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October  2016                                    top facebook                          Volume 64,   Issue 10
In This Issue
First Ever ACGA Online Member Shop.
National clay week
Member News.
Paul Volckening.
Ruby Neri
ACGA Networking
October 12: Next Board meeting. 7pm. Presidio Library, San Francisco.  2nd Wednesdays.  ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME
November  12, 2016 - January 2, 2017. So.Cal Clay and Glass to be presented by ACGA at Muzeo Museum in Anaheim
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     
Please send all changes to:
Vivien Hart  

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

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From the President -  Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Okay folks, there is a lot to cover here this month, so fasten your seat belts and read on...

    On behalf of the ACGA membership, I want to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to Ann Testa who has graciously served well over a decade as our Membership Coordinator. This volunteer position is a linchpin to the growth and development of our organization, and without Ann's warm reminders and diligent record keeping we simply would not have a a successful organization. Thank you Ann for all that you have done for us. We are looking forward to seeing your work and smiling face at all of our future ACGA events!
    Following in Ann's footsteps will be glass artist Vivien Hart, someone with whom I have had the pleasure of serving on our board. Vivien's calm and kind personality, coupled with her attention to detail, will be a great help in making sure we all meet our crucial dues renewal deadline. Many thanks to Vivien for taking over this important role.
    On another note, ACGA is about to turn a year older! That said, we are looking for new members for our board of directors. Are you interested, and do you wonder if you have what it takes?  It's really not all that much: We meet once a month at the Presidio branch of the San Francisco public library on the second Wednesday of each month and go over business, new ideas, and programming. It's fun, and you get an opportunity to mingle with a great group of people and do good for your fellow clay and glass artists! If you are interested, please email me your name and any questions you might have. I will do my best to rope you and all of your ACGA friends in as volunteers ;)    Speaking of ACGA programming and general goodness... ACGA is hosting our first ever online member shop for the holidays. This cup themed showcase will feature the work of associate and exhibiting members. All work will be for sale with proceeds benefiting members (of course), and helping to cover the expenses of our new website. To find out more about how you can submit your work, scroll down in this month's membership newsletter. Thanks go out to Whitney Smith and Kala Stein for making this all happen!
    Lastly,  I would like to send a shout out to Exhibiting Artist Miki Rutter for stepping up into the role of Palo Alto Clay and Glass Liaison. This is a crucial position in helping to pull off the Palo Alto show successfully, and it is wonderful to have a new ACGA leader helping in this endeavor. A big welcome to Miki!
                                                                                                          --  Forrest Lesch-Middelton

ACGA Corporate Sponsors
Please support our Sponsors
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

Creative Ceramics & Glass
5240 Aero Dr. 
Santa Rosa, CA 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
First Ever ACGA Online Member Shop
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first ever online member shop for the holiday season, featuring the work of our ACGA exhibiting and associate members working in the theme of cups. Any kind of cup! Mugs, tumblers, glasses, goblets, beer steins, teacups, chalices.  As long as it is made from clay or glass, and you can drink from it, we want it for our show!  This event will be open to all ACGA members. Our goal is to fundraise to help pay for expenses related to our new website, and start evaluating our website "shop" feature to see how effectively we can sell and market member work online. We are very excited to test this feature and we hope it can lead to an ongoing marketplace for ACGA artists.

 We will be asking members to submit images of 3-5 drinkware items that will be in stock and available to ship within 48 hours of selling on the site, along with a short description and dimensions. You will be responsible for shipping the item to the customer within 48 hours of the item selling. We will be processing payments through the site. Artists will receive 65% of the sale, while ACGA will keep 35%.

We still have details to work out, but if you are interested, please fill out this registration form so we can contact you with further details as soon as we have them. Thank you for your participation!         https://form.jotform.com/62634901570959
National clay week     -     Live streaming on Periscope

Did you know there was a national clay week?

Artaxis presents a day of back-to-back live-streaming conversations with Artaxis members on Periscope.

We are always looking for new ways to unite and engage those who are invested in the experience of clay and its community. That's why we jumped at the opportunity to participate in the first ever National Clay Week, taking place October 10-14th, 2016.  National Clay Week was created as a way to not only celebrate clay and the artists who utilize the medium, but to also educate and encourage others outside our community to connect with the material.

On Tuesday, October 11, Artaxis will be hosting 24 conversations by Artaxis members over a 12-hour day on the live-streaming video app, Periscope. Beginning at 10am EST, each artist will spend 30 minutes answering questions submitted from the Conversations page on our website.

In order of appearance, the artists are:

Melanie Sherman, Adam Welch, Kyle Carpenter, Simon Levin, Ted Adler, Brian R. Jones, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Lauren Gallaspy, Brian Harper, Rob Kolhouse, Jeni Hansen Gard, Matt Schiemann, Judi Tavill, Brett Kern, Samuel Johnson, Didem Mert, Elenor Wilson, Tom Budzak, Bradley Klem, Sunshine Cobb, Casey McDonough, Michael Kline, Neil Celani, and Adam Field.
View the Conversations page
This full day of back-to-back conversations will provide an accessible and direct dialogue between professional artists working in clay and anyone interested in the material, whether they are students, educators, collectors, curators, designers, or even just curious about clay. Thanks to the nature of Periscope, this all-day live stream event will allow individuals across the world to participate in these conversations, adding new perspectives to the discussion.

SUBMIT QUESTIONS: Questions for the artists may be submitted via the Conversations page. Those questions will be organized and submitted to the artists for them to answer during their allotted time. Viewers may also follow the live broadcast and submit questions during the live-stream.

