ACGA March-April Newsletter 2022

President’s Message

Cheryl Costantini - Board President ACGAACGA made a fine showing at NCECA in March. 16 Artists were represented each with their own designated space. Sales were brisk and we got fabulous feedback from many people. I want to give a big thanks to Mari Emori for all of her incredible work that she put in to make this event happen and to make it be successful.

And moving on, just two months away from the annual ACGA Clay and GlassFestival in Palo Alto. Once again we look forward to gathering at the Palo Alto Art Center and can’t wait to see so many of you again. For many artists that I know, Covid has offered an opportunity to deepen their creative process. I believe we are a resilient bunch and have been excited to see all the postings on the ACGA Instagram account. Shout out to Ren Lee for her diligence and creativity and making Instagram page more alive.

Cheryl Costantini, President, ACGAAnd finally I’d like to share with you how vibrant the ACGA board of directors has become as a group. We’ve added new members with new talents and I am genuinely excited for the future of our organization. Now that meetings are on zoom it opens up the possibility for others to at least attend the board meetings so you know what’s going on, or even join the board. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Take care everybody and enjoy these beautiful spring days!
Cheryl Costantini

Cheryl Costantini
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Nichibei Shop

ACGA Exhibition News

NCECA Conference 2022

NCECA Conference
NCECA Gallery Expo 2022

The ACGA booth at NCECA Gallery Expo was a huge success! The booth looked great and had constant visitors during the Gallery Expo. Thanks to those who visited us and shopped with us. The sales before tax totaled close to $20K. Special thanks to the 16 participating ACGA member artists who worked hard as a team with the committee to make this event successful. ACGA is also pleased to report that 28 new people signed up for membership during the NCECA conference.

ACGA Gallery Expo Committee:
Mari Emori, Jan Schachter, and Diane C. Master

In 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

Member Profile: Sally Graves Jackson

Sally Graves Jackson - Member Profile ACGAI starting working with clay in 2008 and pursued it more seriously after moving to California seven years ago. I use wheel throwing and hand-building to make sculptural and functional pieces. Insects, seedpods, trees, birds, stones, and all sorts of human constructions are as much my teachers as the ceramics I see in museums and galleries. Whenever possible, I use clays that I dig locally.

Clay has led me to wonderful communities through the Palo Alto Art Center and the ACGA. As a member of the ACGA Board, I serve as Secretary and help coordinate some exhibitions and sales. I also volunteer in the Gunn High School ceramics program, and during the pandemic I organized neighbors to create four large clay totems that are now in front of our house. Clay has opened other doors for me here, including invitations to wood-fire in Napa County, Milpitas, Mendocino, and Cobb Mountain Arts. I love the hard work, camaraderie, and intensive mix of chemistry and kiln qualities that make each wood-firing unique.

There is great satisfaction in holding a finished piece of pottery that is useful and pleasing, but what I like best about working with clay is the link it forms between the ground, my hands, fellow artists, and the creative impulse that led me to the studio in the first place.


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Cheryl Tall

Cheryl shared a post for the first time in a while: “So excited! My sculpture, The Man Who Invented Geometry, will be shown at the CALIFORNIA CLAY Exhibition, April 29 to May 26, 2022!…”

Lee Middleman

Lee Middleman ACGALee Middleman’s piece “Jade Sunflower Vase 2022” has been selected
for the “California Clay Competition” exhibition at the The Artery at 207
G Street in Davis, CA from April 29 to May 26, 2022. This is the eleventh
time Lee’s work has been selected for this California competition. This
year the juror is Heidi BekeBrede, a multi-media artist.

The Contemporary Clay Biennial Juried Exhibit 2022 will feature Lee’s
piece, Duo-Red Diamond Globe (below), at the The Art Center in
Grand Valley, Colorado. The exhibition will run from May 13 to June 25,
2022 at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. This is Lee’s seventh
time participating in this national competition. Juror: Fong Choo,
Adjunct Faculty, Bellarmine University.

Open Studios and Sales!

Open Studio and Sale
Open Studio
Sat. & Sun., May 14-15 • 10 am – 5 pm • Rain or Shine

Nina Else: Sculpture for the Home & Garden

Peggy Forman: Drawings on Clay – Vessels & Tiles

Jordan King: Wood-red Vessels

Sally Jackson: Garden Totems, Sculpture, and Functional Pottery

Lindsay Marx: Home and Garden Revelations in Porcelain

Jane Peterman: Ceramic Wall and Table Sculpture

Jan Schachter: Functional Pottery for the Kitchen & Garden

DIRECTIONS: Exit 280 at Alpine Road. Go west 1 mile. Turn right on
Westridge Dr. Drive 2 miles. Turn left on Golden Hills Drive to #190.
650.678.5404 •

Sean Free Alcala

Sean Free Alcala ACGABorn and raised in Northern California, Sean Free Alcala is a second-generation maker whose artwork has always been rooted in the natural world. Being inspired by the beautiful beaches and flowing rivers of the west coast, his artistic journey explores the wondrous material of glass as it overlaps with the many dynamic characteristics of water.

