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NEWSLETTER January 2021

ACGA May Newsletter 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Cheryl Costantini ACGA President MessageWhen 2020 was new and freshly hatched, I thought how auspicious it was to be entering a year with the numbers 20/20. Immediately my mind went to vision. I was imagining an opportunity to see things with more clarity, gain insight, a chance to grow. Little did I know!

I think we are all ready to say good-bye to 2020, and yet as I write these words, I realize that 2021 will be a year of uncertainty. For ACGA, we are assessing the viability and timing of a potential Clay and Glass Festival. We are looking at our budget, attempting to project with many unknowns. We are looking to grow and develop additional programs and opportunities for our artists. We do this in the middle of this ongoing pandemic, trusting and believing in better days.

Seldom do I reach out and ask, but I’m going to do it now. Please consider a year-end donation to ACGA. Though not tax deductible due to type of non- profit we are, it is money that will be used wisely to help us all. I have always been a bit of a dreamer, a creator, lassoing vision, channeling energy and believing in making things better. Most times, making things happen takes money. Please join me in donating. Every bit helps. Send a check to April, our treasurer at 897 Hillcrest Dr. Felton CA 95018

With thanks and hope, Cheryl Costantini

Cheryl Costantini

potters@sonic.net

MEMBER NEWS

Garden Art

ACGA Online Exhibition coming soon!
Look for a call for entries soon for our next online exhibit. We will select images of ACGA members’ work, photographed in garden settings. The deadline to submit photos will be in early February.

Linda S Fitz Gibbon

Linda S. Fitz GibbonA ceramic and mixed media sculpture, VT Abstract #2, by Linda S Fitz Gibbon was selected for the 80th Crocker Kingsley Exhibit by Juror Carrie Lederer, Oakland based painter, sculptor, and installation artist. The biennial, now national exhibition will be hosted by Blue Line Arts from January 8th through February 20th, 2021.

Blue Line Arts 405 Vernon Street, Suite #100, Roseville, CA 95678

Kathy Pallie

Kathy Pallie - The Artist and Her ArtKathy’s artwork, “The Artist and Her Art” is in the Epperson National Clay Competition 2020 at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts in Crockett, CA. The exhibit dates are extended thru Feb. 21. She was at “Meet the Artist” event on December 19th.

“After an exciting career in commercial art designing with many different media, I rediscovered clay, a tactile and intriguing material that has captured my interest ever since. My clay artwork is mostly hand- built, using clay slabs, coils, and extruded components, evoking both the visual and tactile senses. My work ranges in scale from small 3″ coil baskets to large-scale architectural installation such as the 4′ x 8′ Ritz-Carlton Hotel wall of aspen trees. Inspired by Nature, an organic thread flows through my work reflecting the unlimited variety of surface textures, patterns, and energy I find in my natural surroundings. With clay as my medium, I express these influences with a twist of a trompe l’oeil effect. I enjoy creating artworks that allow me to bring the essence of the outdoors into interior spaces.”

Carmen Lang

Carmen LangCarmen’s work is in Art Objects “Palette to Palate” at the Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.

December 2nd, 2020 to January 24th, 2021
521 First Street
Davis, CA 95605
Phone: 530.756.3938
Email: art@natsoulas.com

Natasha Dikareva

Natasha Dikareva

Natasha Dikareva produced a whole new series of works incorporating handblown glass elements in preparation for her solo exhibition, Certain About Uncertainty at Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany, CA. Because of the pandemic this exhibition has moved online and goes through January 15th. You can browse her pieces at the link above.

“In November we moved to the East Coast’s rural area one hour north from Boston! I am enjoying my new studio and almost finished sculpting my first piece, The Siren, inspired by the woods that surrounds us. As I am writing this, snowflakes descent gently behind the windows. White blanket is covering the surroundings to regenerate life for a fresh start”

December 3rd, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Barbara Brown’s New Year Studio Cleaning Ritual

Barbara Brown

“Every year as the year ends I do a studio cleaning ritual so I can start the new year with purpose and good energy. My ceramic artist friend, Bea Wax introduced me to the American Indian tradition called Smudging by giving me a sage smudge stick. You clean your studio and then light the smudge stick till it smokes and walk around the perimeter of your studio, giving special attention to corners and places behind doors. Have ready a fireproof receptacle such as a shell, glass or ceramic dish to put the smudge stick in when you’re finished and make sure your smudge stick is out before leaving the studio.

On New Year’s day I go to the studio and make at least one new piece of work to start the new year with
purpose and good energy.

Have a wonderful, Happy New Year filled with creative energy.