EDUCATORS: Please encourage your students to get involved and ask questions for the artists. The live streaming video will also be available on a desktop environment and can be projected for viewing in a classroom or community studio on October 11th.

On the Conversations page, when the blue Periscope buttons turn red, that indicates that the person is live broadcasting. When that happens, just click on the button and the live-streaming video will open in your browser.

Help us spread the word! 
We are inviting everyone to get involved with National Clay Week and encourage you, your peers, students, and any interested individuals from your communities to participate in this event.

Periscope is a mobile, live-streaming video application for iOS and Android. Founded on the idea of exploring the world through someone else's eyes, Periscope connects people from around the world through mobile video.  We thank you for your participation and we're looking forward to National Clay Week.  The Artaxis Board of Directors and Executive Director, Brian Harper, Alanna DeRocchi, Adam Welch, Dylan Beck, Samuel Johnson, Lauren Gallaspy, Dandee Pattee
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SoCal Ceramics and Glass - November 12, 2016 - January 2, 2017
           Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
Opening Reception:  November 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Caroline Blackburn, Pierre Bounaud, Beverly Crist, Maria DeCastro,  Paul Harrie, George Jercich,  Alone Larsen, Cheryl Tall

Member News
... a sneak peek of It's Not One Thing...It's Everything, from Vicki Gunter's ceramic Loss Series.

Vicki Gunter
is showing   Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All.  "I am honored to be in this show....and it's local!"  The exhibit is held at St. Mary's College Museum of Art,  Moraga,  envisioned and curated by Gutfreund Cornett, Changing the World Through Art. "The 43 works in this exhibition can say what words cannot. Art can inspire change and bring people together, crossing the borders of cultures and languages. I hope you will join us to imagine the potential and inspire social change!" Showing through December 11, 2016

Bob Pool's
  piece "So Long Ago, I Have Forgotten"  (right) has been installed at the Silpakorn University Sculpture Garden, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. It is the leading fine arts university in Thailand.

Stop the War On Working People
Tomye Neal-Madison writes in:  "Yes, in amongst all that you're doing, I'd be pleased if you could view some of my Fused Slumped Glass Art.  Some of you are aware of this addition of 3D Art to the other Art forms I create.  If you're not, Stained Glass Garden located at 1800  4th st., in Berkeley, 94710 is hosting my first solo exhibit of only Glass Art.
The preview is First Fri. Oct. 7, 5-7 PM.  I know, as if there isn't enough going on. For the remainder of the month, if you'd like me to meet you there to "act" as docent explaining the why of the Artworks, let's plan on it sometime before the end date of Fri. Oct. 28.  Their business hours are Mon.-Sat. 10:30-4:30 and Sun. 11:30-4:30.  Call me if you want more info.  Remember, I don't drive. If you travel by public transit like I do, the 51 bus is best. Don't board the one going to the Berkeley Marina.  The best source of how to get to the Stained Glass Garden, is map quest.   Oh, I have a friend helping to deliver me with my Art. Here's to Fulfillment and Beyond! " 
SFMOMA Artists Gallery has a two person show of ceramic sculptures by Jane Grimm (right) and paintings by Fresno artist Robert Ogata.  The exhibition runs October 1- November 6.  There will be an artists' reception on Wednesday October 5 between 5 and 7 PM. The gallery is located at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco in building A. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 10:30 AM and 5 PM.

Demetra Theofanous
was awarded the Leigh Weimers Grant by the San Jose Rotary Club.  This grant is in honor of the iconic Mercury News columnist, that did so much to publicize and support the arts in Silicon Valley. She is
participating in San Francisco Open Studios, on October 22 and 23.  "My studio is located at 1777 Yosemite Ave., S.F., where I will be showing along with a number of other artists." She  is also in a group exhibition at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco.  Sept. 24 - Oct. 15.  And she is in a group exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.  Opening reception October 6, 6:30-9pm.   
left:  Liberate/Suppress.

Eileen Goldenberg will be showing Salad Bowls, Cups, Artist Bowls, Salt Cellars, etc. at the San Carlos Art and Wine Festival, October 8,9,  The Beverly Hills Art Show, Oct 15,16, and Oct 22, 23, Artspan Open Studios, Fort Mason Building C, Room C220

Laurie and Dan Hennig
will be at the Renaissance Faire.     

 "Come and Play Faire! You are invited to visit Booth  #212  at the Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta off of Highway 152,  Hollister.

See all the new and unusual work from the Hennig Family of potters.


Natasha Dikareva
(Ukraine/USA), and several others, are in an exhibit of the artists in residence at A.I.R. Vallauris, in France. From the webpage article:  Born in Ukraine, Natasha lives and works in San Francisco, USA. She got her BFA in graphics and drawing from the Kiev State Academy of Art and Design and her MFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Minnesota. In 2012, she won the Grand Prize at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. She exhibited at the Shanghai Art Expo, and at numerous galleries across the world. Her work is featured in 500 Prints on Clay and New Ceramics European magazine. (* Featured picture is a work in progress - right).  Exhibition runs October 1 to 5, 2016


Jan Schachter
is in the show Totems at Blue Line in Roseville, (as is Doris Fischer-Colbrie.)
She is also in The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas.   The exhibition will be held from October 24 - November 17, 2016 in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery in the Department of Art, University of Missouri.
Right: White cup in a House

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Minutes - ACGA Board Meeting - September 14, 2016
ACGA Board Meeting - September 14, 2016

Attendees:  Board members: Gerald Arrington, Bonita Cohn, Julia Feld, Bill Geisinger, Vivien Hart, Jo Killen, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Lee Middleman, John Pratt, Jan Schachter, Kala Stein, Whitney Smith, Wesley Wright, Fred Yokel. Guest: Miki Shim-Rutter

The board unanimously approved the August 10, 2016 minutes.

