December  2016                                    top facebook                          Volume 64,   Issue 12
In This Issue
Articnew ACGA Membership Liaison.le Headline
Article Headline From the President
SoCal Ceramics and Glass
Exhibition News: Ceramic in Focus
Board of Directors Ballot
Member News.
ACGA Board Meeting.
Festival Sales Summary
CGAF Report
ACGA Networking
Membership RENEWALS
Now on View through
January 2, 2017
. So.Cal Clay and Glass presented by ACGA at Muzeo Museum in Anaheim
December 14:  Next Board meeting. 7pm. Presidio Library, San Francisco.  2nd Wednesdays.  ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME
January 10:  Deadline for entries - Ceramics in Focus 2017
January 15: Ballots due
January 29: Retreat at Sonoma Center
January 31: Renew membership
March 10, 2017:  Glass Currents entry due.
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     
...from the new ACGA Membership Liaison.
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Dear ACGA Members,

Just a quick note to introduce myself. My name is Vivien Hart. I joined ACGA several years ago as a glass artist and am now the new ACGA Membership Liaison.

I took over the position from Ann Testa after her many years of diligent service - Thank you, Ann! 

Membership renewal occurs in December and January. Submitting your renewal payments in a timely fashion will be a big help to me.  If there have been any address or website changes please include it in your renewal. This information will be changed in the database.

In addition please read the volunteer portion and fill out how you may be of help to the organization. We would love as much help as possible to make this a vibrant organization.

My email is:  and I can be reached by phone at 510-334-2443. Thanks

I look forward to meeting many new faces!

Here you will find the link to renew your membership: .

A paper version is at the end of this newsletter.
From the President -  Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Hello ACGA!
I am writing this letter surrounded by mountains of freshly made pots awaiting trimming, drying, firing, and glazing; and if all goes well, the awaiting hands of holiday customers! That is all for me, how about you? Are you busy polishing, wrapping, boxing, pricing, and scheduling your holiday sales? Let's hope it is a lucrative season for all!

On another note, let's get down to some ACGA business of the best kind!


Last year our annual getaway was such a great success at the Sonoma Community Center we will be holding it there again on Sunday, January 29th from 9:30 am - 3:30pm. As always we will begin the day with a short-and-sweet board meeting where our membership (you) will elect new board members for the next term, and the board will choose a new board president for 2017-18. Following the board meeting, and also based on the previous year's success, we will have a fantastic lunch spread prepared by ceramic artist members, and culinary wonders, Sarah Brown and Owen Nelsen, and arts demonstrations, plus presentations by some of our many talented ACGA Members. Finally, we will be brainstorming about a number of events for the upcoming year, focusing primarily on the events that we will be holding to celebrate our upcoming 25th anniversary ACGA Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival!

For the Getaway, Please RSVP to if you are able to join us for food, fun and fantastic company at this years ACGA Getaway on June 29th, 276 East Napa St, Sonoma CA 95476. And remember to use the ballot in this news letter to vote for your new ACGA board members!

Please send your ballot to Jo Killen Before January 15th.                                   --  Forrest Lesch-Middelton
SoCal Ceramics and Glass - November 12, 2016 - January 2, 2017
           Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
SoCal Ceramics & Glass opened November 12 at Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim.

This ACGA member exhibition features the work of eight southern California artists: Caroline Blackburn, Pierre Bounaud, Beverly Crist, Maria DeCastro, Paul Harrie, George Jercich, Alone Larsen, and Cheryl Tall.

The exhibition presents a diverse array of techniques and approaches to handmade ceramics and glass, with each artist showing a group of original pieces in their respective media. Artworks produced using various firing temperatures and working methods, from functional to sculptural, are on display. The show runs through January 1, 2017, and is free and open to the public, visit for details.

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

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ACGA Exhibition News: Ceramic in Focus
Heads up to all ACGA clay members - associate & exhibiting.

