May  2016                                                   top facebook                       Volume 64,   Issue 4 
In This Issue
Membership Changes
From the President.
Workshops: Gustin, Carter, Morey, Meaden
New Juried Members
Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival
Member News
Alfred P. Spivack, M.D.
Potters for Peace
Ceramic Shelters for Sea Birds
Leeds Workshop
Leslie's Workshops
ACGA Networking
May 11. Next Board meeting. Presidio Library, San Francisco.
Changed to 2nd Wednesdays.
Through May 27:  Ceramics in Focus 2016 at Davis Arts Center 
July 9-10 -
Palo Alto Clay Glass  
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 
President: Forrest Lesch-Middelton;
Vice President: Kathy Pallie
Treasurer : April Zilber
Jo Killen   
ACGA Corporate Sponsors
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499 S. Market St.  
San Jose CA 95113     

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

Sonoma Community Center 
Sonoma Ceramics 
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Sonoma, CA 95476 
(707) 938-4626
Membership Changes
Please send all changes to:  
Ann Testa- 
Orinda, CA  94563 -
(925) 254-8457

Don Hall -- Clay 
92 Benjamin Way  
Turlock CA 95380   
(209) 634-3653  -  S:(209)648-4647     
Katherine Lush -- Clay 
530 Kendall Avenue, Apt. 3  
Palo Alto CA  - (650) 279-7294   
S:530 Kendall Avenue        

Marina Smelik --  Clay 
800 E Charleston Rd., #32   
Palo Alto CA 94303      
(650) 855-9192

Workshop with Crystal Morey: Anthropomorphic Sculpture - 
May 14 -15,  2016
ACG A : Ceramics in Focus  - through May 27

 Choices from Juror Robert Brady for the  
Davis Arts Center Show:

Doris Fischer-Colbrie, Linda FitzGibbon,  Bob Pool,
Virginia Rigney, Kala Stein, Patricia Yenawine    
on view at 
Davis Arts Center
Street: 1919 F Street, Davis, CA 95616     Phone: 530.756.4100
From the President    Forrest Lesch-Middleton
I was trying to think of what to write in this month's newsletter, I have been working through new ideas in my studio and thought that might be a good start, and then I saw a work of art today that made a massive impact. It brought me to my knees. I was moved in a way that I rarely am these days, an interesting irony as an artist, but alas... It was an installation by Chiharu Shiota titled "The Key in the Hand" (look it up!) It was impeccably crafted, compelling, smart, and of it's time.

I bring up this piece by Shiota because as an arts organization by, and for, professionals we seldom talk about the thread that binds us, the work itself. We should be dedicated to the betterment of our individual work through conversations that addresses the content and quality of the objects we make. Can you say that you are doing what you can to bring the best possible quality to your work if it is devoid of content beyond the unspoken act of making? Or is the daily act of making craft in itself content enough in the twenty-first century? Maybe your work is outwardly evocative of a deeper conversation? If so, how? And do your ideas translate well? How could it be better? Are you still moved by the work you make? Are others moved by it??

Both Erin McGuiness and myself will be will be hosting a conversation about content and craft at our respective studios in Berkeley and Petaluma on Wednesday May 25th, from 6:30 - 8:00pm. These will be free to all ACGA members, and open to the public for the price of an ACGA membership. Bring a printed image of an artwork that compels you to speak, or even a piece of your own work, or one from your collection that you think might fit within with this dialogue. Also, bring a plate of food to share, as these conversations seem to go so much better with food ;)

ACGA will be holding more of these casual discussions throughout CA, beginning this month, keep your eyes peeled for more information!

Please RSVP to    We hope to see you there!
Erin's studio is at:   2547 8th St, Berkeley CA
Forrest's Studio is at:  1320 Commerce St, Studio K,  Petaluma, CA 94954

JUNE (10); 11, 12, 2016

Lorna Meaden will give a two-day demonstration workshop, and evening slide lecture**
When: June (10); 11, 12, 2016 | Demo workshop, Sat, 10am-4pm (doors open at 9:30am) | Sun, 10am-4 pm (doors open at 9:30am) 
Friday, June 10, Free artist reception and slide lecture** 6:30pm.
Where: sfclayworks, 2240 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124 | 415 647 CLAY (2529) 
Fee: $190, including lunch* both days. Discounted fee of $170 for sfclayworks studio members.
Additional notes: *Lunch is included in the workshop fee, however we may not be able to accommodate those of you with special dietary restrictions .
*Space is limited. 
**Free artist reception and slide lecture, Friday, June 10, 6:30 pm
Interested in joining us for this special opportunity to see Lorna at work? Please send your name, address, email address, phone number, and workshop fee to sfclayworks: sfclayworks /re: Meaden workshop
2240 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124
Still need additional info? Contact  sfclayworks or call 415 647 2529 (CLAY)
Workshop Description: Thrown, Altered, and Decorated This workshop will address ways to create pots that have a generous sense of volume and fluidity of line, with wheel thrown and altered porcelain. Lorna's vocabulary of forms range from pots for daily use to atypical forms such as watering cans, and spoons. Demonstrations will include altering pots on and off the wheel, in addition to using drawn patterns to hand build spouts and handles. Surface treatment demonstrations will consist of slip inlay, and glaze decoration using wax and latex.