Palo Alto Art Center/ACGA Workshop - Miki Shim-Rutter -
ACGA is working with the art center on hosting a Jan/Feb weekend hands-on workshop and lecture. Miki and the board are completing details on the invited artist(s), fees, travel budget, registration process and costs, refund policies, reception, lecture venue, and a Clay & Glass Foundation (CGAF) contribution, We are delighted to have Miki, who is the studio assistant at the art center, working closely with us on the art center, ACGA, CGAF collaboration. 

Cup Show on Website - Whitney Smith -
The Cup Show on the ACGA website is close to launch at the end of October or early November. Customers will be able to buy cups, glasses, mugs, and tumblers directly from the ACGA website through PayPal. ACGA will take 30-35% (TBD). Domestic sales only. Whitney is working on details for submission and order fulfillment and will post announcement shortly to the ACGA website. The show will be limited to ACGA members only.
Action: Write a Cup Show announcement for the newsletter for Bonita. (Whitney)

Exhibitions - Jan Schachter -
The Muzeo Museum in Anaheim's exhibition in southern CA will showcase ACGA invited artists. The date is set for 11/12/2016 - 1/2/2017.
Work is underway for the 2016 Davis Art Center exhibition. The board continues discussion of a downtown presence during the CACCA weekend, and the poor attendance at the Davis show. A downtown PopUp may be feasible but has attendant staffing and setup issues.
Action: Jan will contact the Pence Gallery to explore an exhibit space for ACGA during CACCA and/or for an extended time.
The National Juried Clay & Glass show in Brea CA is set for next summer.
The Richmond Art Center has agreed to 6/14 - 7/23/2017 for the statewide juried glass show in collaboration with Glass Alliance of Northern CA (GLANC).

Treasurer Report - Jan Schachter for April Zilber -
The board reviewed the Balance Sheet, Budget vs. Actual, and the Festival. On the Budget vs. Actual, Giant Creative spent more on the artist Saturday night party than budgeted. Administrative expenses for storage rent was paid in August for 12 months to get the 13th month free. The website is over-budget.  As our bookkeeper was out of town, the report goes to Jul 31st, and does not include August. There were additional festival expenses paid in August. The festival expenses paid in August, plus reconciliation income/expense in September will result in lower net income than is shown in the July report.  The board noted the PR budget has not been spent and requested that Wesley Wright submit a bill for his social media work and the remainder for the website.

Membership - Vivien Hart -
Vivien will welcome new members by phone and also send a "welcome" email that provides contacts, ACGA information, and an invitation to attend a board meeting.  And many thanks to Ann Testa for managing Membership for many years.

Brochure - Fred Yokel and Gerry Arrington -
Action: Review and update the ACGA brochure. Add Vivien Hart as the new contact person.

Jurying - Julia Feld -
The Oct 1st jurying is a mix of digital and hands-on submissions. The board discussed the options for future juries including holding only 1 a year, and/or continuing a digital and hands-on option alternately. As Jan is the deadline for renting the Ft. Mason space, Miki has offered the art center. This discussion will continue at the next board meeting.

25th Annual Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival 2017 - Kala Stein

The board reviewed Kala's draft for a member survey to gather ideas for next year's festival that will celebrate 25 years at the art center.   Festival Liaison  - Miki has agreed to be the ACGA liaison with Giant Creative for the Palo Alto Festival in 2017. Thank you Miki!  Decision: The date for 2017 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival is set for July 8 - 9 2017.
Adjourn 8:45 PM
Minutes by Jo Killen
Next Meeting: 
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00-8:45PM
SF Presidio Public Library
 3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco.


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Paul Volckening      1928 - 2016
Paul Volckening
vase  11.25"

Paul Volckening, 88, loving husband and father, passed away in his Santa Fe home on August 13, 2016. He is survived by his wife Christine and sons Laurence Volckening of California and Christian Volckening of Missouri. Paul was born in Mineola, N.Y. on January 20, 1928 and became an important potter in the American studio movement. He received his B.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ca. and his M.A. from Mills College. In 1958 a Fulbright grant took him to Finland where he worked in the Arabia Factory in Helsinki. In the 60's he was an important part of the art department at New Mexico Highlands University where he taught pottery, describing those years fondly. Paul made pottery on the west coast and finally in Santa Fe. He stopped when he was 80 but his love of clay never ended. Paul was a kind and loving person whose life was so much more than these few words. He was so loved. Cremation has taken place and his ashes are to be scattered. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santafenewmexican/obituary.aspx?pid=181092128#sthash.frBMoglj.dpuf

Thank you to Forrest L. Merrill for forwarding to us news of Paul Volckening, a long time associate and supporter of ACGA activities. - ed
Modern, Yet Ritualistically Primitive, Female Forms by Ruby Neri
LOS ANGELES - Over the summer, David Kordansky Gallery hosted Slaves and Humans, an exhibition of new ceramic sculpture by Ruby Neri (Los Angeles, July 23 - to August 27).

