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JANUARY  2017                                    top facebook                          Volume 65,   Issue 1
In This Issue
Article Headline
SoCal Ceramics and Glass
Board of Directors Ballot
Member News
Emeritus Members
CGAF Report
Michael Kline Workshop
Isupov Workshop
25th PACG
apply for the Glass Currents
4th Clay & Glass Biennial in Brea
Now on View through
January 2, 2017
. So.Cal Clay and Glass presented by ACGA at Muzeo Museum in Anaheim
January 10:  Deadline for entries - Ceramics in Focus 2017
January 15: Ballots due
January 29: Retreat (next Board Meeting) at Sonoma Center. 276 East Napa St., Sonoma CA 95476, (9:30am - 3:30pm).
January 31: Renew membership
March 10:  Glass Currents deadline
April 9: deadline for Brea entries
July 15-16, 2017: 25th PACG (Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival)
2016 Board of Directors
Gerry Arrington, Bonita Cohn,
Julia Feld, Bill Geisinger,  Erin McGuiness,  Lee Middleman,  Forrest Lesch-Middelton, 
Kathy Pallie, Jan Schachter,  Whitney Smith,  Fred Yokel, 
Jo Killen, Kala Stein, John Pratt,
Wesley Wright, and April Zilber 

2016 ACGA Officers  
Pres: Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Vice Pres: Kathy Pallie
Treasurer : April Zilber
Secretary:  Jo Killen     
ACGA Exhibition News: Ceramic in Focus
Attention to all ACGA clay members - associate & exhibiting.
Deadline for entries - January 10.      Application is in this newsletter here. (below) 
Get those images to us - you will be selected for a body of work, not specific pieces.
We have a wonderful opportunity for you to display your work at the Davis Arts Center for 3 weeks and at an Annex in downtown Davis during the weekend of the CCACA conference.
Questions -
or 650-851-3754

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Membership Changes
Please send all changes to:
Vivien Hart

New Associate Members
Gitti Lindner -  Clay
2676 17th St
Sacramento CA 95818
Studio:  Cinder Ceramics
814 Alhambra Ave.
Sacramento CA 95816

Chantal Gariepy
133 E De La Guerra St
Suite 352
Santa Barbara CA 93101

Xuan Ho - Swanmosaic
139 Forest Vew Rd
Woodside CA 94062-4514

Ann Kalb-Kip -  Glass
14348 Kittridge St
Van Nuys CA 91405

Returning Exhibiting
Mark Sistrand - Clay
343 Arlington St.
San Francisco CA 94131

New Address
Jenni Ward
2523 C Mission St
Santa Cruz  95060

From the President -  Forrest Lesch-Middelton
     This month marks my last as ACGA President, I am leaving after three years of hard work and great learning, both about ACGA and about myself as a maker, and as a member of this great organization. I am beginning to see so many positive changes in this organization due to the very hard work of our members, both old and new. Our website has developed into an up to date, interactive, banner that represents ACGA with all of the professionalism our organization warrants. Through the website we host forums, sales, articles written by members, and so much more. It's streamlined look, and ease of accessibility have proven to be a great introduction to our organization for new members, and a tool for existing members to use and take pride in.
     When I started as president our Palo Alto show was undergoing major changes, and we were in a temporary two-year relocation at Rinconada Park, all while looking for new show management. Kudos to our festival committee for finding Giant Creative, and to Giant for doing such a fantastic job as communicators and show promoters; they have made incredible partners in this endeavor! And this year will certainly be an exciting one as it is our 25th anniversary. Come to our get-away in January if you want to be involved in planning our big 25th celebration at PACG!
     Another fantastic change that has occurred in the last three years has been the addition of our online jury process for exhibiting membership. This change, while hard fought, became a catalyst for a new way of thinking that made way for our our website upgrade, new digital jury, and a general push toward a position that will allow for a re-branding of sorts in the future of ACGA. It is my hope that as I move on to new roles in ACGA we will continue to focus on the future of this stellar organization by developing an identity that speaks to of the up-and-coming artists and trends in our fields of clay and glass. I envision a future where we are able to simultaneously return to our roots of education, while working to keep up with, and even innovate in the development of new trends in the sales and business practices of the craft world. As we continue develop we hope to be the place that EVERYONE turns when seeking to develop a career as a studio artist in California. Inclusive, 
Informative, Innovative, and exciting, it is the future of ACGA, and the future of California Craft; let's make sure we do our part to lead the way! Get involved, volunteer, make suggestions; it's your ACGA!
Thanks for a wonderful 3 years!               --  Forrest Lesch-Middelton

   **Annual Meeting This Month, Sunday, January 29th from 9:30am - 3:30pm at Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa St, Sonoma CA 95476** Make sure you fill out the ballot in this month's newsletter and vote for our board of directors, and send it in to ACGA Secretary, Jo Killen:  333 Linfield Place, Menlo Park CA 94025
You can also hand deliver the ballot if you are planning on attending our Get-away in Sonoma on January. And carpool if you can!  On tap for our Meeting are:  A Demonstration by Glass Artist, SuEllen Fowler
A Demonstration by Sculptor Austyn Taylor and Catering by ACGA members Sarah Brown and Owen Nelsen

ps.  Please send your ballot to Jo Killen Before January 15th.                                  

SoCal Ceramics and Glass - On View through January 2, 2017
           Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
This ACGA member exhibition features the work of eight southern California artists: Caroline Blackburn, Pierre Bounaud, Beverly Crist, Maria DeCastro, Paul Harrie, George Jercich, Alone Larsen, and Cheryl Tall.

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
241 S. Anaheim Blvd. Carnegie Building, Anaheim, CA, 92805, 714-956-8936,

ACGA Corporate Sponsors
Please support our Sponsors
AFTOSA - 510/233-0334
1776 Wright Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804  

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center
Will Johnson & Ruben Reyes
561 Emory St.  
San Jose CA 95110    
(408) 642-6757

Chinese Clay Art Corp.
1518 S. De Anza Blvd. 
San Jose, CA 95129 

623 South 32nd Street
Richmond CA 94804
(800) 236-1492 (toll free)
(510) 236-1492

ClayPlanet - (408) 295-3352
1775 Russell Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 95054 USA

Creative Ceramics & Glass
5240 Aero Dr.,  Santa Rosa 95403

East Bay Clay - 510/233-1800  
200 S.First St. 
Richmond, CA 94804  

Higher Fire, Inc.
499 S. Market St.
San Jose CA 95113     

Leslie's Ceramics and Crafts
1776 Wright Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804 

Ruby's Clay Studio & Gallery
552A Noe St.
San Francisco 94114

Sonoma Community Center
Sonoma Ceramics
276 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-4626
ACGA Board of Directors Ballot 2017    
Deadline: January 15, 2017

ACGA Board of Directors Ballot 2017  -   Deadline: January 15, 2017   

Please show your support for ACGA and its volunteer Board by voting in the election.