We have a wonderful opportunity for you to display your work at the Davis Arts Center for 3 weeks and at an Annex in downtown Davis during the weekend of the CCACA conference.
All clay members are eligible and we have a great juror - Nathan Lynch. 
The application will be in the January newsletter & on the website.

Deadline for entries - January 10.
Get those images ready - you will be selected for a body of work, not specific pieces.
Questions - or 650-851-3754
Ceramics in Focus 2017
Davis Arts Center, Tsao Gallery
1919 F Street, Davis CA
April 3 - 30, 2017      
Juror: Nathan Lynch - chair of the ceramics department at CCA
Reception(s):  Second Friday Art About! April 14, 5-7pm
                     CCACA April 30, 5-7pm (juror's talk- 5:30)
Downtown Annex April 28-30 (During the CCACA conference)
Installation: March 31 - April 1;
                  April 27 Downtown Annex 
Takedown: April 30 both shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Print, mark, and mail this ballot page.
Vote for any or all candidates (circle Yes or No)

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

Siobhan Reilly Hughes            YES        NO

Miki Rutter                                YES        NO

Scott Jennings                          YES        NO

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

Bill Geisinger                           YES        NO

Bonita Cohn                             YES        NO

Vivien Hart                               YES        NO

Voting Deadline: Must be received by January 15, 2017

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


333 Linfield Place, Menlo Park CA 94025.

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Member News
Linda S. Fitz Gibbon (right) will be exhibiting a selection of  "inflatables" and produce based ceramic sculptures at Artspace 1616, Dec. 8 - 31. Artist reception is second Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 - 9 pm. 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA. Gallery hours: Thurs. - Sat. 12 - 6 pm and Sun. 12 - 3 pm or by appointment. 916-849-1127

Mary Mar Keenan's
Upcoming Events & Holiday Sales: Sunday, December 4th,  Holiday Brunch Market at The Progress Restaurant, 11am - 2:45pm
1525 Fillmore Street, San Francisco. Tons of awesome makers and creators, as well as a brunch pop-up, coffee, tea and full bar. It's going to be a fantastic event at this recent Michelin star-awarded restaurant!   Sunday, December 11th, MMclay Holiday Open Studio Sale, 11am-4pm, 315 Linden Street, San Francisco. Come visit my open studio in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. Wine and treats will be provided (while supplies lasts!). Tons of one-of-a-kind pieces - New designs - And as requested, lots of great seconds !

April Zilber
(work at left) has an exhibition, "Light in the Trees" at Viscosity Glass Gallery in Boulder Creek.  The gallery owners, Cristy Aloysi and Scott Graham are glass-blowing ACGA members.  The exhibition was installed in early Nov, and runs through Dec. 31st.  Gallery hours are Fri - Sun 12-5 pm.  The opening reception will be on Fri. Dec. 2nd from 6-9 during the Boulder Creek Art Walk.  Here's a link to the gallery webpage:  And Facebook page:   Scroll down to see the Light in the Trees event post. " Experience the stunning works of fused glass artist April Zilber... "

Fred Yokel and Julia Feld
are showing in
The Cup, The Mug -  A national juried exhibition of drinking vessels
*Juried by Rochester area ceramic artist/instructor, Peter Pincus -  See 60 cups & mugs by 48 artists from across the country, plus cups by 5 artists selected by the juror, showcased along side the juried work. $1,000 in cash awards announced at the opening. December 3, 2016-January 6, 2017 -  Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 4-7 p.m.

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  ACGA Board Meeting 
Attendees: Board members: Gerald Arrington, Bonita Cohn, Julia Feld, Vivien Hart, Jo Killen, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Jan Schachter, Kala Stein, Whitney Smith, Kathy Pallie, Wesley Wright, Fred Yokel, Miki Shim-Rutter. Guests: Scott Jennings, Siobhan Hughes
Action: The board unanimously approved the Sep 14, 2016 minutes.