In her sculptural practice, Ruby Neri embraces a broad spectrum of figuration, drawing upon idiosyncratic 20th century West Coast traditions as well as a global catalogue of historical art and anthropological modes. Over the course of the last two decades she has moved fluidly from one material to another, including plaster, metal, and paint, to generate highly personal works of emotional immediacy. While she has frequently turned to ceramics, Slaves and Humans marks the first time she has produced an entire body of work within the traditional bounds of this medium, relying solely on fired clay and glazes to generate forceful, highly sexualized representations of the female form.     See cfile for more ... https://cfileonline.org/exhibition-modern-yet-ritualistically-primitive-female-forms-contemporary-ceramic-art

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Even relatively small amounts of water can cause a lot of damage. As artists in Louisiana and other states are cleaning up and rebuilding after recent floods, and an active hurricane season continues, we are reminded that disasters-big and small-involve water. A broken pipe, a damaged roof, or the water from putting out even a small fire can have similar devastating consequences for your artwork. Here are a few steps to help protect your artwork from water and moisture damage: Read more in Tip of the Month ... http://www.studioprotector.org/TipoftheMonth/Blog/TipoftheMonth/tabid/312/EntryId/132/Moisture-Coming-to-a-Studio-Near-You.aspx

CERF+ is pleased to announce it will receive the American Craft Council's (ACC) 2016 Award of Distinction during a ceremony in Omaha, NE, on October 14. The ACC Awards honor outstanding artistic and scholarly achievement, leadership, and service in the field of craft. The Award of Distinction is presented to individuals, museums, organizations, publications or schools, with at least 25 years of service, who have made significant contributions to the craft field. CERF+ is pleased to announce it will receive the American Craft Council's (ACC) 2016 Award of Distinction during a ceremony in Omaha, NE, on October 14. The ACC Awards honor outstanding artistic and scholarly achievement, leadership, and service in the field of craft.
The Award of Distinction is presented to individuals, museums, organizations, publications or schools, with at least 25 years of service, who have made significant contributions to the craft field.


TRAX gallery  
In Concert  - Sandy Simon and Sunshine Cobb
October 1st - 30th
Reception October 1st from 5 - 7pm
Sunshine Cobb will be giving a workshop at the Walnut Creek Arts Center the same day as the reception from 10 - 4. More information here. Visit the e-commerce site, view work at: https://traxgallery.com/
1812 5th St.  -     510.540.8729  -     traxgallery.com    info@traxgallery.com    

Bullseye Bay Area Gallery
In Residence: Bay Area   
through October 22, 2016
An exhibition showcasing work by recent Artists-in-Residence: Heather Deyling, Carrie Ann Plank, and Jenn Shifflet.  Since 2014, the Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area has hosted six artists to take part in exploratory kiln-glass residencies. The residencies are awarded to artists and designers who are seeking to either explore kiln-glass for the first time or wish to pursue work that isn't possible in their own studios. In Residence: Bay Area gathers the work of three recent residents, providing a glimpse into the research and explorations made possible in a material-based studio residency.    
4514 Hollis St.  Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm         
510.595.1318     bayarea@bullseyeglass.com           www.bullseyeglass.com/bayarea                            

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts


 Alina Hayes   
American Ceramic Society - Design Chapter of Southern California.
Christy Johnson  

                                   Through October 2nd.                               
Established in 1945, the American Ceramic Society - Design Chapter of Southern California is a non-profit organization of over
Rudy Fleck
300 potters, sculptors, teachers, students and ceramic designers who seek to share and increase their knowledge and expand public awareness and appreciation of the many facets of clay.     
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai) - Ojai, CA 93023
Open to the Public Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 11 - 5
Tel (805) 646-3381 | Fax (805) 646-0560

AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art      
Alison Petty Ragguette: OUTCAST      -     through October 30, 2016
 Alison Petty Ragguette,  Lost Marbles Trophy  
     OUTCAST stages a tribe of hybridized objects made of cast porcelain and silicone that are playful, alien, chaotic, and messy, that celebrates the awkwardly beautiful aspects of life. This installation incorporates unconventional objects that evoke children's toys, tools, automotive, plumbing, and medical parts that spill, bulge, and burst. Revealing the rejects and residues of the casting process, OUTCAST engages the metaphors of societal constructs and social hierarchies and invites a dialogue by navigating between the margins of ceramics, sculpture, and otherness.
     Working for over fifteen years, Alison Petty Ragguette has developed an expansive approach to making sculptural objects in porcelain, glass, and rubber. She has studied at Goldsmiths' College, University of London (England), received her BFA from Concordia University (Montreal), and MFA from the California College of the Arts (San Francisco). She is currently the Associate Professor of Art at California State University, San Bernardino. Alison's work has been included in over fifty national and international exhibitions.

Mettlach, Lohengrin's Arrival, plaque, handpainted 
Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales   Through July 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 5:00-8:00pm
The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) announces a new exhibition, Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales. Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.

The Roman historian Strabo recorded one of the earliest versions of Cinderella in the first century B.C.  The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel was based on real events during the Great Famine of 1315 A.D. In the late 1600's French author Charles Perrault, wrote stories derived from folktales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.

The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 improved the speed of printing books.  The Industrial Revolution and advancements in printing technologies increased the amount of books printed and reduced the cost of producing books. These innovations enabled writers such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to collect, document, and share classic folklore and fairy tales with a much larger audience.

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.
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 -          frontdesk@amoca.org



Alpha Fired Arts   -  through October 22

Ruth Rippon Alumni Finale Show

4675 Aldona Lane

Sacramento, CA 95841

Crocker Art Museum
Eastern Mediterranean alabastron,
3rd century BCE
Blue and yellow glass, h. 3 3/4 inches. Marcy Friedman Collection.

