January  2016                 top facebook                         Volume 64,   Issue 1
In This Issue
ACGA Exhibition News
Application for CERAMICS IN FOCUS
Member News.
Edward Richard Cromey...1926 - 2015
Snipes Woekshop at Walnut Creek
Board Meeting Minutes
Board of Directors Ballot
America's ClayFest IV.
ACGA Networking
January 16: Ballots due by mail 
January 17, 2016:  ACGA Board Retreat. RSVP. Ballots due  10 AM.
February 1: Dues are due. $10 Late fee after this date.
February 10: postmark deadline - 
Ceramics in Focus 2016
April 29 - May 27:  Ceramics in Focus 2016 at Davis Arts Center  

2015 Board of Directors
Gerry Arrington, Bonita Cohn, Bill Geisinger,  Erin McGuiness,  Lee Middleman,  Forrest Lesch-Middelton,  Kathy Pallie, Jan Schachter,  Whitney Smith,  Fred Yokel,  Jo Killen, Vivien Hart, and April Zilber

2015 ACGA Officers
President: Forrest Lesch-Middelton;
Vice President: Erin McGuiness;  
Treasurer : April Zilber
Jo Killen 

Please send all changes to:
Ann Testa - anntesta@aol.com
655 Crossridge Ct.. Orinda, CA
94563 - (925) 254-8457

Returning Corporate Member
Sonoma Community Center
Sonoma Ceramics
276 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-4626

New Members
Crystal Morey  -- Clay
611 61st Street  
Oakland CA 94609    
(510) 301-3346
s: 1167 65th Street  
Oakland CA 94608

Kala Stein  -- Clay
19089 Gehricke Road  
Sonoma  CA 95476    
(585) 490-1019      
The membership form is at the end of this newsletter or on www.acga.net  - go to
From the President           Forrest Lesch-Middleton
 First things first...

- Please, as early as possible, remember to RSVP to flmceramics.com@gmail.com that you WILL be coming to our Membership Getaway so we can get a good head count for food and chairs, AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!...10am-3pm

- And remember to vote for ACGA board members by locating the ballot in this newsletter,  at this link. Print it, fill it out and send it in ASAP! 

Aaaaaaand.... The New Year is upon us! When looking back at our accomplishments for 2015 I notice so many valuable and exciting moments that range from exhibitions, to member accolades, and of course having had the membership meeting at my studio in Petaluma last January was a lot of fun! What stands out most for me however, and with the most potential to change the landscape of ACGA, is that we are now moving into the 21st century (maybe a little behind) by offering an all digital jury. Our all digital jury opens us up to every corner of the state and allows members to advocate for ACGA to potential exhibiting members without concern for location or the time constraints of packing up work and driving it to San Francisco to be juried. ACGA is a state wide organization and we are now able to make that boast as it pertains to our exhibiting membership without the caveat of proximity. It took a lot of hard work from your board, but it is certainly my proudest moment as an ACGA board member.

Looking forward we have lots of exciting opportunities and rumblings that are stirring! One of these, in particular, involves each of the four regions of the Bay Area (North, East, San Francisco, and Peninsula) as unique locations for discourse as it relates to membership development and individual artistic voices and growth, as well as the simple community opportunities so many of us crave. I will not go into detail here as it is something that we will discuss in greater detail at our annual membership getaway in Sonoma on January 17th, but rest assured, it will be a very exciting development!

So please bring your ideas, your enthusiasm for great demonstrations and presentations, and of course your appetite for good fun and food to Sonoma on Sunday, January 17th and we are sure to have a great time!

Sonoma Community Center,  276 East Napa Street, Sonoma CA, 95472 -  10am - 3pm

ACGA Exhibition News
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Heads up all clay members.....
Start planning now to jury into the group show, Ceramics in Focus 2016, at the
Davis Arts Center, April 29 - May 27

Postmark Deadline: February 10.
Held in conjunction with the CCACA conference http://natsoulas.com/ccaca-2016/.

We are thrilled to announce that Robert Brady has agreed to jury the exhibition.  He is a highly respected ceramic sculptor (he also makes pots) and has had numerous one person shows.  Bob attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland and earned an MFA from the University of California, Davis, working with Robert Arneson.  Now retired, Bob was a Professor of Art at Sacramento State University since 1975. 

You have an extra incentive this year - in addition to the exhibition in the lovely Tsao Gallery at the Davis Arts Center, work by each of the selected participant will also be on display in Downtown Davis. 
The application and further details are in this issue of the ACGA newsletter, here. This application will also be posted on the ACGA website, here.  If you have any questions email or call me:
Jan Schachter, ACGA exhibition coordinator, 
650-851-3754 or 
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Deadline: postmark, Wednesday, February 10

Call for entries: Open to all associate and exhibiting members working in clay
Application deadline: postmark, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
DAVIS ARTS CENTER, 1919 F Street, Davis, CA
Friday, April 29 - Friday, May 27, 2016
In addition to the group exhibition at the Davis Arts Center, participants will have a piece of their work on display at the Pence Gallery in downtown Davis.
Important Dates:
            Opening reception: Friday, April 29, 2016 5-7 pm
Robert Brady will be there to talk about the show
2nd Friday reception: Friday, May 13, 2016 7-9 pm
Take down: Saturday, May 28, 2016

This exhibition is in conjunction with the 28th Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art http://natsoulas.com/ccaca-2016/ Our juror, Robert Brady, has lectured and taught workshops nationally and internationally and was Professor of Art at California State University, Sacramento for 33 years. In addition to being widely exhibited in galleries across the country, his works can be found in public collections at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, di Rosa Preserve in Napa, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Art, to name a few. Robert is married to Sandy Simon and they reside in Berkeley, CA. For more information about our juror, go to this link http://traxgallery.com/category/artist/robert-brady/.

Robert will be selecting 5-7 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 and an additional piece at the Pence Gallery.