Welcome to the New Juried Members

ACGA warmly welcomes the new exhibiting members:

Sandra Torres, clay; Crystal Morey,  clay; Wesley Wright, clay;
Kala Stein, clay; Eri Sugimoto, clay; Bill Abright,  clay; Claudia Tarantino, clay; and Sarah Logan, clay.

PROFILES: Crystal Morey
As a visual artist, Crystal Morey takes inspirations from an alternative upbringing where she closely connected with the natural landscape around her. Living in rural Northern California shaped her perspective on nature and how humans interact with land, animals and each other.  Now living in an urban environment, Morey aims to show our relationship to the world around us through the fragile medium of porcelain. With this delicate material she creates a heightened sense of urgency and stress, commenting on our human evolutionary path.
     Morey received her BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts and her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University. Her work has been included in many publications and online periodicals such as 500 Figures in Clay, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Beautiful Surface, Beautiful Decay and Sculpture Review. Morey has been an artists in residence at both Watershed Center for the Ceramic Art and Penland School of Craft. Morey currently lives in Oakland, California where she maintains an active studio practice exhibiting her work in galleries and museums regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Instagram: @cmorey

  Work from new #ACGA member Gregory Roberts @studioc2. "Roberts creates objects using stone carving techniques that employ the unique material, honeycomb ceramics, developed decades ago by Corning Inc. Roberts has been working in arts education for over ten years and is currently an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Sonoma State University, where he holds the position of Chair in the Department of Art and Art History."
 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival News
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The 2016 Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival 
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10 .

Thank you to everyone who got their applications in! We apologize for any inconvenience and confusion with the postmark deadline changing. We hope this was helpful. We do have a few booth spaces left - sign up now! Exhibitor packets will be sent out in early June with booth assignment and all other pertinent information. Contact Ali if you have any questions/comments/concerns prior to this.

Questions or concerns about the Festival? or about the application, please contact Ali Cross. (download application here ).  Ali Cross: 
or (760) 207-2664. 
If you are planning to attend the show as a visitor, please consider signing up for a 2 hour volunteer job.  We could really use people for some jobs during the event.  Contact Ali about volunteering at  

We look forward to seeing you and your beautiful artwork in three months!

Giant Creative Services and the Festival Committee: 
Lynn Wood, Don Jower, Jan Schachter, April Zilber, Whitney Smith, Lee Middleman

CGAF News May 2016  -  The Clay and Glass Foundation
CGAF  News May 2016  
In April, two interesting projects got underway with support from CGAF:  The Museum of Craft and Design installed their new ceramics show "Constructed Communications" and ACGA's Gerald Arrington began his ceramic totem project at Twin Hills Middle School in Sebastopol, CA.  We look forward to hearing more from both projects. 

This month's picture comes from the Museum's previous glass show, "Beyond Camouflage", also supported by a grant from CGAF.

CGAF still needs contributions, particularly, to make up for lost revenue caused by the switch to renewing your ACGA membership on line. To help us over this financial shortfall,  please consider making a contribution by either sending a check payable to CGAF to 916 El Rio Dr., San Jose, CA 95125 or by clicking  the donation button on our website   While using our website, be sure to check out our grant, workshop and scholarship funding guidelines.  There may be an opportunity for funding that is just awaiting your consideration
The CGAF board   ~ Vicky Moore, April Zilber, Bill Geisinger, Don Santos, and Nina Koepcke

Member News
Merle Lambeth was in the Clay and Glass Show at the Borrego Art Institute, running through May 1st.

Cynthia Siegal will teach two figure sculpture workshops this summer for the Cabrillo College.  She also sculptures included in the Sculpture Is exhibition in Watsonville, the California Clay Competition at the Artery Gallery in Davis, and in two shows at the Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City, MO,  the Orton Cone Box show and the International Human Form show.  blog: Dusty Clay Diaries

Melissa Woodburn is opening her studio for the first time in her new place May 7 - 8, and wants to invite you.  1075 Calle Empinado, Novato CA. She is also showing at the Pence, ACCI, and The Artery.   

Mary Mar Keenan is featured in a nice article in the newsletter from "Saveur" - The Woman Behind Some of the Most Beautiful Tableware in San Francisco Restaurants  - "Ceramicist Mary Mar Keenan keeps food at the center of her pot."

Jan Schachter and friends Open Studio May 7 + 8.  Mother's Day Weekend. Sat. and Sun.,  10 am - 5 pm
190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley CA 94028.

DIRECTIONS: Exit I280 at Alpine Road. Go west 1 mile. Turn right on Westridge Dr. Drive 2 miles. Turn left on Golden Hills Drive to #190. 650.851.3754

Martha Castillo will be teaching a Clayprint Workshop the first weekend in June. Visit the web site  for further information.  June 4th and 5th, 10 - 4pm.     $240 includes all materials, plus your own clay printing plate to keep.  No experience needed.  Bring a friend for a 10% discount, returning students, $30 off if you bring your own 'plate'. Space is very limited. Send me an email for a registration form.  Martha Castillo Clayprint Studios. Palo Alto.  650 493-7763 studio - 650 906-9519 cell   -
Vicki Gunter is in two April/May shows:  America's ClayFest 2016 and 2016 California Clay Competition. Shown left is TRADING PLACES?  from the Canaries & Elephants Series. More to see at:

"Linda S Fitz Gibbon: Beautifully Grotesque," an article by Julia Couzens on Linda's new abstract body of work, was published in Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 102, March 2016.

