ACGA Member Sandy Simon

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

Prior to October, if you want to make an appointment or have an item shipped, you can by emailing or texting Miles McCreary who is on the premises:  1.510.908.1580 email: miles.mccreary@gmail.com

CROCKETT

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art
Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art  will be Closed until it is Safe to Open.
Our Upcoming Show with Lisa Reinertson and Francoise LeClerc will be rescheduled.

The gallery is empty with the exception of Francoise LeClerc’s piece “Parallax” and the morning sun through the east facing windows.
Art lives here. Art will continue to live here. Joanne and Gerald Epperson have been making a space for Art since 1996. Their mission, their support and passion for the Arts will continue. Stay safe, stay well.

Please keep Joanne and Gerald in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your continued support.
-Suzanne M Long
suzannelong@eppersongallery.com         510-787-2925
510-787-2925
Friday – Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm – Anytime by Appointment
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett CA 510-787-2915
www.eppersongallery.com

DAVIS

Davis Art Center

If you have not linked on it lately – ACGA.net – 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

Kevin Snipes Ceramics

Beth Lo ceramicsEsther ShimazuSupport the Arts from Home!

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!

Kevin Snipes, 2020 – Cup 1        Beth Lo, 2020 Girl & Boy Plate    Esther Shimazu, 2020 – Red Bull

https://www.shop.natsoulas.com/social-distance-specials
Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616

EMERYVILLE

Bullseye Resource Center
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
bayarea@bullseyeglass.com

LAFAYETTE

Jennifer Perlmutter Fine Art

Small footprint - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Jennifer Perlmutter Pop-Up Gallery is hosting  Small Footprint art exhibit featuring re-purposed and up-cycled material that has been given new life.  The show includes wall art, sculptures and installations made from alternative materials.

Up-cycling is the process of turning waste, often of the sort that is usually considered “un-recyclable”, into something that is useful or of value. A popular form of up-cycling involves creating art with items of waste, and the results can be spectacular!

The show includes a variety of Bay Area artists and our guest artist Joe Bologna – Artwork by Deborah Benioff Friedman
Hours: By appt. during Covid19 – 925-284-1485
3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (Corner of Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Lafayette, CA 94549

LOS ANGELES – Craft in America

Here Now - A Humble LegacyHere/Now | A Humble Legacy: Two Exhibitions of Yunomi
7/18/2020 – 9/19/2020
https://www.craftinamerica.org/exhibition/here-now-a-humble-legacy-two-exhibitions-of-yunomi
Upon the centennial of the founding of Leach Pottery, the Craft in America Center is pleased to present two exhibitions celebrating the cup as object and the impact of Bernard Leach on studio ceramics.

A Humble Legacy is an exhibition of approximately two dozen works of historic and contemporary cups made by a selection of artists affiliated with Leach Pottery and others who continue in its legacy. Master potters Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada established St. Ives Pottery (Leach Pottery) in Cornwall, England in 1920, and their impact on 20th century ceramics cannot be overstated. Leach’s conception of the artist-potter and his advocacy for studio pottery in England came at a time when industrially-produced ceramics were dominant. His role in communicating Eastern ceramic tradition to the West, had a ripple effect on the global history of contemporary studio ceramics. The utilitarian cups, or yunomi, featured in this exhibition speak to Leach’s ideology and outlook. This international exhibition is organized in consultation with former Leach apprentice, Jeff Oestreich, who worked at the pottery from 1969-1971.

Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi is a ceramic cup invitational, which will consist of a small group of ceramic artists asked to construct a series of yunomi. The cylinder, being the root structure of most ceramic objects, leads to the yunomi, which can be playful and quickly made. The yunomi is a foundational form for most makers-inviting many options, directions, and intent. These are a range of contemporary vessel makers who are dedicated to rethinking traditional ideas. Using the cup as a launching point, this exhibition explores the historical ideal of the humble, anonymous Japanese potter juxtaposed with the American idealism of self-experience.

OJAI

Beatrice WoodBeatrice Wood Center for the Arts

Take a Virtual Tour of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=hvSY-lT9VNg&feature=emb_logo
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts will reopen on July 6th, for tours only, by appointment. The number of visitors will be limited, required to wear masks and maintaining physical distance with others while inside the buildings will be mandatory. We will be following guidance and protocols provided by the State of California to provide a safe environment for visitors. Tours can be booked in advance by phone or e-mail

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

Online Exhibition – Ojai Studio Artists – Ojai Visions – Part 2Sooz Glazebrook
July 11 – August 29, 2020
An exhibition of works by Ojai Studio Artists measuring less than 18″ x 24″. Ojai Studio Artists is a nonprofit working to promote art awareness, preparing the next generation of artists, and celebrating the importance of the arts.