Submit by CD's only. 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:
DO NOT add spaces, extra punctuation, numbers or extra characters (such as " " / : % #) to the image file titles. CDs will not be returned.
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. Include a stamped, self-addressed #10 envelope for notification.
The participating artists will assist with the installation, graphics and produce the opening reception.
Notification will be sent in early March. Send CDs, SASE and $30 (payable to ACGA) to: Jan Schachter, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley, CA 94028       jan_schachter@sbcglobal.net

This application will also be posted on the ACGA website

Exhibition Application "ACGA: CERAMICS IN FOCUS - 2016"

Davis Arts Center April 29 - May 27, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, April 29, 2016, 5-7 pm

Application deadline: postmark February 10, 2016


City______________________________       CA         ZIP ________________

Phone (____) ________________      


Entry #1                                                          Entry #2         

Title_________________________              Title______________________
Medium & Description___________              Medium & Description ______________
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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 _________
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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 29 reception for this show.

Installation will be April 27 or 28, mutually decided upon by the participating artists and DAC.
Take down will be Saturday, May 28.

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Member News

D aniel Oliver was in France last year "visiting my folks ...
I went to my sister who lives near a place called Dieulefit. 
It is a small town with a lot of ceramics studios and shops, some more traditional than others. At one time, because the clay was there, it was a town of mostly potters.
La maison de la ceramique (the house of the ceramic) acts as a museum and gallery. Because of the late season most of the studios were closed.  I managed to see a few and, boy, they were pretty cool - on old farms or houses, some 200 or plus years old.  La  Maison de la Ceramique had an exhibit of the Rhone Alpes which combine 8 departments (states). A total of 99 potters were represented. I like the entrance where they had a big 8 feet by 8 feet photo of all the artists hands and at the bottom of the poster their shoes. The last photo is part of a traveling cup show (and the end of it) which the sale of them went to a non profit organization. It started with 5000 cups."  Studio open by appointment : 415 272 8054 -    www.DanielOliverCeramics.com

Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen have upcoming shows:

Demetra Theofanous is showing in: 
 "Interpretations", Juried Group Exhibition, Craft Alliance of Art and Design, St. Louis, MO; Jan. 15, 2016 - Feb. 28.  and "Through the Trees", 3 Person Exhibition, Gallery 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA, Jan 22 - March 10, 2016. One of her pieces will be added to the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum this year, in Racine, Wisconsin
 (Image left, Nest: Intertwined) 

Dean Bensen will show:.  "Through the Trees", 3 person Exhibition, Gallery 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA, Jan 22 - March 10, 2016. (Image Fans of the Forest, right)

Kathy Pallie
is one of 30 featured artists in the new American Ceramic Society book Sculpture Techniques.
Her article Tromp-L'Oeil Wall Installation describes her process of creating the 96"L x 48"H aspen wall piece for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Lake Tahoe.  The book is compiled from articles previously published in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated magazines.  Books can be purchased at www.CeramicArtsDaily.org/bookstore.
PDF excerpt: www.ceramicartsdaily.org/bookstore/sculpture-techniques/ 
What a beautiful grove of trees! Congratulations Kathy!

Jan Schachter wrote in: Check these out.  At least 4 ACGA members are in the calendars that I saw: 

Lee  Middleman, me, Steven Allen and Doris Fischer Colbrie.  "We've almost sold out of our 2016 calendars! 
The 2016 calendars feature Potters Council members from around the world. Be sure to pick up your limited edition calendar for $19.97 today!"  http://ceramicartsdaily.org/potters-council/2016-calendars/ 

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Edward Richard Cromey  1926 - 2015     ::      ACGA Past President

Edward Richard Cromey, a nationally recognized leader in pottery and ceramics, died December 2, 2015, of natural causes at his home in Villa Park, Ill. Born March 20, 1926 in North Judson, Ind., one of six children to Frank Cromey and Theresa (Patzke) Cromey, Mr. Cromey won more than 40 local, national and international awards in t he 1960s as a potter and ceramic artist, serving two years as president of the
Association of San Francisco Potters (now the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California).   

While president, Mr. Cromey helped launch the Hall of Flowers Sale and Exhibit, today known as the Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, which helps support artists throughout California.

A 1949 graduate of Alma College, Mr. Cromey earned a master's degree in English from Michigan State. He served in the U.S. Air Force, earning an honorable discharge in 1951, after which he did graduate work in salt glazing and glass blowing w hile also teaching  and working at several colleges and universities in California. He traveled extensively throughout Europe to study arts and crafts, focusing on the technique of salt glazing used in early European pottery.   In retirement, Mr. Cromey enjoyed traveling between the coastal town Bexhill-on-Sea in South East England, and Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 1986, the Association of San Francisco Potters and Glassblowers named him an honorary member for his "significant contributions of time, talent and energy" to the organization. Today, his work is part of the permanent collections of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, Calif., and of the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Calif.
Mr. Cromey is survived by his beloved sister Elizabeth L. Gerstner, with whom he lived, his nephew and niece John (Mary Anne) W. Gerstner and Teresa L. (Gerstner) Therrien, and his cherished grand-niece and grand-nephew Rosemary L. Gerstner and John W. Gerstner, Jr. Mr. Cromey also has numerous nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews from his late siblings Joseph, John, and Leonard Cromey, and Alice (Cromey) Gundling.
No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
Contact Steuerle Funeral Home in Villa Park, Ill.  

(www.steuerlefh.com) for information.

 Memorial donations may be made to the American Museum of Ceramic Art ( www.amoca.org/giving ) or the American Craft Council at  www.craftcouncil.org/donation.

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TRAX gallery
We will be closed the month of January for our traditional Winter Recess. reopen Wed. 2/3
1812 5th St. Wed - Sun. 12 - 5:30 510.540.8729          
http://traxgallery.com  -  info@traxgallery.com

Bullseye Bay Area Gallery -  Poetic Ghost - through January 16, 2016

A solo exhibition by Bay Area artist Cassandra Straubing, resulting from a yearlong collaboration with fashion designer Babette.
In her previous work, Straubing tackled the stories of labor by casting work clothing in glass. Neatly folded worn jeans or heavy work shirts draped over chairs are transformed from rough fabrics to transparent glass. Often accompanied by narrative titles, this transformation immortalizes the banal object and they become placeholders for the stories of migrant labor, mining, or masonry.   "Glass," says Straubing, "displays ghostly reminiscences, representing a personal history or memory left behind."