Alfred P. Spivack, M.D.             July 26, 1928 - April 23, 2016

Alfred Spivack, 87, passed away at the Vi Palo Alto. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Palo Alto in 1959.
 He was a graduate of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2014. He had a deep and broad affiliation with Stanford University, serving as the founding Director of the Coronary Care Unit, on the Board of Directors, and as a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. He championed the deeper involvement of nurses in patient care. He was a mentor and adviser to many medical students.
He was an avid swimmer, and an inventor and artist, excelling at underwater photography and ceramics. This kind and generous man loved and was loved greatly.

He was a beloved husband to Anita Spivack (m. 1959 to 2000) and a loving partner to Marjorie Crosby; a devoted father to Peter Spivack and Laura Garfinkel; a welcoming in-law to Leonard Garfinkel, Kimberly Spivack, and Mona Sedky; and delighted in being a grandfather to Sarah and Amy Garfinkel and William, Madeleine, Grant, and Taylor Spivack.

     Funeral services were held in the chapel at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, on Tuesday, April 26.

ACGA BOARD MEETING, April 13, 2016
Attendees: Board members: Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Gerald Arrington, Jo Killen, Fred Yokel, Whitney Smith, Bonita Cohn, Julia Feld, Bill Geisinger, Lee Middleman, Erin McGuiness, Kathy Pallie, Jan Schachter, John Pratt, Kala Stein.
Start 7:10 PM - Action: The board unanimously approved the March 9, 2016 minutes.

Treasury Report
(Jan S. for April Z.)    -   April is researching our eligibility for ACGA state tax exemption. ACGA was denied state tax exemption in 1980 and 1984. However, this was before ACGA was granted 501c4 status from the IRS in 1985. The board is in favor of reapplying now.
Exhibitions Report (Jan S.)  -   The ACGA Ceramics in Focus 2016 at Davis installs on the 29th. Each artist will also have a piece at the Pence Gallery during the CCACA conference. There is still a possibility of a popup ACGA show downtown during the conference.
Action: Get brochures from storage for Davis and festival. (Erin will keep brochures for easer access.) (Jan S.)
Beverley Crist and Jan are in an ongoing dialogue with Muzeo Museum in Anaheim for an exhibition that would showcase our southern CA ACGA artists.  
AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona CA is opening a new gallery. Several board members are working with AMOCA to further our relationship with this large southern CA ceramic community.

New Website
(Whitney S.) -  The new website is close to launch with many new features and a new look. Members will be able to add information about websites, open studios and workshops. ACGA is adding sponsor levels and benefits. The board discussed many details of the exciting new website.
Action: All board members are asked to promptly update their profiles on the website, including the new landscape photos, to test the site and model the expectations for our members. (All board members)
Action: Add an ACGA badge that members can download to include in their advertising for exhibitions or open studios. (Whitney S.)
Motion: The board approved a motion to change the ACGA Student Membership to $10 per year. The student membership requires student ID from community or 4-year colleges and is good for 2 years.
Motion: The board approved a free booth for 2016 for Whitney S. in recognition of the considerable amount work she has done on the new website. The board will review this allocation in 2017.
Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival (Forrest LM)  - At present, we are very close to the maximum number of artists for the festival with more applicants than last year. There are a few more openings available. Giant Creative has contracted with food vendors and added a coffee vendor. Postcards are completed and ready for distribution.
Jury Report (Julia F.)  - The jury, with some reservations, reported that the overall the digital jurying went well. The next half-digital/half-live jurying will take place in October with 25 maximum applicants.
Decision: The board approved Julia's request to for 5 jurors instead of 6 to avoid ties. The jury will be representative of the membership.
Workshops (Forrest LM) -  Forrest's Studio Workshop was a success! The workshop had 12 students including 6 ACGA members, and made $90 for ACGA. This is a model for future fundraising for ACGA.
Adjourn 8:45 PM                                                                                                             -     Minutes by Jo Killen

Next Board meeting:

 SF Presidio Public Library, 3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco,
Wed, May 11, 2016, 7:00-8:45PM.

Note: Changed to 2nd Wednesdays.


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Potters for Peace

Potters for Peace is a US-based non-profit that works in two clay-related fields: working with subsistence potters in Central America and working throughout the world to assist with the establishment of factories that produce ceramic water filters.

This year in conjunction with Adamah Clay Studios in Dodgeville, Wisconsin two potters from Nicaragua, Douglas
Lopez and Carlos Espinoza who work with Potters for Peace are teaching a low temperature wood firing workshop. This workshop will be an immersion into the low fire techniques used among potters in Nicaragua.
Build a kiln shed and kiln:  Join Potters for Peace for a 10-day work trip to Nicaragua.   This working brigade will be building a mani kiln and kiln shed for the community workshop at La Naranja, a pottery community near the town of San Juan de Limay. The kiln shed will be a traditional "rancho" pole construction with a clay tile roof.
Cost:  $900 per person.  Trip includes all costs except airfare and personal purchases.  Meals, accommodations, and pickup/drop-off at the airport are included. 