Print, mark, and mail this ballot page. 

Vote for any or all candidates (circle Yes or No)

New Members
Seeking a two year term to the board for 2017-18

Siobhan Reilly Hughes            YES        NO

Miki Rutter                                YES        NO

Scott Jennings                          YES        NO
Seeking a two year term to the board for 2017-18

Bill Geisinger                           YES        NO

Bonita Cohn                             YES        NO

Vivien Hart                               YES        NO

Voting Deadline: Must be received by January 15, 2017

Mail a hard copy* of this ballot to:  Jo Killen,,  before January 15th


333 Linfield Place

 Menlo Park CA 94025.

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"ACGA: CERAMICS IN FOCUS - 2017"   focus 
Open to all associate and exhibiting members working in clay.  Reminder: this jurying is for a body of work, so don't worry about the availability of particular pieces.
Application deadline: postmark, January 10, 2017 DAVIS ARTS CENTER, 1919 F Street, Davis, CA Monday, April 3 - Sunday, April 30, 2017.
This exhibition is in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art

Our juror is Nathan Lynch, chair of the ceramics department of CCA.
In addition to the group exhibition at the Davis Arts Center, participants will have a piece of their work on display at the Annex in downtown Davis during the CCACA Conference.

Nathan will be selecting 6 artists to display a body of work based on their application. The actual work on display will be chosen by each artist in cooperation with Jan Schachter at the time of installation.   The exhibition will be in the Tsao Gallery, on the walls in the adjacent lobby with an additional piece at the Downtown Annex.
Important Dates:
Installation: Friday, March 31, 10 am until done Art About!
reception: Friday, April 14, 2017 5-7 pm
CCACA reception: Friday, April 28, 2017 5-7 pm Juror, Nathan Lynch, will be there to talk about the show. Take down: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 5 pm.

Submit your images by emailing them directly to me:  It is best to provide 4 examples of your work, but no more than 2 images per entry, please.  
You must submit one overall shot and one (optional) detail. Save digital images as jpeg files at a resolution of 300 dpi and no larger than 6 inches in length.
Title each image as follows:  
-your last name (this MUST be first in the file title)
-the entry number that image represents (1 2 3 or 4)
-abbreviate the name of the artwork (do not use quotation marks)
-add the word detail for the detail shots
for example:schachter1vase.jpg     -    schachter1vasedetail.jpg   -    schachter2bottle.jpg
DO NOT add spaces, extra punctuation, numbers or extra characters (such as " " / : % #) to the image file titles.
The work may be NFS, but an insurance value (50% of retail) must be stated. Davis Arts Center will take a 40% commission on sold work.  
It may be possible to ship work. (I don't want to discriminate against our more distant members.) Shipping will be taken into consideration when the artists are selected and tasks assigned. (It will be the responsibility of the artist to pay for shipping both ways.) There will be detailed instructions with the jury notification.
Send a printed copy of the completed application to me at the address below, with the $30 jury fee check.
The participating artists will assist with the installation, graphics and produce the CCACA reception.
Send the completed application form and $30 fee (payable to ACGA) to: Jan Schachter, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Notification will be sent in early February.

Exhibition Application

Davis Arts Center          Monday, April 3 - Sunday, April 30, 2017
Application deadline: postmark January 10, 2017

City______________________________       CA         ZIP ________________
Phone (____) ________________                   Email____________________________

Entry #1                                                                      Entry #2       
Title_________________________                         Title______________________
Medium & Description___________                         Medium & Description ________
_____________________________                          __________________________           
Wall or Pedestal? ______________                        Wall or Pedestal?___________
Dimensions __________________                          Dimensions _______________
Insurance Value____________                                Insurance Value___________
or Price _____________________                          or Price ________________
Entry #3                                                                    Entry #4
Title_________________________                         Title______________________
Medium & Description___________                         Medium & Description ________
_____________________________                          __________________________           
Wall or Pedestal? ______________                        Wall or Pedestal?___________
Dimensions __________________                          Dimensions _______________
Insurance Value____________                                Insurance Value___________
or Price _____________________                          or Price _____