Poetic Ghost - detail
For Poetic Ghost the artist has turned her attention to garment workers. "Through the exploration of the blouse, my recent work celebrates the handed toils of the garment worker, honoring the mastery of their labor," Straubing explains. The glass blouses, all based on designs by Bay Area designer Babette, are installed with the tools and materials of the trade, emphasizing both the history of the blouse as symbol of women's liberation and its current status as a signifier of economic and social status.

Cassandra Straubing earned an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and a BFA in studio art from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. In 2009, the artist took part in a residency at Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Oregon. In 2010 she received Bullseye's Emerge kilncasters award. She is currently the head of the glass department at San Jose State University, California. More information on Straubing at the Bullseye Projects website.

Babette is a Bay Area based brand at the nexus of art and fashion, encouraging women to embrace their one of a kind spirit with bold texture and brilliant style. Since 1968, Babette has dedicated herself to producing American made clothing that is both practical and beautiful. Ever intrigued by the artistic nature of design, Babette views her partnership with glass artist Cassandra Straubing and Bullseye Gallery as an opportunity to be a part of the story that Cassandra's work tells.

Image above: Cassandra Straubing, The Seamstress Amassed Her Magnificent Collection of Threads Long Past Their Expiration Date (detail), 2014. Cast glass and spools of thread, dimensions variable.

4514 Hollis St.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm        
510.595.1318 -



Craft & Folk Art Museum  
Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present

JANUARY 24 - MAY 8, 2016
First nationally touring exhibition of American enameling in over 50 years revives the unsung art form at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

LOS ANGELES - The Craft & Folk Art Museum presents Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, the first nationally traveling exhibition of enamel arts in more than 50 years. Enameling - the art of fusing glass to metal through a high temperature firing process - is an under-documented art form rich in history, technique, and visual opulence. The exhibition explores the history of enameling in this country over the past 100 years through objects ranging from cloisonné jewelry to large abstract wall panels.
Exploring the leading edge of craft, art, and design, CAFAM gives audience to diverse makers and artists whose work is often not represented in larger art institutions.
For more information, visit www.cafam.org
Craft & Folk Art Museum | 5814 Wilshire Blvd. | Los Angeles | CA | 90036

Roscoe Gallery
  January 1 - 30
Peggy Loudon

Two receptions:
Jan 1, and Jan 30.
Fridays 6pm

473 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612             (415) 515-3174


Prescott Joseph Center - through January 7.

Have to Hand it to You

Including ACGA members Phyllis Pacin and Michelle Collier

 920 Peralta off 10th,  West Oakland

AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art   
  Lineage: Mentorship & Learning 
Exhibition Dates: January 16-June 19

This exhibition illustrates the importance of the teacher, mentor and student relationship. LINEAGE includes artwork from at least three generations of artists representing the past, present and future of ceramics and ceramics education.

Alexi Morrissey
Exhibition Dates: January 16-June 26, 2016 

"By putting the faces of real slaves on hand-crafted, archival, milk bottles, we are seeking to both repurpose the European obsession with pure white porcelain, as well as pay homage to the slave's life - by attaching these precious images to a precious material we give the slave a dignified voice in a context historically unavailable to them".
Alexi Morrissey (b. 1971) is an American artist working in sculpture, performance and installation art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally working both as an auteur and a collaborator executing projects with individuals, collectives, institutions, and governments. These concerns have led him to interrogate the commonplace notions of function, public space, history, language, and the pervasive construct of narrative. He has done tele-present performance art with youth prisoners, lectured on the history of planetary robotics, and made sculptures that talk to the dead. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

AMOCA - 399 North Garey Ave.  Pomona, CA  (909) 865-3146 *                                                            frontdesk@amoca.org 


International Terminal - Departures - Level 3 - Pre-Security - Through January 31, 2016

Mingei: Traditional Japanese Arts
Horse-eye motif plate early 1800
Uma-no-me means "horse eye" in the sense of "bull's-eye" a concentric-circle design, except that the horse's eye motif is elongated. Depending on the size of the plate, five or six horse eyes form a continuous border around the undecorated central portion of an uma-no-me. Seto kilns offered these plates in large quantities in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
For centuries, folk pottery was a necessity for many Japanese in provincial towns and cities. Unlike the ceramics made for the aristocracy and the affluent merchant classes, folk pottery was intended for daily use, during a time when industrial mass production of porcelain and stoneware did not yet exist. Craftsmen made some of the folk pottery; others were simply farmers working as part-time potters. Many of these pieces have a simple, organic beauty. Sometimes these coarse kitchen wares were made alongside refined porcelains; other pottery production centers were intended solely as folk kilns.
Utensils were made from earthenware and stoneware. Traditional shapes for utilitarian purposes include large water jars, miso or saké containers, kneading bowls, and basins. Pottery dishes, plates, and teapots were also common forms. Artisans often accented wares with a poured or running glaze. Glazes, such as black, brown, yellow, green, and white were usually subdued in color. Ash glaze, made from wood or straw, is the most ancient, but potters may also use tin, iron, and lead glazes.

- See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/21145/detail?num=2#sthash.10rlSwSd.dpuf

SFO Airport Museum presents:

A Potter's Life: Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm

San Francisco International Airport * Terminal 2
December 19, 2015 - Oct 16, 2016


Marguerite Wildenhain (1896-1985) enjoyed a prodigious sixty-year career as a master potter. Born in France, she was of English, German, and Jewish heritage and lived in both England and Germany as a child. During her lifetime, she survived the hardships of World War I, studied with the famed Bauhaus school in Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1940 to escape persecution as World War II gripped Europe. Throughout her lengthy career,  she followed the advice of her Bauhaus mentor Max Krehan, who told students:
"If you can make the pot any bit better, then, do so! To make my pot the very best way I could, at all times, became the motto of my life."

Architect Gordon Herr and his heiress wife Jane Herr purchased farmland in Guerneville, California, to establish Pond Farm, a Bauhaus-inspired school and refuge for artists of various disciplines. In 1942, Wildenhain was the first of several artists to move there. Pond Farm Workshops opened in 1949, but differences in opinions led to the artists' colony's demise after only a few years. Only Wildenhain remained at Pond Farm, where she ran a successful pottery studio and school until her retirement in 1980.