Barbara”

Josie Jurczenia

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

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

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

WORKSHOPS AND VIRTUAL CLASSES

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY
Online “Beauty and Delight” through December 13

Featuring new works by Mike Helke, Kari Radasch and Scott Parady.

TRAX open hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12 – 5:30 walk ins welcome through Dec. 20th

TRAX ArtBnB is again available for bookings.

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
510.540.8729       info@traxgallery.com      www.traxgallery.com

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303

ALBANY

ABRAMS CLAGHORN GALLERY
Natasha Dikareva

Natasha Dikareva – Certain About Uncertainty
December 3 – January 15, 2021

The only wisdom is what we let go of trying to know.

Comfort must be born from the uncomfortable.

You don’t need legs to walk, nor ears to hear.

For in the unknown, there is nothing to fear.
–Kona Morris

This exhibition has moved online and goes through January 15th. You can browse her pieces at the link below.

Abrams Claghorn Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO

Asian Art Museum
Temporarily Closed

Since reopening in early October, the museum has enthusiastically — and safely — welcomed back thousands of visitors to connect with the healing and inspirational power of art.

However, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and in accordance with state and city health and safety directives, the Asian Art Museum will temporarily close to the public until further notice.

All virtual events will continue as planned and you can shop online at the Cha Museum Boutique — which is a great way to support the museum.Continue to check our website for updates and follow us on Facebook or Instagram to learn about upcoming virtual events and programs.

While we are temporarily closed, we encourage you to #MuseumFromHome and engage with art at a distance. The Website https://asianart.org/ has a list of digital experiences to keep your spirits up and the inspiration flowing.

200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.581.3500

CROCKETT

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

Epperson National Clay Competition 2020The Epperson National Clay Competition is a Juried Show of 45 Ceramic pieces of Art, chosen from a field of over 500 submissions from around the country.

The Juror this year was Scott Shields, the Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum.
This Exhibition showcases the best Contemporary Ceramic Art being produced in the United States.
Friday – Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm – Anytime by Appointment – Frances Jackson

510-787-2925

www.eppersongallery.com

DAVIS

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

OAKLAND

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

OJAI

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

Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX0ZJU-y8dE&feature=youtu.be

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

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

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

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

POMONA

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

Museum Reopening on Hold

Governor Newsom announced that museums and other indoor venues in LA County and 18 other counties will remain closed at this time.

AMOCA Members and residents of Pomona have first access to complimentary timed admission tickets. Click here to reserve tickets.

AMOCA members and residents of the City of Pomona can reserve complimentary tickets online. Tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online at least one day in advance.

Complimentary tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online a day in advance. Complimentary Private Members Tours – In-Person or Virtual!

AMOCA members are invited to schedule in-person or virtual private tours of our current exhibitions.
These small-group experiences with a staff member or docent are a remarkable way to experience the exhibits on view.

As a thank-you for your continued support, you are invited to enjoy these special tours free of charge. On behalf of everyone at AMOCA, we are grateful for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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

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

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

ROSEVILLE

Blue Line Arts

Off Center Blue Line ArtsOff Center

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

www.BlueLineArts.org

info@bluelinearts.org

405 VERNON ST STE 100
ROSEVILLE, CA 95678-2636
(916) 783-4117

SACRAMENTO

The Crocker Art Museum

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

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

For more information and to view images, click here: https://www.crockerart.org/press/calvinmaduckout

STANFORD

Contemporary American Ceramics Wisch Family Gallery – Formed and Fired

March 13th, 2020 – February 22nd, 2021

The practices of four living artists are presented in “Formed and Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics” at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

Virtual tour is available online at museum.stanford.edu.

RESIDENCIES

2020-2021 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/

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

NEWSLETTER December 2020

ACGA May Newsletter 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

This month kicks off the ACGA Celebrate Clay and Glass Festival, an online shopping extravaganza. Members have
pooled resources, talents and energy to create a website where you can access the work of over 70 ACGA clay and
glass artists all in one place! From distinctive mugs to fantastical sculptural forms, budget conscious to extravagant
price points, there will be something here for everyone on your list.
Check it out at ACGA.net. The event runs December 1~31.

As we move into the last month of 2020, I am feeling grateful for all that technology offers us. It allows us to stay
connected, keep up with the world, share our creativity and even continue to earn a living. Please support small
businesses and independent artists as you consider gift choices this year. Small galleries, Etsy shops, virtual art events
and farmer’s markets all offer so many options. So please, help keep the arts and the artists thriving this holiday
season.