After earning a BA from Sonoma State University, he was introduced to kiln-formed glass by his father, David, who was a professional artist and glass art educator. Sean began an extensive glass apprenticeship while working at his father’s studio gallery in Carmel, California. Fueled by curiosity and a passion for discovery, he experimented for over a decade learning about the unique nature and properties of glass. His work has evolved over the years, but the heavy influence of the ocean has remained steady. Sean has refined his craft through the constant learning of glass casting techniques and cold-working methods.

Today, Alcala’s original jewelry designs and stunning sculptural artwork can be found at select galleries and art shows throughout the West Coast. Recently, he was selected by the Pence Gallery for their Emerging Artist Award, and he completed his first solo exhibition “Under the Surface” in Davis, California. As a glass artists, he aims to capture the essence of water and help others realize the importance of protecting our oceans and waters for our future generations.

CERF - Artist Disaster Relief Fund


Tornadoes in the Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley

On March 21, 2022 a storm system moved through the Southern Plains, producing dozens of tornadoes, hail, and wind damage. Governor Greg Abbott said that several homes and structures in central Texas were destroyed by heavy winds about 40 miles north of Austin.

The storm system continued to spawn tornadoes and severe weather across the Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast. Search and rescue teams are combing through neighborhoods in the New Orleans area and have reported that at least one person was killed and thousands lost power.

CERF+ shares your concern for those impacted by the tornadoes and we need your help. If you know craft artists who suffered significant losses as a result of the severe weather, please help us spread the word that they can apply for CERF+’s Emergency Relief grant program.

Questions? Please contact
Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists
In addition to our Emergency Relief grant, CERF+’s Studio Protector also has resources to support artists as they begin to assess and re-enter their damaged studios, including:
• Assessing Potential Hazards
• Unsafe Building Conditions to Look Out For
• Salvage DOs + DON’Ts
• Staying Safe During Cleanup
• NCAPER Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides confidential, multilingual crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S./territories experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, including COVID-19. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to reach a trained counselor 24/7, 365-days-a-year.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Your support directly helps artists through their most difficult times.

Please be safe, and let us know if we can do anything to help.


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.



Trax is shuttered for the summer months

We invite you to shop online at or schedule an appt:
Please text us @ 510.914.1303 and leave a message! or call the gallery & leave a message @ 510.540.8729
The Minnesota St. Croix Pottery Tour is in it’s 30th year!
We will be selling our work at Ani Kasten’s studio stop along with 6 others!
The St. Croix Pottery Tour is May 6,7,8th in the lovely St. Croix Valley, MN.

A selection of pots will be available online May 5th @ 10am CMT

To view various artists and their works, visit:
There are still many beautiful pieces available from the Sprouted Roots exhibition that can be found on our website.
Kari Radasch, Bill Geisinger, Mary Law

Trax Gallery Trax Gallery Trax Gallery

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



On the Strait - Epperson GalleryOn the Strait

April 29th, 2022 – June 26, 2022.
The gallery is open from 11am to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Opening reception: March 12. 4pm to 6pm.

On the Strait is an invitational show highlighting artists working in the Carquinez Strait Region, including Benicia, Crockett, Port Costa, Martinez and Vallejo.
Show Dates: April 29 through June 26. Opening Reception: May 14, 4-6pm.
Invited Artists: Bill Concannon, Dan Connolly, Loralee Chapleau, Warren Dreher, Kathy Kearns, Tara Keefe, Diana Krevsky, Duncan Oja, Mary Oros, Jason Perry, Chris Shima and Toby Tover.


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

The Museum is Open!

Peter Callas at AMOCAPeter Callas: An Enduring Legacy
Regarded as one of the preeminent ceramic artists in the American Studio Ceramics tradition to work with anagama kilns, Peter Callas (1951– ) influenced an entire generation of ceramic artists. Opening February 12, 2022 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Peter Callas: An
Enduring Legacy is a comprehensive career retrospective featuring works spanning nearly 30 years of creative production. Among the 50 works featured are Callas’s innovative expressionist sculptures and abstracted container forms that function as visual records of the transformative forces of fire. Other works on display include intimate tea bowls, selected works on paper, and the premier of an original film about the artist.
Pictured above: Peter Callas, Vase: 0134, 2016. Wood Fired Stoneware. 11.5 x 11 x 11 inches.

First Fridays at AMOCA
Friday, May 6, 2022 • 11 AM–4 PM • In-person
Thanks to generous support from AMOCA’s Board of Directors, Museum admission for First Fridays at AMOCA is pay what you can. A great way for students and anyone without the means to purchase a full-price ticket to visit the Museum.

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.