For thirty years, Wildenhain taught more than twenty students each summer to master the art of wheel-thrown pottery, influencing several generations of studio potters. Students wound their way up the steep dirt road to Pond Farm, renting rooms or camping nearby in order to attend Wildenhain's school.
Pupils spent each day at their wheels mastering various throwing techniques and creating hundreds of forms. Since Wildenhain emphasized technique, her students did not fire or glaze their wares, but instead focused on the process, leaving Pond Farm with knowledge and skills rather than finished goods.
- See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/potter%E2%80%99s-life-marguerite-wildenhain-pond-farm#sthash.MokyzcWR.dpuf

In 1963, the State of California took possession of Pond Farm in order to protect the watershed above the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, but allowed Wildenhain to work and reside at the property for the remainder of her life. Today, Pond Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This exhibition celebrates the legacy of this Sonoma County potter and displays an exceptional range of her work-from utilitarian vessels to decorative reliefs.

All of the objects are from the collection of Forrest L. Merrill, who first met Wildenhain in the early 1960s. Fascinated by her life and work, he initially purchased two bowls from her. Merrill continued to collect Wildenhain's work over the years and developed a lifelong friendship with the artist.

This exhibition was made possible through a generous loan from Forrest L. Merrill. Special thanks to Forrest L. Merrill and his assistant Dane Cloutier for all of their assistance. For more information about Pond Farm visit:


San Jose Museum of Art

Character Studies: Clay from the Collection - through February 7, 2016    
Stan Welsh 
Progress Report, 2003
27 ½ × 18 × 17 inches
Terracotta clay and glaze
Lynn Horseman Leeson
Small Eye Plate, 1976
Glazed ceramic, found objects
2 ⅛ × 7 inches.
The ceramic sculptures in this exhibition are wildly inventive expressions of the human figure; they range from earthy abstractions to larger-than-life busts and whimsical characters. The exhibition draws from the Museum's collection and also includes two loans by Bay Area artists from a new generation who are continuing this region's legacy of prominence and innovation in the medium.

The Bay Area has long been an important center for pioneering clay movements. In the 1960s, ceramic artists radically rethought traditional approaches to ceramics and the history of clay as a functional, vessel-based art form. Pioneers such as Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson, and Viola Frey brought expressive potential and experimental techniques to traditional methods of clay sculpting, ultimately transforming the field.  The ceramic sculptures in this exhibition are wildly inventive expressions of the human figure; they range from earthy abstractions to larger-than-life busts and whimsical characters. The exhibition draws from the Museum's collection and also includes two loans by Bay Area artists from a new generation who are continuing this region's legacy of prominence and innovation in the medium.

Character Studies features ceramic figurative sculptures created in Northern California during the last forty years. It brings together revolutionary practices in clay from an earlier generation with shifts and experimentation taking place today. The figurative works from the end of the twentieth century convey strong statements about government, the human body, and environmental and spiritual concerns that are intrinsically linked to that historical moment. Today, ceramic artists are again challenging the boundaries of the medium, marking a shift in the content and aesthetics of clay sculpture.  

The works on view vary greatly in form-from Stan Welsh's satirical heads and Viola Frey's colossal Fire Suit (1983) to Stephen DeStaebler's preternatural abstraction of the body and Wanxin Zhang's politically charged monumental persona. The exhibition features additional works by permanent collection artists Robert Arneson, Dennis Gallagher, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Danae Mattes, Anthony Natsoulas, Richard Shaw, Peter Vandenberge, and Betty Woodman complemented by a still-life sculpture by Monica Van Den Dool.
Generously sponsored by Doris and Alan Burgess.
10 South Market Street - San Jose, CA 95113 - 408.271.6840

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Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education Workshop

The Clay and Glass Arts Foundation Report
CGAF  News -  January 2016

As we begin the new year, the CGAF board would like to extend congratulations to the many wonderful CGAF grantees from 2015.  They include Horace Mann Elementary School in San Jose, Daniel Webster Elementary School in San Francisco, Sweetwater Spectrum in Sonoma, Petaluma Arts Center, Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, the GAS conference in San Jose and the CCACA conference in Davis.

The above grants include projects in both glass and ceramics and a number of scholarship awards in both media.
This month's picture features work from Tamara Unger's ceramic bird sculpture project at Sweetwater Spectrum.  Sweetwater is a residential community program for autistic adults.

Next up on our grant schedule for 2016, is a follow-up ceramics grant to Daniel Webster school in San Francisco. As a reminder you can donate to either our general fund or to the Ericka Clark Shaw Memorial Scholarship fund at CGAF.  To do so, either send your check  payable to CGAF to 916 El Rio Dr., San Jose, CA 95125 or click  the donation button on our website www.clayandglassarts.org.

While using our website, be sure to check out our grant, workshop and scholarship funding guidelines.  There may be an opportunity for funding that is just awaiting your consideration.  

The CGAF board   ~
Vicky Moore, April Zilber, Bill Geisinger, Don Santos, and Nina Koepcke

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ACGA Board Meeting Minutes
ACGA BOARD Meeting -  Minutes - Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - Start: 7:10 pm

Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Bill Geisenger, Jan Schachter, Lee Middleman, Fred Yokel, Erin McGuinnes, Whitney Smith

Approval of minutes:

The Board members approved the Nov 3rd, 2015 ACGA Meeting Minutes without additions or changes. 