The Luster of Ages: Ancient Glass from the Marcy Friedman Collection
through October 16.
216 O St Sacramento - 95814 P: (916) 808-7000 F: (916) 808-7372


  El Cajon  
Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College.

Vessel Variations

Our current show will run until October 26th, is titled Vessel Variations. This fabulous ceramic exhibition showcases 3 southern California potters who take vastly different approaches to the creation of ceramic vessels. We also have some of our permanent collection on display, all vessels, including several Erik Gronborgs, an artist who currently has a retrospective up at the Mingei Museum.
 \ 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 644-7214


Mingei International Museum

The Erik Gronborg Experience      August 6, 2016 - 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, will also be featured.
Mingei International Museum · BALBOA PARK, PLAZA DE PANAMA 1439 EL PRADO, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101. TUESDAY - SUNDAY 10:00AM - 5:00PM


Back to the Picture Gallery -
  through October 16 -   934 Valencia  @ 20th St.

Rare Device
  through October 25, 2016


Rare Device is pleased to announce our current gallery exhibition, Ultramarine, featuring artists Erika Peterson and Linda Fahey.
Ultramarine features paintings and sculpture works capturing the color and feeling of the ocean and its largest creatures, whales.
600 Divisadero Street   (415) 863-3969

Ruby's  Clay  Studio  &  Gallery

Carol Badran & Lecia Badran-Doane
Two Person Show
October 5 - October 18
Opening Reception Friday, October 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Nick DiBlasio
Solo Show
October 19 - November 15
Opening Reception Sunday, October 30th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

Gallery Open Daily,  10 am - 7 pm -  552A Noe Street (between 18th & 19th sts.)


From Print to Plate -  
  Views of the East on Transferware
San Francisco International Airport - International Terminal Main Hall -  through March 19, 2017 

LECTURE: "Exotic Scenes on Transferware" by Michael Sack

Sunday, October 2, 2:00pm 

Coinciding with the exhibition From Print to Plate: Views of the East on Transferware
Location: Aviation Museum and Library, International Terminal

Collector and exhibition partner Michael Sack focuses on early nineteenth-century English ceramics. Michael is the author of India on Transferware, which fully illustrates most of the known scenes of India on blue-and-white wares together with their source prints. This lecture will focus on specific traveling artists featured in the exhibition, as well as the potteries and their adaptations of the artists' prints. 

About the Exhibition   From Print to Plate:   Views of the East on Transferware - 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 views 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.


A Potter's Life: Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm  
Selected from the collection of
Forrest L. Merrill 
San Francisco International Airport   Terminal 2
Through Oct 16, 2016

Marguerite Wildenhain (1896-1985)

"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.  See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum 
     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.          All of the objects are from the collection of Forrest L. Merrill.
 For more information about Pond Farm visit: www.pondfarm.org

International Terminal
Through April 09, 2017
A Modern Approach: Mid-Century Design
 - See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/modern-approach-mid-century-design#sthash.FrEhdsPO.dpuf  

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:  http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/modern-approach-mid-century-design#sthash.jt1DnOnc.dpuf
Chemex 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.  - See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/21727/detail?num=4#sthash.er7fIpAI.dpuf  

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center

Go Figure !
through October 3

Featuring: Donna Billick, Michelle Gregor, Pancho Jimenez, Julee Richardson, Danny Rosales, Karen Van Galder and Tachina Rudman Young, Fred Yokel.

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center - 561 Emory St. - San Jose, CA 95110
 408.642.5757 - www.blackbeanclay.com 

Left: Michelle Gregor


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: October 14. Public Art Call for Artists - Deadline Extended to October 14th!
Traffic Company and Forensic Science Division Building Plaza and Entry 

The Traffic Company and Forensic Science Division building will be located at the intersection of Evans Avenue and Toland Street in San Francisco's Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhood. The building will be shared by the San Francisco Police Department's Traffic Company, a division that serves the community by providing traffic enforcement, accident investigations and education, and the department's crime scene investigations, computer forensics unit, and criminalistics laboratory.
The goal of the project is to create signature artworks for the new building that will inspire and engage both its users and the public, and will enhance the building's civic presence and connection to the surrounding neighborhood.
The project's public art opportunities will focus on the exterior, publicly accessible areas of the building.
Plaza: Approximately 6,000 square foot plaza fronting Evans Avenue at Toland Street, at the building's southwest corner. Artwork for the plaza may include artist-designed seating, paving, or a combination of the two. Sculpture may be considered, but will need to be well-integrated into the plaza's landscaping.
Budget: $350,000
Concrete Wall: Approximately 6,000 square feet of concrete wall banding the building's façade at street level along Toland Street and Evans Avenue. Artwork will need to be durable and minimal in profile, and artist will work closely with the project design team to ensure its successful integration.
Budget: $775,000
Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.
Learn more and apply today!
Deadline: October 16, 2016. Call For potters - Publication on CFile.
Cfile - 223 North Guadalupe St. #274 87501 Santa Fe, NM -   https://cfileonline.org/call-for-potters  
CFile, a publication for contemporary ceramic art, is looking for the top early-career potters to be featured in upcoming articles. Submit your work for free to be considered; you may also recommend a friend.
CFile is a resource for contemporary ceramics news, exhibitions, reviews, and emerging talent from around the globe, with 60,000 monthly users.  

