ACGA May Newsletter 2020


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

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

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

ACGA Holiday Sale


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Doris Colbrie-Fischer and Miki Shim Rutter

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

Tiffany Schmierer

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

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

Lynn Wood

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


Kathy Pallie

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

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

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

Guangzhen Zhou

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

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

The Potter’s Studio

The Potter's Studio Holiday Sale

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

Happy Holidays from The Potters’ Studio!

Palo Alto Art Center

Palo Alto Art Center

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

Esther Shimazu and Heidi Bekebrede

Natsoulas Gallery Presents our Holiday Gift Sale!

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

Esther Shimazu

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

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

Josie Jurczenia

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

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

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


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


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


Online “Beauty and Delight” through December 13

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

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

TRAX ArtBnB is again available for bookings. 

Peter Voulkos poster

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

1812 5th Street, Berkeley, CA  94710

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303


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

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

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

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

The Website has a list of digital experiences to keep your spirits up and the inspiration

200 Larkin Street • San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.581.3500


Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Art

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

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


Davis Arts Center
Davis Art CenterIf 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.


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


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

Click Here:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Alyson Brandes is a graduate of Chapman University and a 2020 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern at AMOCA. During her internship, Brandes writes periodically for, and posts on Instagram and Facebook on Tuesdays. “As part of my internship, an ongoing project that I’ve been working on involves researching artists for a future exhibition on women working with ceramics in California. ” In her eleventh blog, Kim Tucker: Primal Beings, Ghosts, and Human Dummies, Brandes explores Tucker’s “handmade, organic aesthetic.”
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464


Blue Line Arts

Off Center Blue Line ArtsOff Center

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

ROSEVILLE, CA 95678-2636
(916) 783-4117


The Crocker Art Museum

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

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

For more information and to view images, click here:


2020-2021 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.


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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and Instagram: @360xochiquetzal



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