Since joining the board in 2017, my goal has been to make ACGA a more equitable, accessible and relevant organization that better serves the needs and offers more value to our varied membership. We started with community meet ups, then Covid hit and those morphed to zoom gatherings.We changed the membership structure removing hierarchical labels that left some feeling lesser than. We tried several online sales, which worked well for many. We had many excellent exhibitions and we participated in NECEA for the first time, which was a grand success.
Posted by Cheryl Costantini, ACGA President
ACGA Exhibition News
Save the Date!
Clay and Glass Festival at the Palo Alto Art Center
July 15th and 16th 2023
We’re looking forward to our summertime Festival – held on the grounds of the Palo Alto Art Center on July 15-16, 2023. Eligible member artists should keep an eye outfor an email in January with application information. Artists who haven’t yet juried for Festival eligibility can visit our jury webpage – the next jury will be held in Spring 2023.
Posted by April Zilber, Festival Chair
New Festival Eligible Members
Please Follow on Social Media!
Kevin Scheer * Website: kevinscheerpottery.com * Instagram: @kevinscheerpottery
Loren Lukens * Website: lorenlukens.com * Instagram: @lorenlukens
Holly Coley * Website: hollycoley.com * Instagram: @hollycoley
Pierre Bounaud * Website: pierrebounaud.com * Instagram: @pbounaud
Cory Ballis * Website: ballisglass.com * Instagram: @ballisglass
Marienne Chapman * Website: curvyclayworks.com * Instagram: @curvyclayworks
Tamara Danoyan * Website: tomaterraceramics.com * Instagram: @tamaradanoyan
Posted by Chris Johnson, Jury Chairman
NEW YEAR, NEW COMMUNICATIONS MODEL!
A new communications model for reaching more of our audience, in a more timelyway, has been launched after a year of research, development, and implementation.Members who want to share upcoming news, events, milestones, studio equipmentfor sale, shows, awards, and other craft-related items with our audience of fellowartists and collectors can now fi ll out a few lines on our website and get posted to ouronline calendar of events or our news page.
Submission Process, Learn More:
Posted by Ren Lee
STORM DISASTER RELIEF FOR CA ARTISTS
The California Arts Council maintains a webpage dedicated to resources for Californian artists who have been affected by recent natural disasters in our state. Page content is updated as new information becomes available. Individuals are advised to contact the listed organizations directly for the latest details and program assistance.
ICAN CALENDAR 2023 WINNER
Mari Emori ‘s sculpture titled “Barren” was chosen for the 2023 ICAN (InternationalCeramic Artists Network) Wall Calendar, ColorBurst Collection
Posted by Mari Emori
GRANT AND HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS
Bev Zerbib-Berda is pleased to announce two recent awards: a development grant by the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and honorable mention in the 3rd Annual ICAN Holiday Cup Show.
Posted by Bev Zerbib-Berda
SEEN AND IMAGINED
Gallery Route One’s Annual Juried Show 2023
Emil Yanos’ piece “Rumble” was juried into Route One’s Annual Juried Show.
I work from both memory and photography.My work records what is real in our environment.My work also records what is perceived.The marks and textures in my work help to create sensations, real or perceived that I would want you the viewer to experience.I hope that my work will bring a sense of wonder and curiosity.The combination of familiar forms and textures will cause you to marvel at things you notice if you take the time to slow down and experience the world around you.
Rumble, by Emil Yanos
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
KING’S MOUNTAIN ART FAIR SEEKING NEW ARTISTS
Have you ever applied to the Kings Mountain Art Fair? If not, do consider it – the deadline is Jan.31st. The fair is a three-day outdoor exhibition held annually during Labor Day Weekend, on Skyline Blvd. above the town of Woodside (near Palo Alto).
Posted by April Zilber
POTTERS FOR PEACE HAS A NEW NAME AND EXPANDED MISSION
ACGA supported Potters for Peace for many years at the Clay/Glass Festival with an information booth and Nicaraguan pottery for sale.
They were primarily focused on teaching communities in Nicaragua how to make ceramic water filters to produce clean, healthy drinking water. Now they have expanded their mission to include more countries, broadened their projects (adding hygiene and women’s economic self-sufficiency) and chosen a new name, Good Foundations International.
You can read more, and donate if you wish, at their new website:
Posted by April Zilber
REMEMBERING A CLASSIC INNER MONGOLIAN CERAMIC ARTISTS – NE LISHA
Na Lisha was an emeritus Professor, excellent sculptor, international recognized artist, good friend to many artists. A number of ACGA members met Na Lisha at a ceramics festival in Beijing or when she visited California in 2016.
She was Ceramic Professor in Sculpture Department Research Institute in Inner Mongolia Normal University. President of Inner Mongolia Ceramic Art Institute, Executive Director of Inner Mongolia Sculpture Institute, member of Chinese Sculpture Institute, Executive Director of Sculpture Art Council in Chinese Arts and Crafts Institute. Na Lisha passed way due to Covid complications.
Posted by Lee Middleman
ACGA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – DECEMBER 2022
ACGA Board Meeting Minutes
5:30 p.m., December 12, 2022 via Zoom
READ THE DECEMBER MINUTES:
Date of Next Meeting: Monday, January 3, 2023
Hosted by Zoom All Members Welcome
ACGA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – JANUARY 2023
ACGA Board Meeting Minutes
5:30 p.m., January 3, 2023 via Zoom
READ THE JANUARY MINUTES:
Next Meeting: All-Member Meeting (via Zoom)
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Saturday, January 28, 2023
Hosted by Zoom All Members Welcome
SEE EVENTS CALENDAR:
This space is envisioned for future listings of upcoming calendar events. Since we have only just launched the submission process in this mailing, we do not have any current events at this time. Please follow the submission process outlined herein.
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ACGA NETWORKING EXPLAINED
Address changes and Membership Changes – Please send all address changes to the membership chair EmilYanos,
ACGA’s Website – Check out our website
The home page now features an ‘artist of the month.’ Populate your own page, and update often. To create and edit your profi le page, go to the For Members menu, choose Member login, and follow the instructions to find and edit your profile.
Need a website password? Email Emil Yanos at
We look forward to hearing from you!
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The ACGA News is sent through MailChimp. If your email bounces you or you have been unsubscribed, you can sign up again – contact Communications Lead Ren Lee at: email@example.com.
Join the ACGA social media group www.facebook.com/groups/ACGASocialMedia
Link to the Google group: firstname.lastname@example.org
To email all members via the ACGA Google group you must be a member. Address your clay/glass-related message to: email@example.com
There are two ways that you can engage in google groups without a gmail account:
1. Via email only
With a non-gmail email address you can still participate in all of the google group activities by replying to emailsand/or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to start a new thread. You do not have to create any google accounts to do this. If you’re seeing this email, then you’re in the group and can respond to emails like this one that will be sent to the entire group.
More details on how to create and respond to google group messages in the FAQ!
2. Make a google account
While it’s not necessary to have a google account to participate in the google group, you can create one with your non-gmail email address to get access to the google group site, which just aggregates the ACGA google group conversations in one place that’s easy to review and search.
Board of Directors – 2022
President: Cheryl Costantini
Vice President: Mari Emori
Secretary: Sally Jackson
Treasurer: April Zilber
Bonita Cohn, Lee Middleman, Jan Schachter, Joe Battiato, Chelsea Fried, Emil Yanos,
Ian Bassett, Ren Lee, Chris Johnson and Susie Rubenstein
Communication – Ren Lee
Exhibitions – Jan Schachter
Festival – April Zilber
Historian – Cuong Ta
Int’l Ambassador – Barbara Brown
Membership – Emil Yanos