Deadline: November 7.  (open NOW)  LOEWE Craft Prize - In 2016, the LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. With this forward-looking initiative, LOEWE seeks to recognize uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate will set a new standard for the future of craft. The incentive for the prize goes back to the roots of LOEWE, a leading luxury house that started as a collective of artisans in 1846.
Key Dates · LOEWE Craft Prize 2017 -  7 Nov. 2016: Submissions close.    Feb. 2017: Shortlist of finalists announced.  Complete the online registration in English. You need 2 to 5 photographs of the work and optionally a video. Write a brief conceptual statement about the work. Submit it before 7 November 2016.
About the Craft Prize - details at http://loewecraftprize.com/
The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work select/ed by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue "LOEWE Craft Prize 2017", on view in Madrid and subsequently traveling to other cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.     Apr. 2017: Winner announced

Deadline: November 10 (sending packages).  7th International Art Exhibition in  A VERY SMALL SIZE
Painting, Drawing, Watercolor, Collage, Photograph, Digital, Mixed Media...
With a respect to the quality of Art not to the size of Art      http://www.lessedra.com/mixed_media.php 
We started collecting of the works in September according to the conditions  http://www.lessedra.com/mixed_media_conditions.php?d=Conditions&l=en  -Deadline for sending packages is November 10
Looking forward to start our good cooperation... Yours Georgi Lessedra -  www.lessedra.com 

September 15, 2016 - The Glass Art Society (GAS), in partnership with Glass Wheel Studio, is pleased to announce a call to eligible member artists for the 2017 GAS Member Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will take place from May 27- July 16, 2017 at Glass Wheel Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, and will be a highlight of the 46th annual GAS conference, Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance.
Prizes will be awarded to select artists. "The Glass Art Society has over 2,000 members from all over the world. Many are incredibly gifted artists that work in a wide range of glass traditions and innovative techniques. "Glass Wheel is excited to partner with the Glass Art Society for this unprecedented juried exhibition," says Cheryl White, director of Glass Wheel Studio. "We cannot wait to share the work of GAS's many talented member artists with the thriving community of glass lovers here in Norfolk."  Applications from eligible GAS members at the Individual Membership level and above, working in all glassmaking processes and those documenting glass-related performance pieces, will be accepted through the Glass Art Society website at http://www.glassart.org/MemberExhibition.html.  Please see the webpage for details regarding eligibility, size restrictions, shipping, sales, entry fee and additional guidelines.

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.  Call for entry deadline:  March 10.  Further details will be posted on the ACGA website soon.


Pottery & Glass Seconds Sale - Sunday, October 2, 2016. Aptos.
Are seconds taking over your storage space? Turn those boxes into money! This twice a year sale was started in 1977 and has been going strong ever since. All media welcomed. $65 and 16%. Professional craftspeople only. Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10 am to 2 pm - Cabrillo College - 6500 Soquel Dr. in Aptos on the top deck of the parking structure.

ART PARTY - resumes on Friday, October 14, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -
Hope to see you at an Art Party ( www.berkeleyartparty.com ) some day!  I'd love to have non-functional ACGAers contact me to show at one of them  - - Barbara Stevens Strauss - bstevens.strauss@gmail.com

New Event:  December 3 & 4.  Wine Country Winter Festival - Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
www.winecountrywinterfestival.com707 824-8717/529-4884
It will be a beautiful quality craft event combined with 3 stages of entertainment, a huge wine/microbrew and spirits tasting, great food and lots things for the kids as well: Santa, etc.
"I am the person who puts on the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival, and I was an artist doing festivals all over the country for 30+ years. So this festival will be something special.  The web link is below. It is a new event, so not a lot to put on the site yet, but do look at our Bodega Festival to get an idea of the quality we look for in our artists." - Janet Ciel -  Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival - www.bodegaseafoodfestival.com - Wine Country Winter Festival - www.winecountrywinterfestival.com - 707 824-8717/529-4884

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center Supports Archangel Holiday Boutique
Dear Artist and Collector, "Archangel Holiday Boutique is requesting donation of your art pieces.  The event takes on October 7th and 8th and the purpose of the event is to raise fund to support more than  foster children in the Santa Clara County and help Child Advocates of Silicon Valley to recruit more volunteers, who can become one-on-one mentors to provide emotional and educational support to those children in need. The donated items will be used for the raffle ticket winning prizes and if no one wins the prize of a certain item, the donated art piece will be returned to the donor promptly."
This is the 3rd annual Archangel Holiday Boutique and it is totally run by volunteers and we do not profit from the event. Thank you for your kind support, Midori Adams, Event Chair, Archangel Holiday Boutique.
Please visit our website at http://archangelevent.wix.com/info and go to PARTICIPATE for more information and to apply. For more information contact archangeleventinfo@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Encounter the World in Residencies. Explore the listings here:

Deadline:  7th October 2016.
Ceramic Artist Exchange - Tandem 2017 - Neumunster/Germany 
A  jury will award 10 residencies to live and work here. Artists who use clay as their primary material and focussng on contemporary ceramic art.  More information available below or at the residency website http://residence2017.stadttoepferei.de   For any question don't hesitate to contact us.   Yours,   Danijela Pivasevic-Tenner - Ceramic Artist & Artistic Director,
   Since 1987 there's the artist house Stadttöpferei, based in the historical city center of Neumunster, northern Germany. It is run by the Dr. Hans Hoch Foundation as a special place for art and artists for contemporary advanced ceramic art. The institution is evolving constantly and is characterized by numerous ceramic artists who have lived and worked here. The exchange of different generations of artists is central to the program.
     Conditions - This residency is designed to accommodate two artists from different generations (emerging / experienced) artists for 4 weeks free of charge and includes a well equipped ceramic studio, as well as a comfortable living space. The resident will be provided with basic materials and free electric kiln firings during the course of the residency. The studio space is open to the public during the day, artists are requested to be present and available for visitors giving them an insight into their creative process.
At the end of the residency a final public presentation in the form of a exhibition or performance, focusing on the work produced at Stadttopferei, is expected. The artist also donate one representative work of art. It will be part of the final exhibition at the end of the residency year and the Stadttopferei collection.
     Application - Applications for the four-week stay in 2017 will be accepted latest until 7th October 2016. The   residence program mainly supports artists who focusing on contemporary advanced ceramic art and who use clay as their primary material. The will for mutual exchanges and cooperation with the other older or younger fellow guest artist is a condition to apply. An age limit does not exist. This residency is only available once for each artist.   Please submit the following (in English or German only):
- completed application form
- a maximum of 10 images of own works from the last three years, with details of title, material, size, in the form of high-resolution jpg files
- Vita, with details on education, exhibitions, awards and artist residencies
- written project proposal & information about skills, experiences to share
Applications are accepted exclusively online via the application form you will find at this page: http://residence2017.stadttoepferei.de
For any questions please contact info@stadttoepferei.de
Be aware, that incomplete or late applications may not be considered. Within eight weeks after the application deadline, the artists will be informed of the outcome of the jury's decision.  

Deadline November 21, 2016
Artist in Residence program at Sonoma Community Center.
We believe that our connection to the community is strengthened by supplying a venue for talented artists to integrate with, and become members of the Sonoma community through teaching and making work at our studio. See past residents here:  http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/page120.html   One artist will be juried in to spend six months living and working at the Sonoma Community Center, closely integrated into the community studio.  During their residency, the Artist is able to concentrate on developing a cohesive body of work which will be presented in a gallery exhibition at the completion of their residency. While at Sonoma Community Center, the Artist in Residence is given ample employment opportunities to teach classes and workshops to community members of all levels. The residency is "all inclusive" incorporating a monthly stipend, furnished apartment and semi-private studio in exchange for 20 hours of work per week.
Application and more information here
: http://www.sonomacommunitycenter.org/artist-in-residence-program.html
Please pass on this amazing opportunity! And feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries.
kalastein@mac.com ~ Kala Stein
Deadline November 21, 2016. Satellite Program of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial
The team of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial invites artists, designers, art historians and curators, but also students of those fields to submit proposals and ideas for the satellite program of the 2017 triennial. The triennial takes place from 14 April to 23 July, 2017. The theme of the main exhibition taking place in the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design is "Ajavahe, Time Difference" with its focus on concepts of time, tempo, different modes and ideas of time.
What we are looking for: 5441 people visited the main exhibition and the satellite program  of the last triennial. We aim to offer a diverse and fascinating program to visitors of the triennial both from Estonia and outside the country. In addition to the main exhibition a seminar, presentations by artists included in the show and various educational programs will take place as well. It would be great to open artists' studios to the public - from previous experience it is clear that a wider audience is very interested in artists' working spaces, their creative process and art. It would also be fitting to organize applied art exhibition in galleries or other temporary exhibition spaces while the triennial is taking place. The triennial's team of organizers welcomes various interventions in the city and during events, student projects and everything else that would connect to the triennial. The organizers of the triennial will compile all the events into a joint program and will promote the events via the triennial's channels (website, social media, newsletter, print materials, invitations), however, please keep in mind that the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society is unable to offer funding.
How to submit - Let us know if you wish to participate by 21 November, 2016.
Please send us your initial idea and a short description by e-mail to: info@trtr.ee 

Raku kiln and accessories,
Reconditioned front loading Raku Kiln; 4'x2'x2', welded angle iron, 2 7/8" burner, new kaowool and shelf
10' hose with pressure regulator - 7 gal and 3.5 gal propane tanks
Analog pyrometer with thermocouple - Large kiln gloves - Raku tongs
markbollwinkel@gmail.com     Cell: 650-380-7183


Full Time Studio Assistant
I'm looking for a full time studio assistant to join the MMclay team (San Francisco). 30 hours/week+
$17/hr. Applicants need to have experience working with clay, capable of loading and unloading kilns, making glazes, working with slab roller and being comfortable and familiar with a mop. An efficient work attitude and a good sense of humor is always appreciated. Please email Mary Mar Keenan (that's me) at marymar@mmclay.com  to find out more.

Job at ClayPeople  - seeking a ClayPerson. 
This is a part-time or full-time position. Must work some Saturdays. ClayPeople is a Ceramic Supply business with 6 employees.  We have been in business for 46 years. Please visit our website: www.claypeople.net.
Job Tasks: Help customers in our store; answer phones; pull and ship UPS orders;purchase product for store; stock shelves; routine accounting input; load cars with purchases; clean-up; regularly lift 50 lb. boxes of clay.
Job Requirements: Extensive experience working with clay; ability to regularly lift fifty pounds; ability to give cheerful knowledgeable answers about ceramics to our customers; must be self-motivated and self-directed.
Compensation:  --  Start at $15/hr. $16/hr. after 60 days. --  Full Kaiser medical coverage with no deductible after 90 days. (Must work at least 24 hours a week to receive Kaiser coverage). --  $500/yr. dental coverage.
--  $500/yr. tuition reimbursement. --  Costco Card. --  200 lbs. of free clay a month. --  Holiday Pay for all major holidays. --  15 vacation/sick days the first year. 20 vacation/sick days the second year. --  Free Firings.  --  40% employee discount for supplies. --  Networking with top ceramic artist. Please email resume to people@claypeople.net   or drop it by our store.