Will you be attending the CCACA conference?   _______yes   ______no 
The artists will assist in the installation and organize the April 28 reception for this show. Installation will be Friday,March 31. Take down will be Sunday, April 30 at 5PM.
Minutes :: ACGA Board Meeting 
Attendees: Board members:   Lee Middleman, Jo Killen, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Kathy Pallie, Jan Schachter, Kala Stein, Whitney Smith. Guests: Katie Swan, Anna Krengel
Motion: The board unanimously approved the Nov 9, 2016 minutes.
Motion: The board approved, with a unanimous on-line vote, the State Fair awards of $100 each for clay and glass.
Exhibitions - Jan Schachter
   The Muzeo Museum in Anaheim's exhibition (11/12, 2016 - 1/2/2017), showcasing ACGA in southern CA, is on the website.
   The Davis Art Center show will open in April and close at the end of the CCACA conference. ACGA will have a pop-up exhibition downtown, during the CCACA conference, that will also end at the close of CCACA.  
   Work continues on the National Juried Clay & Glass show in Brea CA set for next summer. The show will be part by invitation and part juried.
   JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft & Design, will be the juror for the Richmond Art Center's statewide glass exhibition scheduled for 6/14 - 7/23/2017. ACGA and the Glass Alliance of Northern CA (GLANC) are show sponsors. The call for entries is on the website.
Cup Show on Website - Whitney Smith
   The revenue for the Cup Show has exceeded expectations. We plan a quarterly themed show for special events such as Mother's Day, Valentines Day, or featured artists.
Issue: Need to identify who is in charge of maintaining marketing mailing lists for email and post cards. (Whitney S.)
Issue: Artists need to use and update web profiles to improve the appearance of the web site. Various solutions were discussed including phone calls, reminders during renewal, and opt-outs. This issue will be on the agenda for the January Getaway.
New Member Letters - Kala Stein.    The board reviewed and offered edits to the new member letters including those for the sponsors. They noted the need to work more proactively with sponsors to assure that they are taking advantage of the sponsor benefits, such as listing sponsor sales or workshops on the ACGA website or blog. Vivien H. and Kathy P. are editing the new member letters and will have the final drafts soon.
Action: Check to assure that Clay Planet is listed on the ACGA website.
Emeritus Members.    As the baby boomers are aging, ACGA is accumulating a significant portion of emeritus members who presently do not pay dues. This is starting to affect the bottom line. We are sure that our emeritus members will be glad to help support ACGA.
Motion: Starting in 2018, emeritus ACGA members will be expected to pay ½ price yearly for continuing membership.   Action: Post new emeritus expectations on the blog. (Whitney S.)
Action: Explain new emeritus expectations in the next newsletter. (Forrest LM)
Treasurer Report - Lee Middleman for April Zilber
   The board reviewed the Balance Sheet and Budget. Actuals show a shortfall for the year of approximately $5,000. April will have the Festival summary at the end of Dec. Some checks are still outstanding and a few bills need to be paid.  The move to on-line banking is working well and saving us money each month.
Note: Members should be reminded that there is a 5% commission due to ACGA for sales from any contacts made during the 2016 Festival.
Jan 29th ACGA GETAWAY    Put January 29, 2017 on your calendar for the next ACGA GETAWAY!  Plans are underway. SuEllen Fowler, a glass blower, will be demonstrating. And Sarah Brown will be catering again. The food is just terrific! Action: Highlight Getaway date in the newsletter. (Bonita C.)
Action: Reach out to southern CA members. Board members offered to host SoCal members for the weekend. (Lee M. & Whitney S.)
Ballots for 2017 Board.    Members have sent in some ballots for 2017 board members but more are needed.
Action: Post ballot on the website and bring copies to the Getaway. (Whitney S.)
Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival 2017 - Jan.    The Festival committee (Jan, Lee, Miki) will meet in early January to start planning for our 25th year at the Palo Alto Art Center. Giant Creative has assigned a new manager and the Art Center has installed a new sign and willow sculpture on the property, adding complexities to the layout and dealing with new personnel.
Update ACGA Brochure. Action: Need to restart the effort to redesign/update the brochure for upcoming exhibitions and the Festival.  (Forrest LM)
Merritt Ceramics - Katie Swan, Anna Krengel. Thanks to Katie and Anna who talked with us about their vibrant Merritt Ceramics studio including mentoring teenagers, free ceramics for the community, open houses at 1st Fridays, and the opportunities for interns. They offered their studio for ACGA meetups.

Adjourn 8:45 PM - Minutes by Jo Killen


Next Meeting: 

 ACGA Annual Getaway

Sunday, Jan 29th

(9:30am - 3:30pm)

Sonoma Community Center
276 East Napa St
 Sonoma CA 95476

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Member News
 Jade Abora Vase

Lee Middleman just received the announcement that his work, and that of other foreign artists will be displayed with Chinese artists in Beijing this month.

Lee's Jade Abora Vase   will be on display at the 798 Art Bridge Gallery (798桥艺术空间) in the 798 Art Zone, Beijing China from December 20 to 30, 2017. 

Lee's work will joined by work from foreign and Chinese artists who participated in the Macsabal Symposium held last winter in Beijing.  This will include Lee's work displayed earlier in the Beijing Imperial Ancestral Temple, Forbidden City of China.

The ACGA jury recently convened to evaluate the latest applicants for ACGA Exhibiting Member status. It is always exciting to welcome new members and get a look at their work. We are very pleased to welcome the following new Exhibiting Members, congratulations to them!
Emeritus Members
Emeritus Members
You know who you are...... It takes 25 years of continuous membership to become emeritus. There are about 88 of us!
We know you care about being part of ACGA, or you wouldn't re-up each year.
Traditionally emeritus members have rejoined with no membership dues, but our numbers are significant enough to really affect ACGA finances.
So I have a suggestion for you. If you are an active emeritus member and participate in ACGA events, pay the full $60 fee. I do.
If you like to stay in touch and get the newsletter, but don't participate much, consider paying ½ the published fee - $30. Next year we will be eliminating the free pass for emeritus, but consider doing it this year.
Many thanks for listening.
Jan Schachter

The Clay and Glass Arts Foundation   - CGAF Report

California Ceramic Students - NCECA - Early bird - CGAF assistance!

The Clay and Glass Arts Foundation (CGAF) is interested in sending California ceramic students to (NCECA) The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference in Portland Oregon. March 22-26 2017.
 Kathleen LeFleur,
a 2013 CGAF scholarship recipient.

We want to help 14 students (first come first served) with early bird registration funds for this conference. All you need to do is apply at our website to receive your scholarship.

Register with NCECA by February 1, 2017 to receive your four day, conference pass at the $145.00 early bird rate. CGAF requires a digital copy of your NCECA registration receipt. We will then mail you your scholarship check.

To get the student rate, you must join NCECA as a student member ($25) - Students must provide an e-mail or documentation from their institution verifying their degree or certificate seeking enrollment status in two or more courses within a college or university.

The CGAF board  ~ April Zilber, Bill Geisinger, Don Santos, and Nina Koepcke,  Mac McKenzie

Michael Kline Workshop in Palo Alto
JANUARY 28 & 29

  New workshop at the Palo Alto Art Center Ceramics Studio
Mastering the Brush and the Wheel with Michael Kline
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
JANUARY 28 & 29, 2017
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
In this two-day, hands-on workshop, Michael Kline shares his 25 years of experience with demonstrations, discussions and best practices.   Michael is known for his fluid brushwork, strong traditional wood-fired forms, and a variety of surface treatments, including brushwork with wax resists and slips, thick slip combing, and traditional Korean slip inlay known as Sanggam.
Participants must be able to make a vessel without instruction. Wheel-thrown and slab-construction are acceptable.

