"CHINESE CLAY ART" is a newsletter emailed to professional artists, curators, collectors, writers, experts, educators and students in the ceramic field, who want to know about ceramic art in China and things related. This newsletter is a bridge between Eastern and Western countries for the ceramic arts. Comments and suggestions are very welcome. For subscription, please send your e-mail address to:
"Our first website of Chinese Clay Art was created in 2002. The internet technology has been developed far beyond that time. So we have re-created a new website to meet the needs of new generations with smart phones. I wish we could provide better products and services for the ceramic communities in the U. S. and beyond. During the transition, it may have some difficulty for order process, please contact us for any issues by email, telephone or fax as below. All suggestions and comments are very welcome! After I received my MFA from San Jose State University in 1999, I started my own small business - a ceramic classroom called Clay Ground (shown) in Silicon Valley, CA. Through my teaching experiences, I was able to invent several ceramic tools and applied patents in China. Thus, I decided to start a ceramic tool business. Personally, I consider myself to be a clay artist, educator, and writer. I have been growing together with both the ceramic communities of USA and that of China, and I have frequently contributed my efforts to the two-way traffic of international ceramic exchange.
If you would like to know anything about Chinese ceramics, please feel free to send e-mails to me. Our clay tool business was established in 1999 and we have been building up our relationships beyond the business as well. All of my co-workers and I would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has been or will be supporting our business.
Thank you very much!
Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
Julia Feld is a 2017 NICHE award winner in the category Ceramic Sculpture. "Dear friends, thank you so much for your comments and warm wishes"
Edge of Precipice
are delighted to
have duo ceramics exhibit coming up at the beautiful Galerie du Don in the town of Le Fel, south-central France. As the first Americans to show there, the show is titled "La Nouvelle Vague Californienne" (The New Californian Wave), opening March 26, and on view through May 11, 2017.
Lee Middleman's new texture vase,
Winter Ridge, has been accepted in the 28th annual
California Clay Competition at The Artery in Davis, CA. This is the eighth time his work has been selected for the annual exhibition. The exhibition is open from April 28 to May 26, 2017 at The Artery, 207 G Street, Davis, CA. The 28th Annual California Clay Competition is sponsored by The Artery and held in conjunction with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art
was in France recently
"to visit my mom. It just happened that I was there in time to see an annual ceramic fair in town called "La foire des Tupiniers" (Tupiniers' Fair). This old French word, tupiniers, dates back to the Middle Ages: the tupin was a container made of clay, and the tupiniers were potters. The fair in Lyon goes back to 1492 and in 1986 the city recreated it with the help of the association "LesTupiniers du Vieux Lyon" (
). The association is supported by the city which also supplies them with an office. Imagine the city of San Francisco doing that for ACGA.
There were potters from 5 different E.U countries, 140 exhibitors. This year's theme was
Earth of Korea
and the Korean potters of Gyeongsangbuk-do Ceramic Association were their guests. 15 of the Korean association came and gave lectures, demonstrations and also displayed some of their work. Pretty cool. The background for the fair takes place in the Old Town of Lyon, next to the St Jean cathedral, completed in 1476, where the fair originally started, a couple of decades later. It was pretty fun to be there. If you are in Lyon on a second week end of September in the near future go have a look. You can go to their site and see more of the artists works."
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|Passing: Paul Harrie, glass artist
Glass artist Paul Harrie has passed away.
We have lost one of our own.
Harrie recently lost a long and valiant battle with cancer. Paul was a gifted and innovative glass blower. He had the highest quality standards of any blower I have known and those standards did not diminish over time. Paul was always available to help others solve problems and always shared programs and ideas.
He gave me invaluable advice
when I was just starting out. He was generous of spirit. Paul was dedicated to glass and when we talked a few months before his death, he said "I would be happy with a few more months in my studio, blowing glass." He got those few months and his beautiful glass will be with us for a long time.
~ On behalf of glass artist Fay Miller.
Received from Christina with Shardz
| Kevin Kowalski :: Mocha Diffusion Pottery :: Workshop in Palo Alto :: April 8 & 9
Mastering Mocha Diffusion Pottery with Kevin Kowalski
SAT & SUN, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. April 8 & 9, 2017
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
In this two-day, hands-on workshop, Kevin Kowalski shares his knowledge of the 18th century decorating technique known as mocha diffusion.
Participants will learn how to use the mocha diffusion decorating process on their own handmade pottery. We will go over the history of the mocha diffusion process, new experimentations in dendritic slip recipes, effective mixing and application, and intermediate and advanced pottery techniques.
