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Newsletter March – April 2022

ACGA March-April Newsletter 2022

President’s Message

Cheryl Costantini - Board President ACGAWell it’s been a busy couple months for many members of ACGA Board of Directors as well as many artists. A quick check of the website will reveal to you all of what’s going on these days. NCECA will be held this year in Sacramento. ACGA will have a booth that will represent the work of 16 members. There are also several satellite exhibitions of artist’s work around the greater Bay Area and I encourage you to visit the website for more details.

I’m also happy to announce that we have some wonderful new board members that are bringing energy, expertise and ideas to the board. I would like to welcome them again I look forward to working with them.

So, as another spring begins I feel encouraged and confident by seeing all the good things that are happening at ACGA. As always please reach out to me if you have ideas or questions I’m always interested in knowing what are members are thinking.
With gratitude,

Cheryl

Cheryl Costantini
707 823-0950 potters@sonic.net nichibeipotters.com
Nichibei Shop
@nichibeipotters

ACGA Exhibition News

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference in Sacramento 2022

NCECA Conference: “Fertile Ground”
March 16-19, 2022
Sacramento, CA

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will hold its 2022 conference in Sacramento on March 16-19. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in all things ceramic — exhibitions, lectures, demos, shopping, and more. The conference will be both live
and virtual.
You must register.
Visit this link for more information: https://nceca.net/2022-sacramento/
Visit this link to register: https://nceca.net/2022-conference-registration-options/

ACGA will host three events in conjunction with the NCECA conference:

ACGA at NCECA Gallery Expo

NCECA Gallery Expo - ACGAAn Event Organized by NCECA, SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento.

An ACGA gallery/sales booth featuring work by 16 ACGA artists in the Resource Hall.
Featured ACGA member makers: @deborah_bridges_sculpture @brunokarkceramics
@emoriceramics @nichibeipotters @lfceramics @sarahgregoryceramics @Maile
Iwanaga’@lynne_meade @bgprodaniuk @barbarasebastianartist @jkingceramics
@pittman8530 @margaretnormanpottery @jane.grimm @theacga @studiojoko

Reception: March 15, 6-8 pm
Mar. 16, 9 am-6 pm / Mar. 17, 9 am-6pm / Mar. 18, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Access to NCECA Gallery Expo will be free and open to the public on Wednesday–Friday of the conference. Other areas of the conference will require registration to enter.

We look forward to your visit!

In Hand, By Hand: ACGA at BrushstrokesIn Hand, By Hand, Featuring work by:

Jordan King
Judy Miller
Karen Winograde
Jan Schachter
Sara Brown
Miriam Loory Krombach
Lidija Tkalcevic
Bev Zerbib-Berda
Sally Jackson
Nina Else
Janey Wolf
Jane Grimm
Nichibei Potters

Participation in EBCR (East Bay Clay Roots)

A collaboration of numerous East Bay Ceramic galleries and individual artists immediately before and after NCECA in Sacramento.

East Bay Clay Roots Tour
In Hand, By Hand: ACGA at Brushstrokes

745 Page Street, Berkeley
A pre- and post-NCECA sale of work by 13 ACGA artists, in conjunction with the East Bay Clay
Roots (EBCR)
Tour (download a PDF of the tour map)
March 12, 11-5 / March 15, 2-7 pm / March 19, 2-7 pm
East Bay Roots Tour and Sales concurrent with NCECA

Seismic State: California Ceramics

Seismic State: California Ceramics

Sparrow Gallery, 1021 R Street, Sacramento
A juried exhibition of work by 42 artists living and working in California today, including several ACGA members
Reception: March 18, 5-9 pm

NCECA

Make plans now to attend the conference!

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

Miki Shim

Miki Shim
Miki Shim

Susie Rubenstein
Out of the Round: Transforming the Circle

Susie RubensteinA one-day demonstration workshop with master potter Susie Rubenstein.
March 5th, 2022
Learn ways to alter your wheel thrown forms with Susie Rubenstein, known for her thrown and altered vessels. Wheel generated forms can be altered, darted, cut, combined with slabs and/or reshaped.Finishing and glazing tips and techniques will be shared.

REGISTER:
clayhandstudios.net
or in person:
660 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93721
clayhandstudios@gmail.com
Fee: $65
Susie Rubenstein, MFA
Web: susierubenstein.com
Member ACGA, Ceramics Professor, Mt. San Antonio College – retired

Ruby O’Burke

Ruby O'Burke
A Book and Two Exhibitions Celebrate the Legacy of Ceramicist Ruby O’Burke

Ruby Baird O’Burke was called “the wizard of glazes in Northern California,” and “the patron
saint of ceramicists” in her day, but outside the still-vibrant workshop she created for ceramic
artists in 1962, her name is little remembered today. This is about to change.

The first major look at Ruby O’Burke’s life and influence will be published as a trade paperback
this March just as Ruby’s Clay Studio & Gallery mounts two exhibitions of work by studio
members. The book and exhibits are all titled ˆRuby’s Legacy: A Community in Clay.”
The book, including ACGA’s Bonita Cohn. Edited by Bay Area author Abby Wasserman—
whose titles include Mary Tuthill Lindheim: Art & Inspiration (2010)—was designed by Oakland designer Lesley Gasparetti. Its 80 color pages feature essays by prominent East Bay ceramic sculptor John Toki, artists Jeanne Friscia and Marnia Johnston of Ruby’s Clay Studio, and editor Wasserman, and includes an extensive illustrated chronology. It functions as a catalog of the two March exhibits and offers a researched, intimate look at the life and wide-reaching influence of O’Burke (1897-1983).

It’s been nearly 40 years since the death of O’Burke, the San Francisco transplant from West Texas who arrived in 1923 and stayed to master a craft and create opportunities for a thousand others to grow and shine. She began studying ceramics in 1940 and was a founding member of the Mills College Ceramics Guild (1942) and the Association of San Francisco Potters (1945), both key organizations in the development of Bay Area ceramics. John Toki juried the larger of the two exhibitions expressly for the March 15-17, 2022 conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) at the Sheraton Hotel in
Sacramento. Jeanne Friscia and the Ruby’s Clay Studio Gallery Committee curated the second exhibit, which will be on display March 10-27 at Ruby’s Clay Studio, 522A Noe Street, San Francisco.

The 80-page trade paperback, Ruby’s Legacy: A Community in Clay, may be ordered from Ruby’s Clay Studio, 522A Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. The cost, including tax, is $20 plus shipping. Contact johnston.marnia@rubysclaystudio.org.
Ruby’s Legacy: A Community in Clay
Published by Ruby’s Clay Studio & Gallery
ISBN 979-8-88589-869-0
ACGA

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

SELVIN STUDIOS

Selvin Studios

Concurrent with NCECA 2022 in Sacramento, artists around the greater Bay Area are opening their studios for the community and conference goers as part of East Bay Clay Roots.

Selvin Studios will have an exhibit and open studio featuring the works of Nancy Selvin, Liza Riddle, and Mark Goudy.

Works on view:
Saturday, March 12, 11-5
Tuesday, March 15, 2-7
Saturday, March 19, 2-7 and by appointment…
The NCECA Collectors Tour will also be stopping at Selvin Studios
Selvin Studios is located at 745 Page Street, Berkeley California 94710.