Early Registration (before 01/02/2017):   $185 / ACGA & PAACF Members $175
Registration: $199 / ACGA & PAACF Members $189
Fees include one 25 lb. bag of clay, donated by Clay Planet. Additional clay will be available for purchase. Participants should bring their own clay tools and lunch for each day. Specific supply list will be emailed with registration.
Register TODAY!
Meet the Artist: Lecture and Reception
FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M. JANUARY 27TH, 2017
Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery, 499 S. Market St., San Jose.
In conjunction with this workshop, an artist lecture and reception will be held at Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery. This is a free event open to the public sponsored by Higher Fire with a generous grant by Clay & Glass Artist Foundation.
Questions: 650-329-2366 |

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25th anniversary of the Clay & Glass Festival ::  July 8-9, 2017

We are excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Clay & Glass Festival!

Planning for the 2017 Clay & Glass Festival is underway. The Festival application will be sent out mid-January. Our main form of communication with participating artists is by email, so please make sure the email on file with ACGA is one that you check regularly. The email address we use to send out the application is the one that was in your member application.  To update your email address, please contact Vivien Hart at

Be aware that we assign booths by application postmark date, so if you have specific booth needs, please make sure you send in your application early. Another reason to make sure your email address is up to date.

Please also make sure that your email address is up to date on your member page on the ACGA website so that potential customers can reach out to you. You can update your page by using the member login section of the website. Need help with your login? Please contact Whitney Smith at

Please keep an eye on your email or mailbox for the 2017 applications to come in. If you have not received anything by the end of January, or if you have any other questions, please contact Rosa Castaneda at or (562) 644-9332.

We are looking forward to another great year. If you have any other questions at this time, please contact Rosa Castaneda: or (562) 644-9332.

Giant Creative Services and the Festival Committee
Rosa Castaneda,  Giant Creative Services       562 644 9332

Reminder to apply for the Glass Currents show at Richmond Art Center

Deadline: March 10. Save the date
for a glass exhibition in 2017, sponsored by the Glass Alliance of Northern California and ACGA.  This juried national exhibition will be a contemporary survey of glass art.  Juror:  JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design.
Glass Currents
As an ACGA member you receive a discount.
The application is through CAFE and the discount code is GLANCACGA 

A Message from Cornelia Carey, Executive Director
Like many of you, we at CERF+ are deeply saddened by the recent stories of devastating fires that took the lives and art of artists in Oakland, CA and Gatlinburg, TN. These tragedies affected many artists we know personally and many more who navigated a vulnerable position we see too often among those following a passion to make art. Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone who was touched by these events.
As we memorialize so many creative lives and art lost, we are also mindful of the work of healing, recovery and protection that remains. Bolstered by a strong community of artists and supporters, none of us is alone. In our early days, CERF+ was a mutual aid society providing for craft artists facing career threatening setbacks. Today, that same spirit continues as we link together a broader network of resources and support for artists everywhere to complement that direct assistance.
Together, we all form the "Artists Safety Net." We have an opportunity to take collective action to help heal from this loss and take steps toward recovery that supports artists moving forward.  Here are some actions we can take:
*     First, please refer any artist needing help to CERF+. Our direct financial assistance is focused on artists who work in craft disciplines and our resources help all artists recover from disasters and plan for the future.
*     Please share the National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness & Emergency Responses' Essential Guide for Arts Responders with artists and arts-related organizations in your networks.
*     Please share emergency recovery and career protection resources for artists on CERF+'s Studio Protector with artists you know.

Making art involves creative risk-taking, but no artist should have to sacrifice their safety to do it. CERF+ will continue our mission to safeguard and sustain careers of artists working in craft disciplines and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.

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December 22, 2016 - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Glass Art Society for the public programs of the 2017 Glass Art Society Conference in Norfolk, Virginia and the Glass Art Society Journal. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

"The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Glass Art Society, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer."

Glass artists from across America and around the world will come together in Norfolk, Virginia from June 1-3, 2017 for "Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance," the 46th Glass Art Society Conference. Over one hundred artists are scheduled to present on a range of topics and will include art demonstrations to attendees. The public is invited to attend free events such as the much-anticipated Day of Glass program. The 2017 Glass Art Society Journal will serve as an archival record documenting the conference and showcasing art made with glass.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

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TRAX gallery  
2017 Updated Hours:  Thursday - Saturday    12 - 5:30pm    *Our e-commerce website is open 24/7
1812 5th St.  -     510.540.8729    

Bullseye Bay Area Gallery
Departures  through January 25, 2015
Anna Mlasowsky, Untitled1, 2013. Kilnformed glass.
The Bullseye Bay Area Gallery presents Departures, a solo exhibition of works created by artist Anna Mlasowsky during her six-month residency at Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area in Emeryville. 

German-born artist Anna Mlasowsky is known for her experimental and unconventional approaches to glassmaking. It is with this attitude that she approached her residency at Bullseye. Departures is the culmination of this time, reflecting on the myriad of approaches that the residency yielded.

"I entered this residency with specific ideas for developing self-invented techniques," says Mlasowsky. In her previous work Mlasowsky has created experiential installations determined by sound waves and performances where molten glass is physically manipulated. This body of work draws inspiration from diverse sources, resulting in an exhibition consisting of multiple conversations. "Each of the projects has its own visual language and aesthetic," she explains. "Each work stems from an individual point of departure. The title of this exhibition gives credit to the diversity and individuality of each project."
4514 Hollis St.  Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm              
Craft in America Center
The Craft School Experience: Outcomes and Revelations
January 21 - March 11, 2017
Five of the most historically important American craft schools have joined together to celebrate the craft school experience and to broadcast this transformative experience to a nation of creators. To this end, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, and Pilchuck Glass School offer immersive workshops and residencies in all fields of craft, designed to ignite the spirit of experimentation, investigation and mastery. The Craft in America Center will present a group exhibition of objects demonstrating the creative vitality of individual artists impacted by these stimulating environments.
Some of the key aspects that define these schools are their internationally renowned instructors, intensive and focused studios, diverse communities, inspirational settings, and the time and opportunity to explore other art forms on campus. Each school works to provide unique creative educational opportunities for students to achieve excellence. For many, this intense experience is thought provoking, inspiring and sometimes life changing.
This exhibition strives to capture the essence of the craft school experience by featuring the artworks of master teachers, resident artists, and students who have studied or taught at one or more of the participating schools. Supplemented by personal narratives, quotes and videos, these works demonstrate the tremendous conceptual and artistic progress produced in this immersive style of learning.
Artists: Nancy Callan, Arline Fisch, Michael Good, Dante Marioni, Marc Maiorana, Christy Matson, Rowland Ricketts, Chris Staley, Lino Tagliapietra, and others.