Participants must be able to make a vessel without instruction to enroll. Kowalski will primarily demonstrate a wheel thrown project, but slab construction is also an option for participants in this workshop. Please bring your own clay tools and lunch for each day.
Registration: (after 03/02/2017): $199
Meet the Artist: Kevin Kowalski
FRIDAY, 6:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M., April 7TH, 2017
1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto, CA
Free reception and presentation -
Please help us welcome Kevin Kowalski to the Art Center!
He will make a short presentation followed by Q&A.
Light refreshments will be served.
|March 2017 News
January and February were scholarship months for CGAF as we awarded 3 student scholarships to NCECA and 3 workshop scholarships to the Michael Kline event at the Palo Alto Art Center. CGAF also helped fund Michael Kline's honorarium for his free evening talk at Higher Fire in San Jose.
This month's picture shows scholarship recipients with Michael Kline - pictured left to right are
Sooyeon Kim - DeAnza
Dkaterina (Kate) Zhdanova - DeAnza
Michael Kline - Artist
Katie Fitzgerald - Sonoma
We hope to share pictures of our NCECA recipients in coming months.
If you are a California resident and would like to participate in a workshop or conference that involves the clay and glass arts, you may apply for CGAF scholarship assistance. To do so, go to our website: www.clayandglassarts.org where you will find our scholarship application.
The CGAF board: Don Santos, April Zilber, Bill Geisinger, Mac McKenzie, Nina Koepcke
|Davis Art Center :: Ceramics in Focus :: Participating Artists Selected
ACGA: Ceramics in Focus
April 3- April 30, 2017
Davis Arts Center, 19191 F Street, Davis CA
Reception during the CCACA conference Friday, April 14, 5-7 pm
Leah Bowring, Deborah Bridges, Jane Grimm, Crystal Kamoroff & Daniel Oliver
Juror : Nathan Lynch
There will also be an Annex show in downtown Davis during the CCACA conference.
|ACGA BOARD MEETING MINUTES, Feb 8, 2017
Board members: Bill Geisinger, Kathy Pallie, Kala Stein, Vivien Hart, Siobhan Hughes, April Zilber (via Skype), Gerald Arrington, Julia Feld, Fred Yokel, Scott Jennings, Jo Killen, Miki Shim-Rutter, Jan Schachter, Bonita Cohn. Guests: Lyn Swan, Lynn Wood
Motion: Minutes approved as corrected: Corrections to the Jan 29, 2017 Minutes: The call for entries is on the website for the ACGA & Glass Alliance of Northern CA (GLANC) scheduled for 6/14 - 7/23/2017 at the Richmond Art Center.
25th PACG Survey - Kala Stein. An ACGA survey is underway polling members for ideas for the 25th festival. The online version will be up shortly. The poll will also be included in the next newsletter and e-newsletter.
25th Members Exhibition - Lyn Swan & Lynn Wood. The board discussed options for member, emeritus, and student exhibitions for the festival as well as needs for resources including volunteers, pedestals, and locations. Note that application for the festival did not include the need for volunteers for the special exhibitions.
Issue: The curators need quality labels and final decisions from the board on any additional exhibitions (with more volunteers). (Miki and 25th Committee)
Decision: The auditorium stage is the most likely place for the emeritus display.
Action: Contact Jacqueline Thompson who has an interest in an emeritus exhibition. (Lynn Wood.)
Action: Contact Myra at Creative about the need to (1) include a .pdf to download for the festival application, (2) include ACGA in the subject for any festival related emails, and (3) assure that all members receive the applications through multiple emails, posts, web etc. (4) include an "other" field for volunteer activities. (Miki and committee)
25th Festival Plans - Miki SR. The board discussed multiple options for the best use of the Palo Alto site including the library courtyard area for demos, the front lawn by Newell for food/activity booths, the library meeting room for presentations, adult clay, and use of the raised deck.
Issue: Miki needs decisions by the committee and board to move forward on planning. (25th Committee)
Jurying - Julia Feld. The March jurying includes potential applications from jewelry and mosaic artists.
Decision: After discussion, the board decided that one criterion are that the artist transforms the mosaic clay or glass tesserae by fire. Creates work in which the clay & glass tesserae predominate
The artists must fire their own tiles and/or the glass jewelry components. They cannot be assembled from existing materials. Additionally, the artists must provide a "process" page with their application.
