ACGA July Newsletter 2020


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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Costantini

10 Days of ACGA Online

10 DAYS OF ACGA…Online!

August 1 – 10, 2020

Dear ACGA Artists,

Woo Hoo! We have a name and dates!

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

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

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

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

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

For now…. GET THIS FORM SUBMITTED! Here is the link…


Davis Art CenterThe Davis Art Center exhibit: ACGA in Focus

Ian Bassett - ACGA Ceramics in Focus - Davis Art Center
The exhibit is up on our website. It is a good example of the ways we promote ACGA & its members. See a full view of the participating artists at


Lee Middleman
Julia Feld


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

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

Lee recently opened a ceramics gallery shop on ETSY, “take a look and give a “like” to the shop.
The ETSY link is: Thanks.”

Alpha Fired Arts

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

CERF+The Artist's Safety Net
CERF+ Announces Launch of COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists
CERF+ — the Artists Safety Net is pleased to announce the launch of a COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.
As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing, and/or health insecurities. The grants will be awarded in two cycles: the deadline for the first round will be July 29, and the second will be September 9. Priority will be given to eligible artists who have traditionally been underserved by the grantmaking community including people of color and folk and traditional artists.
“CERF+ recognizes that artists, who are so vital to the health of our communities, have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic with the sudden loss of income because of canceled shows, residencies, exhibitions, teaching opportunities, and other income-generating activities,” notes CERF+ Executive Director, Cornelia Carey. “We acknowledge that this is a small program relative to the significant need, and we look forward to rolling out additional programs to assist with recovery.”        802.229.2306

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

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

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

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


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

The Queue: Kitchen Table Series

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


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

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

“My work empowering people with fermentation skills is motivated by my desire to see more people get their hands into food crafting.”
~ Sandor Katz

Korsha Wilson


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

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


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

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

Tea Pot by ACGA Member Sandy Simon

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

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


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

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

Please keep Joanne and Gerald in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your continued support.
-Suzanne M Long         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


Davis Art Center

If you have not linked on it lately – – there have been many changes and updates. The most recent addition of a virtual showing of the Davis Arts Center ACGA show “Ceramics in Focus :2020”, that for obvious reasons is not live.

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts

Kevin Snipes Ceramics

Beth Lo ceramicsEsther ShimazuSupport the Arts from Home!

To reduce overcrowding and risk of spreading germs, this sale hopes to encourage people to enjoy their staycation by browsing artwork from home.  Perfect for gift-giving or adding to your own collection, these unique pieces offer something for everyone. Support the arts today by visiting our online store and checking  out our Social Distancing Sale!

Kevin Snipes, 2020 – Cup 1        Beth Lo, 2020 Girl & Boy Plate    Esther Shimazu, 2020 – Red Bull
Location: 521 First St. Davis, CA 95616


Bullseye Resource Center
Important Pickup and Sales Announcements for Resource Center Bay Area
Contact-free order and pickup:
Your local Bullseye Glass Resource Center is currently closed to in-person shopping. We welcome your orders via phone or email and will call you to schedule a pickup at a later time. Greater Bay Area] Bullseye Resource Center
4514 Hollis St.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm – 510.595.1318


Jennifer Perlmutter Fine Art

Small footprint - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

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

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

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

LOS ANGELES – Craft in America

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

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

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


Beatrice WoodBeatrice Wood Center for the Arts

Take a Virtual Tour of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts!
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts will reopen on July 6th, for tours only, by appointment. The number of visitors will be limited, required to wear masks and maintaining physical distance with others while inside the buildings will be mandatory. We will be following guidance and protocols provided by the State of California to provide a safe environment for visitors. Tours can be booked in advance by phone or e-mail

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

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

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

Click here to view the exhibition:


AMOCA – The American Museum of Ceramic Art

We’re Reopening!
After more than three months of closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to announce that we are reopening!  Read on for exciting new developments, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Making In Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics

On View: March 14–August 23, 2020

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

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

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

Tickets will be available in July for August Admission
We will welcome the general public back to the museum the week of August 3. Details on how to reserve advance tickets will be sent via email next month and available at in a few weeks.
Complimentary tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online a day in advance.

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

As a thank-you for your continued support, you are invited to enjoy these special tours free of charge. On behalf of everyone at AMOCA, we are grateful for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464



John Klaiber


Asian Art Museum – Temporarily Closed

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

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


Sebastopol Center for the Arts - Pandemic Transformations“Pandemic Transformation”
International ONLINE Juried Exhibition,
JUNE 6 – JULY 18, 2020


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

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


2020 Fall Residency, Sonoma Ceramics
We offer two, 6-month, all-inclusive residencies per year for potters or ceramic sculptors. Applications are open for this 6-month, all inclusive residency. Open to potters and sculptors on a professional trajectory. The Ceramic Artist in Residence program offers a self- directed emerging or established ceramic artist a supportive work environment to explore ideas and create a cohesive body of work.

Res Artis –

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

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

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

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


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:
For more info write:
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The Potter's Studio - Berkeley CAThe Potters’ Studio
61221 8th St
Berkeley CA 94710


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


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