Exhibitions - Jan Schachter.  The Muzeo Museum in Anaheim's exhibition, showcasing ACGA in southern CA, opens 11/12/16.  The Davis Art Center show will open in April and close at the end of the CCACA conference. ACGA will have a pop-up exhibition downtown at the conference.
JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft & Design, will be the juror for the Richmond Art Center's statewide glass exhibition scheduled for 6/14 - 7/23/2017. ACGA in collaboration with the Glass Alliance of Northern CA (GLANC) are show sponsors. Fred Yokel designed the post card. ACGA is looking for a volunteer admin for the show. Work continues on the National Juried Clay & Glass show in Brea CA set for next summer.

Cup Show on Website - Whitney Smith. The pilot Cup Show launches on the ACGA website on Nov 18th with 20 participants. Thanks to Wesley W. for assistance with PR.

Membership - Vivien Hart.
ACGA is simplifying the membership application process on the web. Prospective members will be asked to fill out a JOT Form that will provide sign up and volunteer interests. The JOT information can be downloaded to Excel and uploaded to File Maker database.
The board discussed the need for membership information including updating categories, renewal requirements, and minimum volunteer requirements. The board also discussed the need for separate welcoming letters for new associate, exhibiting, as well as the 3 levels of sponsors. Drafts are available.
The membership renewal for 2017 letter should include a firm date for return to assure inclusion in the festival. (Coordinate with April Z.)

Jurying - Julia Feld. The October 1st jurying was half digital and half in person. The 5 jurors accepted 2 glass and 4 clay artists out of 21 applicants (2 cancellations). The March 2017 jurying will be all-digital, and the following jurying will be all in-person.
Action: Create a digital membership directory in File Maker Pro that allows for sorts for renewals, new members, volunteer info, targeting meetups etc... and send to board members in need. Create a pdf for the member's only page on the web. (Julia F.)

Festival 25th Anniversary Festival. 
Jan S., Jo K., and Gerry A. volunteered to form a committee to create special events/booths such as booths for emeritus artists, a Cobb Mountain for resident artist, sponsors and non-profits.  Action: Write an article for Ceramics Monthly and other publications highlighting the anniversary targeting the Jun/Jul/Aug publication. Note 6-month lead-time for publication. (Kala S.)

Treasurer Report - Jan Schachter for April Zilber
The board briefly reviewed the Balance Sheet, Budget vs. Actual, and the Festival. Finals for the 2016 festival show a good result with budgeted income of $11,069 and actuals of $9,826.
Action: Check area of expertise and contact April Z with questions. (board members)
2017 Ballot for the Board.  The board is working the ballot for the 2017 board that will include some new officers and board members. 
Action: Complete negotiating for the board ballot no later than Nov 23rd. (Forrest LM.)

The board discussed several regional meetup opportunities for glass and clay artists. Vivien H. is considering one for glass artists in the East Bay. Miki SR. is working on a South Bay meetup that would be a co-sponsored event with CGAF, ACGA, and the Palo Alto Art Centre around the Michael Kline workshop. Kathy P. is considering a meetup for San Rafael.

2017 Retreat. 
Put January 29, 2017 on your calendar for the next ACGA retreat. Plans are underway.
Action: Highlight date in the newsletter. (Bonita C.)

25th Annual Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival 2017 - Kala Stein. 
Kala S. Continues work on the members survey requesting suggestions for the 25th festival with plans to send out by March 15th. The survey will be sent to every member.          

Adjourn 8:45 PM                                                                                                       Minutes by Jo Killen
Next Meeting:       

Wednesday, December 14, 7:00 pm

SF Presidio Public Library
     3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco


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2016 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival                     Prepared by April Zilber
Festival Sales Summary
Sales Range      Artists
$0                           1
$1-1000                 18   
$1001-2000           35
$2001-3000           31
$3001-4000           17
$4001-5000           11
$5001-6000             4
$6001-7000             9
$7001-8000             3
$8001-9000             0
$9001 +                   3  
Total Artists         132
Total Sales                         $384,726.65                        
Average Sales                       $2,914.60            
Median Sales                        $2,242.00
Top Seller                            $18,500.00
  Palo Alto Festival Comparison
Year      # of Artists      Total sales        Average sales/artist    median sales   top seller
2000     159                   $413,436                      $2600               $2128               >$10,000
2001     161                   $487,654                      $3029               $2364               >$11,000
2002     173                   $467,343                      $2701               $2125               >$11,000
2003     161                   $432,117                      $2684               $2170                $12,444
2004     169                   $459,091                      $2716               $2310                $23,750
2005     175                   $462,361                      $2642               $2116                $16,600
2006     172                   $419,584                      $2439               $1905                  $8,975           
2007     163                   $496,537                      $3046               $2334                $21,750           
2008     160                   $417,889                      $2612               $2110                  $8,000
2009     174                   $407,554                      $2342               $1875                  $9,525
2010     166                   $378,696                      $2281               $1895                $11,500
2011     142                   $391,986                      $2760               $2270                $10.187
2012     145                   $406,602                      $2804               $2200                $10,809
2013     159                   $416,969                      $2639               $2149                  $9,416
2014     141                   $392,169                      $2781               $2104                $11,805
2015   123                    $361,905                      $2942               $2306                $13,705
2016     132                   $384,727                      $2915               $2242                $18,500

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Tip of the Month
Earthquakes:: Report Shows More Americans at Risk
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently reported that nearly half of Americans are exposed to potentially damaging earthquakes. This is up from approximately a quarter of Americans estimated by USGS in 2006. The change is primarily due to population shifts and more accurate estimates of earthquake hazards.
Even if you live in state with little risk of earthquake, there is still a possibility that you could be traveling in an area with higher risk when an earthquake strikes. If you are, remember to:
  • Drop - don't run, you are likely to injure yourself trying to run while the earth is shaking. If you are inside, do not run outside where you may be hit by falling debris. Stay where you are. 
  • Cover - get under a table or other sturdy piece of furniture or a structure that will protect you from falling objects.
  • Hold On - to a table leg and ride out the shaking.
CERF+'s Studio Protector contains tips for sheltering-in-place in the Disaster Warning section. The Safeguarding section lists resources for retrofitting your studio and home to make them safer in the event of an earthquake. Read more:

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.  Further details will be posted on the ACGA website soon.



TRAX gallery  

Sip III - Invitational Cup Show
through December 4th

Peter Beasecker, Julia Galloway, Beth Lo, Steve Lee, Birdie Boone, Kevin Snipes, Karl Borgeson,  Karl McDade, 
Stacy Snyder, Justin Rothshank, Robert Brady, Sunshine Cobb, and Sandy Simon. 
1812 5th St.  -     510.540.8729    

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

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

"I entered this residency with specific ideas for developing self-invented techniques," says Mlasowsky. In her previous work Mlasowsky has created experiential installations determined by sound waves and performances where molten glass is physically manipulated. This body of work draws inspiration from diverse sources, resulting in an exhibition consisting of multiple conversations. "Each of the projects has its own visual language and aesthetic," she explains. "Each work stems from an individual point of departure. The title of this exhibition gives credit to the diversity and individuality of each project."
4514 Hollis St.  Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm              

473 25th St, Suite 5, Oakland 94612   415-515-3174

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  The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts  -  through December 24, 2016

Legacy   -    
Beato Gallery   
Featuring recent works, created in Beatrice Wood's studio     
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai) - Ojai, CA 93023
Open to the Public Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 11 - 5
Tel (805) 646-3381

AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art       
Current Exhibitions

Mata Ortiz Exhibition, Sale & Hands-On Workshop
December 1-4, 2016

  Mata Ortiz Pottery was first produced over 1,000 years ago in an area of Northern Mexico called Casas Grandes or Paquimé. At first, the pots were crude but evolved through trade with other cultures. The Paquimé culture peaked sometime in the 13th or 14th century and then disappeared for reasons that remain unknown.
Mata Ortiz pottery is based on pre-Hispanic pottery found in and around the archeological site of Paquimé in the Mexican province of Chihuahua. It is named after the modern town of Mata Ortiz, which is near the site and where a man named Juan Quezada learned on his own to recreate this ancient pottery and then went on to update it. The success of the pottery, which is sold for its aesthetic rather than its utilitarian value, has brought the town of Mata Ortiz out of poverty, with most of its population earning income from the industry, directly or indirectly.