“Ojai Visions: Part 2”, featuring smaller-scale works by artist members of Ojai Studio Artists, is being presented on Artsy

Click here to view the exhibition:
https://www.artsy.net/show/beatrice-wood-center-for-the-arts-ojai-visions-part-two

POMONA

AMOCA – The American Museum of Ceramic Art

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!  Read on for exciting new developments, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Making In Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics

On View: March 14–August 23, 2020

Making in Between - AMOCAMaking In Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics examines the works of six first- and second-generation Chinese American ceramic artists from the United States and provides a basis for dialog and inter-cultural exchange during an era fraught with international tensions.

Southern California has significant Chinese-American heritage and is home to the third-largest community in the United States of Americans with Chinese ancestry. Through cultural, geographic, and historic lenses, the exhibition invites visitors to explore and engage with the contemporary Chinese American artistic experience.

Ricky Maldonado, “Vertigo IV,” 2008. Terracotta and glazes. Photo from New Acquisitions: Julianne and David Armstrong.
AMOCA members and residents of the City of Pomona can reserve complimentary tickets online. As a thank-you to our community, 500 complimentary tickets will be available to residents of Pomona during the month of July. Tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online at least one day in advance.
Not a member? Become one today and come visit us in July!

Tickets will be available in July for August Admission
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 AMOCA.org in a few weeks.
Complimentary tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online a day in advance.

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!

frontdesk@amoca.org
http://www.amoca.org
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464

SACRAMENTO

ALPHA FIRED ARTS

John Klaiber

SAN FRANCISCO

Asian Art Museum – Temporarily Closed

https://asianart.org/museumfromhome/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CATLcitlsyq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Chinese scholars who created beautiful calligraphy surrounded themselves with equally decorative calligraphy tools. Despite their utilitarian functions, these objects often displayed intricate motifs. Can you spot the cranes on top of the ink stick container? A crane paired with the pine tree is a powerful emblem of longevity.

200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102
Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture
200 Larkin St. • San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500

SEBASTOPOL

Sebastopol Center for the Arts - Pandemic Transformations“Pandemic Transformation”
International ONLINE Juried Exhibition,
JUNE 6 – JULY 18, 2020
https://sebarts.org/visual-arts/current-exhibitions/

WATSONVILLE

Pajaro Valley ArtsPajaro Valley Arts presents Sierra Azul  Nursery and Garden
July 1 – Oct. 31

E-postcard announcement for this real, physical sculpture garden exhibition  There are a few ACGA members in the show, both clay and glass:  Cristy Aloysi & Scott Graham,  Peggy Snider

RESIDENCIES

2020 Fall Residency, Sonoma Ceramics

https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/ceramics/ceramics-residency-program/
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.
https://sonomacc.wpengine.com/category/ceramics/

Res Artis –

Encounter the World in Residencies.
Explore the listings here: www.resartis.org/en/
Arts residencies are at a global standstill. By our very nature of facilitating quality international and national arts and cultural exchange, the field of arts residencies is one of the hardest hit.

Res Artis: Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies is partnering with UCL (University College London) to conduct this survey to assess the true impact of COVID-19 specifically on the arts residencies field. This survey first examines the immediate impact; and then we will ask respondents to complete two further short surveys to analyse the medium-term; and long-term effects.

You don’t need to be a Res Artis Member or affiliated to UCL to complete this survey. We urge all artists and arts residency organisations around the globe to complete this form so that Res Artis in partnership with UCL can advocate for support, much-needed resources and emergency funding on behalf of the sector. It will help us all, as a collective whole, gain a deeper understanding of the situation and how we might work together to rebuild and strengthen the field.

The survey below should take approximately 10 minutes of your time, but the results will be long-lasting. Thank you for contributing to this important research and data collection.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/resimpact1

360xochiquetzal
YOUR PERSONAL RESIDENCY IN MEXICO

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: https://360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-program/
For more info write: 20360xochiquetzal@gmail.com
Join our group Facebook page: %360-Xochi-Quetzal –
Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal
and Instagram: @360xochiquetzal

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

Platinum

The Potter's Studio - Berkeley CAThe Potters’ Studio
510/528-328
61221 8th St
Berkeley CA 94710

Gold

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

Gold

Creative Ceramics and Glass - A Sponsor of Association of Clay and Glass Artists of CaliforniaCreative Ceramics and Glass,
(707) 545-6528
5240 Aero Dr,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NEWSLETTER June 2020

ACGA May Newsletter 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Cheryl Costantini - Pesident, ACGAThat re-classifying what is essential has become a topic of conversation is certainly one of the silver linings that have emerged as a result of this pandemic. It seems to me that is what nourishes us, food, connections with loved ones and access to beauty are main players.