TRAX GALLERY

Our next exhibition at TRAX gallery in Berkeley, CA is “Men in Black”

Men in Black - Trax Gallery

TRAX is open – Come Visit! Fri.,Sat., Sun. 12-5:30
TRAX ceramic gallery 1812 5th Street, Berkeley
email: info@traxgallery.com https://traxgallery.com
We welcome you to visit us online or in the gallery and don’t be shy about making an appointment as we are often here working in our studios even if the gallery is closed. Come
down the driveway and to the back door. (holler or knock) check Robert’s studio in the rear
building. Text: 510.914.1303

Around April 25th we will begin our annual drive to our Minnesota cabin to take part in the
St. Croix Pottery Tour which is always a Mother’s Day weekend in May *6,7,8 this year. It will be both online and in place at seven St.Croix area studios. minnesotapotters.com

New Ceramic work “Men in Black”
by Robert Brady
Robert is honored by a National Ceramic Education Conference in the Ceramic Arts (Nceca)
lifetime achievement award. The conference is held in Sacramento this year March 16-19. The
awards will be delivered on Friday, March 18th at 4p in the Safe Credit Union Convention

Center, 1401 K Street in Sacramento Ball room B room 6 & 10 Followed by a reception at the Hiatt Regency.
At 6pm, Robert will join fellow clay artists, Jim Melchert, John Roloff, and Richard Shaw exhibiting at Sakata Garo Gallery in a round table discussion at http://www.bsakatagaro.com moderated by Coreen Abbott.
And if you have friends or relatives coming to visit remember TRAX has a nice bnb for short terms rentals – available only on traxgallery.com web site

Peter Voulkos poster

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

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

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303

CROCKETT

EPPERSON GALLERY OF CERAMIC ART

Tap Roots Epperson GalleryTap Roots: Ceramic Artist Educators of Northern California.

March 11 to April 10, 2022.
The gallery is open from 11am to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Opening reception: March 12. 4pm to 6pm.

Groundswell - Epperson Gallery
Groundswell: The Next Wave.
March 11 to April 10.
The gallery is open from 11am to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Opening reception: March 12. 4pm to 6pm.
Featuring Julie Clements, Malia Landis, Francoise LeClerc, Vince Montague, Yana Payusova,
Margaret Realica, Maryann Steinert Foley, Daniel Stingle, Monica Van den Dool and Wesley T Wright.

Friday – Sunday, 11AM – 5PM
Anytime by Appointment – 510.787.2925.
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA • 510.787.2915

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

www.eppersongallery.com

FOLSOM
Harris Center for the Arts Bank of America Gallery

Anthropocene atHarris Center for the Arts

This is the Anthropocene is a concurrent exhibition with the 2022 NCECA Conference in
Sacramento, curated by Cynthia Siegel and Jenni Ward and hosted by the Harris Center for
the Arts Bank of America Gallery in Folsom CA. Artists included in the exhibit are Cynthia Siegel,
Shannon Sullivan, Jenni Ward, Susan Whitmore and Wesley Wright.

About the exhibit:
The Anthropocene is defined as the current geological age during which human activity has been the dominant influence on the climate and the environment. The artists in this exhibition have created artworks for contemplation and discussion relevant to this concept, planting motivational seeds for growth into actionable ways to repair our planet.

February 11 – March 27, 2022
Reception for the artists:
March 17th 2022, 6:30-8:30pm
Harris Center for the Arts | Bank of America Gallery
Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom CA
Gallery Hours: 12-4 Tuesday-Thursday

POMONA

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

The Museum is Open!
After over a year of virtual programming, the American Museum of Ceramic Art is open again!

Connected Space AMOCAConnected Spaces
Pictured: two works included in the exhibition Connected Spaces. Pictured left: Michael F. Rohde, Heart (detail), 2016. Tapestry: wool, silk, natural dyes. 36 x 32 inches. Photo by Andrew Neuhart. Pictured right: Cheryl Ann Thomas, Gold Cipher, 2020. Porcelain. 34.5 x 17 x 15 inches.

March at AMOCA
Peter Callas: An Enduring Legacy and Elaine Henry’s 50 Bowls, 50 Plates, 50 Woodfires!
Presenting nearly 50 ceramic sculptures and woven tapestries by the California-based artists, Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael F Rohde opens this month at AMOCA. Curated by Jo Lauria, this exhibition debuts a collaborative body of work created by the two artists during the shutdown of 2020. Thomas captures Rohde’s inspired tapestries in her signature microcoil forms, and Rohde interprets Thomas’s new translucent sculptures in woven form.

Join the artists and curator on March 12 at 4 PM for a gallery walk. A reception follows.

All Exhibitions on View:
Visit Friday–Sunday, 11 AM–4 PM by purchasing tickets online.
Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael Rohde
March 12, 2022–August 21, 2022
Connected Spaces presents nearly 50 artworks by California-based artists Michael F. Rohde and Cheryl Ann Thomas. This assembly of ceramic sculptures and woven tapestries is focused on a recent series created by the artists through a year-long artistic exchange in 2020-2021. The exhibition will also include pieces by both artists beyond the series to provide context.

Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael F. Rohde is curated by Jo Lauria, Adjunct Curator.

The Artists of Mettlach
September 1, 2018–July 31, 2022
A selection of works from the Robert D. and Colette D. Wilson Villeroy and Boch Mettlach Collection, featuring original research on notable artists involved in the production of these historical works.

Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California
January 8, 2022–May 1, 2022
Since 2016, AMOCA has partnered with the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College to produce exhibitions of works by the guest curators of the Scripps College Ceramic Annual. In January of 2022, curator Ashwini Bhat will curate On Fire: Contemporary Trailblazers for the 77th Scripps College Ceramic Annual. Opening earlier in the month in the Vault Gallery at AMOCA, the exhibition Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California will debut a new body of work comprising sculptures, photographs, and a video work that are based in direct experiences with the California landscape.

Peter Callas: An Enduring Legacy
February 12, 2022–July 24, 2022
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464

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

OAKLAND

Oakland Museum
Edith Heath: A Life in Clay
January 29, 2022–October 30, 2022

Trailblazer. Rebel. Revolutionary.

Edith HeathDiscover the story of Edith Heath, founder and designer of Heath Ceramics. Heath transformed the ceramics industry, creating dinnerware from California clay for “Sunday best” and everyday use. Driven by the power of good design, and a commitment to her craft, Heath’s vision continues to live on through her stoneware and tile over 70 years later. Durable, not delicate, simple, yet stylish, Heath Ceramics is an icon of American design.

This is not a traditional ceramics or craft exhibition – it combines historic objects, photographs,
documentary video and personal memorabilia to showcase Heath’s legacy and story. Do not
miss it!

1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

OJAI

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Jon KeenanJon Keenan: Recent Work
will be presented in the Beato Gallery March
12th to May 1st.

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

SACRAMENTO

Alpha Fired Arts, 4675 Aldona Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841, 916-484-4424

Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum
The Candy Store: Funk, Nut, and Other Art with a Kick
https://www.crockerart.org/exhibitions
February 2, 2022 — May 1, 2022
Forrest Merrill has loaned two Robert Arneson pieces for The Candy Store exhibition at The Crocker Art Museum.
Robert Arneson, Earthenware, 1961, Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Photo by M. Lee Fatherree.