Treasurer's Report
- Jan Schachter presented April Zilber's Balance Sheet. There are no major issues with finances currently. It was noted that the membership dues have been increasing as the end of year is approaching. The newsletter income increased last month and there was an additional minor increase in the Palo Alto Festival income. Also noted that a location for the Jury Review needs to be determined as there may be a cost involved, depending on the location. For those persons with Budget items, it is time to start planning your budget requests for next year.
Exhibitions - Jan Schachter.
Robert Brady has agreed to be the Juror for the ACGA Show at the Davis Art Center during the CCACA Conference. Additionally, the Pence Gallery has agreed to show one piece per accepted artist at the Pence to give the Davis Art Center more visibility to visitors downtown. This will hopefully entice more people to visit the Davis Art Center to see the work. John Natsoulas has expressed an interest in having a "Pop-Up" show in the downtown area representing selected artists from the ACGA. Planning for the Brea Exhibition in 2017 is progressing.
Natsoulas Update: Forrest
continues his negotiations with John Natsoulas for a panel discussion during the CCACA conference in Davis. Possible candidates were proposed along with a moderator. We are awaiting a response from Natsoulas.
Board Reshuffle: Forrest.
The terms for serving on the Board were discussed and it was noted that ACGA is interested in adding new Board Members. Forrest will be stepping down as president in the coming year. If you have an interest in participating as a Board Member (or Officer), please contact any current Board Member for details and add your name to the ballot!
Palo Alto Update: Jan Schachter.
It is time for contract renewals for both the Palo Alto Art Center and Giant Creative. Negotiations are in progress. A new liaison is needed, as April Zilber will be stepping down. Festival Liaison is a paid position. Please contact April if you are interested in participating. April will guide you through the process. The Palo Alto Art Center has scheduled a wonderful show (Tentative title: Big Clay) which will be on view during the Palo Alto Festival! This should be a bonus for all attendees and interested parties.
Website: Whitney.
Whitney is progressing with the changeover from our current website to a new and improved website. She is researching WordPress and more efficient ways members to interface with their own uploading of images. She will be negotiating with LunaGraphica to assist with the move.
ACGA Retreat - January 17, 2016.
Arrive by 9:30 for coffee and treats. Meeting from 10am to 3pm. The Retreat will be held at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476. The Retreat will include elections, speakers (Cynthia Segal-Recent Fulbright Scholar), possible demo, and conversation with members about the future direction of ACGA. All members and interested persons are invited and encouraged to attend. Please get involved with the ACGA! This is an excellent venue to initiate yourself.

Adjourn 8:40 pm - Minutes by Fred Yokel
Next Meeting

 Annual Board Retreat
January 17, 2016 ::  10 am to 3 pm

Sonoma Community Center

RSVP to 


ballotACGA Board of Directors Ballot 2016       Deadline: January 16, 2016
ACGA Board of Directors Ballot 2016       Deadline: January 16, 2016
Please show your support for ACGA and its volunteer Board by voting in the election.
Print*, mark, and mail this ballot page. Or use the paper ballot sent via postal service.
Vote for as many candidates as you wish (circle Yes or No)

New Candidates seeking a two-year term to the Board for 2016-17 

Kala Stein                              Associate/Clay   Yes No

John Pratt                        Non-member/Clay    Yes No

Wesley Wright                        Associate/Clay  Yes  No

Incumbents Seeking a two year term to the Board for 2016-17

Gerald Arrington                    Exhibiting/Clay   Yes No

Julia Feld                                Exhibiting/Clay   Yes No

Lee Middleman                      Exhibiting/Clay    Yes No

Kathy Pallie                            Exhibiting/Clay    Yes No

Jan Schachter                        Exhibiting/Clay   Yes No

Whitney Smith                        Exhibiting/Clay   Yes No

Fred Yokel                               Exhibiting/Clay   Yes No

April Zilber                              Exhibiting/Glass  Yes No

Jo Killen                                  Exhibiting/Clay    Yes No

Vivien Hart                              Exhibiting/Glass   Yes  No

By mail: Must be received by January 16, 2016
In person: Must be received by January 17, 10:00 AM at the Retreat.
Mail a hard copy* of this ballot to:
Ann Testa, 655 Crossridge Court,  
Orinda, CA 94563 - Email:  AnnTesta@aol.com

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America's ClayFest IV

The Art League of Lincoln,
in partnership with Blue Line Arts,
will be holding their fourth national annual America's ClayFest Competition
at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA. Show opens April 15, 2016

For 2016, we are very fortunate to have two outstanding jurors:
Sergei Isupov
Leslie Ferrin
. The show has had entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia.

Deadline February 27, 2016

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 11, 2016 -  The State of Clay 2016 - Lexington, Massachusetts.  May 7 - June 5.
Entry Fee: $35 max 3 entries Open to: ceramic work made within the last two years open to residents and former residents of Massachusetts. Slide / Digital: digital - Contact details: Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St. lacs.lexington@verizon.net
www.stateofclay.com             Phone: 781-862-9696

Deadline: January 11, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (PST). Outside Exhibition of Existing Large Scale Sculpture. Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. Eligibility is open to professional practicing artists/teams who reside in San Francisco. The San Francisco Arts Commission is soliciting submissions to establish a pool of existing sculptures, ranging in height from 12 feet to 40 feet, to be considered for temporary display in prominent plazas in San Francisco. The sculptures should be fabricated from materials appropriate for public display in an exterior and/or outdoor environment and should be in exhibition ready condition. For more information, please read the full Request for Proposals here: http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/calls-for-artists/2015/10/27/rfp-outside-exhibition-of-existing-large-scale-sculptures/

Deadline: January 14.  National Ceramic Exhibitions -  The MWSU Clay Guild is sponsoring two national ceramic exhibitions.  The deadline for both is January 14, 2016.  Each exhibition will be offering awards of $500-Best of Show, $200-1st  Place, and $100-2nd Place.  Below is further information about each exhibition and links to the prospectuses and online applications. 
  #1     MWSU Clay Guild - Twin Cups - National Ceramic Exhibition
 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 for three entries (each entry consisting of a set of two).  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years.  Juror:  Bede Clarke.  Awards:    $500 - Best of Show -  $200 - 1st Place -  $100 - 2nd Place
 Twin Cups Prospectus: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/TwinCups.html
 MWSU Clay Guild website:   https://www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/index.html
 #2     Off the Table! Plates for 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 plate/platter 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. It is preferred that the hanging device not be visible when the piece is displayed.  A $30.00 jury fee for a maximum of three entries.  Juror:  Linda Ganstrom  Awards:   $500 - Best of Show -  $200 - 1st Place -  $100  - 2nd Place.  Off the Table! Prospectus: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/Off_the_Table_Exhibition.html
 MWSU Clay Guild website:   https://www.missouriwestern.edu/orgs/clayguild/index.html