For artists and craftspeople, many would claim that making is essential to them. For some, like me, it started in childhood. Driven by a force that cannot be ignored, with a tenacity that can rarely be explained, makers feel that creating is essential. So we study, practice, experiment and hope. With the help of a plethora of converging circles (think craft shows, galleries, customers and now the internet) we build businesses.

Many of us are small and nimble enough to adjust to these times, and for those who have not yet found a path, let this newsletter be a source of inspiration. As you read below, you will see ways some are forging forward, thinking of new ways and utilizing existing ones. Adjusting, moving the configuration of circles, staying open to change are essential for sure!

Nichibei PottersHere at Nichibei, we resurrected our dormant Etsy shop (  https://www.etsy.com/shop/NichibeiPotters  ) and started uploading. We offered best sellers as well as one of-a-kind things. We offered a variety of price points. We offered free shipping. We offered, and our customers were delighted. Turns out they wanted to buy as much as we wanted to sell. Eighty-four sales in one month, we were stunned, humbled and full of gratitude. We also offered other artists advice on how to set up their shops and we wish them the best of luck.

To close, a chuckle… About 2 weeks ago, I went into the studio and stared at the some 6 or 7 hundred pounds of clay. Suddenly I was overcome with panic. What if this pandemic gets so bad that I can’t get clay! What will I do???  I called Creative Ceramics, bought another 2000 pounds. Visualize a huge sigh of relief!

Cheryl Costantini
potters@sonic.net

EXIBITION NEWS

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 https://acga.net/2020-davis-center/

Clay and Glass Festival News

Festival Booth Fee Refund Update

Dear Artists and Sponsors,

Thank you for your patience.  The booth fee refunds should be completed by the time this newsletter reaches your inbox.  The Festival Committee and the ACGA Board wish to thank those of you who were able to roll over your booth fee to 2021, which helps us to spread the loss of Festival income over 2 years.  We also appreciate those of you who helped cover this year’s expenses.  We are especially grateful for the generosity of those who were able to both roll over and contribute to offset this year’s Festival expenses.

We all look forward to being together in July 2021.  Until then, stay healthy and continue nurturing your creativity in whatever ways you enjoy.  And please share your online sales events and live demos/workshops on our ACGA Facebook page!The Festival Committee

Joe Battiato, Mari Emori, Sally Jackson, Lee Middleman, Jan Schachter, Miki Shim-Rutter,  April Zilber

Annie Hermes, Deputy Director
408-772-6667

Giant Creative

MEMBER NEWS

Lynn Wood Member News May 2020

Lynn Wood

Lynn has been Teaching Virtually at the Sonoma Community Center. Lynn Wood IS the Pottery Texture Queen. She is inspired by textures found in nature, architecture, and textiles and brings this joy into her work through pattern, texture, and color. Lynn has developed her own patterned texture mats that can be used on hand-built and thrown pottery in a variety of ways and they are available for sale at Sonoma Community Center. Lynn lives in Santa Rosa, shows and teaches nationally, and, of course teaches at Sonoma Ceramics.

Michelle Gregor Member News June 2020

Michelle Gregor

Natsoulas Gallery presented a Zoom Workshop with Michelle Gregor (l) on Saturday, May 23rd
Her presentation was 3 hours.

Lee Middleman Member News June 2020

Lee Middleman

Lee has opened an ETSY Shop….”for selling my artwork on-line during these trying times. I hope you will visit the ESTY Shop, enjoy my latest work, “like” the shop and consider purchasing my art.

The link to my ETSY Shop is: Lee Middleman ETSY Shop.

You can shop and pay online with several options. Shipping via UPS or FedEx, or FREE  local (20 miles) delivery by me. (NOTE: I am the only one handling the orders. I am following all the recommended social distancing and sanitation guidelines put out by the CDC.)

If you looking to connect with me or purchase work directly from my larger gallery collection, you can contact me at 650-851-0295. We can discuss my work and take a virtual ZOOM tour of the gallery and studio. Let’s keep in touch.”

