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 Costantini
707 823-0950
Nichibei Shop

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:
Visit this link to register:

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


Make plans now to attend the conference!


Remember that if you would like to have your information to appear in the newsletter, you MUST send it to Bonita Cohn at, (Please separate image and text.)


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.

or in person:
660 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93721
Fee: $65
Susie Rubenstein, MFA
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
Ruby’s Legacy: A Community in Clay
Published by Ruby’s Clay Studio & Gallery
ISBN 979-8-88589-869-0


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.



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.


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
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.

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 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 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

 by appointment –  call: 510.540.8729 or text 510.914.1303



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

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


AMOCA – The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 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
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464


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



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


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
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.
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

California State LibraryMead Kibbey Gallery
900 N. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-4869


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:


Deadline April 1. The Pence Gallery announces that its annual Emerging Artist Award is now open for application via This award supports the creation of new work open for application via 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 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

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:

After the Gold Rush

From: Kim Patillo

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 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: – or email us if you’d like applications for any show with us. FYI, Kathryn at and Mike at 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: or email us & we’ll send you them. Call us at 925-372-8961 anytime.


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.
or mail your contribution to
Pence Gallery, 212 ‘D’ Street, Davis CA 95616
Thanks for your support,
Nancy Selvin


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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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