Exhibitions - Jan Schachter. Nathan Lynch, CA College of Art's ceramics professor, has chosen 5 artists for the Davis Arts Center exhibition opening in April. The show ends at the close of CCACA.
The call for artists is open for the national 4th Clay & Glass Biennial invitation exhibition at the Brea Art Gallery in Brea CA. The entry deadline is April 9th. Julia F. has volunteered to deliver and return any accepted ACGA work from the Bay Area.
Treasurer Report - April Zilber. April has allocated the PayPal monies for the 2016 budget. The board started final discussions on balancing the 2017 budget and will complete the budget at the next board meeting. They examined festival expenses: signage, crossing guard, wireless booster, tables and chairs, free ATM Wi-Fi, member party, and general expenses: newsletter print and mailing costs, PR, website, Jotform, and membership dues.
Action: Pursue sponsors for the festival who will donate beer/wine/food. Suggestions included Lagunitas Brewing Co., Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's and inform Miki and 25th Committee. (Kala S. & Siobhan H.)
Decisions: Members will not be charged extra for the festival party.
Newsletter Costs. The board discussed ways to cut the costs of printing and mailing the highly valued newsletter.
Action: Get new printing and mailing quote for newsletter. (Gerry A.)
Action:Address cost of newsletter ($3 per person per newsletter) in President's letter and options for opt in or opt out, and revisit issue at next board meeting. (Bill G.)
Decision: Affirmed the value of the newsletter content. This is a financial and environmental issue only.
Adjourn 8:45 PM. Minutes by Jo Killen
Wed, March 8, 2017, 7:00-8:45PM at the
SF Presidio Public Library
3150 Sacramento St
San Francisco. ALL WELCOME
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Annabeth Rosen :: Tie Me to the Mast
Tie Me to the Mast through March 18, 2017
P*P*O*W is pleased to present Tie Me to the Mast, a solo exhibition by Annabeth Rosen, a distinguished sculptor in the community of West Coast ceramists. Her work explores the fundamental properties of ceramics by directly confronting the aesthetic and chemical relationships between sculptural form and painterly surface.
Rosen's formally intuitive process is enabled by a complex understanding of historical conventions, composite materials, and chemical properties, placing her work in the tradition of experimental ceramicists including Peter Voulkos, Betty Woodman, Linda Benglis, and Martin Puryear. The exhibition, her first with the gallery, will feature a series of small-scale ceramic sculptures, elaborate organic forms that reveal layer upon layer of clay, glaze, and salt, fired using a 'salt flux' technique, which triggers a self-glazing reaction. A signature innovation to this centuries-old technique, through this process Rosen mixes surface chemistry into the body of her work, creating a solid mass whose glaze rises to the fore during the firing process. Rejecting historical standards that distinguish decorative arts as 'perfect', Rosen's practice can be described as an effort to undermine established conventions about an object's merit, resulting in an extensive body of work that embraces the challenges of a robust studio practice: precarious balance, fissured surfaces, and accumulated fragments.
Among the works on view will be Roil, a large-scale sculptural work of individual ceramic forms, piled on top of one another like layered gestures. Each individual piece is painted, and together the work takes on the effect of an abstract painting, 'framed' in a custom pedestal made of metal. Pieced together, the work appears as if in motion, a swirling, cascading form, seemingly driven by an inner velocity. Rosen describes the ceramic process for her as breaking down the barrier between the visual and sensual.
"My work represents a tally of touches that are informed by years of deliberate working experience," said Rosen. "My process may allude to a desire to blur contemporary experience into something timeless and familiar, like ceramics itself. I engage in both recklessness and thoughtfulness at the same time, embracing the awkward and the unfinished, the partial and the raw."
Though her works appear organic, found, or formed, masses of clay un-heroically yielding to the weight of their material, Rosen's work is deliberate. Through the process of creating her ceramic works, Rosen often breaks them, a practice that she finds as interesting as the creation itself, as it reveals the possibility and potency of a shard. She fires and re-fires her work, interested in both the change in material as the work accumulates mass, as well as the way the physical material can be negotiated - its limits pushed, while simultaneously pushing the limits of what a sculpture can be.
She has been the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at the University of California Davis since 1997.
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped,
Rosen's first major survey chronicling 20 years of her work in ceramics and drawing, will open at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in August of 2017. She is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco.
The Potters Studio
Strictly Functional ~ Pottery for Everyday Use
March 11 to April 16
Opening March 11 6-8 pm
Invited Artists: Scott Jennings, Robbie Lobell, Jan Schachter
1221 8th St.