In 1962, Adeliza McHugh opened the Candy Store Gallery in a modest house in Folsom, California. The business did, in fact, begin as a candy store, but when that closed, McHugh converted it into an art gallery. There were just two rooms for the ceramics, paintings, and other art she displayed, though these small spaces featured makers who would become nationally and even internationally significant. Many of these artists—including Robert Arneson, Clayton Bailey, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly, Irving Marcus, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Jack Ogden, Sandra Shannonhouse, Peter VandenBerge, and Maija Peeples-Bright (née Zack) — either taught or were students at the University of California, Davis, or Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento). Their work, along with that of many other artists, delighted visitors to the gallery for 30 years and helped put the whimsical, funky, and irreverent aesthetic of California’s Central Valley on the art-historical map.
216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Stephen De Staebler – Masks and Monumental Figures
November 21, 2021 —April 03, 2022

Hands and Earth – Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
September 12, 2021 — April 24, 2022

Belonging – The 2022 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts – (NCECA) Annual Conference
February 20, 2022 — May 08, 2022

In conjunction with the many NCECA festivities taking place throughout Sacramento, the Crocker will host
one of the conference’s cornerstone events, Belonging, the 2022 NCECA Annual Exhibition.

https://www.crockerart.org/
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY, SACRAMENTO
California State LibraryMead Kibbey Gallery
900 N. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-4869

SAN RAFAEL

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

Falkirk Cultural CenterR’Evolution
March 11th- April 15th
The Terra Linda Ceramic Artists is pleased to present its Member’s show hosted by the Falkirk Cultural Center. 1:00-4:30pm  – Tuesdays-Fridays and 10:00-2:00pm Saturdays.

Opening Reception/Art Walk -March 11, 5-8pm and Closing Reception-April 15, 5-8pm.

Our show runs in conjunction with and, as a satellite venue for NCECA Fertile Ground Exhibit.

This juried member’s show presents figurative and non figurative works by 20+ artists, including several from ACGA. Each artist presents their interpretation of the theme R’Evolution, a compound word that offers exciting opportunities in clay. Juror: Antonia Lawson.

Additional info:
www.falkirkculturalcenter.org
www.terralindaceramicartists.com

CALLS FOR ENTRY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Deadline April 1. The Pence Gallery announces that its annual Emerging Artist Award is now open for application via www.callforentry.org. This award supports the creation of new work open for application via www.callforentry.org. This award supports the creation of new work by emerging artists in California and the opportunity to share that work through an exhibit.

Artists must use the award to further their work in a significant direction, and may work in any medium (this includes video and sound). The award may be used for education, travel, materials, or living expenses related to your work. ‘Emerging’ is defined as an artist who is early in their art career, with solid studies in art, and exhibit experience in group shows, but not an extensive solo exhibit history. Selected artists must also give a talk on their work as part of the award, and this can be virtual.

This award is under-written by donors James R. and Suzette M. Smith, and offers an award of $3000 and a solo exhibit at the Pence in 2022. Applications must include a CV, an Artist Statement, and 7-15 jpgs or video clips, via www.callforentry.org by 9 PM PST on April 1, 2021. The application fee is $30 ($25 for Pence members).

The winner will be announced by April 26th. For any questions, contact penceartdirector@sbcglobal.net.

Deadline May 6. RESTARTPalo Alto Art Center
How can we restart and rebuild after pandemic, personal, and community crises? Now more than ever, we crave opportunities for healing, connection, and restoration. And we acknowledge the vital power of art as a tool for promoting resilience, hope, and renewal.

The Palo Alto Art Center invites artists throughout Northern California to submit work for RESTART, an onsite exhibition exploring the theme of healing, resilience, and restoration. This juried show builds on the current Art Center exhibition Creative Attention: Art and Community Restoration.

The juror is Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, and there will be $1,000 in prizes for selected artworks. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 6, and the exhibition runs from June 25-August 20.

Here is the link for more details: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/Departments/Community-
Services/Arts-Sciences/Palo-Alto-Art-Center/See-Art/Exhibitions/Upcoming/Juried-
Exhibition-Call-for-Entries

After the Gold Rush

From: Kim Patillo afterthegoldrush1@outlook.com

2021 Show Schedule
Hi Everyone, We were hoping we wouldn’t have to write this notice – AGAIN! – but we’ve just received word from the Pleasant Hill Chamber that they’ve had to cancel the 2021 Art, Wine & Music Festival. After meetings with the County re health protocols for summer events, the County wants vaccine cards, current negative covid test results, thermometer checks, etc., and controlling of the attendees with regards to numbers, distancing, etc. Even a fenced-in event (how DO you fence in an entire downtown area anyway??) would be prohibitive in cost let alone a nightmare to enforce. And no one wants to ‘enforce’ anything at what should be a fun, happy outing. Contra Costa County seems to be one of the most strict in CA when it comes to holding outside events (see the new CDC guidelines below.)

The Chamber has asked us to send their sincere apologies to all for any inconvenience, and hope to hold the 2022 show with no restrictions from the County (Covid!!!) Dates will be October 8 & 9, 2022.

We still have spaces available in the Sept. 4 & 5, 2021 Arnold shows now. Please send in your applications if you want to do the show, even if you have to post-date a check for the entry fee (up to August 1).

With regard to the ‘Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire’ in Napa on Nov. 19 – 21, 2021, We should be at ‘herd immunity’ by late summer and the show is still over 6 months away, and we would expect even more relaxed guidelines when that goal is reached. See www.cdc.gov for the latest updates. Please continue to send in your applications – without entry fees – if you’re interested in doing the show. As well as knowing that the public will be confident enough to attend inside gatherings by November, we need to know that there are enough confident vendors that wish to do it as well.

We’ll be issuing refunds this week to anyone that’s already been accepted into the Pleasant Hill show. Please visit our website: www.afterthegoldrushfestivals.com – or email us if you’d like applications for any show with us. FYI, Kathryn at www.brotherspromotion.com and Mike at www.professionalartistsandcrafters.com have a good line-up of shows scheduled for this year if you’re interested.

On the positive side, we think that ANY festivals that manage to happen this year are going to be great – the public is overdue and anxious to get out there and shop and have fun!

Hang in there, folks. it’s gotta get better from here

Kim & Mark, After the Gold Rush

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

DONATE

In conjunction with NCECA 2022 The Pence Gallery in Davis CA is mounting an exhibition honoring the Legacy of Viola Frey, the creativity she unleashed and the women artists she encouraged. This CCA(C) exhibition will include current faculty and grads with an emphasis on the inventiveness Viola fostered that thrives today in CCA’s ceramic program. I am asking you to make a contributions of $100 to the Pence Gallery to support this historic exhibition and accompanying catalog but any amount is invaluable. Your donation is tax deductible: Pence is a 501c3 Non Profit Organization. You will be acknowledged as a contributor in the catalog and in the exhibition.

Please leave a note when you donate that your gift is intended to support the CCA/NCECA exhibit.
https://pencegallery.z2systems.com/np/clients/pencegallery/donation.jsp
or mail your contribution to
Pence Gallery, 212 ‘D’ Street, Davis CA 95616
Thanks for your support,
Nancy Selvin

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/
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SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

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510/528-328
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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 January-February 2022

ACGA January February Newsletter 2022

President’s Message

President's Message ACGA Newsletter Jan-Feb 2022Ahh, what a year it has been!

The board met monthly via Zoom, and although it was efficient and has opened the door to more board participation from members not in the Bay area, I think we all miss the monthly in person gatherings. The exhibitions committee put together some great shows, and it was just fabulous to be able to gather again in Palo Alto for the Clay and Glass Festival. I have spoken to many artists who had a very successful year despite the pandemic, and others who struggled.
I imagine we all wander the halls of both optimism and doubt. There has been so much lost, and so much gained in these past two years, it’s pretty mind boggling!