Please contact Abby with questions: - 303.442.1253

On another note, board member Michael Standley gave a talk to several 4th grade classes in Portland OR about their filter and Nicaragua programs.   After the presentation about the water filter, he described how rural potters improve their lives by selling their pottery, and how we've worked with many generations of potters in the same family.  He told of the hardships involved, like having to dig their own clay, sometimes under cover of night, and carrying it home in gunny sacks.  He discussed how people cope with poverty. Later that day, one of the teachers sent him this poem by student Sophia Steckler, shown left.
CCA Students Design Ceramic Shelters for Sand-Dwelling Birds -- from cfile.daily
SANTA CRUZ, California - Occasionally ceramics gives us a feel-good environmental story to tell our readers. That was the case a few months ago when we reported on the work of Alex Goad, who repairs coral reefs with modular ceramic structures.
Now, environmental ceramic artist Nathan Lynch is giving us something new to share with you: a years-long project designed to help an endangered species of bird, the Rhinoceros Auklet. The Auklets live on Año Nuevo Island, a nature preserve off the coast of Santa Cruz. The birds are burrowers, meaning they make their nests in the sand. This is a problem because they share their already-degraded habitat with seals and (not that we're body shaming) the seals often crush the nests of the Auklets.
   Lynch, along with Matthew Passmore of MORELAB and Oikonos lend a hand by giving the Auklets sturdy, seal-proof, ceramic houses. They teamed up with students at California College of the Arts to teach " Designing Ecology: Año Nuevo Island." The interdisciplinary course combined ceramics, design, and ecology. Students in 2010 fabricated more than 90 individual nests to install on the island. In 2012, Lynch returned to install 30 nests on the breeding grounds of Ashey Storm Petrels on the Channel Islands. Last year, the designers started work on a new nest prototype that mitigates heat.
     Nathan Lynch was raised in Pasco, Washington an agricultural community in the shadow of Hanford Nuclear Power Plant, according to his biography. The futility of this environmental contradiction gave Lynch an acute sense of location and deep appreciation for irony. In the five formative years after graduation Lynch worked as the prop master for a local community theater, the effects of which are still being realized in his current body of work.  His concerns for political conflict and environmental upheaval are filtered through notions of absurdity, hand fabrication and the dramatic devices of storytelling.
     As a sculptor and performance artist, Lynch has made collaboration and experimentation major components of his practice. Recent projects include Dead Reckoning for Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a residency with the Exploratorium and nest module design for the Cassin's Auklet on Año Nuevo Island . At the University of Southern California Lynch studied with Ken Price, and later earned an MFA at Mills College with Ron Nagle. Lynch is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Program at California College of the Arts.  He is represented by Rena Bransten Projects.
See more at:
Dear ACGA members,

We are days away from launching our new website,, and I am so exited for all of the members  to check it out! Our test site is currently live and mostly functional, so please click here to take a tour. We have plenty of new features and benefits to promote you even more and also connect with each other. Please keep reading to find out all the details.

As on our old site, we have individual profile pages where you can post your artist statement, images of your work, upcoming events, and link to your social media and websites. Below this message are instructions for how to set up your profile, and I would appreciate if everyone would update their new profile ASAP for our launch. I know many of us don't enjoy spending time on the computer dealing with these things. But it helps our new site look good, and when we feature your work on the site, we will link to your profile. Don't let a potential customer or fan land on a blank profile page! This is one of the most heavily trafficked parts of our old site and we expect the same on the new site as well. 

The new will also be promoting some of your events on our "Events" page. We will have a page for your Open Studios, workshops you are teaching or hosting, solo exhibitions, and we will also post your group shows if 25% or more of the participants are ACGA  members. This is a great way to get your work out to the world, so be sure to email me your upcoming events, along with images.

We will also have an ACGA blog on the site, and there we want to talk up all of our members and what they are up to. If you have any news, story ideas, technical articles you want to write, clay or glass related traveling you will be doing, let me know! We need content for the blog and your ideas are needed. 

We are also starting a monthly "Featured Artist" interview. You can go check out our featured artist, Malia Landis, right now! The interview will link from our front page so it will be a great way to get some traffic and eyeballs on you and your work. We need to line up our next featured artists, so contact me if you want to be featured.

Finally, we now have a Member Forum where you can connect with other ACGA members. You can post items for sale, jobs, call for entry, technical questions, upcoming events, or any other clay and glass related news. I hope this will be a good resource for all of us to stay in touch. (Please note you must be logged in to see the forum under the "Members" menu).

We will be tweaking and refining the site as we get feedback from you, so please do take the time to surf the site a bit and give me your thoughts, good, bad, or indifferent.