Nearly 400 of the 1,200 inhabitants of Mata Ortiz are now producing pottery, slowly transforming the community from one of impoverishment to one of economic stability. Every stage of production of the pottery is done completely by hand. Raw clay and pigment for the pots and paints are collected from the rich deposits found in surrounding hills and valleys. 
An exhibition and sale of over 40 Mata Ortiz potter's work will be held at AMOCA December 1-4, 2016.  In conjunction with the exhibition and sale, Mata Ortiz artist, Diego Valles will be leading a two-day, hands-on workshop at AMOCA on December 3-4.  Valles is an award-winning potter who said, "I work on my ancestral art of Mexican pottery. I consider my job a blessing, as it not only allows me to make a living, but I dedicate myself to something that fully satisfies me and fills me with pride. Personally, I think art is the highest distinction between human beings and other living beings by giving meaning to our existence. "

Exhibition & Sale: December 1 - 4, noon to 5:00pm. Free and open to the public.
Hands-On Workshop: December 3-4, 10:00am-4:00pm.  Registration required: 

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

With the dawn of social media comes a new generation of artists who grasp the power of video not just as a tool to document process, but as an inextricable element of their work. Recorded Matter is an exploration of the range of expression that video offers - from viral videos showing artworks being used (or more often, abused) to mysterious inquiries into material and philosophical properties of clay.   
 Lohengrin's Arrival, plaque, handpainted 
    Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales   Through July 31, 2018 
Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.
    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.

Ceramics A to Z: AMOCA's Permanent Collection
Through April 23, 2017

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

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 -  


Crocker Art Museum        
Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture - through December 31 
Claire Falkenstein
Flora (Topology), 1973
Bronze, kinetic motor, 48 in. x 60 in. x 36 in.  
Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) was one of America's most experimental and productive 20th-century artists. Relentlessly exploring media, techniques and processes with uncommon daring and intellectual rigor, she moved from one art center to another, working first in the San Francisco Bay Area, then Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. An exhibition featuring 50 works by the groundbreaking artist comes to the Crocker Art Museum. 
   "Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture," which through New Year's Eve, includes works by Falkenstein from the late 1920s through the early 1990s. In addition to her sculptures, for which she is best known, the exhibition features oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, collage, etchings, lithographs and jewelry, as well as photographs of some of her major public commissions. 
Falkenstein's reputation today rests primarily on her sculpture, which was often radical and ahead of its time, yet she was also an inventive painter and maker of prints, jewelry, glass, films, stage sets for dance, public murals, fountains and monumental architectural commissions. Although Falkenstein's extensive portfolio can appear bewilderingly diverse, her pieces are based on several distinctive structural systems, which became her personal, formal vocabulary. 
   "Claire Falkenstein was an incredibly versatile artist who fearlessly experimented with different materials and techniques," says Crocker Interim Associate Curator Kristina P. Gilmore. "Her body of work is diverse, but all of her work is unified through her own visual language, which prizes themes like transparency, repetition, and, especially, the biomorphic forms and dynamic forces of nature." 
   "Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture," curated by Jay Belloli and organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art, highlights the prolific creativity and experimental spirit of Falkenstein, who lived most of her life in California. She spent considerable time in the Bay Area as a girl and young adult and taught at Mills College before settling in Venice, Calif., for the last several decades of her life.
  216 O St Sacramento - 95814 P: (916) 808-7000 F: (916) 808-7372