Part time Ceramics Instructor for sabbatical replacement beginning January 5, 2017 
Ceramics Teacher -  Part Time - Marin Academy seeks an experienced high school ceramics teacher for a part-time teaching position that will begin in January 5, 2017. Candidates must have experience teaching ceramic hand building, wheel throwing and glaze techniques. Additionally, kiln loading and firing and studio management at the high school  [...]  You may view the latest post at http://www.acga.net/category/member-posts/  A bachelor's degree in Ceramics or a related field is required. A Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics or a related field is desired.  ( www.ma.org ).     Please send resume and letter of interest to:
Scott Young (deanoffaculty@ma.org) - Dean of Faculty
Marin Academy, 1600 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901-1859
No phone calls, please. http://www.ma.org/Page/About-MA/Employment 

Hiring: Clay By The Bay Pottery Studios/Kiln & Co. School and Supply seeks clay lovers to join our growing team! 
Please submit resume and cover letter to  Rebecca@claybythebaysf.com
   All applicants: -A minimum of 2 years of clay studio experience-Great attitude, love for clay and community, customer service oriented-Ability to lift 50lbs. regularly-Comfortable loading/unloading kilns, mixing glazes, pug clay, and cleaning the studio-Ability to walk up and down stairs-Desire to be a part of a growing team
Kiln & Co: 1618 Pacific Ave
-Intermediate/advanced wheel throwing instructor. Experience teaching throwing off the hump, altering forms, advanced surface decoration, throwing techniques and more. Loading/unloading kilns, mixing glazes, and helping out around the studio.
-Advanced ceramics instructor- must be able to teach all of the above as well as, glaze and clay making, firing, advanced throwing, hand building, and more.
-Ceramic supply store floor person and studio tech-will be responsible for selling ceramic supplies as well as loading/unloading kilns, mixing glazes and all studio maintenance/cleaning duties. This person must be willing to work weekends and evenings, have great customer service skills and be an enthusiastic clay lover! Current schedule includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5-10pm. Only apply if you are willing to work these shifts. More shifts may open up in the near future.
Clay By The Bay Pottery Studios: 1242 Mason Street-
-Beginning/Intermediate ceramics instructor: Must be able to teach wheel throwing and hand building. Also looking for a sculpture instructor.
-Studio tech and studio help. Will be responsible for answering student questions, loading/unloading kilns, mixing glazes, reclaiming clay, moping, cleaning, and all studio maintenance/cleaning duties. Must be available weekends and evenings.
-Retail Pottery Sales in Gallery: This position is for our gallery space next door to our mason street studio. Gallery is located at 1248 Mason Street. Knowledge of ceramic arts required. Light bookkeeping, administrative assistant work for studio. Print student agreements, input contact information, send weekly emails to students and members, clean and organize pottery, set up gallery shows, etc. Thursday-Sunday Schedule. 

Professional Kiln Repair Service
"I'm Joe Kowalczyk (Ko-väl-chick), your Bay Area kiln technician.  I can fix your kiln."   
* Evaluations & repair for ceramics or glass kilns (both gas & electric)
* Kiln tutorials (basic operation, safety, maintenance, & custom programming) 
* Consultations new & used kiln purchases 
* Pottery wheels, slab rollers, ventilation, & general studio setup
"6 years experience & I'll beat the prices of any kiln service in the Bay Area."
Questions? e-mail:  StudioJoKo@gmail.com or call: 510-601-5053.  
ACGA's New Website 
The new www.ACGA.net 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:

Having trouble logging in? Don't understand why your updated profile is not saving? Don't know your username or password? 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 the latest post Josie Jurczenia wrote a funny and informative post 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 - ws.pottery@gmail.com

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

ACGA Networking Explained: -- Who Ya Gonna Call?
 Make your own page on the ACGA Website -  Use the Blog + Forum

    Get the e-Newsletter - JOIN ETSY  and FACEBOOK.   

Each of these must be subscribed to separately

ACGA Forum - Our new website has a forum feature. Directions for posting in article below.

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.
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 at 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. Contact Whitney Smith for help. ws.pottery@gmail.com.
Address changes should go to Vivien Hart, vivien@glasshart.com, who maintains the central member database.

Join the ACGA social media group
hosted by Whitney Smith at
/www.facebook.com/groups /ACGASocialMedia 
Did you know that our new 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 ACGA.net and go to "Members" on the main menu and click "login" on the drop down menu.
    *    Login using your assigned username and password. If you don't know what that is, read the "Username and Password" info below.
    *    When you login you will be taken to your profile. Feel free to update your profile! From here you can go to "Member Forum" and "Submit post".
    *    If you have any issues posting, contact Whitney Smith at ws.pottery@gmail.com.
Username and password:
    *    For most, your username is your first and last name together as one word. If you are a collaborative team or have a hyphenated last name it may be different. You can look up your username under the "Member" menu in "Member Names and Usernames".
    *    Your default password is ACGAmember, one word, case sensitive. Please remember to change your password once you update your profile. Again, if you have issues, please contact Whitney Smith at ws.pottery@gmail.com.

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FREE Exhibition and Opportunity listings.

  We welcome articles about clay and glass as well as news of exhibitions to enter and to see.    Let us know!

News Items are Due on the 15th of the month before publication.

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  • Title docs with your name first   - "johndoe-news.doc. No PDFs or Flyers please.
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Remember to ad file type to the name, such as ".jpg" when naming the image so it will open.

- 3 types of ads. Due digitally on the 15th of the month before publication.
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    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.

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