Whitney Smith,

Getting your profile up and going is fairly easy and will be intuitive for those of you who are comfortable navigating online. Below are instructions for setting up a profile in case you need a guide.
  • Go to the website Click the "MEMBERS" top menu item, then on the drop-down click "Members". To look for your entry, you may scroll through the pages or use the search feature by filling out one or more of the search parameters on the Members page and clicking "Search".  I recommend just filling out Last Name - that should sufficiently limit the choices you see. 
  • Once you have found your profile, click on the blank portrait circle in the middle.  Now you come to a screen that shows what information has already been filled out for you.  Please note your Username and your E-Mail Address in the General Info section.  Account information will be sent to the E-Mail listed.  Username or E-Mail can be used to log in.
  • Initially, your password will be ACGAmember (case sensitive).  Please click the MEMBERS top menu item and choose "Login" from the drop down menu.  Enter your credentials and click "Login".  If your credentials don't work but you show up in the Members roster (use the search box to find yourself) you can use the "Forgot your password?" to get a reset link sent to your E-Mail address in your Members Profile.  This can take over 15 minutes, so please be patient.  
  • Once logged in, go to MEMBERS, then "User" in the drop down menu.  This will take you to your profile page.  On the right-hand side of the screen is a little gear icon:  choose My Account to fix any problems with your name or e-mail info, and click Change Password to update your password. Since everyone has the  password "ACGAmember" to create a profile, it's important that you change it! 
  • Bring up your Profile again, click the gear icon for "Edit Profile". The profile has a number of sections - don't worry about filling out everything all at once as you can return to your profile screen later to upload images and events. But if you are in the mood, go for it!  For now, please at least post a portrait for your profile image and a landscape photo behind you at the top, a short description ("Tell us about yourself..." - 180 characters max), and scroll down the page to make sure the information that is filled out is correct.  VERY IMPORTANT: Some information is mandatory:  basic address, and items in the Membership box. Be sure to check that these items have not been red-flagged as missing before you press "update profile" of any info you posted will be lost.  When you think you are ready, click the "Update Profile" at the bottom.    Note:  website URL's must be complete (i.e.  Once your profile is accepted, please feel free to roam the website.  
You may contact our programmer if you are unable to log in, find your profile or complete your profile, or if you just want to make suggestions, at:  You can also text to 630-885-7700.  Please introduce yourself as an ACGA member and let him know how he can help.   Look for a new "FAQ" posting on the website under "MEMBERS" to answer common questions about the website, features, and profiles.

Ken Metheny - WordPress and PHP Website Developer           -
630-885-7700 (Cell - call or text)


The Ren Brown Collection Gallery
May 6 - July 4th 2016

The Magic of Fire - An exhibition of wood fired ceramics
curated by Khysie Horn

Opening Reception May 7th 2-4 PM

Catherine Hiersoux, Cliff Grover, Harry Nakamoto, Eric Van derMolen, Scott Parady, Tri Tran, John Weil, Kelly Farley, Michiko Kinoshita, Mila Visser't Hooft, Mitch Iberg, Tom Decker, Nick Schwartz, Ramah Commanday, and Bill Geisinger
The Ren Brown Collection Gallery - 1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 USA     (707) 875-2922 -
Hours 10 - 5           closed Monday and Tuesday            
Contemporary Japanese Prints, Handmade Ceramics & Jewelry, Japanese Antiques, California Artists & Sculptors 


TRAX gallery    
through May 8:     "Colorado Clay" ceramics by Alleghany Meadows, Sam Harvey, Sanam Emami, and Doug Casebeer. All work can be viewed on the website.

May 18- June 26:
 ''The Woody Girls"  -  Wood fired pots by Elisa Helland-Hansen, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Lindsay Oesterritter, and Linda Christianson. Reception for the Woody Girls is on Sat. May 21,   5 - 7 pm.  

A workshop event is planned for Sat. May 21.  All 4 Artists will be present and offering a symposium on their special techniques, throwing and hand building demos as well as visual presentations.
WHERE? TRAX rear bldg. WHEN? 10 - 4 COST? $100.

1812 5th St.  hours: Wed - Sun. 12 - 5:30 - 510.540.8729   -


Artists' Cooperative Of Davis
27th Annual California Clay Competition
through May 27, 2016

The Artery has sponsored this popular competition since 1990, timing it with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art.  California's best clay artists "strut their stuff" for this eagerly anticipated show. The exhibit will feature 37 works from 34 artists chosen by our juror, Brian Tanner whose life in clay has spanned almost 50 years.  He has served the Dynamic Northern California Ceramic Artists group for the last 40 years, providing clay, glazes, material, and equipment to the whole community of clay artists and potters. For the last 27 years Brian has been co-owner of Sacramento's Alpha Ceramic Supplies, also known as Alpha Fired Arts.
The Artery is at 207 G St., Davis, California. The Artery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and until 9 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 530-758-8330, e-mail or visit

207 G Street   - Davis, CA 95616     - Phone (530) 758-8330    - e-mail:

Bullseye Bay Area Gallery

The Emotional Life of Objects

A group exhibition that examines our complex relationship with objects through the sculpture of Silvia Levenson, Dante Marioni, and Heidi Schwegler.

through August 7, 2016
Gallery Reception: Saturday May 7, 3-5pm | RSVP required - click here: 

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


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

through May 8, 2016
The Craft & Folk Art Museum presents Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, the first nationally traveling exhibition of enamel arts in more than 50 years. Enameling - the art of fusing glass to metal through a high temperature firing process - is an under-documented art form rich in history, technique, and visual opulence. The exhibition explores the history of enameling in this country over the past 100 years through objects ranging from cloisonné jewelry to large abstract wall panels. 
Exploring the leading edge of craft, art, and design, CAFAM gives audience to diverse makers and artists whose work is often not represented in larger art institutions.
For more information, visit 
Craft & Folk Art Museum | 5814 Wilshire Blvd. | Los Angeles | CA | 90036    

Roscoe Gallery      

Whitney Smith
May 6 - 28, 2016  
Two opening receptions. Friday May 6,   6-9 pm
Thursday May 19,    6-8 pm 
473 25th St, Oakland, CA 94612             (415) 515-3174        

Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts 
Lauren Hanson
Mughal Animals
Beato Gallery 
Lauren Hanson - Art and Nature
May 7 - June 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2-5 pm.