Deadline: January 23, 2016.  delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining - Third Biennial Exhibit of Functional Ceramics -  April 4 - May 13.  Denver, Colorado. Entry Fee: $30.  Open to functional ceramics focusing on the fine art of dining. Please submit online at www.callforentry.org - Slide / Digital: digital - Contact details: Art Students League of Denver - 200 Grant St.    s.schreiber@asld.org       www.asld.org      Phone: 303-778-6990

Deadline: February 1, 2016. Cake -  Ann Arbor, Michigan. Open to: all US and Canadian artists. April 9 - September 4. Entry Fee: $35 for 3 images Tabletop works completed in the last two years. Juried from digital. Fee: $35 for 3 images. Juror: Heather Anne Leavitt. digital entries. Contact details: The Dinnerware Museum, 520 N. Main St.   director@dinnerwaremuseum.org
www.dinnerwaremuseum.org                             Phone: 607-382-1415

Deadline:  February 8. Outside the Line - Sculpture and Craft Exhibition - Marin Society of Artists- Open to all California resident artists 18 and over. You are invited to submit digital images of up to three (3) of your original works, not previously shown in a Marin Society of Artists juried exhibition. Open to any 3-D work in any sculpture or craft medium.  No paintings, photographs or other 2-D work accepted. Accept entries will be displayed in our new San Rafael gallery March 10 - April 1. Juror: Stuart Wagner. Prospectus and show details at http://marinsocietyofartists.org/?q=node/114
Marin Society of Artists,  1515 3rd Street (at E), San Rafael 94901

Deadline February 26. Emerge/Evolve.  It's time to apply! Emerge/Evolve 2016, Bullseye's ninth international kiln-glass exhibition for emerging artists, is now accepting online applications. Students and intermediate-level artists and makers who are not represented by major galleries are encouraged to apply.  Awards in this international juried competition include a total of $22,000 in Bullseye Glass gift cards, as well as recognition at an awards ceremony and representation in a full-color catalog. Selected award winners will be included in Emerge/Evolve 2016, a national tour culminating in an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum.
Get full details and a link to the application:  www.bullseyeglass.com/emerge

Deadline: February 28. APPLY TO BE OUR NEXT SALAD DAYS ARTIST. Do you enjoy living in community, working in series, and creating work for a purpose?  Then you could be Salad Days Artist material! As the Salad Days Artist, you'll be commissioned to produce 500 plates for the Center's annual Salad Days - a community festival featuring locally sourced food that draws hundreds of guests from Maine and beyond. The artist is selected by a jury in late winter prior to his or her residency and lives at Watershed for four to six months (typically between mid-May and mid-September), producing plates for the following year's Salad Days. During the residency, the Salad Days Artist receives housing in a private room, all meals, a large studio, and free materials and firings. http://www.watershedceramics.org/residencies/salad-days-artist-residency/

Deadline January 30.  100 Contemporary Ceramics in Public Art, Architecture and Installation »produced by Chinese Clay Art Corp. (CCA). Chinese Clay Art Corp. USA has printed a series of "100 Ceramic Art Posters" (sizes: 21" x 31") since 2004. The new series is published in conjunction with the theme of the INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF CERAMICS (IAC) Congress Barcelona 2016. CONDITIONS: application is opened to all clay artists around the world, may they be IAC members or other international artists. TO SUBMIT: 1. IMAGE: Each artist can submit 3 images maximum. Format : 300dpi, jpg - One image for each artwork is to be submitted. Only one image will be chosen. 2. PERSONAL INFORMATION: - Artist's name and surname - - IAC member (or not), - Title/place of conservation /date of the work, - Country of residence. - Short CV - Email address - Artists interested should send information to: chinese8iac@126.com.
DEADLINE for the sending materials: JANUARY 30, 2016. The Email Object: « Poster Public Art » Image file title should be: Lastname_firstname_country1/2/3. Note: Each image will be printed with artist's name, IAC (or not), Title, location and date of the work, and the country of residence. Jury committee: a few council members of IAC will be invited to select the art for printing. DISTRIBUTION: the products will be distributed worldwide. The participants will receive two free copies of the poster. The artist may be able to pick up the poster with no shipping costs in some locations. For North America, CCA booth at NCECA conference in the U.S.(March 22-25, 2017.) For Europe, IAC Congress (such as Barcelona 2016). For Asian countries, some events in China. Artists who would like to have posters to be shipped to their home or studio address, will have to pay the extra shipping fees based on the distance and actual costs. Additional copies: the retail price will be $12 each for poster, not included shipping and handling fees and tax if applicable. Copyright Agreement: "I grant the copyright of the artwork image to Chinese Clay Art Corp. for printing of posters, related medium both hard copies and online for the purpose of production promotions." Signature Artist / your name:
DONATION FOR IAC : Chinese Clay Art Corp. USA will donate to the IAC and ship to Barcelona 800 copies, including 100 copies for the artists who participate to the Poster Series, and being present in Barcelona.
These sales will be part of the budget of the Congress Barcelona 2016.
Contact person: Guangzhen Zhou, ChineseClayArt@yahoo.com
Musée Ariana Avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Geneva Switzerland, +41 22 418 54 76   info@aic-iac.org


Deadline: January 6, 2016. Pilchuck Glass School (WA), Call for Applicants: 2016 Emerging Artist-in-Residence Program, with stipend. Residency dates: September 19th - November 11th, 2016
The EAiR program supports artists who are making a transition in their professional lives. Whether moving from academia to a professional studio practice, taking up a new medium, or beginning a new body of work, artists find this independent residency ideal for contemplation, research, and experimentation. The program provides artists with a place and the time to develop an idea or project in glass, with the potential for realizing a new body of work.   The residency requires a project proposal and supports kilnworking, coldworking, printmaking, and use of mixed media but not hot glassworking. The EAiR program is an independent artist's residency, so no instruction is available and some glassmaking experience is required.    Residents have access to many Pilchuck studios, including the glass-plate printmaking (vitreography) studio; plaster studio; fusing, slumping, and casting kilns; flameworking torch; and coldworking equipment. No hot glassworking is available.    The residency requires full-time participation by six artists. Residents should expect to partake in communal studio clean-ups and be available to visitors. Stipend of $1,000. (USD) per artist, open studio space, shared cooking facilities, and a private room in a cottage with shared bath. Materials, instruction, food, and travel reimbursement are not provided.  Website link for full details, application form and instructions: http://www.pilchuck.com/otherprograms/residencies/EAiR.aspx  About: Pilchuck Glass School is an international center for glass art education. Our serene campus in Stanwood, Washington, is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade mountains on a former tree farm. Pilchuck is one of the most comprehensive educational center in the world for glass artists.