Speak Dirt - Dan Anderson, Karl Borgeson, Jason Dunn, Craig Petey
1812 5th St. -
Thursday - Saturday 12 - 5:30pm
E-commerce website is open 24/7
Bullseye Bay Area Gallery
- Surface and Atmosphere
through April 29, 2017
Surface and Atmosphere is a group exhibition of kiln-glass paintings by artists Susan Harlan, Kari Minnick, and Catharine Newell. Twenty years ago, while in residence at Bullseye Glass Company, renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata was essential in developing the techniques for kiln-glass as a medium for painting. Since then, kiln-glass "painting" has been adopted by many artists. The technique has matured into its own material language that uses meticulously layered and heated glass sheets, stringers, enamels, and powders - applied with sifters and brushes - that may be completely fused into seamless surfaces or only slightly joined, maintaining a textural, sculptural surface. It is this aspect of kiln-glass painting that allows for subtle transitions in color, intricate surfaces, and the creation of atmospheric spaces.
Image above: (left to right) Susan Harlan (Wave Architecture: Song of Achilles), Kari Minnick (Door), Catharine Newell (Oistres V).
4514 Hollis St. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm
510.595.1318 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bullseyeglass.com/bayarea
Craft in America Center
The Craft School Experience: Outcomes and Revelations
Through March 11, 2017
Five of the most historically important American craft schools have joined together to celebrate the craft school experience. To this end, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, and Pilchuck Glass School offer immersive workshops and residencies in all fields of craft, designed to ignite the spirit of experimentation, investigation and mastery. The Craft in America Center presents a group exhibition of objects demonstrating the creative vitality of individual artists impacted by these stimulating environments. Artists: Nancy Callan, Arline Fisch, Michael Good, Dante Marioni, Marc Maiorana, Christy Matson, Rowland Ricketts, Chris Staley, Lino Tagliapietra, and others. For more information on The Craft School Experience: www.craftschools.us. Tues. - Sat. from 12 - 6 pm. email@example.com or (323) 951-0610. www.craftinamerica.org
8415 West Third Street, 2 blocks east of La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Dada: The Eternal Return is an exercise in collaboration, with individuals contributing their gifts, while relinquishing control of the results, in the interest of creating something that connects us all in the name of creation, invention, recreation and reinvention.
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Dada: The Eternal Return
An Exhibition of Collaborative Works Celebrating Community - Inclusive of All Media: Paintings, Sculpture, Video, and Sound
March 4 - April 22, 2017 - Beato Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, March 4, 2017 / 2 - 5 pm
http://beatricewood.com/dada.html - This is a Centennial Celebration, as Beatrice Wood, Marcel Duchamp, and other artists in New York, as well as Zurich, were creating important works as part of the Dada Movement in 1917, ultimately having a major impact on art history. We are asking our friends - both artists and non-artists - to contribute to this exhibition in the following way: Drop off or send us physical materials that can be included in a collage or assemblage.
These can be works in progress, abandoned artworks, or simply elements that can be utilized. Please note that these works will not be returned to the artists, as they will likely be glued, tied, nailed, sewn, stapled or otherwise affixed to the work of othe
Send physical items to: For USPS, please use this address:
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts - P.O. Box 804 - Ojai, CA 93024
The Back House Gallery at Heebe Jeebe - March 3 to 13, 2017
Reception Sat March 4 5-8pm
Nuala Creed, originally from Ireland, has lived in Petaluma for 15 years. She is known for her figurative ceramic work. Her wrok is often socio-political in nature. It has been exhibited nationally and inter nationally. www.nualacreed.com
shown right: Head Talk, 15" x 10" x 7"
46 Kentucky Street
Owners Bill Kane and Joe McDonald have collaborated with curator, Kathleen Hanna for Body Language, an exhibition, of exciting figurative works by Bay Area artists, including exhibiting ACGA member Michelle Gregor.
Show dates March 11- April 22.
Reception March 11, 5-8 pm.
405 E. D. St., Petaluma
Petaluma Art Center
Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists of Sonoma County
through March 18
Produced by Creative Sonoma and the Petaluma Arts Center, five Sonoma County artists are being recognized through the fourth annual "Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County" program. The five winners reflect the tremendous diversity of the county's visual arts community in genre, style and philosophy. Yet, they share several common themes. These works explore a culture that has less to do with the intrinsic value of things, and more to do with providing a felt experience.
ACGA's Kala Stein is one of the five.