Personally, for the first time in over 35 years, we will not be having our annual holiday sale. I was recalling passing out
hot cider in handmade cups and offering cookies that I baked. The heartfelt conversations, the fun in seeing gifts chosen
and being part of elfish antics as often we’d be willing accomplices in sneaking purchases into bags and cars. I will miss
all this immensely. But I will stay home, use technology, stay safe and look forward to having all that back next year.
Happy holidays to you all.
Cheryl Costantini

potters@sonic.net

ACGA Holiday Sale

WEBSITE LIAISON

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

MEMBER NEWS

Doris Colbrie-Fischer and Miki Shim Rutter

Exhibiting Members, Doris Colbrie-Fischer and Miki Shim Rutter will be participating in this year’s virtual holiday sale with the Palo Alto Art Center Adult Studio.
Monday, November 30 – Sunday, December 6, 2020

www.PAACFshop.org

Tiffany Schmierer

Hand Plate Tiffany SchmiererTiffany has work at John Natsouoas Gallery in Davis.

Hand Plate #1. 2020. Porcelain. 7.25″ x 4″

https://www.shop.natsoulas.com/holiday-sale?mc_cid=eededff6d7&mc_eid=26c4afcc89

Lynn Wood

Lynn has more Virtual Classes from the Sonoma Community Center.
December 2 – Porcelain Ornaments
December 3 – Underglaze 6 Ways

CLICK FOR PRICING & MORE INFO: https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/

Kathy Pallie

Kathy Pallie
Out of over 2000 entries from all 50 states, Kathy Pallie’s ceramic candlesticks “Facets of Light” were named one of the 20 Best Handcrafted Gift Picks from artists and artisans across the United States!

This is in conjunction with Artists’ Sunday, the new art focused shopping holiday taking place the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th.

Kathy’s artwork, “The Artist and Her Art” (left) was selected for the Epperson National Clay Competition at the Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts in Crockett, CA. The exhibit dates are November 13 – January 17.

Guangzhen Zhou

Chinese Clay ArtMoving notice: Chinese Clay Art was established in California’s Silicon Valley in September 1999. Due to the pandemic issues, our retail store/classroom has been closed. We have moved out from the shopping plaza of South De Anza Blvd to a residential area nearby (West San Jose at Miller Ave and Bollinger). Though the physical address has been changed, our online store, contact information, and our working staffs are all being kept the same, we will continue to improve our products and services and to provide the innovative tools to our valued clients. To our local clients, we provide order pick-up services by appointment only.

Your continued support is always deeply appreciated.
Our new mailing address is:
Chinese Clay Art Corp.
PO Box 700031
San Jose. CA 95170, USA
http://www.ChineseClayArt.com
Email: ChineseClayArt@hotmail.com
Tel. 1-408-343-
3919 (no change)
Innovative products:
Wall Side Storage
JC-Trap, See Through Trap
Smart Clay Dryer (r.)

The Potter’s Studio

The Potter's Studio Holiday Sale

The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley is excited to announce the opening of our new Holiday Online Store! Our store connects our studio’s member artists with customers like you who appreciate handmade art. Visit our website to discover unique handmade pottery created by local artists that will be sure to make for memorable and unique holiday gifts. Your purchase of handmade pottery helps to support both local artists and our studio during Covid-19. We hope you enjoy shopping on the site!

Happy Holidays from The Potters’ Studio!

https://www.berkeleypottersstudio.com/holiday-sale-2020

Palo Alto Art Center

Palo Alto Art Center

Light up your winter with works by Palo Alto Art Center local artists. With more than 50 artists participating you are sure to find the perfect holiday gift.

www.PAACFshop.org

Esther Shimazu and Heidi Bekebrede

Natsoulas Gallery Presents our Holiday Gift Sale!

Support the Arts from Home!
Enjoy art from the comfort of your own 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!

Esther Shimazu

Esther Shimazu. Jump This Way. 2020
Stoneware, Porcelain.
8.5″ x 6.5″ x 4.25″

Heidi BrekebredeHeidi Bekebrede. Happy Mug. 2020.
Ceramic.
4.5″ x 5.5″ x 4″

Josie Jurczenia

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

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

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

WORKSHOPS AND VIRTUAL CLASSES

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY
Online “Beauty and Delight” through December 13

Covidly Masked and Distanced; We Welcome You to our Shop 12 – 5:30 Fri., Sat.,Sun. – Featuring new works by Mike Helke, Kari Radasch and Scott Parady.

TRAX open hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12 – 5:30 walk ins welcome through Dec. 20th

TRAX ArtBnB is again available for bookings. 

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
510.540.8729       info@traxgallery.com      www.traxgallery.com

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303

SAN FRANCISCO

Asian Art Museum
Temporarily Closed
Since reopening in early October, the museum has enthusiastically — and safely — welcomed back thousands of visitors to connect with the healing and inspirational power of art.

However, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and in accordance with state and city health and safety directives, the Asian Art Museum will temporarily close to the public until further notice.

All virtual events will continue as planned and you can shop online at the Cha Museum Boutique — which is a great way to support the museum.Continue to check our website for updates and follow us on Facebook or Instagram to learn about upcoming virtual events and programs.

While we are temporarily closed, we encourage you to #MuseumFromHome and engage with art at a distance.

The Website https://asianart.org/ has a list of digital experiences to keep your spirits up and the inspiration
flowing.

200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.581.3500

CROCKETT

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

Epperson National Clay Competition 2020The Epperson National Clay Competition is a Juried Show of 45 Ceramic pieces of Art, chosen from a field of over 500 submissions from around the country.

The Juror this year was Scott Shields, the Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum.
This Exhibition showcases the best Contemporary Ceramic Art being produced in the United States.
Friday – Sunday: 11:00am 5:00pm – Anytime by Appointment – Frances Jackson

DAVIS

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

OAKLAND

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

OJAI

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

Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX0ZJU-y8dE&feature=youtu.be

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

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

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

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

POMONA

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

We’re Reopening!
After more than three months of closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to announce
that we are reopening!

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

These small-group experiences with a staff member or docent are a remarkable way to experience the exhibits
on view.

As a thank-you for your continued support, you are invited to enjoy these special tours free of charge. On behalf of everyone at AMOCA, we are grateful for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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

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

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

ROSEVILLE

Blue Line Arts

Off Center Blue Line ArtsOff Center

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

www.BlueLineArts.org

info@bluelinearts.org

405 VERNON ST STE 100
ROSEVILLE, CA 95678-2636
(916) 783-4117

SACRAMENTO

The Crocker Art Museum

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

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

For more information and to view images, click here: https://www.crockerart.org/press/calvinmaduckout

RESIDENCIES

2020-2021 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/

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

NEWSLETTER November 2020

ACGA May Newsletter 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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

potters@sonic.net

WEBSITE LIAISON

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

EXIBITION NEWS

CELEBRATE CLAY AND GLASS

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

The Davis Art Center exhibit: ACGA in Focus

The exhibit is up on our website. It is a good example of the ways we promote ACGA & its members. See a full view of the participating artists at https://acga.net/2020-davis-center/

MEMBER NEWS

Barbara Brown

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

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

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

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

Sally Jackson

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

Vicki Gunter

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

“It’s not one thing…It’s everything”
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH – 5 – 7pm
RSVP and wear a mask
November 2nd – 27th 2020
exhibit by appointment only
Wednesday & Friday 5-7pm
701 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, Ca 94111
www.canessa.org

altemuspaintings@gmail.com

www.vickigunter.com

Forrest Lesch-Middelton

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

Available online and in my Petaluma, CA studio. 415.272.9997

http://www.flmceramics.com

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

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

https://www.entoten.com/2020/10/23/kishu-urushi-by-hashizume-yasuo-and-reiko-unfeigned-expressions-in-an-ancient-craft/

Josie Jurczenia

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

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

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

WORKSHOPS AND VIRTUAL CLASSES

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

BERKELEY

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

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

Peter Voulkos poster

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

1812 5th Street, Berkeley, CA  94710
510.540.8729       info@traxgallery.com      www.traxgallery.com

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303

SAN FRANCISCO

Asian Art Museum

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

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

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

CROCKETT

Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

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

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

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

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

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

Yoshio Taylor

Yoshio TaylorJohn Natsoulas Center for the Arts

Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA @ Home
Make Art @ Home—Create Stained Glass Windows
Get inspired by the stained glass windows in LACMA’s collection and create your own miniature stained glass windows using materials available at home. Subscribe for weekly art-making videos, with new activities every Friday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZGKQFskX-8&list=PLJy-HLfC3xxBdAa2vP1Js-RXrx1X0S27T&index=3

Oakland

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

OJAI

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

Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX0ZJU-y8dE&feature=youtu.be

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

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

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

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

POMONA

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

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

Complimentary Private Members Tours – In-Person or Virtual!

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

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

NATIONAL-CLAYParticipate!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROSEVILLE

Blue Line Arts

Off Center Blue Line ArtsOff Center

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

www.BlueLineArts.org

info@bluelinearts.org

405 VERNON ST STE 100
ROSEVILLE, CA 95678-2636
(916) 783-4117

SACRAMENTO

The Crocker Art Museum

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

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

For more information and to view images, click here: https://www.crockerart.org/press/calvinmaduckout

TRUCKEE

Online show: https://www.moonshineink.com/tahoe-events/soroptishop-holiday-market-2020-nov-1-8th/

Truckee Online Show

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/

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

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