The ACGA Clay & Glass Festival celebrates 30 years on July 15-16, 2023, on the grounds of the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The Festival is known for its high quality, unique handcrafted clay and glass art. All the participating 100+ artists are members of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA) and have been juried in – with the top artists across California participating.
It takes a special
arts festival to not
only survive, but
thrive, for 30 years.
Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16. Admission is free. The Festival features a wide range of both functional and decorative fine art, from the abstract to the figurative, and from the minimalist to whimsical. Valet parking will be available at the Art Center for only $12. There will be live demos both days, and an Interactive Clay for All activity in the Art Center Courtyard. There will also be food trucks including ice cream, popsicles, and yes, coffee.
Watching art come to life through live demos has been a popular tradition at the ACGA Clay & Glass Festival. Find them outside near the Newell Road end of the Art Center building.
This year’s demo schedule includes:
Saturday, July 15
10 a.m. – Ian Bassett – Clay
Techniques for pottery forms
Noon – Chris Johnson – Glass
1 p.m. – Alka Bhargava – Ikebana
2 p.m. – Ellen Sachtschale – Clay –Techniques
for creating textured, curvaceous garden
vessels using pinching and slab techniques
Sunday, July 16
10 a.m. – Chris Parris – Clay – Forms from wet
clay, including folding delicate edges and
11 a.m. – Alka Bhargava – Ikebana
Noon – Don Jower – Clay – How to throw small
and large forms
2 p.m. – Sally Jackson – Clay – How to make a
stacked ceramic totem for the garden
NEW THIS YEAR: PRIZES!
Sign up for our newsletter for a chance
to win a $100 gift certificate!
Each day of the festival we will have a drawing for a $100 gift certificate valid to shop during the Festival this year or next year. To enter the drawing, drop by the ACGA Information Table near the Newell Road entrance to the Art Center and sign up for the ACGA Newsletter.
Vote for your favorite artist!
Recognize your favorite clay and glass artists in our People’s Choice Award: a $100 gift certificate awarded to the artist who gets the most votes to use at the Festival. Vote on Saturday before 4:30 pm using the ballot on the map handout, or pick up a ballot form at the ACGA Information Table.
SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS
Check out the CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) Booth rin the Sculpture Gardent and donate to support artists in need due to catastrophic events.
Bay Area residents have been huge clay and glass art patrons for 30 years, supporting the arts and the artists. “We are so appreciative of our customers’ past patronage,” said Mari Emori, ACGA Board President.
“We invite everyone to
come celebrate with us
July 15 and 16 to see the latest works from our juried artists.
It’s a great time to shop for home and family and support our California artists.”
Details, including links to participating artists’ work are available at ACGA Clay & Glass Festival