For more information on The Craft School Experience:
open Tuesday - Saturday from 12 - 6 pm. Parking is available at the West Third Street valet service, at the Beverly Connection, and at meters in the surrounding neighborhood.
For more information: or (323) 951-0610.    

The Craft in America Center is located at 8415 West Third Street, 2 blocks east of La Cienega Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048   
AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art       
Current Exhibitions 

 Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, Personal Pea Eater, Still from video. Image courtesy of the artist. 
Recorded Matter:
Ceramics in Motion 
 through February 26, 2017,  
features twelve, internationally based ceramic artists integrating video into their studio practice. Organized and curated by Garth Johnson, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Curator.

With the dawn of social media comes a new generation of artists who grasp the power of video not just as a tool to document process, but as an inextricable element of their work. Recorded Matter is an exploration of the range of expression that video offers - from viral videos showing artworks being used (or more often, abused) to mysterious inquiries into material and philosophical properties of clay.   
 Lohengrin's Arrival, plaque, handpainted 
    Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales   Through July 31, 2018 
         Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.
         Bob and his wife Colette Wilson amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Mettlach ceramics in the world. They acquired over 3,200 objects ranging from steins, beakers (cups), dinnerware, tiles, plaques (plates), planters, and sculptures which they gifted to AMOCA in 2011. The vast majority of the work in their collection was produced by Villeroy & Boch prior to 1915. The Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects from this collection.

Ceramics A to Z: AMOCA's Permanent Collection
Through April 23, 2017  
Keisuke Mizuno, Forbidden Fruit, 1998,
Gift of Gail M. & Robert A. Brown.
Clay has been part of human culture for millennia, but it was not until the 8th century that the first alphabet was introduced. Just as the letters are the building blocks of the alphabet, letters also symbolize the foundation of AMOCA's collection. Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet will be used to highlight topics in AMOCA's permanent collection with a focus on geography, techniques, and artistic styles. While the vocabulary of ceramics cannot be limited to just 26 topics, this exhibition shares the rich and diverse range of ceramics works in AMOCA's collection.
Artists include: Jerome Ackerman, Laura Andreson, Ralph Bacerra, Kim Bung-tae, Andrew Castaneda, Tom Coleman, Philip Cornelius, Malcolm Davis, Roseline Delisle, Barbara Diduk, Pippin Drysdale, Betty Davenport Ford, Ed Ford, Chris Gustin, Sylvia Hyman, Karen Karnes, Yumi Kiyose, Howard Kottler, Les Lawrence, David Leach, Kathy Lusher, Warren MacKenzie, William Manker, Royce McGlashen, Keisuke Mizuno, Ron Myers, Otto & Gertrud Natzler, Eric Norstad, Jeff Oestreich, Susan Peterson, Steven Roberts, Mary Roehm, Mario Romero, Duncan Ross, Kim Seong-tae, Jeff Shapiro, Mark Shapiro, Susi Singer, Shinsaku Hamada, Shoji Hamada, Gareth Mason, VijayPaniker, Lucie Rie, L. Spindler, Tom Spleth, Geoffrey Swindell, Mara Superior, Wasabuiro Takahaski, Akio Takamori, Toshiko Takeazu, Kent Turner, Peter Voulkos, Tom Wallick, Patti Warashina, Takahashi Wasabuiro, Christina A. West, Marguerite Wildenhain, Beatrice Wood, Valerie Zimany, and more!

Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Climate Change -  January 14 - April 2, 2017
Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Climate Change exhibition exhibition includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming.

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 14th, 6:00-9:00 PM

Artist Lecture
Saturday, January 14th, 6:30 PM

Pre-Scripps Annual Reception @ AMOCA
Saturday, January 21st, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Warmer ocean temperatures prompted bleaching events of the world's coral reef communities, turning healthy colorful coral into weakened ghostly white coral, which is susceptible to disease and death. These coral bleaching events are visual warnings of thermal stress caused by global climate change and are referred to as the "canary in the coal mine." Climate change is a global ecosystem catastrophe and not a political issue. Takayama-Ogawa's exhibition includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming.

Joan Takayama-Ogawa is a sixth generation potter and ceramic artist. She pays tribute to her Japanese heritage by utilizing their ancient ceramic forms as a guide. She contemporizes them by applying imagery from her American life. Joan studied ceramics under Ralph Bacerra at the Otis Art Institute, now name Otis College of Art and Design, where she currently teaches. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from UCLA in Geography and East Asian Studies and a Masters of Arts from Stanford Graduate School of Education. Joan's work is a part of many public collections including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5:00pm
Admission: General $7, Student/Senior $5, Members & under 12 Free -  
AMOCA - 399 North Garey Ave.  Pomona, CA  (909) 865-3146 -  

Katsumata Chieko_Akoda
Crocker Art Museum  

Sacramento Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection 
 January 22 - May 7, 2017 
Exhibition to Feature Works by Female Artists Who Conquered Cultural Barriers.  An exhibition highlighting the technical virtuosity of more than 40 artists, including many of Japan's greatest living ceramists.

Japan has an exceptionally long and distinguished history of ceramic-making, dating back to the Neolithic period, around 10,000 BCE. Japan's ceramists have honed their craft while adhering strictly to standards involving quality and creativity. Into the Fold features works produced in 20th- and 21st-century Japan, some of which are inspired by traditional themes and methods, while others break new ground as part of the avant-garde. Tensions between form and functionality, traditional and modern, national and international, are often evident across works in the exhibition and individual pieces. Groupings suggest particular elements associated with the medium's development, including tea vessels, geometric design, and sculptural forms.