230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA, 94952. In the Historic Railroad Station
AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art
Current Exhibitions : :
Peter Olson: Photo Ceramica
March 11 - August 27, 2017
Olson's photographs are printed, repeated, and collaged to encase each ceramic piece. When fired, the prints burn away leaving permanent, rusty red colored images from the iron oxide in the ink. His delicately patterned pieces embody fluctuating visual narratives, as kaleidoscopes that span centuries and continents. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11, 6 - 9 PM with an artist presentation at 6:30pm. For more information: www.amoca.org or call 909.865.3146.
| Lohengrin's Arrival, plaque, handpainted
Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales Through July 31, 2018
Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.
Bob and his wife Colette Wilson amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Mettlach ceramics in the world. They acquired over 3,200 objects ranging from steins, beakers (cups), dinnerware, tiles, plaques (plates), planters, and sculptures which they gifted to AMOCA in 2011. The vast majority of the work in their collection was produced by Villeroy & Boch prior to 1915. The Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects from this collection.
Ceramics A to Z: AMOCA's Permanent Collection
||Keisuke Mizuno, Forbidden Fruit, 1998, Gift of Gail M. & Robert A. Brown.
Through April 23, 2017
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.
Climate Change - through- April 2, 2017
Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Climate Change exhibition exhibition includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming.
Warmer ocean temperatures prompted bleaching events of the world's coral reef communities, turning healthy colorful coral into weakened ghostly white coral, which is susceptible to disease and death. These coral bleaching events are visual warnings of thermal stress caused by global climate change and are referred to as the "canary in the coal mine." Takayama-Ogawa's exhibition includes abstract figurative white coral reef sculptures and white lighting installations calling for the reversal of global warming.
Joan Takayama-Ogawa is a sixth generation potter and ceramic artist. She pays tribute to her Japanese heritage by utilizing their ancient ceramic forms as a guide. She contemporizes them by applying imagery from her American life.
Don Reitz & Ben Roti: tran*si*tions
Through April 2, 2017
This exhibition showcases the ceramics work of the late, legendary Don Reitz and his apprentice/assistant Ben Roti. Few artists of the twentieth-century rival Don Reitz' versatility and desire to experiment. He was best known for reviving the centuries-old technique of salt firing, in which salt added to a hot kiln yields textured surfaces far different from those made with conventional glazes. His work is in collections across the country including the Smithsonian, Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, MA; and AMOCA. Don Reitz died in 2014.
Ben Roti received a BFA in ceramics from University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2010. After graduation, Ben accepted a position as a studio assistant to ceramic artist, Don Reitz. Ben had the opportunity to work with Reitz in the studio, assist at workshops, and with installations of gallery exhibitions. At the Reitz Ranch, Ben furthered his knowledge in atmospheric firing with wood, salt, and soda firings. Since leaving the Reitz Ranch, Ben has returned to creating functional works using low-fire earthenware. Click here for more infomation.
Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5:00pm
Admission: General $7, Student/Senior $5, Members & under 12 Free - www.amoca.org
Crocker Art Museum
Chris Antemann at Meissen.
Described as lavish and provocative, this contemporary porcelain exhibition was sculpted and hand-painted by an Oregon artist who received a special invitation to collaborate with renowned master sculptors at the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Germany.
March 19, 2017 - June 25, 2017
See the video on https://www.crockerart.org/exhibitions/forbidden-fruit
The Crocker is pleased to announce that Ms. Antemann will join us in Sacramento.
She will host a discussion about this exhibition and her artwork on the afternoon of March 19, the exhibition's opening day.
Sacramento Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection
through May 7, 2017
Exhibition to Feature Works by Female Artists Who Conquered Cultural Barrie
rs. An exhibition highlighting the technical virtuosity of more than 40 artists, including many of Japan's greatest living ceramists.
Japan has an exceptionally long and distinguished history of ceramic-making, dating back to the Neolithic period, around 10,000 BCE. Japan's ceramists have honed their craft while adher
ing strictly to standards involving quality and creativity. Into the Fold features works produced in 20th- and 21st-century Japan, some of which are inspired by traditional themes and methods, while others break new ground as part of the avant-garde. Tensions between form and functionality, traditional and modern, national and international, are often evident across works in the exhibition and individual pieces. Groupings suggest particular elements associated with the medium's development, including tea vessels, geometric design, and sculptural forms.