Two years after her remarkably successful debut show, The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts proudly welcomes Lauren Hanson back for this exhibition of recent ceramics. The artist's new work is based on Lauren's almost obsessive fascination with the elements of nature, seen in their present state, their past status, and their uncertain future. Lauren's extensive knowledge of art history enriches her work by often presenting it as it might have been created by artists working in the style of other eras.

Logan Gallery
Journey to Revival - Sean Ponder  - May 7 - June 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2-5 pm.

Sean Ponder discovered at a young age a desire to help others, which has led him to utilize his artistic ability to address societal issues and pursue life as an educator. Witnessing families torn apart by addiction inspired a series of work that depicts the process of recovery and the resulting transformation. Sean was drawn to clay due to its basic elemental nature, tactile qualities, and processes involved - how water and earth can be formed, and then through the process of firing, become forms that are both functional and artistic. From the composition of clay, to the relationship between the vessel and human form, Ponder explores individual works as well as installations and conceptual works such as Journey to Revival.

8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai) - Ojai, CA 93023
Open to the Public Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tel (805) 646-3381 | Fax (805) 646-0560

AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art    
Dirk Staschke: Nature Morte
through September 18, 2016

The American Museum of Ceramic Art is proud to present an exhibition of transgressive and lavish sculptures inspired by the unsettling and beautiful Flemish and Dutch Vanitas still-life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries. These works offer a stunning commentary on contemporary craving, over consumption and excess. In his newer work, Staschke also asks us to consider what part medium plays in the value placed on art, and whether knowing the creative process adds to or diminishes its value. He states, "It is this modulation between the real and illusionistic that most interest me and ultimately makes my work about perception."
Paintings of the Vanitas genre, which-through a display of symbols such as skulls, fresh and rotting fruits and vegetables, hourglasses, butterflies, and dead fowl-invite the enjoyment of earthly pleasures while forewarning the viewer of the fleeting nature of life and the futility of amassing material possessions. Staschke looks to translate that futility into an artistic gesture by rendering what is representational and static in the fluid medium of glaze, knowing that what is painstakingly depicted will change beyond my control once fired. It captures a fleeting moment reminiscent of the temporal nature of life presented in Vanitas painting. Ironically, history has shown fired ceramic to be among the most permanent materials in existence. The act of creation gives meaning to life no matter how brief. Futility gives way to optimism.  
Lineage: Mentorship & Learning -    through June 19 
This exhibition illustrates the importance of the teacher, mentor and student relationship. LINEAGE includes artwork from at least three generations of artists representing the past, present and future of ceramics and ceramics education. 
Alexi Morrissey  - Through June 26, 2016  
"By putting the faces of real slaves on hand-crafted, archival, milk bottles, we are seeking to both repurpose the European obsession with pure white porcelain, as well as pay homage to the slave's life - by attaching these precious images to a precious material we give the slave a dignified voice in a context historically unavailable to them". Alexi Morrissey (b. 1971) is an American artist working in sculpture, performance and installation art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally working both as an auteur and a collaborator executing projects with individuals, collectives, institutions, and governments. These concerns have led him to interrogate the commonplace notions of function, public space, history, language, and the pervasive construct of narrative. He has done tele-present performance art with youth prisoners, lectured on the history of planetary robotics, and made sculptures that talk to the dead. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
AMOCA - 399 North Garey Ave.  Pomona, CA  (909) 865-3146 -


Crocker Art Museum 
Dale Chihuly's "Golden Teal Chandelier" is at the Crocker and resides in the Museum's entryway
The Crocker Art Museum has acquired artist Dale Chihuly's work as part of its permanent collection. The 8-foot long, 6-foot wide chandelier, in subtle tones of blue-green, blue-gray and gold, suit the contemporary look of the Teel Family Pavilion, which opened in 2010, and complement the hues of the Museum's historic building. The aqua and gold tones further allude to Sacramento's rivers and the gold found therein, referencing both regional history and the artwork for which the Crocker is most famous.

The chandelier is a fitting prelude to the Crocker's three summer glass exhibitions, the first of which, "Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present," opens June 19. "Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection" (featuring work by Chihuly) opens July 10, and "The Luster of Ages: Ancient Glass from the Marcy Friedman Collection" opens July 17.
216 O Street Sacramento CA 95814 P: (916) 808-7000 F: (916) 808-7372

Alpha Fired Arts, in Partnership with Blue Line Arts Present...  3rd Annual Teapot Show at Alpha Fired Arts Gallery -   through May 31, 2016  
Alpha Fired Arts Gallery's Teapot show will once again be in conjunction with Art League of Lincoln's America's ClayFest IV at Blue Line Arts.  America's ClayFest has attracted entries from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Alpha's Teapot Show is the largest and most successful show of the year.