Some of Japan's greatest ceramics artists, past and present, are represented, including pioneers Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), one of the founders of the Japanese Folk Art (Mingei) Movement, and Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959), an enormously influential artist and restaurateur who created extraordinary tableware for use in his Tokyo restaurant. Other featured ceramists have been designated by the Japanese government as living national treasures for their contribution to reinventing and perpetuating Japanese ceramic traditions.

Of particular note in this exhibition are works by female ceramists, many of whom have achieved international acclaim. The traditional manner of becoming a ceramic artist in Japan involved apprenticing to a master - a process traditionally not open to women. After World War II, many women instead attended universities in Japan and abroad to learn ceramic arts, resulting in the opening of the field to diverse and important contributions by women. Ono Hakuko (1915-1996) is known for mastering yuri-kinsai, a difficult decorative technique involving gold foil underglaze. Katsumata Chieko (born 1950), an artist who pursued her ceramics career while studying in the West, covers her biomorphic vessels in cloth, through which she applies layers of vivid color between repeated firings. Tokuda Yasokichi IV (born 1961) is a fourth-generation head of a traditional potter's family. Tokuda produces richly decorated vessels of Kutani porcelain, an historic art form that has flourished in her hands. Tokuda's works are richly decorated with arrangements and gradations of glaze colors, using a technique unique to her family and passed down by her father, its inventor.

Says Kit-Yiu Chau, "This exhibition gives us a rare opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary work of many female ceramicists who have, in turn, mentored and inspired a new generation of potters, both female and male."
216 O St Sacramento - 95814 P: (916) 808-7000 F: (916) 808-7372

Mingei International Museum
The Erik Gronborg Experience through March 12, 2017

The first major retrospective devoted to Erik Gronborg, this exhibition presents a full picture of this Danish-born American artist's creative life over fifty-five years. Guest-curated by Dave Hampton, this project brings together examples of Gronborg's sculpture in cast bronze, carved wood, and other media, as well as studio furniture and a comprehensive survey of his ceramics. Images of the remarkable house and garden that Erik and his wife Irina have carefully modified over the years in Solana Beach will add environmental context for the objects in the exhibition. Gronborg's writing, another aspect of his rich creative life, is also featured.

American and European Folk Art ----- through June 25, 2017
An exhibition dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum's permanent collection. This exhibition is dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum's permanent collection, with many artworks on view for the very first time. Featured items include quilts, whirligigs and weather vanes, as well baskets and ceramic vessels. Figurative sculptural objects will also be on view, including works by Felipe Archuleta, Gerard Cambon and Beatrice Wood, in addition to anniversary tin gifts, a carnival knockdown figure, a carved and painted wood barber pole and needlepoint samplers. 



From Print to Plate  
Views of the East on Transferware  

San Francisco International Airport - International Terminal Main Hall -  through March 19, 2017   
Blue-and-white transferware reached its peak in production and popularity in the first half of the 1800s. Staffordshire potters in central England first developed a successful method for transferring designs onto wares using hand-engraved copperplates as early as the mid-1700s. Designs on wares often featured distant lands such as India, the Middle East, and China. A number of superbly illustrated publications made around the first three decades of the 1800s helped fuel the British public's fascination with foreign locales.
In an era before photography, over-sized tomes, such as Oriental Scenery (1795-1807), depicted the stunning landscapes and historic architecture of India. Such volumes featured outstanding examples of aquatints, produced using a printmaking technique that resembled ink or watercolor washes. As early as 1810, potters began using images from these scenic publications on ceramics.

This exhibition features blue-and-white wares made by Spode and a number of other British potters. Scenes featured on wares include famous architectural view  s of India, such as the Taj Mahal, drawn from A Picturesque Tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna in India (1824).
 FREE Parking: Bring your International Garage parking ticket to event for free parking validation.

International Terminal               Through April 09, 2017
For hundreds of years, master craftsmen made the finest domestic products by hand and added detail and decoration as the hallmarks of luxury. During the Industrial Revolution, countless factory-produced items emulated this handcrafted look. Often clad in ornate cast-iron housings, they offered little in the way of ingenuity. In a move towards progressive design, twentieth-century European modernists, including those at the Bauhaus school in Germany, emphasized the benefits of mass-production. They promoted a mastery of /mechanization and the latest materials to carry modern design to the masses. - See more at: xhibitions/modern-approach-mid-century-design#sthash.jt1DnOnc.dpuf
Chemex (left)  Dr. Peter J. Schlumbohm (1896-1962) utilized scientific laboratory materials to produce some of the simplest and most inventive mid-century designs. Inspired by a chemist's funnel and beaker, his Chemex "Coffeemaker" combines a single piece of hourglass-shaped Pyrex® glass, a conical filter of laboratory-grade paper, and a wooden collar fastened with a rawhide tie. A companion to the coffeemaker, the "Gas Kettle" features an ingenious glass-and-cork shuttle valve to control escaping steam. Dr. Schlumbohm held over 300 patents and created an array of inventions, with more than twenty examples in the Museum of Modern Art's collection in New York. 

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4th Clay & Glass Biennial: Juried and Invitational Exhibition in Brea

4th Clay & Glass Biennial: Juried and Invitational Exhibition

ACGA is proud to co-sponsor with the Brea Art Gallery the 4th Clay & Glass Biennial: Juried and Invitational Exhibition, a national competition for ceramics and glass artists, July 22 - September, 2017, in Orange County, CA.

At the request of the gallery, the exhibition will be composed of artwork selected through a national juried call, as well as hand delivered works by invited artists.

This year's juror is Suzanne Isken, Executive Director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles ( The invited ACGA artists are, for glass, Susan Bloch, the team of Candace Martin and Treg  Silkwood, and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend; and for clay, Bob Pool, Maria DeCastro, and Julia Feld.

On the homepage of is the exhibition's call for entry announcement, click on it for our digital prospectus.

This is a national show and it is open to ALL clay and glass artists, but we hope many ACGA members will apply.

Entering is a great way to support ACGA, and sharing the link really helps too.

Beverly Crist will be monitoring the application site and helping people if they need it. You can reach her at

The entry fee is $25 for up to three artworks for ACGA members, and $30 for non-members.

The deadline for entry is April 9,

and the opening reception is July 22, 2017.  

