Cynthia Siegel: Celebrating the Figure in Clay

Work with a sense of discovery and wonder while sculpting the human form in clay. The emphasis of our class will be to explore the expressive potential of gesture, pose, and surface, while learning useful sculptural skills such as armature development, basic anatomy, and ceramic sculpture construction techniques. Students will

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Forrest Lesch-Middleton: Content and Craft

A conversation about content and craft, free to all ACGA members, and open to the public for the price of an ACGA membership. Bring a printed image of an artwork that compels you to speak, or even a piece of your own work, or one from your collection that you think might

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Erin McGuiness: Content and Craft

A conversation about content and craft at, free to all ACGA members, and open to the public for the price of an ACGA membership. Bring a printed image of an artwork that compels you to speak, or even a piece of your own work, or one from your collection that you think

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Woody Girls: Wood-Fired Pots

A one-day lecture/demo workshop with Elisa Helland-Hansen, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Lindsay Oesterritter, and Linda Christianson. In conjunction with their exhibit, “The Woody Girls”. This workshop is hosted by Sandy Simon at Trax Gallery. Register for the workshop.

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Jackson Gray: Sgrafitto Techniques, Simple to Complex

In this four-day, hands-on workshop, participants will learn the ancient art of sgraffito for ceramics. San Diego artist, Jackson Gray will demonstrate and lead you through the process of applying underglaze and carving through it to create simple or complex designs in black and white or colors. We will fire

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Birdie Boone: 3 Day Hands On Workshop

During this 3 day workshop, Birdie will demonstrate her hand building methods, share what motivates her own formal and technical decisions, and lead discussions on how ceramic materials and processes can ‘follow’ meaning/metaphor. Participants will learn to make hand building aids/tools including bisqueware/greenware bullet molds, hump molds and simple 1

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Whitney Smith: Metamorphosis

Oakland artist Whitney Smith will be showing her new body of work, “Metamorphosis” at the Roscoe Ceramic Gallery in May. Whitney creates mostly functional ceramics in porcelain and stoneware. Her work features botanicals and surface decoration that shows the artists hand. Artist reception at Oakland’s First Friday event May 6,

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Sunshine Cobb: Exploring Handbuilt Pottery

Sunshine’s workshop will motivate students to experiment with new and old methods of construction.  This workshop is geared toward creative expansion, a process-over-product mentality that beginners to advanced students will be inspired by.  Sunshine likes to encourage students who try these new and old hand building techniques a progress-over-perfection mantra. 

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California Clay Competition at the Artery

The 27th Annual California Clay Competition is sponsored by The Artery and held in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art in Davis, California. Many ACGA artists will be showing their work at this exhibit including Michele Collier, Julia Feld, Vicki Gunter, Iver Hennig, Joe Kowalczyk, Lee Middleman, Vince Montague,Jan Schachter, Sonya Schumacher, Cynthia

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Linda Fahey: Hand Built Ceramics

Learn how to create beautiful ceramic vessels at home without a potter’s wheel. Ceramicist and designer Linda Fahey shows you every step of setting up a studio at home, and then demonstrates three methods for hand-building pottery. Along the way, she covers creating and attaching handles and even provides an

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Ben Carter: From Flat to Functional

This two-day demonstration and hands-on workshop will focus on using foam drop molds to hand build functional pottery from clay slabs. Workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of tableware design, the foam mold making process, and methods for decorating finished forms. This workshop is hosted by Forrest Lesch-Middleton. Sign up

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Crystal Morey: Anthropomorphic Sculpture

From ancient cave paintings to contemporary artwork, humans have used animal imagery to show emotion, express culture and understand the natural world around us. In this workshop students will build clay figures with animalistic qualities that tell personal stories. Workshop demonstrations will include: the anatomical and fluid body, incorporating realistic animal

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Michelle Gregor: Tributary

San Francisco Bay Area artist Michelle Gregor will be showing her new body of work, “Tributary” at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery during the month of April.  Michelle Gregor creates sculptures in high fire ceramic and bronze. Her work has been described as lyrical, graceful and spiritual. Artist reception Saturday April 9th

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