Alpha Fired Arts , 4675 Aldona Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841


SMAart Gallery

Claudia Tarantino
through May 27th  

Claudia grew up in San Francisco, where her mother carved  and embellished porcelain greenware, and china painted in the dining room. Although Claudia majored in art in college, she is self-taught as a ceramic artist. She graduated from Dominican College of San Rafael, CA in 1966 where she studied painting, but fell in love with clay. After graduating she bought a wheel and a kiln and set about becoming a proficient production potter for many years. In 1978 Claudia shifted from production stoneware to working in porcelain, making small one-of-a-kind sculptural containers, boxes and bottles, lusciously colored with underglazes and china paints. She exhibits her work in galleries nationally. Her current work moves fluidly between the teapot as sculpture and trompe l 'oeil still life.
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm - Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk 
SMAart Gallery & Studio, 1045 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA   - 415-962-7877


A Potter's Life: Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm  

Selected from the collection of
Forrest L. Merrill 
San Francisco International Airport   Terminal 2
Through Oct 16, 2016 ONLINE EXHIBITION:   

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

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

     For thirty years, Wildenhain taught more than twenty students each summer to master the art of wheel-thrown pottery, influencing several generations of studio potters. Students wound their way up the steep dirt road to Pond Farm, renting rooms or camping nearby in order to attend Wildenhain's school.  Pupils spent each day at their wheels mastering various throwing techniques and creating hundreds of forms. Since Wildenhain emphasized technique, her students did not fire or glaze their wares, but instead focused on the process, leaving Pond Farm with knowledge and skills rather than finished goods. - See more at: 
     In 1963, the State of California took possession of Pond Farm in order to protect the watershed above the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, but allowed Wildenhain to work and reside at the property for the remainder of her life. Today, Pond Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This exhibition celebrates the legacy of this Sonoma County potter and displays an exceptional range of her work-from utilitarian vessels to decorative reliefs.

     All of the objects are from the collection of Forrest L. Merrill, who first met Wildenhain in the early 1960s. Fascinated by her life and work, he initially purchased two bowls from her. Merrill continued to collect Wildenhain's work over the years and developed a lifelong friendship with the artist.  This exhibition was made possible through a generous loan from Forrest L. Merrill. Special thanks to Forrest L. Merrill and his assistant Dane Cloutier for all of their assistance. For more information about Pond Farm visit:


Sonoma Community Center

Above_ Hand-built tableware by Brittany Rea_ Artist in Residence.
Saturday May 7, 2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm   -  Location: the Front Garden

Hand made pottery and sculpture for sale. Wonderful creations for the garden and the home. All pottery is made in Sonoma at the ceramics studio at the Community Center and a percentage of the proceeds benefit the Sonoma Ceramics Studio.

All price ranges, find a gift for mother! 
In conjunction with the Valley of the Moon Garden Club's annual Plant Sale.
Email for more information.  - See more at:   
276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, Ca 95476

Exhibitions Gallery - curated image galleries of current ceramic art exhibitions worldwide.  

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: May 4. 5pm. California State Fair Fine Art Competition. THE 2016 FINE ARTS COMPETITION IS ACTIVELY SEEKING Entries of ALL MEDIA in the FINE ARTS!  PAINTING! OIL! ACRYLIC! WATERCOLOR MIXED MEDIA!  DRAWING! Pastels! Collage! Printmaking! SCULPTURE!  Assemblage!  Recycled Art! DIGITAL ART!  Film!  Animation! FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY! And much more!
For more information:
The California State Fair Fine Art Competition is recognized as one of the Golden State's largest and most prestigious Juried Art Shows. For more than 160 years, this visual arts exhibition has attracted many artists who have become well respected and established in the visual art world. Exhibiting at the California State Fair exposes your artwork to a large and diverse audience - over 800,000 visitors view the exhibit each year.
             Entry fee: $20              Entries accepted ONLINE ONLY
              Please Upload HIGH QUALITY images for jury to view your work at its best!
              Read the Fine Art Competition Handbook at for Rules and Entry Details including Fine Art Divisions/Classes you may enter.
              Selected entries will be awarded final prizes and be prominently displayed in the California Fine Arts Building 5 at Expo Center during the California State Fair in Sacramento, held this year from July 8-24, 2016
 Thank you! J
For questions please contact: Michelle Scott, Fine Arts Program & Exhibit Coordinator
California State Fair & Exposition        -        (916) 263-0989

Deadline: May 4, 2016.  Virginia, Lorton "2016 Workhouse Clay International" (August 13-16) all. Juried from digital. Fee: $30 for 3 entries. Juror: Jack Troy. Contact Dale Marhanka, Workhouse Arts Center-Ceramics Program, 9504 Workhouse Way Bldg. 8, Lorton, VA 22079;; 703-584-2982;

Deadline: May 6, 2016.  Missouri, Kansas City "KC Clay Guild Teabowl National" (August 26-September 16) US residents at least 18 years of age. Artists are allowed 3 teabowl entries. Traditional and non-traditional, no more than 9 inches in any direction. Juried from digital. Fee: $30. Juror: Jack Troy. Contact Susan Speck, KC Clay Guild, 200 West 74th St, Kansas City, MO 64114;; ; 816-363-1373. 