Bay Area Art Grind: Find art listings at this link -   

Ceramic Monthly
magazine's calls-for-entry - find lots more opportunities on the web at: 
Deadline: January 10, 2017 
Japan, Mino "11th International Ceramics Festival" (September 15-October 22, 2017) entries should go beyond traditional concepts in a way that is imaginative and inspired-one that opens the door to the future of ceramic arts. Juried from digital. No entry fee. Must be a new piece. Contact Executive Committee Office, Ceramics Park MINO, 4-2-5 Higashi-machi, Tajimi City, Gifu, Japan 507-0801;; ; 81-572-25-4111.
Deadline: January 14, 2017 
Arizona, Tubac "Tubac Center of the Arts Flight Exhibition" (March 3-April 9, 2017) open to art celebrating the beauty and spirit of birds and all things that take to the air. Work which is innovative in concept and approach, representational or abstract. All media. Juror: J. Rodney Reveal. Fee $35. Contact 9 Plaza Rd., Tubac, AZ 85646; ; 520-398-2371.

Deadline: January 15, 2017 
Florida, Rosemary Beach "Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition" (May 29-October 7) works must be able to withstand all weather conditions, high temperatures, direct sunlight, humidity + salt, free from defects and deterioration. Juried from digital. Fee: $30. Juror: Jennifer Carvalho-Bindi. Contact Thomas Kramer, Rosemary Beach, PO Box 611321, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461;; ; 850-375-7019.
Deadline: January 15, 2016 
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia "Small Favors: Think Inside the Box" (March 3-April 30) open to ceramic work that fits inside a 4-inch cube. Contact The Clay Studio, 137 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106;; ; 215-925-3453

Deadline: January 16, 2017. Reflections and Shadows:  Call for Entries  - Sebastopol
Open to all mediums, this exhibition focuses on the duality of light and dark, and on reflections of every kind, including the introspective or narcissistic ones. The Sebastopol Documentary Festival will also be happening and will need lots of seating area;  3-D artists, consider creating work that can be suspended from the ceiling. Deadline for submissions: January 16, between 3 and 6 pm.  ONLINE entry at ENTRYTHINGY. ,   When hand-deliver, fill in entryform, print labels, otherwise create handwritten labels to attach to the back of your work.
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797

Deadline: January 20.  National Ceramic Exhibitions - The MWSU Clay Guild is sponsoring two national ceramic exhibitions.  The deadline for each is January 20, 2017.  Both exhibition will be offering awards of $500-Best of Show, $200-1st Place, and $100-2nd Place.  If you are interested in participating, please review the information about each exhibition below.
(#1) MWSU Clay Guild - Twin Cups - National Ceramic Exhibition
The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild is sponsoring a National Ceramic Exhibition titled Twin Cups. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.  Submitted artworks may be either functional or sculptural representations of a pair of cups, mugs, or drinking vessels, etc.  A $30.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three entries (each entry consisting of a set of two).  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years.
Twin Cups Prospectus:
(#2)  Clay on the Wall - The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild is sponsoring a National Ceramic Exhibition titled Clay on the Wall. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years. Works may be either functional or sculptural forms designed to hang on the wall. All entries must be complete with a hanging device capable of securely supporting the work on the wall for the duration of the exhibition. It is preferred that the hanging device not be visible when the piece is displayed.  The $30.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three entries.MWSU Clay Guild website:

Deadline: February 12, 2017.
hosted by The Artery in Davis in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis)
Exhibition dates:  April 28 - May 26, 2017 
For more information please visit
where an Entry Form is available.

Deadline:  February 5, 2017
An Off the Wall Exhibition celebrating Ceramics and the Portrait. 

Verum Ultimum Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon invites artists to explore the theme...and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. We don't seek to drive the work, we only hope to discover your unique vision and showcase it. This exhibit has a  focus on ceramic work and the portrait, but all 2D and 3D mediums are welcome and works can be abstract, symbolic, realistic, representational, minimalist, or contemporary. Whether the term, MUGSHOT means (strictly) the face, or it represents the idea of an actual vessel or mug, or you see it as the physicality of the medium, or the object you employ...we want to discover how this provocative theme describes your vision.   APPLY through Cafe here
Entry Fee (MUGSHOTS: An Off the Wall Exhibition): $35.00.
We plan to have the opening the weekend of the NCECA conference.
 "Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself."  - Oscar Wilde  
"The medium is the message,"  philosopher, Marshall McLuhan

Deadline: February 24, 2017  - Nevada, Las Vegas "Images On Clay" (April 6-28, 2017) open to work that explores different imaging techniques on clay, from Sgraffito, silk screens, image transfers, decals to carving. Fee: $35 for up to 2 entries. Juror: Jason Bige Burnett with CAV's Peter Jakubowski. Contact Thomas Bumblauskas, Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104;;; 702-375-4147.


City of Gilroy (Recreation Department) is expanding cultural arts offerings, especially for adult participants, and hoping to entice regional artists to propose classes and/or workshops for our next Activity Guide.  We would like to issue the attached Call for Instructors to members of the ACGA, and to any and all other parties that might be interested.  I welcome your questions or comments, and thank you for helping Gilroy get its art on!
Lori VanMeter, Recreation Specialist, Cultural Arts, City of Gilroy Recreation Department
7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA  95020            

Registration is Now OPEN for SVOS 2017 - download an application from This is our 31st year holding this event and we are looking forward to another fun and successful event for all participating artists.    Download your application at  - Info for Artists:  350+ artists from Burlingame to Gilroy open their studios and invite the public to view their work "up close and personal" the first three weekends in May.    35,000 four color Artist Directories are printed and distributed to 100+ locations throughout the Peninsula and to the Pacific Coast.  Participate one weekend or all three for the same price!  SVOS volunteers will connect you with artists who can host you at their sites.  Ads are placed in key newspapers and media to promote the event.    A Public Relations professional works with editorial staffs to publicize the event. Silicon Valley Open Studios | |  P.O. Box 111000, Campbell, CA 95011-1000

ART PARTY - Berkeley Art Party -
Hope to see you at an Art Party some day!  I'd love to have non-functional ACGAers contact me to show at one of them. ( ) - Barbara Stevens Strauss -

Encounter the World in Residencies. Explore the listings here:


Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance
Norfolk, VA * June 1-3, 2017.
Click here to view the brochure, which includes a list of conference presenters, concurrent glass exhibitions, pre- and post-conference events, travel info, accommodations, and much more. For additional information, visit the GAS website.
Online registration is open. Printed copies of the brochure were mailed to current members and additional GAS contacts. If you do not receive a brochure within the next few weeks and would like one, please contact the GAS office at 206.382.1305 or Please allow additional time for international mail.
We hope you will join us in Norfolk for yet another spectacular event!