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

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

American and European Folk Art ----- through June 25, 2017
An exhibition dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum's permanent collection. This exhibition is dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum's permanent collection, with many artworks on view for the very first time. Featured items include quilts, whirligigs and weather vanes, as well baskets and ceramic vessels. Figurative sculptural objects will also be on view, including works by Felipe Archuleta, Gerard Cambon and Beatrice Wood, in addition to anniversary tin gifts, a carnival knockdown figure, a carved and painted wood barber pole and needlepoint samplers.
Mingei International Museum · BALBOA PARK, PLAZA DE PANAMA 1439 EL PRADO, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101. TUESDAY - SUNDAY 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Ruby's  Clay  Studio  &  Gallery

Annual Holiday Sale
Ruby's Clay Studio Artists Group Show
through December 31

Gallery Open Daily,  10 am - 7 pm -  552A Noe Street (between 18th & 19th st.)     415-437-1642


From Print to Plate  
  Views of the East on Transferware  

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

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

International Terminal               Through April 09, 2017
For hundreds of years, master craftsmen made the finest domestic products by hand and added detail and decoration as the hallmarks of luxury. During the Industrial Revolution, countless factory-produced items emulated this handcrafted look. Often clad in ornate cast-iron housings, they offered little in the way of ingenuity. In a move towards progressive design, twentieth-century European modernists, including those at the Bauhaus school in Germany, emphasized the benefits of mass-production. They promoted a mastery of /mechanization and the latest materials to carry modern design to the masses. - See more at: xhibitions/modern-approach-mid-century-design#sthash.jt1DnOnc.dpuf
Chemex 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: 


Black Bean Ceramic Art Center
Members' Holiday Sale
through December 18.

We hope to see you  at Black Bean Ceramic Art Center Members' Holiday Sale Come by and find original and one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends.

The Gallery will be open Monday-Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4 pm or by Appointment.

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center is located at 561 Emory St. in San Jose.
(408) 642-5757

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The Clay and Glass Arts Foundation   - CGAF Report

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

The Clay and Glass Arts Foundation (CGAF) is interested in sending California ceramic students to (NCECA) The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference in Portland Oregon. March 22-26 2017.
Sculpture by Andrea Brown, 2015  conference scholarship recipient from CGAF

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

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

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

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

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 December 5 for Public Art Opportunities. SF Arts Commission.  
2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool: Submit an application to be considered for a range of new permanent public art projects. 
and San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1 Redevelopment: Our goal for this project is to commission dynamic contemporary art that offers the traveler a powerful and continuous art experience within the context of the airport environment. This will include the selection of artists commissioned to create large-scale site responsive artworks and architecturally integrated installations that will build the strength of our existing collection. Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted after the December 5, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (PST) deadline. Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PST) on the deadline date, December 5, 2016.  SlideRoom technical support is available Monday - Saturday by email, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (CST) 

Deadline: December 16, 2016
Nevada, Las Vegas "Cup Show 2017" (February 2-26) Cups must be functional-tall, small, teabowls or handled. See website for more information. Juried from digital.Fee: $35 for 3 entries, $10 additional pieces. Juror: Nolan Baumgartner, Peter Jakubowski. Contact Thomas Bumblauskas, Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104;; .
Deadline: January 10, 2017 
Japan, Mino "11th International Ceramics Festival" (September 15-October 22, 2017) entries should go beyond traditional concepts in a way that is imaginative and inspired-one that opens the door to the future of ceramic arts. Juried from digital. No entry fee. Must be a new piece. Contact Executive Committee Office, Ceramics Park MINO, 4-2-5 Higashi-machi, Tajimi City, Gifu, Japan 507-0801;; ; 81-572-25-4111.
Deadline: January 14, 2017 
Arizona, Tubac "Tubac Center of the Arts Flight Exhibition" (March 3-April 9, 2017) open to art celebrating the beauty and spirit of birds and all things that take to the air. Work which is innovative in concept and approach, representational or abstract. All media. Juror: J. Rodney Reveal. Fee $35. Contact 9 Plaza Rd., Tubac, AZ 85646; ; 520-398-2371.