Paula Bellacera Member News June 2020

Paula Bellacera

Paula is in a Ceramic group exhibit at the Pence Gallery in conjunction with the California Clay Conference.
Virtual Ceramic group exhibit at the Pence Gallery May-June.
Virtual Bird & Nest group exhibit at the Pence Gallery June-July.
Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, Davis, CA 95616. (530) 758-3370

Visit her website: https://www.paulabellacera.com

Her works are available at:
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
3620 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-1485

Natasha Dikareva Member News June 2020

Natasha Dikareva

Natasha has been busy:

“Even in the toughest times art goes on!”

Zoom: https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/94085889585?pwd=aElyNVd5LzNZZHdhRmFkeXg5NHFQQT09

“We’ve made it through two months of quarantine! Adjusting to the new distancing measures, I started hosting virtual studio visits. I had my misgivings about dealing with zoom meetings but it turned out to be stimulating and fun so I will continue to invite and talk about my work with virtual visitors. Meet the new owners of my diptych I Found My Pearl in San Francisco! Megan and Andrew told me they can’t go to the ocean right now but this piece will bring the ocean to them. I am happy to know my work is helping people make it through the challenge of shelter-in-place and that these panels are living in a San Francisco home.

I started this diptych back in November for the invitational exhibition 48 Pillars at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco. It took 25 hours for the left and 20 hours for the right panel just to sculpt. I had to re-glaze and re-fire them 5 times because I messed up on my colors for the test tiles. Final china painting took 15 hours. Well, as one of my favorite poets said: Beauty has never been achieved easily, and now these panels are living in a beautiful house!”

EXHIBITIONS

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

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY
Tea pot by Sandy SimonHello All TRAX friends and fans!  Summer is upon us.
You can purchase pots online at traxgallery.com many great pots by great potters’.
TRAX will reopen for walk in business in October, (minus the virus).
Our next exhibition will be in November with Mike Helke, Kari Radasch,
Jenny Mendes, and Scott Parady.  

TRAX will reopen for walk in business in October, (minus the virus).  Jenny Mendes, and a surprise!

Tea Pot by ACGA Member Sandy Simon

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

Prior to October, if you want to make an appointment or have an item shipped, you can by emailing or texting Miles McCreary who is on the premises:  1.510.908.1580 email: miles.mccreary@gmail.com

CROCKETT

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art
Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art  will be Closed until it is Safe to Open.
Our Upcoming Show with Lisa Reinertson and Francoise LeClerc will be rescheduled.

The gallery is empty with the exception of Francoise LeClerc’s piece “Parallax” and the morning sun through the east facing windows.
Art lives here. Art will continue to live here. Joanne and Gerald Epperson have been making a space for Art since 1996. Their mission, their support and passion for the Arts will continue. Stay safe, stay well.

Please keep Joanne and Gerald in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your continued support.
-Suzanne M Long
suzannelong@eppersongallery.com         510-787-2925
510-787-2925
Friday – Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm – Anytime by Appointment
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett CA 510-787-2915
www.eppersongallery.com

DAVIS

Davis Art Center

If you have not linked on it lately – ACGA.net – 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

John Natsoulas Gallery June 2020

Support the Arts from Home!

We are offering work by our best artists at amazing prices.
Enjoy this beautiful art from the comfort of your own home!
This collection of prints and ceramic works have been produced by some of the most noteworthy painters in all of California. Among them are Beth Lo, Arthur Gonzalez, Stephen Braun, Kevin Snipes, and Mattie Leeds. 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!

https://www.shop.natsoulas.com/social-distance-specials
Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616

Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616

EMERYVILLE

Bullseye Resource Center
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
bayarea@bullseyeglass.com

LAFAYETTE

Jennifer Perlmutter GalleryJennifer Perlmutter Fine Art

This special collection was designed with the collector and gift giver in mind.

For a limited time we will wrap and deliver locally. Please email us your address and phone.

Each one-of-a-kind piece is hand made or painted by a California artist. We will package and wrap with care and include information on the artist.

https:jenniferperlmuttergallery.com/product-category/small-gifts

OJAI

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
Email: BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com

POMONA

AMOCA – The American Museum of Ceramic Art
“Dear AMOCA Community,

In light of recent news and based on conversations with peers, AMOCA (museum and studio) will close to the public effective March 16, 2020 and remain closed through April 1, 2020. This date will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks. Our goal is to ensure that AMOCA remains a safe, secure, and welcoming place for our visitors.

For up-to-date information, check our website, email info@amoca.org, or call (909) 865-3146.

I am grateful to the artists, members, board, and staff for the numerous notes of encouragement during this challenging time. Thank you, always, for your support.