Still, I remain optimistic and grateful. Grateful that I have made pots for a living for so long and still have buckets of ideas and excitement for the pots yet to be made, and optimistic for the future of craft and the profound meaning offered therein.

In trying times, craft and art doggedly bubble to the surface. To a troubled world, their voice is solid. They are, in both the act of creating, and in the finished piece itself, a nod to life and hope and better days to come.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative New Year.

Cheryl Costantini

Cheryl

707 823-0950 potters@sonic.net nichibeipotters.com
Nichibei Shop
@nichibeipotters

ACGA Exhibition News

ACGA has a variety of exhibitions scheduled for NCECA this year. Here is a quick rundown:

A booth at Gallery EXPO in the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Sacramento – with 17 ACGA artists participating from March 16-19. This booth is the inspiration of Mari Emori – and she will give us the details in the next newsletter.

An exhibition at Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento, “Seismic State: Ceramics of California”. Juried by Beth Ann Gerstein, Executive Director of AMOCA in Pomona, CA, it will showcase approximately 40 juried and invited ceramic artists from all over CA.

Participation in EBCR (East Bay Clay Roots) – a collaboration of numerous East Bay Ceramic galleries and individual artists immediately before and after NCECA in Sacramento. ACGA’s location will be at Brushstrokes Studio, 745 Page Street, Berkeley. Details and the application for that will be out shortly.

Jan Schachter janschachter@gmail.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Dear friends,
It is time for me to sage my studio and get ready for a new year of wonderful pottery. I bought my sage stick at East West Bookstore on Castro Street. They also sell them at Whole Foods grocery store. The sage ceremony is below.
Best, Barbara

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

Barbara Brown
1225 Manzano Way
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MEMBER NEWS

Lee Middleman

Lee Middleman

Lee was awarded a silver prize in the 2021 Shanghai International Ceramics Woodfire Festival held in December. Lee hopes to return to China for more working conferences and exhibitions in 2022/23.

Vicki Gunter

Vicki GunterDue to Omicron breakthrough cases, and in the interest of safe family & friend visits, NCWCA decided to cancel this reception.
NCWCA’s Women Artist Collaboration – Composing the Future ll

The DiNapoli Gallery, SJSU King Library
150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
Artists’ Talk – Sunday, January 6, 7-8pm
Online via Zoom, details: www.ncwca.org

Diana Greenleaf

Diana’s Ceramic Sculpture, “Flying is a Stretch” is selected as a Finalist, designating her piece was in the top 25 out of 500 entries. Please follow the link to enjoy the virtual show. Her flying cats can be viewed in the Action Gallery.

https://www.RedBluffArtGallery.com/catsanddogs.htm

Swanica Ligtenberg

Swanica is one of the 36 winners chosen for 2022 ICAN Wall Calenders: Surface Decoration October 2022.

Mimi Abers

Mimi AbersAbers has work consisting of kiln-cast glass (below) and clay sculptures on view through January 16 at
Gallery Route One in Pt Reyes Station.

Vince Montague

Montague is involved in ACCI’s A Place at the Table, featuring individual table settings by regional ceramic artists. Organized by ACCI Ceramic Artists, Kathy Kearns and Vince Montague and juried by Bay Area Artist and Writer, Maria Porges. This exhibition explores the concept of “place” and the artists’ visual connection between food and ceramics.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Julia Terr Fund for Ceramic Arts under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Sonoma.The Julia Terr Fund will underwrite the cost of the entry fee for all participants (one entry per person) and provide three cash awards to the best place-settings in the exhibition of $300, $200 and $100.

This support will allow access to those artists who are working locally and want to show their work during the the NCECA 2022 conference. We encourage all artists to apply, from students to professionals, especially those artists who are underrepresented and who identify as such.

vincemontague.com

Michael Dickenson

Michael DickensonMichael has been working over the last few months to open a new space: Dickinson Glass Studio and Showroom, in Sebastopol. They have just announced that “we’re fully open, an operation, and have released class registration for glass flameworking classes in the North Bay. It’s a beautiful space that I’m excited to share more of: as a gallery, working studio, and teaching space. I also have other local artists featured here and plan to host events / would love to feature even more of a variety of artists in the gallery.”

Website: https://www.dickinsonglass.com
Class Registration: https://www.dickinsonglass.com/classregistration

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.

ALBANY

ABRAMS CLAGHORN GALLERY
“One Nest” investigates balancing what is good for human beings with what is beneficial for other species and the planet – our one nest, our only home, and a shared one. Recognizing that all life and ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined, we share these impressions in clay, ink and light. We believe in art as agency for change. Artists, historically, have been both witnesses and the raw material for envisioning the future in challenging and critical times. These ARE critical times. It is critical that we do our art. It is critical to make the peaceful revolutionary changes that allow the world to repair. Look closer with us.
Video Tour: https://abramsclaghornshop.com/collections/one-nest-earthworks

Vicki GunterVIDEO TOUR: https://abramsclaghornshop.com/collections/one-nest-earthworks

1251 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
Tuesday – Sunday | 10-6pm and by appointment

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY

Serving Bowl Mark Pharis

Serving Bowl – Mark Pharis
For a walk in appointment at Trax Gallery: (510) 540-8729 leave a message, or text: 510.914.1303. email: info@traxgallery.com. TRAX will be closed for our long winter’s nap until February 4th. Our next big thing is an historical invitation exhibition of potters who have previously shown at TRAX during the National Clay Conference to be held in Sacramento March 15,17,18. Thirty three potters in “Sprouted Roots” along with six “Bay Clay” sculptors exhibiting in the rear building on TRAX grounds. We look forward to seeing you then unless Omicron beats us out.

The TRAX art bnb is actively being booked check it out on the trax web site. Covidly cleaned.

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 San FranciscoASIAN ART MUSEUM

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the museum and your safety is our top priority. We will continue to frequently clean high-touch areas, provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum, and reduce capacity to allow for physical distancing. Plus, our building is equipped with a top-notch air-filtration system to deliver some of the cleanest air you can find in the city.

We are committed to providing you an uplifting and worry-free experience. Learn more about what to expect on your visit. And don’t forget to join us on Mar. 7 for Free First Sundays! Book Timed Tickets Online in Advance.

Timed entry tickets are quick and easy to reserve. With reduced capacity, you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy an intimate experience with our collection and exhibitions. Reserve your tickets now…asianart.org

Check Out Our New Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tues–Wed: Closed

200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.581.3500

CROCKETT

EPPERSON GALLERY OF CERAMIC ART

NEW DAY – Chuck Potter and Margaret Realica and Diane Williams
Margaret Realica - Crockett GalleryJanuary 21, 2022 – February 27, 2022

Chuck Potter: “My intention is to create a space where the viewer is encouraged to pause so they can tune into the spirit that dwells inside. I use nature as a catalyst to spur deep self-listening so that viewers can connect with a force larger than themselves to discover their purpose.”

Margaret Realica: ” Combining high and low tech. The contemporary and traditional. Organic with industrial. Stark contrasts are intermingled through deconstruction and reconstruction, pushing and overlapping boundaries, leading to new abstractions
and concepts.”

Diane Williams: “I use intuitive color, bold mark making and monumental scale as a vehicle for the voice of the strong feminine to weave nature’s story across time.”

REAP

Emmanuela Sintamarian, Jules Campbell, Oona Nelson, Thomas Wojak, Françoise LeClerc, Maryann Steinert Foley, and Daniel Stingle.