Deadline: January 15, 2017 
Florida, Rosemary Beach "Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition" (May 29-October 7) works must be able to withstand all weather conditions, high temperatures, direct sunlight, humidity + salt, free from defects and deterioration. Juried from digital. Fee: $30. Juror: Jennifer Carvalho-Bindi. Contact Thomas Kramer, Rosemary Beach, PO Box 611321, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461;; ; 850-375-7019.
Deadline: January 15, 2016 
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia "Small Favors: Think Inside the Box" (March 3-April 30) open to ceramic work that fits inside a 4-inch cube. Contact The Clay Studio, 137 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106;; ; 215-925-3453
Deadline: January 20.  National Ceramic Exhibitions - The MWSU Clay Guild is sponsoring two national ceramic exhibitions.  The deadline for each is January 20, 2017.  Both exhibition will be offering awards of $500-Best of Show, $200-1st Place, and $100-2nd Place.  If you are interested in participating, please review the information about each exhibition below.
(#1) MWSU Clay Guild - Twin Cups - National Ceramic Exhibition
The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild is sponsoring a National Ceramic Exhibition titled Twin Cups. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.  Submitted artworks may be either functional or sculptural representations of a pair of cups, mugs, or drinking vessels, etc.  A $30.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three entries (each entry consisting of a set of two).  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years.
Twin Cups Prospectus:
(#2)  Clay on the Wall - The Missouri Western State University Clay Guild is sponsoring a National Ceramic Exhibition titled Clay on the Wall. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S.  Artworks must have been completed within the last two years. Works may be either functional or sculptural forms designed to hang on the wall. All entries must be complete with a hanging device capable of securely supporting the work on the wall for the duration of the exhibition. It is preferred that the hanging device not be visible when the piece is displayed.  The $30.00 jury fee entitles each artist to submit a maximum of three entries.MWSU Clay Guild website:

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


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

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

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

Encounter the World in Residencies. Explore the listings here:

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.     Cell: 650-380-7183


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  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.  ( ).     Please send resume and letter of interest to:
Scott Young ( - Dean of Faculty, Marin Academy, 1600 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901-1859.  No phone calls, please.

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: or call: 510-601-5053.
ACGA's New Website  -  Whitney Smith  

The new is live and functional for everyone to use. 

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

Some new things of note:

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

Help articles:

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

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

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

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

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

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. contact: 
ACGA Newsletter is sent by email - To change your method of delivery please contact editor Bonita Cohn at: 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 website. > member login > newsletter. If you have unsubscribed you can sign up again at after member log-in. Contact Whitney Smith for help.
Address changes should go to Vivien Hart,, who maintains the central member database.

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

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

    *    Go to and go to "Members" on the main menu and click "login" on the drop down menu.
    *    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
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

Membership RENEWALS: Renew your membership for 2017 by January 31st, 2017. You can renew here .
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  • *You must be juried in for Exhibiting or Collaborative membership.  Only Exhibiting and Collaborative Exhibiting members are allowed to show in any ACGA event, unless otherwise noted. Click here for information about the jury process. 
  • The ACGA depends on member participation. Please check the boxes that interest you most.
  • Please submit at least 1 and up to 3 high-quality professional images to make it easier for us to highlight member work. If possible, please submit images from the past 12 months. Minimum 1000 px each side. 
  • Don't forget to make a tax-deductible donation to CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund) and CGAF (Clay and Glass Arts Foundation). These organizations support artists with grants and support for special projects and during emergencies. Many ACGA members have benefited from these organizations, show your support today!

For those who are not on a computer, this hard copy can be mailed to 

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


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  SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and Advertising Rates

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.

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.

- 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:   

Editor:    Bonita Cohn 
Send Advertising Payments, check payable to ACGA, to:

 Bonita Cohn,
1538 Jones,
 San Francisco, CA. 94109