Some of Japan's greatest ceramics artists, past and present, are represented, including pioneers Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), one of the founders of the Japanese Folk Art (Mingei) Movement, and Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959), an enormously influential artist and restaurateur who created extraordinary tableware for use in his Tokyo restaurant. Other featured ceramists have been designated by the Japanese government as living national treasures for their contribution to reinventing and perpetuating Japanese ceramic traditions.
Of particular note in this exhibition are works by female ceramists, many of whom have achieved international acclaim. The traditional manner of becoming a ceramic artist in Japan involved apprenticing to a master - a process traditionally not open to women. After World War II, many women instead attended universities in Japan and abroad to learn ceramic arts, resulting in the opening of the field to diverse and important contributions by women. Ono Hakuko (1915-1996) is known for mastering yuri-kinsai, a difficult decorative technique involving gold foil underglaze. Katsumata Chieko (born 1950), an artist who pursued her ceramics career while studying in the West, covers her biomorphic vessels in cloth, through which she applies layers of vivid color between repeated firings. Tokuda Yasokichi IV (born 1961) is a fourth-generation head of a traditional potter's family. Tokuda produces richly decorated vessels of Kutani porcelain, an historic art form that has flourished in her hands. Tokuda's works are richly decorated with arrangements and gradations of glaze colors, using a technique unique to her family and passed down by her father, its inventor.
Says Kit-Yiu Chau, "This exhibition gives us a rare opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary work of many female ceramicists who have, in turn, mentored and inspired a new generation of potters, both female and male."
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.
BALBOA PARK, PLAZA DE PANAMA 1439 EL PRADO, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101. TUESDAY - SUNDAY 10:00AM - 5:00PM
SMAart Gallery March 1 - April 29
: A selection of Pouring vessels from the studio. Pitchers, creamers, teapots, jugs, gravy boats and more...
Allegory: Marie Dungan
My work ranges from functional to sculptural. Somehow the figure or suggestion thereof, find their way in as well as images of my early exposure to nature which imbues and imbeds the forms. People who work in clay speak of the medium as "having memory", how it will return to shapes formed, albeit even rips, cracks, etc. So too with people - I have only to look down to see mother's feet; gaze into the mirror to recognize father's face. Some work is stretched, fractured, textured, accentuated with numerous lines and marks, etc., creating tension that speaks to the known and unknown. Other work is burnished into smoothness, inviting touch.
Art Walk: Thursday March 2nd
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm (Gallery Closed March 21 - 25)
SMAart Gallery & Studio - and - SFclay - 1045 Sutter St - San Francisco, CA 94109
SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT
Views of the East on Transferware
From Print to Plate
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,
using a printmaking technique that resembled ink or watercolor washes. As early as 1810, potters began using images from these scenic publications on ceramics.
VIEW ONLINE EXHIBITION:
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: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/e
Chemex (left) Dr. Peter J. Schlumbohm (1896-1962) utilized scientific laboratory materials to produce some of the simplest and most inventive mid-century designs. Inspired by a chemist's funnel and beaker, his Chemex "Coffeemaker" combines a single piece of hourglass-shaped Pyrex® glass, a conical filter of laboratory-grade paper, and a wooden collar fastened with a rawhide tie. A companion to the coffeemaker, the "Gas Kettle" features an ingenious glass-and-cork shuttle valve to control escaping steam. Dr. Schlumbohm held over 300 patents and created an array of inventions, with more than twenty examples in the Museum of Modern Art's collection in New York.
See more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/21727/detail?num=4#sthash.er7fIpAI.dpuf
Glass Currents: Deadline Extended to March 20
Call for Entries: Brea : Entry Deadline April 9
4th Clay & Glass Biennial: Juried and Invitational Exhibition
ENTRY DEADLINE: Apr 9 2017
ACGA is proud to co-sponsor with the Brea Art Gallery the 4th Clay & Glass Biennial: Juried and Invitational Exhibition, a national competition for ceramics and glass artists, July 22 - September, 2017, in Orange County, CA.
At the request of the gallery, the exhibition will be composed of artwork selected through a national juried call, as well as hand delivered works by invited artists.
The juror for the 2017 competition is Suzanne Isken, the Executive Director of the Folk and Cart Art Museum, Los Angeles,
. As Isken states, "In a world that continually clashes over ethnicity and difference, the museum's mission of cultural understanding through art becomes all the more relevant and inspiring".
We hope that you will apply to this national opportunity for ceramics and glass artists which ACGA cosponsors with the City of Brea, CA. All types of work are welcome, from functional to sculptural, as long as they are at least 75% clay, glass or a combination of the two. A link to the application may be found on the
homepage. Up to three pieces can be entered for $25 by ACGA members, $30 for non-members. Share the link and help spread the word about ACGA, thanks!