January 21, 2022 – February 27, 2022

Daniel Stingle - Crocket GalleryThe Bay Area has a bounty of talent, an abundance of artists, a cacophony of voices. This show combines work that explores the themes of mortality, memory, decadence, excess, and joy. It challenges your sense of reality, and ponders the question, how did we get to this moment in time?

Friday – Sunday, 11AM – 5PM
Anytime by Appointment – 510.787.2925.
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA • 510.787.2915

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

www.eppersongallery.com

PT REYES STATION
Blunk Space

Blunk Space Pt. Reyes StationSolange Roberdeau and Jochen Holz

Through February 6, 2022

Blunk Space is a new research center and exhibition venue dedicated to advancing the art and legacy of JB Blunk. The exhibition program presents historical and contemporary art, design and craft with links to Blunk’s work. The JB Blunk Estate invites contemporary artists to engage with Blunk’s work and legacy through a variety of means, from exploring the estate’s extensive archive and permanent collection to visiting his iconic handmade home. Blunk Space will operate as a commercial gallery and event space, creating opportunities for artists to present their work to fresh audiences and engage new collectors. Located in downtown Point Reyes Station, a growing hub of tourism and cultural activity, Blunk Space aims to be a destination to view contemporary art and design in a place that has inspired artists for decades.

11101 Highway 1, #105, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 

www.jbblunk.com 

POMONA

Don Reitz - Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal - AmoCaLife is Not a Dress Rehearsal – Don Reitz

June 4, 2021 – February 20, 2022

The exhibition Don Reitz: Life is not a Dress Rehearsal features the work of Don Reitz, an artist broadly recognized as one of the most influential American ceramic artists of the last century. Known by many in the ceramics community as “Mr. Salt” for his role in almost single-handedly reviving the salt-fire tradition in American studio ceramics, the New York Times recognized Reitz as “one of a small cadre of midcentury artisans who expanded the medium to include immense, intellectually provocative works of abstract art” (New York Times, March 30, 2014). This exhibition will add to the significant body of scholarship on Reitz’s work with new research on the well-known but largely unstudied “Sara Series” (1983-91). This exhibition will feature, together for the first time, over 40 works from this series.

Imprinted – Assembling California – Ahwini Bhat

January 8, 2022 – May 1, 2022

Ashwini BhatSince 2016, the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) has partnered with the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College to produce exhibitions of works by the guest curators of the Scripps College Ceramic Annual. In January of 2022, curator Ashwini Bhat will curate On Fire: Contemporary Trailblazers for the 77th Scripps College Ceramic Annual. Opening earlier in the month in the Vault Gallery at AMOCA, the exhibition Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California will debut a new body of work comprising sculptures, photographs, and a video work that are based in direct experiences with the California landscape.

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

OJAI

Beatrice Wood Center for the ArtsOJAI VISIONS

Featuring Members of Ojai Studio Artists

In the Beato & Logan Galleries

Opening Reception was held Saturday, January 22, 2022 / 2 – 4 pm

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is Open to the Public
Fri, Sat, & Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, CA 93023
805.646.3381 
BeatriceWoodCenter@gmail.com

SFO AIRPORT

International Terminal
Departures – Level 3
May 28, 2021 – Jan 23, 2022

Stoneware Stories- Folk Pottery of Edgefield, South Carolina

Stoneware StoriesStoneware StoriesThe Deep South has a unique place in the history of American ceramics. In the Northeast, potters commonly used salt to glaze stoneware in the European tradition. But in the southern United States, where salt was a more precious commodity, potters often applied alkaline glazes on high-fired stoneware. Pottery ranges in color from pale green to dark brown with glazed surfaces that vary from smooth and glassy, to drippy and textured. The technique originated in Han
Dynasty, China (206BCE–220CE) and was pioneered in the United States by South Carolina physician and newspaper editor Dr. Abner Landrum (1785–1859), who most likely studied published accounts of Chinese alkaline glaze formulas. Landrum established the Pottersville Stoneware Manufactory around 1815 in the
Edgefield District, the west-central area of the state that is rich in kaolin clay deposits and the alkaline ingredients—wood ashes or lime—required to melt the additional glaze elements.
……more….
Traditionally, Southern potteries were small, family-owned seasonal operations, consisting of farmers who sold their wares locally to supplement their incomes. In contrast, Edgefield’s potteries were ambitious enterprises. By 1850, numerous entrepreneurs and investors had opened factories to fulfill the demand for stoneware required for food storage and preservation in the agriculturally rich region. Manufacturers shipped pottery via railway to planters and merchants throughout the state. They placed newspaper advertisements, hired journeymen potters, and applied makers’ marks. Enslaved laborers and, later, freed African Americans, engaged in all aspects of Edgefield stoneware production, from digging and mixing clay to loading wood-fueled kilns, and peddling wares. Others served as “turners” or potters, producing exceptional examples of Edgefield stoneware.
https://www.sfomuseum.org/exhibitions/stoneware-stories

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Newsletter November-December 2021

ACGA May Newsletter 2020

President’s Message

President's Message July -Aug Newletter - Cheryl CostantiniAs the autumn approaches and the days grow shorter, I’d like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. It’s been raining here in California and for that we must all be grateful. Please continue to take care and stay safe. I hope we all continue to be creative in these crazy times.

With gratitude,

Cheryl

Cheryl Costantini
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Nichibei Shop
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Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+
A huge thank you to the more than 50 members who donated their work to CERF+ to be sold at the CERF+ Booth at the Festival. This was one of the best benefits we have ever had, and raised over $2500 for the CA fund of CERF+. Besides the sale of your donated work, the booth helped spread the word about the amazing work CERF+ is doing and encouraged some donations of money as well.

Thanks all. Keep CERF+ in mind and continue to support it in any way you can.
Jan Schachter and James Aarons – CERF+ booth coordinators

ACGA Exhibition News

Seismic State Call for Entries

SEISMIC STATE

We hope you’ll apply to this upcoming exhibition,”Seismic State: California Ceramics”, which will coincide with the NCECA 2022 conference in Sacramento. It’s open to all of you who live and work in California.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021.
Entry form at EntryThingy.com: https://www.entrythingy.com/d=acga.net#dashboard
Discount entry fee for ACGA members!

Description and Details:
California’s ceramics embody many cultures and traditions, but they also convey a certain freedom & edginess. ACGA is pleased to announce “Seismic State: Ceramics of California”, selected by NCECA as a Venue-Originated Exhibition during its 2022 conference in Sacramento. This show will celebrate sculptural & functional work by artists living & working in the state today. Juror Beth Ann Gerstein’s selections will join pieces by invited artists Ashwini Bhat, Keiko Fukazawa, Ben Medansky, Crystal Morey, Kristen Morgin, Adam Shiverdecker, Cheryl Ann Thomas, Kim Tucker, & Wanxin Zhang.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California (ACGA) and hosted by Sparrow Gallery in downtown Sacramento, within walking distance of the NCECA conference. As a Venue-Originated Exhibition, it will be promoted in conference materials as well as printed postcards, social media, and emails from ACGA and Sparrow Gallery.

Juror Beth Ann Gerstein joined AMOCA as Executive Director in 2014, following a twenty-year tenure as Executive Director for The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently serves on the board of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine. Gerstein is a former member of the Collections Committee of the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, former board member of the Glass Art Society, and served on the Lifetime Achievement Committee for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Gerstein holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Edinboro University.