Bay Area Glass Institute looking for Studio Coordinator/Instructor
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is seeking a glass artist to be a full-time Studio Coordinator/Hotshop Instructor for our San Jose, CA studio. We are looking for someone to join the BAGI family and who will be an important contributor to BAGI's mission in sharing glass arts with more than 20,0000
students, artists, and glass lovers each year. The ideal candidate will have experience in multiple aspects of glassblowing, as well as some fundamental experience and/or knowledge of flameworking, fusing, and coldworking. The ideal candidate will also have experience instructing young people and adults as well as training and developing other instructors.
Application Process: To apply, submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Damon Gustafson, Executive Director via email at
No phone calls please. BAGI is an equal opportunity employer.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Street Artists Licensing Program certifies artists to sell their work in designated spaces throughout the City. We are looking for individuals with experience in a wide variety of arts/crafts disciplines and a background in facilitating arts/crafts markets who care about keeping San Francisco's oldest local arts marketplaces alive to join the Advisory Committee. As an Advisory Committee member, you will play an integral part in upholding the quality of a program that will soon be celebrating its 45th anniversary.
Job Description:
    *    Attending publicly-accessible screening meetings where Advisory Committee members evaluate the arts and crafts of applicants;
    *    Assisting program staff in monitoring street artists and their displays for program compliance during the week or on weekends;
    *    Attending studio visits as necessary as part of the evaluation process.
The Advisory Committee consists of five members who are appointed by the Mayor. Each member serves a two-year term and is allotted up to 35 meetings/assignments per year. Members receive $100 compensation per screening/assignment.   We are looking for individuals who are artists or crafts people, engaged in the arts as a profession, and/or strongly rooted in fields related to the arts with a wide range of knowledge of arts/crafts disciplines. Individuals should have experience facilitating art/crafts markets. One individual must be an art educator.  

How to apply: Interested persons with applicable backgrounds may submit a cover letter, and resume to the Arts Commission, Street Artists Licensing Program, 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 325, San Francisco, CA 94102 or You must also fill out a supplemental questionnaire.  Applications and questionnaire must be submitted by January 31, 2017.

Next steps: After the application deadline, staff will review all applications and questionnaires and schedule interviews for finalists. The Arts Commission will submit three names per open position to the Mayor for appointment.

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ACGA's  Website  -  Whitney Smith  

The new is live and functional for everyone to use. 

This has been a major investment for the ACGA, paid for with your membership dollars, so please take some time to check out the new site, update your profile, and have a look around!

Some new things of note:

The forum:
The forum is a place to post anything and everything related to clay and glass. Calls for entry, items for sale, upcoming shows, tech questions. This feature is only for members, and you need to be logged in to access it. You can also comment on posts, so if you want to get a conversation started about something related to our community, the forum is the place to start it.

Help articles:

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Don't understand why your updated profile is not saving?
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We have Help articles that are there to guide you through glitches. Look under "Members" in the main menu and look under "User Help/FAQ".

Workshops and Open Studio:
 We have a page dedicated to member hosted workshops and Member Open Studios now. We want to keep this page updated, so be sure to contact web admin to let us know you have a workshop or open studio coming up. Please be sure to include an image and links.

Featured Artist:

 We will be doing a monthly spotlight on an ACGA artist with a link from the front page, right now we are spotlighting Malia Landis. Want to be featured? Contact website admin to get your name on the docket. The interviews will be archived, so it will be on the site for years to come.

ACGA Blog:

The blog is being revived! In a recent post Josie Jurczenia wrote a funny and informative article about choosing workshops in a new column called "The Workshop Junkie". We are always looking for new and interesting posts on ANYTHING related to our field, so if you have something you want to write, be sure to let the web admin know.  The website is better with your participation and feedback. Let us know what you think. 
Whitney Smith - Web Admin -

Need a New Website?
Do you need a new or updated website?
 If you haven't thought about your website in a few years, chances are that you do.
Things on the web are always changing, and it's important to make sure your website is keeping up. Not just for the sake of keeping up, but for real reasons that can affect your sales and people's ability to find you online.   For example, is your website mobile friendly ? Look at it on a cell phone and see how it's looking and check navigation. If it's not mobile friendly, search engines like Google will not see your site as relevant, and down you go in the rankings. This makes it more difficult for people to find you, as well as making it laborious for people to browse your website from their phones and pads. According to the latest research, mobile digital media time in the US is now significantly higher at 51% compared to desktop at 42%.

Updating the new ACGA website was a big task and could not have been accomplished without the help of Ken Metheny, otherwise known as the nicest and most patient man in the world. Working with Ken was easy, and he tutored me on our new website platform, WordPress. WordPress is a pretty powerful platform and stays updated with current changes, so it's a good way to go if you are trying to reach new customers and keep an updated website that does not need to be totally re-designed every few years.

Ken is offering a free, no- obligation consultation to ACGA members to talk about their websites, and analyze whether or not a new or updated website is a good idea for you. He has become very familiar with our ACGA community and our particular needs as artists, so he knows that we need websites we can update ourselves with our latest work, keep our event dates current, and have creative control over without having to email a developer for every little update!

If you decide to hire Ken, 10% of the revenue goes back to the ACGA in the form of web support, so you can feel good that your money is circulating in our association.

Please check out what Ken has to offer here on the ACGA Blog. 

Did you know that our website has a forum feature?
Members can post about upcoming shows they have, calls for entry, technical questions, sell equipment, post a job, and anything else that is clay or glass related.
  The forum has replaced our group email, so if you want to reach out to other members, the forum is the place to do it!

  Posting on the forum is easy, follow the instructions below.

    *    Go to and go to "Members" on the main menu and click "login" on the drop down menu.
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For those who are not on a computer, this hard copy can be mailed to 

Vivien Hart, Membership Chair,  78 Coral Dr , Orinda, CA 94563


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