Reminder to apply for the Glass Currents show at Richmond Art Center
Deadline extended: March 20.
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.
Buy a beautiful book and help support CERF+
Craftspeople In their Own Words, a beautiful volume describing the lives of craftspeople in their studios, on the road, and at American craft shows from the 1960s to the present will be released in February 2017.
Edited and produced by our dear friends David Bacharach, Valerie Hector, Ken Girardini and Susan Levi-Goerlich, the stories in Craftpeople In their Own Words range from deeply personal to comic; historical to forward thinking. They recollect career changes, life, love, births, deaths, community, and the role of CERF+. There are more than 350 full-color photos in this 228-page hardcover book.
All profits from the sale of this book will benefit CERF+.
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OPPORTUNITIES and CLASSIFIED ADS
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:
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Deadline: March 7, 2017 -
California, Roseville "Purposeful Pottery" (April 14-May 27) open to artists 18 years or older. Work must not exceed 12 inches in any direction. Juried from digital. Fee: $35 for non-members, members free. Juror: Katie Curler. Contact Katie Curler, Blue Line Arts, 405 Vernon St. #100, Roseville, CA 95678;
Deadline: March 12, 2017
- Pennsylvania, Sewickely
"Thrown & Altered" (April 21-May 27)
open to all thrown and altered ceramics, functional or non-functional. Must be more than 50% clay. Juried from digital. Fee: $25 for 3 entries. Juror: Shoji Satake. Contact Alexandra Watrous, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad St., Sewickely, PA 15143;
Deadline: March 20, 2917. extended deadline - Glass Currents:
Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA, June 13 - August 19, 2017. Juried by JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft +Design. Showcasing artists born in, residing in, or with another CA connection. Applications are listed through CAFÉ with a link on our home page:
$20 / 3 entries for ACGA members.
Deadline: March 24, 2017 - Nevada, Las Vegas "Naked and Refined" (May 4-28)
from traditional firing techniques to innovative uses of oxides, underglazes and stains, we let the natural clay speak. All work must be 60% or more unglazed. Best of show cash award $200. Fee: $35 for up to 2 entries $10 additional entries. Juror: Clayton Keyes with CAV's Peter Jakubowski. Contact Thomas Bumblauskas, Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104; 702-375-4147;
Deadline: April 4, 2017 -
Georgia, Duluth "The Hudgens 2nd National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition"
(May 16-July 29) open to artists 18 years or older and living in US. Submit original clay cups made in past 2 years, must be available for sale; Hudgens gets 30% commission. Juried from digital. Fee: $20 for up to 5 entries. Juror: Garth Johnson. Contact Angela Nichols, Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Bldg. 300, Duluth, GA 30097;
These need to be sent soon since places will be awarded April 15. I have been asked by colleagues in China to offer this opportunity. Thanks, Bob Pool.
The 6th China Changchun International Ceramics Symposium
will be held this year in Changchun, northeast China from June15 through August 30. The symposium is divided into three phases of 15 days each with 6-8 artists/phase. Ceramic artists chosen will create works in the theme "Classic, Unique, Integrated". All expenses related to the symposium will be paid, i.e. round-trip airfare, lodging, food, excursions, etc. Each artist will receive an honorarium of RMB 7000 (approximately US$1000). The studio has two large gas kilns, wheels, pug mill, clays, glazes, stains. I worked there last year and enjoyed the work situation and the colleagues I met.
If you wish to apply, you will need to send photos of your work, resume and your plan of work you will produce there.
These need to be sent soon since places will be awarded April 15.
I have copies of the schedule, application, etc. Please call or email Bob Pool (510-599-7720,
Deadline: March 31. Off Center Teapots. Alpha Fine Arts Gallery. April 17 - May 26, 2017.
$25 entry fee.
23rd annual Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival - Applications now available - Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017.
ALL INFORMATION FOR APPLYING IS ON OUR WEBSITE:
Registration is Now OPEN for SVOS 2017 - download an application from www.svos.org.
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 www.svos.org - 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.svos.org P.O. Box 111000, Campbell, CA 95011-1000
ART PARTY - Berkeley Art Party - http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/#/featured-stevensstrauss
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.