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MEMBER NEWS

Jan Schachter and Mari Emori

Jan Schachter and Mari Emori
Jan Schachter (Vases and Vessels Collection), and Mari Emori (Sculpture Collection, cover) are among the winners chosen for the 2022 ICAN Wall Calendars.

https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/ican-membership/contests/calendars

If you are an ICAN member, you can order calendar(s) through the Ceramic Arts Network Shop with a member discount (20% off). It would be a lovely holiday gift!

Katy Kuhn and Kris Marubayashi – ‘Chain of Events’

Kris Marubayashi - ACGA Member NewsOctober 1 – November 9. Desta Gallery,
100 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley

Vicki Gunter

Vicki Gunter - ACGA Member News
Vicki is in Skulls and Roses – Remembrance and Rebirth, at Artworks Downtown San Rafael.

Skulls and Roses is about remembrance, rebirth and transformation in correlation with San Rafael’s Día De Los Muertos celebration. To paraphrase juror Camilo Villa: “Remembering and honoring life is one of the most powerful tools art has offered since ancient communities imprinted beliefs and practices in their cave paintings. Art allows us to understand our ancestors in order to understand and honor where we come from. These exhibiting artworks will immerse the audience in the process of birth, life, and death. Drawing the audience in to question what it means to live and die in this world today.”

Garden Open Studio and Sale!

Jan Schachter - ACGA Member News

Forrest Lesch-Middelton – TILE SECONDS SALE!

Forerst Lesch-Middelton - ACGA Member NewsIt’s that time of year again and this time our 2nds Sale will be bigger than ever… I know we’ve said that before but we’re moving studios in the new year so we’re serious!

In person tile + pottery sale begins this Sunday, Nov. 7th from 10:00am-3:00pm. If you are looking for pottery seconds this will be your best day to come by. Sale continues Monday- Friday by appointment, email flmceramics@gmail.com to schedule a time to shop. More dates and times on our website.
Online sale begins Nov. 15th.

As always, prices drop as the sale goes on but for the best quality tile shop early!

Nancy Yturriaga Adams – HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIO

Nancy Y Adams - ACGA Member NewsMorning Glory Bluebird Tea
10″H x 7″W x 5″D

6909 Thompson Creek Rd
Applegate, Oregon

December 3, 4, & 6, 2021
Friday Saturday Sunday
10am-4pm or by appointment
541-846-1777
www.nancyadams.net

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/nancyadamsclayartist
Instagram: nancy_y_adams

We are fully vaccinated here. Mask appropriately.

Berkeley Potters Guild Celebrates 50 Years

Berkeley Potters Guild
After Thousands of Pots and Tons of Clay, the Berkeley Potters Guild Celebrates 50 Years.

Authors: Diane Blacker (Former Guild and ACGA Member) and Pamela Zimmerman (Current, longtime Guild President)

Twenty-one years ago, in the Spring of 2000, a notice appeared on the bulletin board in the entrance to the Berkeley Potters Guild informing its eighteen members the building was for sale. We all knew this might happen someday. Nonetheless, when I walked into our building and read the sign, I stood there in shock. Eighteen potters might soon be scrambling for new places to work.

The owners, called Clayshares, consisted of the original potters who first rented the space in 1971 and others who bought shares along the way. Clayshares had kept rents affordable for nearly 30 years, a rarity for workspace in Berkeley. Now reaching retirement age, they were ready to cash out. They offered the Guild first option to buy, with a discounted asking price, but even that was beyond the means of most of us.
Moments after I had read our building was for sale, a friend rang the doorbell. Pivoting quickly, I welcomed him in and showed him the sign. “You won’t believe this!” Rich exclaimed. “I just had a conversation with a neighbor who wants to buy a building for artists in Berkeley!” His neighbor had recently adopted two children and wanted this purchase to be an investment for them. Rich’s neighbor came to see the building the next day, and as I watched her, wide-eyed while she toured the large space with its warren of working studios and multiple kilns, I knew I had met our new landlady. By the Fall, it was a done deal. We had a 25-year lease.

In buying the building, the new owner rescued the oldest continuously operating ceramic studio in Berkeley. And we got a dream landlady, her kindness and generosity cannot be overstated. She not only has given us a 25-year lease, but she has also taken good care of the building and has never interfered with our operation. During the pandemic, she gave everyone a month’s free rent. She enabled the Berkeley Potters Guild to reach its 50th Anniversary!

The Guild was born in the 1970’s, on the heels of a world-wide cultural revolution of which California, and Berkeley in particular, was a major center. It was a heady, creatively explosive time. Young people were coming together from all over the country to make art and make a living by selling their work. A few of these artists were potters in Berkeley who worked in a building that became condemned. They found a new home in an 8,000 square-foot barren warehouse in West Berkeley and signed a five-year lease. In their first year they built all of the inside walls, including three lofts, and carved out 18 individual studio spaces, all still standing today. They built six natural-gas kilns for high-temperature firing and managed to hold a very successful sale (even by today’s standards) at the end of the year. After renewing the lease for another five years, they bought the building, and went on to create one of the most successful working spaces for ceramic artists in the Bay Area.

Many people have worked at the Guild over the last 50 years. While potters have come and gone, the Guild has survived, mainly because of the structure of the organization. The Guild provides a place for ceramicists – both skilled professionals and developing artists – to work independently. Each member runs and owns their own business, and each owns their own equipment. They come together to hold two well-attended sales a year – a two-week Spring Sale and a four-week Holiday Sale. They also participate together in annual community events such as the East Bay Open Studios and Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios.

Another factor for the Guild’s longevity is that Guild members are all voting board members with equal say in Guild matters. Their excellent bylaws, which have not changed much, have been indispensable in resolving issues over the years. Also, the Guild never had to relocate, something that most certainly would have dispersed its members.

The Guild not only provides workspace for its members; it provides community. It is a place of acceptance and encouragement. Members are colleagues who support each other’s creative and professional development. Most members are professionals who make their living with clay; others are learning their craft. As one member said when she arrived, she was not a developed artist; the Guild provided a place where she could grow technically and artistically.

People come and go, but the Guild is stable both as a place to work and as a fixture of the Berkeley art community. It has enjoyed the wonderful support of loyal customers from the Bay Area and beyond. Its semi-annual sales are successful and well attended. Customers love to roam the building through the maze of studios, making b-lines to their favorite artists and also discovering new ones. During the rest of the year, guests visit the Guild’s beautiful gallery, open Saturdays, staffed by members. Their work has been highly regarded throughout the years and shown in fine galleries locally: the Asian Art Museum, the DeYoung Museum, and the Oakland Museum, as well as nationally and internationally.

Another feature of the Guild’s longevity is its ability to adapt to change. With changing membership, studios have been reconfigured, spaces have been combined or divided. Huge gas kilns have been moved around the building. Styles of work have changed as well. From the popular high-fire functional stoneware of the early days, members now also produce fine porcelain and brightly decorated mid-fired ceramics. This means a predominance of electric kilns over gas. There is a fabulous variety of styles and function: from traditional to contemporary, tableware to sculpture, large and small; functional vases and decorative wall pieces; whimsical figures and unique ceramic jewelry. Some work in mixed media, combining clay and fiber. In recent years, one member has branched into working with slumped glass, another has chosen to explore intricate textile work.

The Berkeley Potters Guild has been self-sustaining for 50 years. It has never received grants or subsidies. It has hosted workshops and a ceramic conference featuring renowned potters such as Gary Coleman, Robin Hopper, Chris Gustin, Lana Wilson and Sam Chung, with attendees from across the country.