50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires
AMOCA - 50 BowlsMay, 2022 • 11 AM–12 PM • In Person & Recorded
AMOCA members are invited to join Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein for an exclusive tour
of Elaine Henry’s exhibition 50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires.
399 N Garey Ave
Museum: 909.865.3146
Studio: 909.622.0464


Laney College

Shimmer - Laney CollegeShimmer
Curated Invitational Exhibition & Regional Juried Exhibition in Two Locations!

April 1 – 30, 2022
Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Curated Invitational Exhibition

April 5 – May 9th, 2022
Laney College’s June Steingart Gallery Regional Juried Exhibition

Robert Abrams, Abrams Claghorn Gallery owner & sculptor
Elizabeth Addison, NCWCA Exhibitions Chair, visual artist

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

Marienthal Residence

Timeful - David RuthThe Geologic Editions and Sculpture represents David Ruth’s singular achievement in cast glass. The series of sculptures is formed of composite patterns of rock and ice taken from Antarctica and the Berkeley Hills. This work is the result of more than thirty years of study and experience that employs melding expression of ideas with the formulation of colored glasses. The Geologic Editions represent a continental collision in deep time using patterns of geology to tell a human and geologic story through light. Please join us for a celebration of this glass sculpture at the Marienthal House.

A special thanks to Kim and Barbara Marienthal for hosting this event!
Get Free Timed Entry Tickets

David Ruth is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who is internationally known for setting cast glass in architectural spaces. Melding the transcendence of light and the sensitivity of contemporary sculpture and the ancient art of glassmaking. David Ruth’s artworks inspire viewers to see new possibilities in form, color, and imagery. Ruth’s glass sculptures and his architectural glass murals showcase technical prowess and artistic mastery as they use patterns of geology to tell human and time-based stories through the wonder of natural light and the movement of the sun.

1 Montrose was designed by Robert Ratcliff, of the eminent Berkeley Ratcliff architecture firm. This house was built in 1953 for the owner of Cala Foods. At the time of its construction, it was one of the most luxurious houses built in Berkeley. The house itself was made from a recycled redwood bridge from Sonoma County. It features a great deal of glass; high ceilings with clerestory windows, 8-foot glass doors, and wrap-around windows in all the living areas. The dark redwood walls create an intimate space which is dramatic for glass sculpture viewing.
Glass Sculpture Studio | 1135 57th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621



Patrick Crabb - Beato GalleryPatrick Crabb: A Search for the Ancients
Beato Gallery
My 14 – July 3, 2022


California Clay Competition Exhibition at The Artery

2nd Friday Art About has returned! Join us.
The 31st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition CALIFORNIA CLAY COMPETITION 2022
April 29 – May 26, 2022
CCC Opening Weekend Hours: April 29, 10-9
May 1, 10-5
Come to the Artery at 207 G Street, Davis, California.
We are open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
In addition to our regular hours, The Artery will be open until 9 pm on 2nd Friday Art About has returned! Join us.


Alpha Fired Arts, 4675 Aldona Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841, 916-484-4424

Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum
February 2, 2022 — May 1, 2022
Crocker GalleryThe 2022 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Annual
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
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Calling ACGA Artists!

Get featured on the ACGA website!

We are looking to put a spotlight on our members. A new artist will be featured every month. If you would like to be featured, please send us:
• A short blurb about yourself, your work, your process or anything else you want to say. Try to keep it below 100 words.
• 5-10 images of your work. 400 px across x 600 px high max. 72 dpi. (I can re-size if you’re not sure how)
• Link to your website or social media page

Please send information to :
Emil Yanos
We want to have new artist for June. Postings will be on a first come first served basis.

Restart – Palo 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:

Visions in Clay

Call for entries.
The San Joaquin Delta College

Deadline June 13.
apply online at:

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.

Let’s meet at the Barn.

My name is Andrew M. Kontrabecki, I operate a ceramics studio out of the Barn 5400 space in Petaluma.

As a valued creative, we know you have options when it comes to choosing a creative marketplace to showcase your business – which is why we’re so
honored that you’ve chosen us to provide such a platform for your brand. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about becoming a vendor for an
upcoming Local Roots event at our Barn 5400 venue — from our vendor requirements to our application process.

Let’s Do This
Location: Barn 5400, 5400 Old Redwood Highway N, Petaluma, CA 94954
Dates Recurring
11 am – 5 pm on the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting), from June-December.
6’ Table – $85
Single 10’x10’ Booth – $120
Shared 10’x10’ Booth – $150


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.


Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project
May 27, 2022

Join our May Anagama firing crew! Learn wood firing from a great community of ceramic

Participants will pay $350 for 3 cubic feet of kiln space (additional space can be purchased at $50/cu/ft. Please contact us directly if you require additional space).

Firing- May 27-June 10 (*Work must be ready to load into the kiln at 10am on May 27th)

Unload- June 18



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