Beth Ann Gerstein
Executive Director

frontdesk@amoca.org
http://www.amoca.org
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464

SACRAMENTO

The Crocker Art Museum
The Museum is currently closed

The Museum is temporarily closed, but art is still available everyday.We are committed to keeping you connected to art, ideas, each other, and the world around you while you are at home. Follow @crockerart on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest, and don’t forget to sign up for our weekly eNews so you’ll always receive our freshest creations.
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/crocker-art-museum

RESIDENCIES

2020 Fall Residency, Sonoma Ceramics

https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/ceramics/ceramics-residency-program/
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.
https://sonomacc.wpengine.com/category/ceramics/

Res Artis –

Encounter the World in Residencies.
Explore the listings here: www.resartis.org/en/
Arts residencies are at a global standstill. By our very nature of facilitating quality international and national arts and cultural exchange, the field of arts residencies is one of the hardest hit.

Res Artis: Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies is partnering with UCL (University College London) to conduct this survey to assess the true impact of COVID-19 specifically on the arts residencies field. This survey first examines the immediate impact; and then we will ask respondents to complete two further short surveys to analyse the medium-term; and long-term effects.

You don’t need to be a Res Artis Member or affiliated to UCL to complete this survey. We urge all artists and arts residency organisations around the globe to complete this form so that Res Artis in partnership with UCL can advocate for support, much-needed resources and emergency funding on behalf of the sector. It will help us all, as a collective whole, gain a deeper understanding of the situation and how we might work together to rebuild and strengthen the field.

The survey below should take approximately 10 minutes of your time, but the results will be long-lasting. Thank you for contributing to this important research and data collection.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/resimpact1

360xochiquetzal
YOUR PERSONAL RESIDENCY IN MEXICO

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: https://360xochiquetzal.com/personal-residency-program/
For more info write: 20360xochiquetzal@gmail.com
Join our group Facebook page: %360-Xochi-Quetzal –
Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal
and Instagram: @360xochiquetzal

RESIDENCY at Watershed – cancelled

With heavy hearts, we are writing to update you on Watershed’s plans for the coming months.
The Watershed Board of Trustees convened an emergency session over the weekend to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 season and consider what steps we must take for the wellbeing of our community. After weighing the latest information from local and national experts, we have made the difficult decision that we must cancel our 2020 summer residency and workshop sessions, and the Salad Days fundraiser.

FOR SALE

Moving Sale Chinese Clay Art

10 am to 5 pm, June 26-28, Friday-Sunday. June 25, Thursday is for wholesale distributors only. Chinese Clay Art/Clay Ground Studio was established in 1999. But now we decided to continue the online business only. The moving sale items included: Ceramic studio supplies, Kilns, Slab Roller, Office Furniture, books and magazines, personal collection of ceramic antiques, Yixing teapots, jewelry accessories (large quantities for retail and whole sale), much more. Everything must go. Thanks for your support! Contact: chineseclayart@hotmail.com, tel. 408-343-3919

Professional Kiln Repair Service

“I’m Joe Kowalczyk (Ko-väl-chick), your Bay Area kiln technician. I can fix your kiln.”

Evaluations & repair for ceramics or glass kilns (both gas & electric); Kiln tutorials (basic operation, safety, maintenance, & custom programming); Consultations new & used kiln purchases, Pottery wheels, slab rollers, ventilation, & general studio setup; “6 years experience & I’ll beat the prices of any kiln service in the Bay Area.” Questions? e-mail: StudioJoKo@gmail.com or call: 510-601-5053. www.kilnspecialist.com

Creative Ceramics and Glass

Santa Rosa, CA. Offers free same day drop off in Novato, CA. Call 707-545-6528 or email support@707clay.com for location and details.
5240 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Artist Relief Fund

Dear Artists,

Today, a consortium of funders (see list below*) announced the creation of the Artist Relief, a $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19. Artists or creative workers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis should visit the Artist Relief webpage  (https://www.artistrelief.org/)  and funding application, which includes a COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers (https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5532991/6539d78e3593)  designed by Americans for the Arts.

*The $10 million fund created by Artist Relief is comprised of a $5 million matching gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as contributions from 7|G Foundation, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arison Arts Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort, Jerome Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Kraus Family Foundation, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Metabolic Studio, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Richard Salomon Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley Family Foundation, Teiger Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation.