The Guild has had a profound impact on the Berkeley art scene. Several founding members built private studios within blocks of the building. Our large sales draw art lovers to the area. Over the years, other art groups and private studios have gravitated to the neighborhood. Now, West Berkeley has officially been identified with colorful city banners as “West Berkeley Artisans District”.
The Berkeley Potters Guild survived the pandemic, with lines around the block waiting to enter the 2020 Holiday Show and Spring Seconds Sale. Rejoicing in the celebration of fifty years working in clay, providing a workspace that can accommodate 20 potters, hosting sales and workshops, a weekend Gallery, offering fine ceramics to the greater community.

Linda Mau

Linda Mau - ACGALinda Mau - ACGA
In October ACGA lost longtime member Linda Mau to pancreatic cancer. Linda was an emeritus member having joined ACGA in 1980. She was an artist of great skill and a beloved teacher, mentor and friend to many members of ACGA and Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild (OVCAG) as well as numerous ceramic artists in the greater Bay Area. She participated in Clay and Glass for many years and helped with exhibitions, including
ACGA at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, CA. She pioneered vessel and sculptural forms made of paper clay formed and fired on a metal mesh
armature. She also made beautiful, bold forms in clay using soft slabs supported by tar paper. Linda taught at De Anza College in Cupertino
and more recently at Higher Fire in San Jose. Over the years she was an active and frequent workshop presenter for OVCAG.

The following tribute from Bill Geisinger speaks to Linda’s gifts as a teacher and mentor.
.
“Linda Mau taught at De Anza College as an adjunct professor in ceramics for almost twenty years. She was generally scheduled to teach beginning
and intermediate wheel throwing. The fundamental skills that most students needed to learn. Linda was a gentle and encouraging master
potter. She required students to achieve one skill before moving on to the next level. She encouraged students to be individuals but at the
same time help and share with others. It is this precisely that made Linda a popular and loved teacher. Her students liked the challenges
they were assigned and the responsibility to share their own knowledge or skill.

Linda Mau we miss your energetic attitude and thank you for sharing with us at De Anza College.”

Linda leaves behind her spouse Rich whom she always referred to as her “best friend” and one brother. She also leaves behind a magnificent
body of work and the fond memories of the many potters whose lives she touched.

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.

ALBANY

ABRAMS CLAGHORN GALLERY
“One Nest” investigates balancing what is good for human beings with what is beneficial for other species and the planet – our one nest, our only home, and a shared one. Recognizing that all life and ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined, we share these impressions in clay, ink and light. We believe in art as agency for change. Artists, historically, have been both witnesses and the raw material for envisioning the future in challenging and critical times. These ARE critical times. It is critical that we do our art. It is critical to make the peaceful revolutionary changes that allow the world to repair. Look closer with us.
Video Tour: https://abramsclaghornshop.com/collections/one-nest-earthworks

Vicki GunterVIDEO TOUR: https://abramsclaghornshop.com/collections/one-nest-earthworks

1251 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
Tuesday – Sunday | 10-6pm and by appointment

BERKELEY

TRAX GALLERY

Our next exhibition at TRAX gallery in Berkeley, CA is “TABLE COMPANIONS”

TRAX Gallery - Table Companions TRAX Gallery - Table Companions TRAX Gallery - Table Companions

New work by Mark Pharis, Candice Methe, Noah Riedel,, Birdie Boone. Opens Friday, November 19th with a reception on Saturday, November 20th with 3 of the artists present from 5 – 7pm. Work in the show will be online for purchase Sun., Nov. 21st, 12pm

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 San FranciscoASIAN ART MUSEUM

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the museum and your safety is our top priority. We will continue to frequently clean high-touch areas, provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum, and reduce capacity to allow for physical distancing. Plus, our building is equipped with a top-notch air-filtration system to deliver some of the cleanest air you can find in the city.

We are committed to providing you an uplifting and worry-free experience. Learn more about what to expect on your visit. And don’t forget to join us on Mar. 7 for Free First Sundays!Book Timed Tickets Online in Advance.

Timed entry tickets are quick and easy to reserve. With reduced capacity, you’ll have plenty of space to enjoy an intimate experience with our collection and exhibitions. Reserve your tickets now…asianart.org

Check Out Our New Hours
Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tues–Wed: Closed

200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.581.3500

CROCKETT

EPPERSON GALLERY OF CERAMIC ART

RECLAMATION – David Yoaz and Clayton Bailey
Epperson GalleryEpperson GalleryNovember 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

SENTIENCE

Lisa Reinertson and Francois LeClerc
Through January 9, 2022

LUMIERE – Ariel Bowman  – Extended through November 21st, 2021

I make sculptures of prehistoric animals that represent the wonder to be found in natural his- tory. I am intrigued by animals that evolved with distinct features, such as unfamiliar tusks, strange elongated limbs, and unusual proportions. I use clay to bring these extinct creatures back to life, sculpting folds of flesh and filling their bellies with air.

The picturesque aesthetic of the eighteenth century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was being expanded by scientific discoveries, yet separated by the disappearance of wild places. Each scene that I create is a fantasy inspiring curiosity about the unknown animal, while nourishing the imagination of the viewer with intricate details. Mysterious giants wander through palatial ruins, discovering the overgrown remains of monuments to human greatness. Moss and vines cover the fossils of civilization, and show the effects of time in their decay.

My work uses reflective nostalgia to present these extinct animals in the context of human history. The combination of such contrasting timelines questions reality, and rekindles a fascination with the animal world.

Friday – Sunday, 11AM – 5PM
Anytime by Appointment – 510.787.2925.
Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art, 1400 Pomona Street, Crockett, CA • 510.787.2915

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

www.eppersongallery.com

PT REYES STATION
Blunk Space

Mingei to Modern CeramicsCeramics – Mingei to Modern

The exhibit brings together a group of historic ceramic artists who were responsible for the development of mingei and a circle of contemporary artists inspired by the traditional ceramic craft practices of Japan…..

https://www.thebay.events/event/ceramics-mingei-to-modern-xj1urjxmis

Ceramics: Mingei to Modern is curated by Jeffrey Spahn Gallery.

Featuring artists and potters Lynda Benglis, JB Blunk, Richard Carter, Tyler Cross & Kyle Lypka, Richard Devore, Ruth Duckworth, Jean Francois Fouilhoux, Shoji Hamada, Ann Van Hoey, Catherine Hiersoux, Jun Kaneko, Hiruma Kazuyo, John Mason, Eric Nelson, Daniel Rhodes, Annabeth Rosen, Toshiko Takaezu, Robert Turner and Peter Voulkos

11101 Highway 1, #105, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 

www.jbblunk.com 

POMONA

Mind Matter - AMOCAMind Matter
Five Bay Area Sculptors • August 14, 2021–January 23, 2022
Since the 1950s, the Bay Area has provided fertile ground for ceramic experimentation and innovation. Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figurative, and Funk movements fueled an art scene in Northern California, christening it as a leading center of progressive art and thought in the mid-twentieth century.

Colleges and universities in Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland, and Davis became distinguished epicenters of vanguard ceramic education. Students flocked to study with luminary artists/educators Robert Arneson, Karen Breschi, Viola Frey, Jim Melchert, Ron Nagel, and Peter Voulkos as they created new and alternative ways to investigate the vast potential of ceramics. These artists had a significant influence on the next generation of Northern California artists, five of which are highlighted in this exhibition.