Deadline: January 10. 2016 Artist Residencies  - A.I.R. Vallauris.  France. Located in the heart of the old town Vallauris, on the French Riviera, A.I.R. Vallauris (Artists in Residence), is a non-profit association that welcomes artists from around the world to its lodgings and studios to meet with local artists and to research and create new works in a unique setting.
Entering its 15th season, A.I.R. Vallauris has welcomed over 220 international artists since its conception in 2001.
We are pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2016 season is now available.  For more information please consult our website: www.air-vallauris.org/residency/application. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information.
Sincerely, Dale Dorosh
A.I.R. Vallauris, Place Lisnard
1, Bd des deux Vallons
06220 Vallauris, France

Deadline: January 25, 2016.  I-Park 2016 Artists-in-Residence Program Application  I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), announces its 2016 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program. The program is open to those working in the following creative disciplines: visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, architecture, moving image and landscape/garden/ecological design. Self-directed residencies are being offered from May through November, 2016. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome. 
I-Park provides to each artist private, comfortable living quarters in a renovated 1850's era farmhouse, a private studio space and a food program. In addition to attentive staff support, shared workshop space and an array of tools, equipment and site materials are available on request.   Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panels. Accepted artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invited artists.
There will also be two Special Programs scheduled for 2016: a Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency as well as a Family-Friendly Residency, an experimental program focused on artists with dependent children. Details to be announced on the I-Park homepage and in a mailing to the I-Park database in early January.
Program details, application form and comprehensive FAQ are available online at www.i-park.org.  For more information, write to info@i-park.org or call 860-873-2468

Deadline: February 28. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts info@watershedceramics.org
2016 Summer Sessions and NEW Website!  Explore our new site and get to know us better. New features include expanded content on our programs, history, and artists, with up-to-date news and more images than ever before.  VISIT SITE. www.watershedceramics.org. Join us next summer at Watershed!  Spend two weeks in Mid-coast Maine exploring your creative practice.   VIEW 2016 SESSIONS: http://www.watershedceramics.org/residencies/summer-residency/ 

Deadline March 1, 2016 - Residency dates: June 1 - December 31, 2016

Residency Information - Bullseye Glass Co. offers two types of residencies:
Resource Center residencies at Bullseye Resource Centers in Santa Fe, the Bay Area, and New York are open to artists and artist groups and provide extended (up to three months) access to facilities as well as a materials budget. Artists are responsible for food, travel, housing and other expenses. Resource Center Residencies are available to current residents of the region; applications are accepted biannually for Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall openings.
    Bullseye Studio residencies at our Portland factory are open to regional, national, and international artists and artist groups. Factory residencies are for concentrated project-based explorations and can range from 2-4 weeks depending on the parameters of the project. Bullseye will provide access to facilities, a materials budget, and, if required, housing. Residents are responsible for food, travel, and other expenses. Established and emerging artists from all disciplines are eligible for a residency at Bullseye Studio. Artists with little to no experience with kiln-glass are encouraged to apply, but may be asked to attend a workshop in advance of the residency to familiarize themselves with the studio and kiln-glass methods. Applications are accepted biannually for Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall openings.
   Artists are not required to finish a project during their residency, but will share their work, developments, and research with the Bullseye community through notes, blog posts, images, public lectures, studio visits, and various events throughout and closely following the residency. Artists are encouraged to invite their friends, peers, and the local community to visit while they are in residence.
   Accommodations: Accommodations are not available for artists at our Resource Centers. Accommodations are available, based on need, at our Portland facility. Residents are not allowed to sleep overnight in the studios.
  Collaborations / Artist Teams: Proposals for Artist Teams or Collaborations must be clearly identified and each artist must submit images and indicate their level of experience. Preference is given to artist teams that contain at least one person with extensive training in kiln-glass practices.
Website link: http://www.bullseyeprojects.com/residencies/
Link to apply via CaFE: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3158&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes
   About: Bullseye Glass Co. was founded in 1974 by three recent art school graduates and has remained, at its core, a factory for artists. Since its inception, Bullseye has invited artists to the factory in Portland, Oregon, to collaborate, experiment, ask questions, and push the boundaries of the material. Today, Bullseye has grown beyond a single factory. In addition to the Bullseye Studio in Portland, we now have studios at our Resource Centers in Santa Fe, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York. These locations provide us with the opportunity to work with even more artists. Bullseye will host two residencies per year at each of our RC studio locations, allowing even more artists to experiment with tools and techniques while we all collaborate on pushing the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual boundaries of kiln-glass.

Encounter the World in Residencies. Explore the listings here:


Leslie Ceramic & Crafts Hiring Retail Employee
2 to 4 days/week (Saturday required) | Store Hours: Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm
Strong ceramic knowledge - must able to assist customers (clay, glazes, tools and equipment questions)
Positive Attitude, Attention to details
Customer focus; strong interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills
Work well with diverse groups of people
Knowledge of QuickBooks and basic computer skills (Word, Excel)
Email resume to Arnie: arnie@aftosa.com

Deadline: February 28. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.    
HELP WANTED: 2016 SUMMER STAFF. Interested in spending next summer at Watershed? Join our team as a summer staff member!  We'll be hiring 8 people to help run the residency program.  Watershed summer staff members work an average of 30 hrs/week from mid-May to the end of August. They receive free room and board, free access to the studios, and a stipend. Summer staffers, who are often art students, benefit from their immersion in Watershed's ceramics community, and they contribute greatly to day-to-day operations and the experience of resident artists.