Stay up-to-date on the latest updates by visiting WESTAF’s COVID-19 Resources and Information page. (https://www.westaf.org/covid-19-resources-information/)

Sincerely,

The CaFE Team

WESTAF/CaFE™ 1888 Sherman Street, Suite 375, Denver, CO 80203

NEWSLETTER May 2020

ACGA May Newsletter 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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.

https://mailchi.mp/82ed7aae9e2b/welcome-to-the-berkeley-arts-design-newsletter-may-1347174
https://theintersection.org/get-support/resources/
https://resartis.org/covid-19-updates/external-resources/

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
potters@sonic.net

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
art@natsoulas.com

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

MEMBER NEWS

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 http://www.samfa.org/23rd-ceramic-competition-online-gallery 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.”

paularosspottery.com

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:

THE GROUND UPON WHICH WE STAND

Portal One… Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Portal Two… NCWCA Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art
 https://www.ncwca.org/the-ground-upon-which-we-stand-exhibition.html

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 “

EXHIBITIONS

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

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY
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:
https://traxgallery.com/product-tag/volumes/
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 minnesotapotters.com 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 www.traxgallery.com.

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

CROCKETT

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art
510-787-2925
Friday – Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm – Anytime by Appointment
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett CA 510-787-2915
www.eppersongallery.com

DAVIS

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

Arthur Gonzalez Member News 2020

Support the Arts from Home!

Social Distancing Sale https://www.shop.natsoulas.com/social-distance-specials-2/

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

EMERYVILLE

Bullseye
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
bayarea@bullseyeglass.com

NCECA

NCECA Student Exhibition Online May 20202020 NCECA JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION ONLINE

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 https://artspacegallery.org/2020/exhibits/njse/ 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.

2020 NCECA CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REFUND UPDATES

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.

OJAI

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
Email: BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com

POMONA

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.

#hsceramicsannual
@amocamuseum

Visitor’s Choice awards to be announced via press release at the close of the exhibition.

frontdesk@amoca.org
http://www.amoca.org
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464

SACRAMENTO

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

ARTS RESOURCES FOR THE TIME OF PANDEMIC

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. https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/craft-emergency-relief-fund/

NEWSLETTER March 2020

ACGA Newsletter March 2020

CALENDAR

March 1: Deadline for Application for ACGA CLAY & GLASS FESTIVAL in PALO ALTO – Exhibiting Members

March 7: Deadline for Application for ACGA CLAY & GLASS FESTIVAL in PALO ALTO – Associates

April 29th – May 2: CERAMICS in FOCUS in DAVIS

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Each year, I look forward new ideas that inevitably spring seems to offer. Bursting as it does, how can we not feel renewed?

This month, I encourage you all to look at your work through this lens. See it anew.
Make something different.
Experiment.

Remember, one of the main reasons ACGA exists is to foster that creativity. What a great thing!

NOTE: Many Exhibits and Events have been closed or canceled due to the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic. Please check with individual venues.

ACGA: CERAMICS IN FOCUS – 2020

Davis Arts Center April 29- May 29.
The participating artists, selected by juror Mary Law, are: Ian Bassett, Naomi Stein Cooper, Mari Emori, Christopher Fortin, Sally Jackson, Sarah Logan and Margaret Norman. The reception will be Friday May 1, from 4-6pm. Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the weekend of the CCACA conference there will be a pop-up show in downtown Davis.

CLAY & GLASS FESTIVAL NEWS

Two Festival applications were emailed in January; if you don’t find yours in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder. After March 1st, there will be a late fee assessed.

Exhibiting Members received an email from Annie Hermes of Giant Creative with an invitation letter and link to the festival application: Exhibiting Members, please click link to apply. https://form.jotform.com/theACGA/clay- glass-festival-application2020
Your deadline is March 1st, with a $50 late fee after that date.

Associate Members received an email from April Zilber (Festival Committee) with an invitation for Associate Members who joined in 2019 or earlier to jury into the 2020 Festival. This Festival Jury process has no jury fee and is unconnected to the regular Exhibiting Member Jury. Associate Members, please click link to apply for this digital jury. https://form.jotform.com/200151203685141

Your deadline is March 7th. Notifications regarding acceptance will be emailed after March 15th.

All Members:
We want you to be eligible to apply for the 2020 Festival, so please pay your ACGA dues now.  If you recently mailed a check to April, great!  If not, you can renew online at MemberPlanet.com, see previous emails from ACGA on how to do that, or contact Emil Yanos at acgamembership@gmail.com.

Volunteer – Call for Volunteers with JotForms Experience
ACGA Festival Committee is looking for volunteers who are fluent using JotForms. This job counts towards membership and festival volunteers hours. You do not have to participate in the annual Clay and Glass festival to do this job. Just a willingness to volunteer your time. Please contact Miki Shim, Festival Liaison: miki@2frogsceramics.com

If you are interested in doing a demonstration during the festival weekend, please contact Joe Battiato, battiatoart@yahoo.com.