MIND MATTER: Five Bay Area Sculptors assembles over 80 works by Robert Brady, Arthur Gonzalez, Beverly Mayeri, Nancy Selvin, and Richard Shaw. Each investigates clay’s materiality while evoking profound expressions of life experiences, contemporary issues, psychological explorations, and reflections of popular culture. The wildly divergent approaches to artmaking of these five artists continue to be a touchstone for new generations of artists working in ceramics.

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

SFO AIRPORT

International Terminal
Departures – Level 3
May 28, 2021 – Jan 23, 2022

Stoneware Stories- Folk Pottery of Edgefield, South Carolina

Stoneware StoriesStoneware StoriesThe Deep South has a unique place in the history of American ceramics. In the Northeast, potters commonly used salt to glaze stoneware in the European tradition. But in the southern United States, where salt was a more precious commodity, potters often applied alkaline glazes on high-fired stoneware. Pottery ranges in color from pale green to dark brown with glazed surfaces that vary from smooth and glassy, to drippy and textured. The technique originated in Han
Dynasty, China (206BCE–220CE) and was pioneered in the United States by South Carolina physician and newspaper editor Dr. Abner Landrum (1785–1859), who most likely studied published accounts of Chinese alkaline glaze formulas. Landrum established the Pottersville Stoneware Manufactory around 1815 in the
Edgefield District, the west-central area of the state that is rich in kaolin clay deposits and the alkaline ingredients—wood ashes or lime—required to melt the additional glaze elements.
……more….
Traditionally, Southern potteries were small, family-owned seasonal operations, consisting of farmers who sold their wares locally to supplement their incomes. In contrast, Edgefield’s potteries were ambitious enterprises. By 1850, numerous entrepreneurs and investors had opened factories to fulfill the demand for stoneware required for food storage and preservation in the agriculturally rich region. Manufacturers shipped pottery via railway to planters and merchants throughout the state. They placed newspaper advertisements, hired journeymen potters, and applied makers’ marks. Enslaved laborers and, later, freed African Americans, engaged in all aspects of Edgefield stoneware production, from digging and mixing clay to loading wood-fueled kilns, and peddling wares. Others served as “turners” or potters, producing exceptional examples of Edgefield stoneware.
https://www.sfomuseum.org/exhibitions/stoneware-stories

CALLS FOR ENTRY AND OPPORTUNITIES

Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany Ca is looking for functional pottery to sell on consignment. This is for SF Bay Area artists only.

The shop at Abrams Claghorn would like simple, functional pottery to round out the selection of ceramics offered for sale.
Please send 10 or so images to Gallery@AbramsClaghorn.com. If your work fits with what we are looking for we can make an appointment to meet.

Abrams Claghorn Gallery pairs a curated gallery space with a museum-style store. Abrams Claghorn Gallery has exhibited fine art and functional artworks created by diverse Bay Area artists since April 2015. The Gallery hosts workshops that invite community members to learn about and work alongside the artists showcased in our exhibitions.

Abrams Claghorn Gallery is dedicated to being inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, military or veteran status, disability, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition, and immigration status.

Thanks
Robby
510-526-9558 (gallery)
Abrams Claghorn Gallery, 1251 Solano Ave
Albany, Ca 94706

Sell Your Work at Filoli

Filoli invites artists to sell their work at various artists’ markets throughout the year. This is not a call for exhibiting artwork in the House, but rather for selling artwork to the public, usually outdoors. See below for more information about our events. If you are not able to sell at any event listed, you may also fill out an application below to be on our list of vendors.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0JipA4esH_QzVG8q_s3IATMXHN9NqyqTSxkqcCG4G8K1QDQ/viewform

Please fill out the form completely. If we are unfamiliar with your work, we may request pictures of your art and/or your booth set-up.

Questions? Please email Hilary King at hking@filoli.org. Please do not call.
We strive to send out acceptance or rejection letters within two weeks of receiving applications, but may take longer. Booth fee of $100 and forms are due within one week of receiving an acceptance letter.
Booth locations will be sent within 2 weeks of the event.Entry Fee: $30 OHCA members, $40 non-members, for up to three pieces. Payable on drop off.

Special Offer: Become a new OHCA member at the time of art delivery and receive one free entry! Call (415) 388-4331 or visit ohanloncenter.org for more details

After the Gold Rush

From: Kim Patillo afterthegoldrush1@outlook.com

2021 Show Schedule
Hi Everyone, We were hoping we wouldn’t have to write this notice – AGAIN! – but we’ve just received word from the Pleasant Hill Chamber that they’ve had to cancel the 2021 Art, Wine & Music Festival. After meetings with the County re health protocols for summer events, the County wants vaccine cards, current negative covid test results, thermometer checks, etc., and controlling of the attendees with regards to numbers, distancing, etc. Even a fenced-in event (how DO you fence in an entire downtown area anyway??) would be prohibitive in cost let alone a nightmare to enforce. And no one wants to ‘enforce’ anything at what should be a fun, happy outing. Contra Costa County seems to be one of the most strict in CA when it comes to holding outside events (see the new CDC guidelines below.)

The Chamber has asked us to send their sincere apologies to all for any inconvenience, and hope to hold the 2022 show with no restrictions from the County (Covid!!!) Dates will be October 8 & 9, 2022.

We still have spaces available in the Sept. 4 & 5, 2021 Arnold shows now. Please send in your applications if you want to do the show, even if you have to post-date a check for the entry fee (up to August 1).

With regard to the ‘Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire’ in Napa on Nov. 19 – 21, 2021, We should be at ‘herd immunity’ by late summer and the show is still over 6 months away, and we would expect even more relaxed guidelines when that goal is reached. See www.cdc.gov for the latest updates. Please continue to send in your applications – without entry fees – if you’re interested in doing the show. As well as knowing that the public will be confident enough to attend inside gatherings by November, we need to know that there are enough confident vendors that wish to do it as well.

We’ll be issuing refunds this week to anyone that’s already been accepted into the Pleasant Hill show. Please visit our website: www.afterthegoldrushfestivals.com – or email us if you’d like applications for any show with us. FYI, Kathryn at www.brotherspromotion.com and Mike at www.professionalartistsandcrafters.com have a good line-up of shows scheduled for this year if you’re interested.

On the positive side, we think that ANY festivals that manage to happen this year are going to be great – the public is overdue and anxious to get out there and shop and have fun!

Hang in there, folks. it’s gotta get better from here

Kim & Mark, After the Gold Rush

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

DONATE

In conjunction with NCECA 2022 The Pence Gallery in Davis CA is mounting an exhibition honoring the Legacy of Viola Frey, the creativity she unleashed and the women artists she encouraged. This CCA(C) exhibition will include current faculty and grads with an emphasis on the inventiveness Viola fostered that thrives today in CCA’s ceramic program. I am asking you to make a contributions of $100 to the Pence Gallery to support this historic exhibition and accompanying catalog but any amount is invaluable. Your donation is tax deductible: Pence is a 501c3 Non Profit Organization. You will be acknowledged as a contributor in the catalog and in the exhibition.

Please leave a note when you donate that your gift is intended to support the CCA/NCECA exhibit.
https://pencegallery.z2systems.com/np/clients/pencegallery/donation.jsp
or mail your contribution to
Pence Gallery, 212 ‘D’ Street, Davis CA 95616
Thanks for your support,
Nancy Selvin

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
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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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