Deadline: March 1, 2016. Creative Work Fund Invites letters of inquiry in performing and visual arts .
The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds, exchange ideas and bring the arts to new audiences.    http://creativeworkfund.org 


45th Annual Glass Art Society Conference - Creating Context: Glass in a New Light
Corning, NY * June 9-11, 2016 - http://www.glassart.org/_Library/2016_Conference/GAS-PCB16-web2.pdf
 Click above link to view the brochure, which includes a list of conference presenters, concurrent glass exhibitions, pre- and post-conference events, travel info and accommodations, and much more. You may also visit the GAS website for additional information.

Main Gallery
Coop Gallery in Redwood City
seeks members.  email: jury@themaingallery.org


Marathon 40 cubic foot gas-fired ceramic kiln:
high-fire, down-draft, fiber-insulated, shuttle cart, premix forced draft combustion and safety systems.  High-limit pyrometer/controller, automatic timer, push-button ignition, safety gas shutoff, alarm light. Contact E. Kuhn for images and information.  707-255-5690, oekuhn@sbcglobal.net.
Paragon GF10B Glass kiln
In good condition. I have replaced the switches and acquired an older single segment controller to go with it. I am asking $400 for the complete package or $300 for the kiln alone.
Please call me at 415/205-8402 or e mail me at rjpii@ceramicssf.com to inquire. Thank you - Doc from Ceramics & Crafts                  

Brent SR-14 Slab Roller.
New (Never Used)    $1495 - Leg set included
408-446-0965 or e-mail robbie.smith@sbcglobal.net

Retiring: Selling Studio Equipment
San Diego. Mostly equipment not supplies. Dragon Kiln with stand, shelves and furniture, Raku kiln, Brent extruder, North Star slab roller, kick wheel potter's wheel, work bench with set up for slab roller, wire racks, hump and slump molds and more. Candise Flippin  - candise@fineartsculpture.com


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* Evaluations & repair for ceramics or glass kilns (both gas & electric)
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Craft in America ::  California Handmade: State of the Arts
 Catalog now available.

California Handmade: State of the Arts - Catalog now available.   Craft in America is excited to announce a new catalog published in conjunction with "California Handmade: State of the Arts," an exhibition of innovative sculpture, furniture, textiles, jewelry, and decorative arts by 84 visionary California artists including ACGA president Forrest Lesch Middleton. The exhibition is co-presented by Craft in America and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, and exhibited at the Maloof's Jacobs Education Center Gallery through January 2, 2016.

 ACGA 2016 Membership Renewal Form
Deadline February 1, 2016 regardless of when you joined)
Required for Every Membership Level
$10 Reinstatement fee for late renewal
Option: Renew your membership online at www.ACGA.net
using your credit card to pay dues (not Emeritus or Honorary members). A service fee will be added.   

Membership Information as it will appear in the directory (please highlight changes) 
__My address or telephone has changed since publication of the 2015 Directory
Name _______________________________________________________________
Home Address ________________________________________________________
Studio Address ________________________________________________________
Home Phone _________________________Studio Phone______________________
FAX_____________________ Year You Joined ACGA___________
Email Address (write carefully) _______________________________________________
Email and Websites: it would be preferred if you want to add or change your electronic information to be published in the next directory, that you send it in an email to
AnnTesta@aol.com . Be sure to include your email address, website address and your name as it appears in the directory.

Media: Glass______   Clay______
Membership Category (*Exhibiting and Collaborative Exhibiting status memberships require acceptance by an ACGA jury). Only Exhibiting and Collaborative Exhibiting members are allowed to show in any ACGA event, unless otherwise noted. Contact
Julia Feld at juliafeld@yahoo.com, for Jury information only.
___ *Exhibiting- $60                             ___  Corporate- $100
___ * Collaborative Exhibiting- $70       ___  Emeritus- No dues, Form Required
___  Associate-$40                                ___  Honorary- No dues, Form Required
___  Student- $25 (attach student ID)

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ACGA Networking Explained: -- Who Ya Gonna Call?
Join the email Group -    Make your own page on the ACGA Website -  Use the Blog -
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  • ACGA's Website - Populate your own page, update often. The Members Area allows you to download: Newsletters (printable version), Show Applications, Board Ballot, Directory, Membership Renewal Application, ACGA Library Selections, List Classes you Teach, and more.  Contact Candise Flippin for a username and password.  candise@fineartsculpture.com.
  • ACGA Newsletter is sent by email - To change your method of delivery please contact editor Bonita Cohn at: news@acga.net or phone, 415.673.0533. Those unable to receive the email newsletter electronically can always request a Hard Copy by US mail.  You can also get the newsletter is to go to the archives on the ACGA.net website. > member login > newsletter. If you have unsubscribed you can sign up again at acga.net after member log-in.
  • ALL Address changes should go to Ann Testa, anntesta@aol.com, who maintains the central member database.
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Digital items are preferred -    Please separate your images and text into individual text or jpg files.
  • Title docs with your name first   - "johndoe-news.doc . No PDFs or Flyers please.
    We can't extract the image, or text, from images of text.  Please write and send original text (docs) in the body of the email and attach images as jpgs. 
    Please separate the images from the text into individual text or jpg files. 
  • PLEASE RESIZE IMAGES to 1 MB - Images sized 400w x 500h pixels can be attached as "gif or jpg."
  • Title each image with your last name (this MUST be first in the file title)DO NOT add spaces, extra punctuation, numbers or extra characters (such as " " /: % #) to the image file titles. Dashes are OK instead of spaces.
Remember to ad file type to the name, such as ".jpg" when naming the image so it will open.
Advertising - 3 types of ads. Due digitally on the 15th of the month before publication.
  • Classified Ads:
    Members, free / Non members, $10. Classified ads are for selling materials and equipment, renting a studio, looking for work, etc. These ads should be no more than 50 words.  
  •     Announcements of workshops, classes & events: Member and non-Member, $30. 
  •     Display Ads:   Member and non-Member, $70
E-Display ad size should be 400h x 500w pixels. Printed size:  3"x4" approx. A photo in an ad is considered a display ad.
Send news items and articles, as text and images,  by e-mail to:     news@acga.net 
 Editor: Bonita Cohn         415/673-0533
Send Advertising Payments, check payable to ACGA, to: Bonita Cohn, 1538 Jones,  San Francisco, CA. 94109

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