Thank you,
The Festival Committee:
Jan Schachter, Lee Middleman, April Zilber, Miki Shim-Rutter, Joe Battiato, & Sally Jackson —
Annie Hermes, Deputy Director
408-772-6667

MEMBER NEWS

Kathie Pallie - ACGA ArtistKathy Pallie, together with Julie Clements, Marsha Schindler and Arthur Gonzales, will be showing a body of work in the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art exhibition “Into the Woods”.

The show dates are March 20 – April 12. Artist reception: March 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm – 1400 Pomona St., Crockett, CA. Kathy’s piece “Birch Still Life” is an example of her fascination with trees and bark whether she is creating a realistic trompe l’oeil effect, an abstract idea or viewing tree bark through a macro lens.

Linda Fitzgibbon - ACGA ArtistLinda S Fitz Gibbon currently has work in three exhibitions in the new year. Two pieces were selected for Craft Nouveau, An International Fine Craft Competition at the Blue Line Gallery, Roseville. The show runs thru March 7th. Linda participated in the artist lecture before the opening reception on 1/18. Three pieces, including “Spudzzup,” are exhibited in the Real/Surreal: Sacramento Artists Explore the Realms of Dream and Reality at Sacramento City Hall Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery, through March 16. Located in the H Street lobby of New City Hall, hours are 8 to 5, M ­– F. Four works from the action figure series were included in Artspace 1616’s 5th Anniversary Exhibition, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento through the end of January.

Vicki Gunter is showing Trading Places? is a clay recreation of a canary resuscitation cage used by some coal miners until 1987. Humanity is inside represented by a woman, man & child, made of smoldering coal.

The canary atop the oxygen tank is warning us we may be the next canaries-in-the-coal-mine if we don’t make revolutionary changes. Surreal? Real? Here’s a list of all the wonderful artists you’ll see! https://www.vickigunter.com/2-trading-places—canaries–elephants.html

Susan Felix - ACGAFrom Susan Felix: ” Dear friends, “Here is an opportunity to watch excerpts of some of my interviews on BCM (Berkeley Public Television). They start a few seconds into the video. I would appreciate you taking the time to watch them. it will take less than five minutes. Please click the following link to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO2ncX0TLmo&feature=youtu.be
“If you want to check out the full interviews, the station has created a YouTube Channel with all the back interviews @ Susan Duhan Felix.
“Thank you and…
Stay Amazed, Susan “

Jan Schachter will have consecutive displays of her work in San Mateo County, March 2- April 30 in the San Mateo City Hall, 330 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403, open 8am-5pm weekdays. May 1 – June 30, in the San Mateo Public Library, 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402, open 10-9 M-Th, 10-5 Sat., 1-5 Sun www.janschachter.com

Natasha Dikareva - ACGA ArtistNatasha Dikareva exhibitions:
UCSF Women’s Health at Mount Zion, 2356 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115,show runs thru May 26, 2020
What Lies Beneath. Show runs thru March 15, 202
Epperson Gallery, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA 94525; 48 Pillars is an invitational exhibition by 24 local Bay Area artists who create two pieces each on the 48×12 inch panels that will ring the gallery – 48 works total. Show runs thru March 28th; Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Primavera stoneware, stains, glazes, fabric

Thomas Arakawa - Ikebana - ACGA ArtistThomas Arakawa’s exhibtions and activities: New work preview, American Craft Show, Baltimore 2020, February 21- February 2. Baltimore Convention Center;
Wafu Ikebana 50th Anniversary Flower Show, March 7th & 8, Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA;
Synergetic Elements By Jordan King, A Wood Fired Ceramic Exhibition, Show Date: Jan 6th to June 30, Hakone Garden, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070.
For inquiries and appointments, please contact Jordan King, jkingceramics@yahoo.com. and Ikebana International LA, Katen (Exhibition), show Date: Mar 21 and 22, Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.
also International Cultural Exchange, Ikebana demonstration by Susan Okada of Wafu School of Ikebana and assisted by Thomas and Kathy Arakawa, Date And Time Beginner Workshop: April 9, 7 PM – 9 PM, Demonstration: April 9, 7 PM – 9 PM, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303 ikebanavase.com.

Vickie Gunter - ACGA ArtistVicki Gunter is showing in WHAT LIES BENEATH, A National Clay Exhibit. thru March 15, 2020 at Epperson Gallery in Crockett Ca. 94525. Trading Places? is a clay recreation of a canary resuscitation cage used by some coal miners until 1987. Humanity is inside represented by a woman, man & child, made of smoldering coal. The canary atop the oxygen tank (r) is warning us we may be the next canaries-in-the-coal-mine if we don’t make revolutionary changes.
Surreal? Real?
https://www.vickigunter.com/2-trading-places—canaries–elephants.html

MEMBERSHIP CHANGES

Please send all address  changes to the membership: Emil Yanos, acgamembership@gmail, ACGA Member Liason

WORKSHOPS

Note: Due to the Shelter-in-Place Order in the state of California, workshops may be canceled.