( www.berkeleyartparty.com ) - Barbara Stevens Strauss - email@example.com
Encounter the World in Residencies. Explore the listings here:
Deadline for proposals is March 6, 2017
CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS FOR 2018 GLASS ART SOCIETY CONFERENCE
IL PERCORSO DI VETRO- THE GLASS PATH
The Glass Art Society (GAS) invites artists to submit proposals for its 47th GAS conference, to be held May 16 - 20, 2018 in Murano, Italy. The 2018 GAS Conference, themed Il Percorso di Vetro - The Glass Path, will lead attendees through the winding path of the island's remarkable history while exploring the future of glass and discovering the hidden routes connecting the conference venues. A selection of Murano's glass factories and studios will provide the Glass Art Society with the incredible opportunity to use these facilities as venues for the conference. The 2018 conference theme is Il
Percorso di Vetro - The Glass Path.
We invite individuals and groups to submit proposals for demonstrations, lectures, and panels in hot glass, flameworking, and coldworking. Due to site logistics, a limited number of proposals will be accepted. We look forward to seeing you in Murano in 2018.
for more information about GAS conference presentation proposals and to access the submission form. For more information on the Glass Art Society, visit
Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance -
Norfolk, VA * June 1-3, 2017.
Click here to view the brochure, which includes a list of conference presenters, concurrent glass exhibitions, pre- and post-conference events, travel info, accommodations, and much more. For additional information, visit the GAS website.
Online registration is open. Printed copies of the brochure were mailed to current members and additional GAS contacts. If you do not receive a brochure within the next few weeks and would like one, please contact the GAS office at 206.382.1305 or
The Pacific Art League, Palo Alto CA, needs an instructor -
to teach hand-built ceramics to kids (ages 9-13) and Teens (12-16) this summer as part of our summer camps program. Each camp runs for 3 hours either in the morning (9 AM - 12PM) or in the afternoon (1 PM - 4 PM) for 1 to 3 weeks. Instructors can choose preferred weeks. Camps run from June 19th to August 25th. Instructor pay starts at $28/ but may be higher for someone with substantial experience. The ideal teacher would have an enthusiasm for working with kids and knowledge of hand-building techniques and kiln operation. Our kiln is a high-fire analog with a kiln sitter. Contact Anna Speaker, Education Programs Director, The Pacific Art League
Cress Kiln FX23P
purchased new around 1995. I used it for about 5 years and it's been sitting in my sister's garage in Half Moon Bay since about the year 2000. It's in like new condition, has shelves, kiln furniture etc. I'm looking to sell the whole kit and caboodle for $700.
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 Website - Whitney Smith
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! Whitney Smith - Web Admin - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some new things of note:
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! 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.
Need a New Website? Do you need a new or updated website? If you haven't thought about your website in a few years, chances are that you do. Things on the web are always changing, and it's important to make sure your website is keeping up. Not just for the sake of keeping up, but for real reasons that can affect your sales and people's ability to find you online. For example, is your website mobile friendly ? Look at it on a cell phone and see how it's looking and check navigation. If it's not mobile friendly, search engines like Google will not see your site as relevant, and down you go in the rankings. This makes it more difficult for people to find you, as well as making it laborious for people to browse your website from their phones and pads. According to the latest research, mobile digital media time in the US is now significantly higher at 51% compared to desktop at 42%.
Updating the new ACGA website was a big task and could not have been accomplished without the help of Ken Metheny, otherwise known as the nicest and most patient man in the world. Working with Ken was easy, and he tutored me on our new website platform, WordPress. WordPress is a pretty powerful platform and stays updated with current changes, so it's a good way to go if you are trying to reach new customers and keep an updated website that does not need to be totally re-designed every few years. Ken is offering a free, no- obligation consultation to ACGA members to talk about their websites, and analyze whether or not a new or updated website is a good idea for you. He has become very familiar with our ACGA community and our particular needs as artists, so he knows that we need websites we can update ourselves with our latest work, keep our event dates current, and have creative control over without having to email a developer for every little update!
If you decide to hire Ken, 10% of the revenue goes back to the ACGA
in the form of web support, so you can feel good that your money is circulating in our association.
Please check out what Ken has to offer here on the
HOW TO POST TO THE ACGA FORUM
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".
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
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.
- 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: email@example.com 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
you can sign up again at
after member log-in. Contact Whitney Smith for help.
should go to Vivien Hart,
who maintains the central member database.
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.
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."
Remember to ad file type to the name, such as ".jpg" when naming the image so it will open.
- 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.
- 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:
Send Advertising Payments,
check payable to ACGA, to:
San Francisco, CA. 9410
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