Deadline: May 16.  Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Public Art Project In Sebastopol

The City of Sebastopol Public Arts Committee is seeking qualifications from California-based artists for the design, fabrication, and installation of permanent, durable, and low-maintenance original public art suitable for placement on City-owned property. Any questions about the RFQ may be directed via email to Kenyon Webster, Planning Director, City of Sebastopol at

Deadline: May 23, 2016.  Nevada, Las Vegas "Serve it Up 2016" (June 30-August 28) functional and sculptural ceramic tableware, from cups and bowls to casseroles and spoons. Juried from digital.
Fee: $30 (2 images per piece, 2 pieces max). Juror: Lielani Trinka. Contact Thomas Bumblauskas, Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104;; ; 702-375-4147.

Deadline: June 1, 2016. California, Auburn "North American Clay Challenge" (September 1-
October 1). Open to sculptural, functional, non-functional, conceptual and contemporary ceramics. Work must have been completed in the past 3 years. Juried from digital.
Fee: $100 for 3 entries. Juror: Susannah Israel. Contact: General Gomez Arts and Events, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603; 530-745-4230.

Deadline: October 16, 2016. Call For potters - Publication on CFile.
Cfile - 223 North Guadalupe St. #274 87501 Santa Fe, NM -  
CFile, a publication for contemporary ceramic art, is looking for the top early-career potters to be featured in upcoming articles. Submit your work for free to be considered; you may also recommend a friend.
CFile is a resource for contemporary ceramics news, exhibitions, reviews, and emerging talent from around the globe, with 60,000 monthly users.  

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:

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico
December 14, 2016 - January 13, 2017. 360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. Winter applications are due August 7, 2016 thru CAFÉ . We also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 6 months). We still have some spaces available this summer and fall.
Write for details.   More information: .  Join and Like our 360 Xochi Quetzal Group Facebook page (lots of pictures!)
Follow us on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal

45th Annual Glass Art Society Conference - Creating Context: Glass in a New Light
Corning, NY * June 9-11, 2016 
Click above link to view the brochure, which includes a list of conference presenters, concurrent glass exhibitions, pre- and post-conference events, travel info and accommodations, and much more. You may also visit the GAS website for additional information. 
     The Glass Art Society (GAS) is pleased to announce James Labold, Ito Laïla Le François, and Wil Eldridge Sideman as the 2016 Saxe Emerging Artists, scheduled to present short lectures at the GAS conference on Friday, June 10, 2016 from 12:30pm-2:00pm in the Corning Incorporated Headquarters Auditorium in Corning, NY. A digital catalogue featuring juror comments and work by the selected artists is available on and on the GAS website.
     Each year, GAS selects three artists with promising talent to introduce their work to a large audience of established artists, educators, peers, collectors, and critics. Qualified individuals are nominated by professional academics and curators, and then evaluated and selected by a small jury. The 2016 jurors included artist and director Osamu Noda from Niijima, Tokyo, Japan, as well as artist and educator Jeff Zimmer of Edinburgh, Scotland. Noda and Zimmer selected the three emerging artists from more than 20 applications.

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)   
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* Pottery wheels, slab rollers, ventilation, & general studio setup
"6 years experience & I'll beat the prices of any kiln service in the Bay Area."
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CERF+ Tip of the Month

Think You'll Remember?

Tip of the Month: Think You'll Remember?   

 -Can you rely on your memory for financial and business details?
 -Are your business and art records well organized?
 -Are they stored in a safe place? Relying on your memory or a haphazard system for storing records may create problems at any time, but when an emergency occurs, it can compound the problem.
CERF+ has worked with many artists affected by emergencies who have been:
  - Emergency ready - Their records were destroyed, but duplicates were kept at a safe off-site location.
  - Emergency ready - Their records were well organized so a partner or family member could easily attend to the business when the artist passed away or was incapacitated.
  -  "Lucky" - Their studio was destroyed, but they kept their records in the house (or vice versa).
  - "Unlucky" - The only copy of their records was in the destroyed structure.

 "I was grateful my husband had been so thoughtful and organized. Not only was it easier to deal with unfamiliar tools and parts in our studio, it was also easier to find our records I needed back home."
- CERF+ assisted artist after the unexpected death of her artist partner husband.

Think about how you currently store your art and business records and make a plan for getting them emergency ready!      To help you get started, here's a list of some documents and records (paper, slides or digital) you may have and would want to store in an organized and safe fashion.
    Art-related documents
        Résume,   Artist statement & bios,  Work samples, portfolios,  Notes relating to your creative process
    Business-related documents,  Contracts and agreements,  Invoices and receipt,  Current working documents,   Visual documentation of your studio (photos or video) -  List of contacts and related correspondence,  Financial records - Inventory records, Legal documents, Lists of suppliers and vendors
    Marketing materials and records.
CERF+'s Studio Protector has further resources to help you plan your emergency ready (elephant free!) record storage system.
    Safekeeping your business and artistic records
    Studio inventory
    Backing up your computer: The basics
    Studio furniture artist Craig Nutt's blog on creating a studio inventory as part of his business insurance review

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