The Potters’ Studio Presents
a One-Day workshop
Taught by Whitney Smith
 Etsy for Beginners
150.00
Saturday, March 21, 2020   10am–4pm Lunch Break: 12­­–­1pm

Etsy is one of the Internet’s largest hubs for buying and selling handmade items, with millions of sellers and many more millions of users worldwide. Have you thought about selling your items on Etsy but don’t know where to start? Or have you opened a shop but don’t know what to do next? In Etsy for Beginners, you will learn all the basics of Etsy and get answers to common problems and questions about how to run a shop. In Beginning Etsy, you will learn how to make running your Etsy shop an easy and fun process. Topics will include:

  • Creating your shop and learning to navigate the dashboard.
  • Putting your Etsy profile together with images and a great shop announcement.
  • Creating appropriate shop policies and dealing with customer service.
  • Uploading images and creating descriptions and appropriate tags for your items.
  • Marketing your shop and getting those first sales.
  • Students will walk away with a richer understanding of Etsy and a checklist of action items to get their Etsy shop up and out into the world.

Whitney Smith has been a potter for over two decades, working out of her studio full-time since 2000. Whitney’s work has been shown and collected across the United States as well as internationally. She has been invited to be an artist-in-residence in Japan and France and has lectured and been interviewed extensively in print media and online about her life as a working artist. She resides in Vallejo, California.
PRICE FOR THIS WORKSHOP – $150
For further information, contact:  events@berkeleypottersstudio.com

The Potters’ Studio Presents
a One-Day workshop
Taught by Whitney Smith
Advanced Etsy

150.00
Sunday, March 22, 2020   10am–4pm Lunch Break: 12­­–­1pm

Advanced Etsy – Do you already have an Etsy shop? Are you wondering how you can stand out in the sea of other shops? Have you had a few sales on Etsy but wonder how you can get more?  This Advanced Etsy class will help you take a close look at your shop and figure out how to sharpen your presence and make basic improvements to your shop, while learning more about how potential customers find their favorite artists on Etsy. Learn how to increase your visibility so that potential customers can find you!  In Advanced Etsy, you will learn how to upgrade your existing Etsy shop. Topics will include:

  • How to create a great customer experience in your shop.
  •  The importance of good customer service.
  • ·How to present your product in the best light with strong photography and clear descriptions.
  • The basics of search engine optimization and search analytics to improve your search engine rankings.
  • The ins and outs of buying ads to boost your visibility.
  • Marketing your shop with promotions, coupons, and social media.

It can take time to see a change in your Etsy shop revenue, but with dedicated attention and a clear plan, making your Etsy shop a fun and successful venture is possible! Whitney Smith has been a potter for over two decades, working out of her studio full-time since 2000. Whitney’s work has been shown and collected across the United States as well as internationally. She has been invited to be an artist-in-residence in Japan and France and has lectured and been interviewed extensively in print media and online about her life as a working artist. She resides in Vallejo, California.
PRICE FOR THIS WORKSHOP – $150
For further information, contact:  events@berkeleypottersstudio.com
The Potters’ Studio
1221 8th Street (near Gilman Street)
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 528-3286 events@berkeleypottersstudio.com
www.berkeleypottersstudio.com

EXHIBITIONS

Epperson Gallery - What Lies Beneath

NEWSLETTER February 2020

ACGA Newletter header February 2020

11th Annual Chili Bowl Express Fundraiser

Chili Bowl Fundraiser at Sonoma Community CenterTickets on sale now for the 11th Annual Chili Bowl Express Fundraiser!

On Saturday, February 22, at the Sonoma Community Center, there will be 700 handmade ceramic bowls and gourmet chili from 25 local restaurants and chefs all to support Art programming at the Center.

The two lunch seatings are accessible to all at the low price of $30, which includes your choice of a handmade chili bowl filled with your choice of chili, cornbread, and all the toppings. And since it was so popular last year, the event is bringing back a special cocktail hour preceding the $60 dinner seating which includes free cocktails and mocktails in your choice of a handcrafted ceramic cup to keep.
Local beer and wine will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Your ticket is supporting Arts programming at the Center.

Get your tickets now before the event sells out! https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/chilibowl/