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November  2016                                    top facebook                          Volume 64,   Issue 11
SoCal Ceramics and Glass - November 12, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Opening Reception - November 12,
6 to 8 p.m.

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

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

In This Issue
SoCal Ceramics and Glass
From the President
Boaard Minutes
Glass Currents
New Exhibiting Members
CGAF Report.
Member News
First Ever ACGA Online Member Shop
November 9:  Next Board meeting. 7pm. Presidio Library, San Francisco.  2nd Wednesdays.  ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME
November  12, 2016 - January 2, 2017. So.Cal Clay and Glass to be presented by ACGA at Muzeo Museum in Anaheim
March 10, 2017 - Glass Currents entry due
2016 Board of Directors
Gerry Arrington, Bonita Cohn,
Julia Feld, Bill Geisinger,  Erin McGuiness,  Lee Middleman,  Forrest Lesch-Middelton, 
Kathy Pallie, Jan Schachter,  Whitney Smith,  Fred Yokel, 
Jo Killen, Kala Stein, John Pratt,
Wesley Wright, and April Zilber 

2016 ACGA Officers  
Pres: Forrest Lesch-Middelton
Vice Pres: Kathy Pallie
Treasurer : April Zilber
Secretary:  Jo Killen     
Please send all changes to:
Vivien Hart

New Members

Andrea Dana McCullough-Clay 
760 Pinecone Dr 
Scotts Valley,CA 95066

Vered Binyanimi-Clay 
1579 Kennewick Dr 
Sunnyvale,CA 94087

Margaret Norman-Clay 
2332 Grant St. 
Berkeley, CA 94705 
1743 Alcatraz Ave. 
Berkeley,CA 94

Michael Niv-Clay 
533 Sunnymount Ave. 
Sunnyvale,CA 94087

Shiho Takahashi 
Clay and Glass 
101 Lombard Street 
San Francisco, CA.

From the President -  Forrest Lesch-Middelton
I'm writing this in my car (as a passenger), heading south to the ceramic supply shop so that I can pick up the clay that I will use to make the work that I will be selling during the holiday season. I've recently retuned from five days away, exhibiting and demonstrating. I have also
recently moved out of my home because it sold as a consequence of the gentrification that we are all experiencing in this beautiful state we choose to live in. I'm not writing this to complain, or to tout the unhealthy ritual of overworking. I write all of this to give perspective to the struggle we all face as artists balancing a lifestyle that includes so many moving parts. We are part artist, part business owner, shopkeeper, logistics manager, public relations... you name it. And as a studio artist you too probably have an acute awareness of what it takes.

Sounds like a lot to cope with right? But here's the payoff:
We get to speak through our hands, talk about the issues, make the rules, make the schedule (yeah, if I want to take Tuesday off, I can work Tuesday night, or Saturday for half the day!). And, when I have to work overtime for that commission I have been dreading, I find some perspective and put on some great music, an audio book, or even a movie and bang it out knowing that I am directly responsible for the success of my own business. I often get to meet the very people who buy my work and answer their questions directly rather than through a series of intermediaries, and at least for me, that is the greatest reward.

I will soon be stepping down as ACGA President, and it is a comfort knowing that I have such a great community to turn to if the load gets heavy, and that I will be able to continue to be here as a valued member of our incredible group of artists. As the holidays draw closer, and your studio practice begins to seem overwhelming, just know that there is a directory filled with names of members nearby. Send someone a note, take them out to coffee to talk shop, or just to lend a hand. Through those acts you make ACGA great, and that is what this community is all about
                                                                     --  Forrest Lesch-Middelton

ACGA Corporate Sponsors

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Ceramics & Glass
5240 Aero Dr.,  Santa Rosa 95403
East Bay Clay - 510/233-1800  
200 S.First St. 
Richmond, CA 94804  

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

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

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

Sonoma Community Center
Sonoma Ceramics
276 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-4626
  ACGA Board Meeting 

ACGA Board Meeting - October 12,  2016

An October Board Meeting was not held.  Most members were unable to attend.  There was no quorum.

Next Meeting: 

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-8:45PM

SF Presidio Public Library
 3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco


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Deadline: March 10.        Save the date
for a glass exhibition in 2017, sponsored by the
Glass Alliance of Northern California and ACGA.  This juried national exhibition will be a contemporary survey of glass art.  Juror:  JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design.  Further details will be posted on the ACGA website soon.

New Exhibiting Members

Deborah Bridges
11225 Vista ave, Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530)274-7889 -  clay

Scott Jennings
1309 33rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 4709036 - clay

Kris Marubayashi
1448 Oregon Drive, Province, CA 95822
(916) 5056467  - clay

Siobhan Hughes
1 Parkside Dr, Piedmont, CA 94611
(415) 9354663 - glass

Robert Kahl
17272 Salmon Mine Rd, Province, CA 95959
(520) 292-1649 - glass

Ellen Sachtschale
17 Eastbrook Court, Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 681-9070 - clay

Congratulations and welcome to our new exhibiting members! 

Meet some of them:

Robert Kahl Glassblowing 
          My life as a craft person started in 1996 when I was an art major at Yuba College.  Around that time, I took an apprenticeship under Michael Schmidt of Schmidt/Rhea Glass.  Not only did I learned my basic skills and understanding of the glass medium but more importantly I learned how a livelihood can be made working as a craft artist.  After about 4-5 years I left Schmidt/Rhea glass and naively began my venture as a glass artist.  I traveled on a regular basis a three hour drive back and fourth to San Francisco's Public Glass to produce my work which I later sold at street shows and a few select galleries.
           After doing this for many years and working side jobs I felt the need to make the plunge and In 2013 I built my own glass studio.  This immediately gave me the freedom to move outside my comfort zone and develop my own style.  Today my work can be found in over 70 galleries and museum shops nationwide.

Scott Jennings - Artist's Statement/ Bio
            Scott Jennings uses thin slabs of white stoneware and paper patterns to create his unique hand-built tableware. From teapots to the humble cup, Scott captures the plasticity of the material in each piece. The rough forms are pinched, stretched, patterned and assembled completely by hand. He leaves clues as to how each piece was constructed in the form of exposed seams or thumbprints. Transparent, brightly colored glazes are used to finish each piece because they accentuate the details in the form and add a vibrant quality to each piece.
           Scott studied ceramics at California State University Fullerton, earning a B.F.A. in ceramics in 1996. He has worked as a ceramics lab technician at The Irvine Fine Arts Center and Mt. San Antonio College. Scott has many years of teaching experience at the community college level as well as at private and public studios. He currently teaches at Ruby's Clay Studio, Higher Fire Studios, and at Clay By The Bay. His work in the ceramics industry includes working as the Dinnerware Production Manager for Heath Ceramics.

           "The dialog with the forms is what motivates me to get in the studio each day and to do the work. The work informs itself and slowly evolves over time. I am interested in utilitarian vessels and find that they provide endless avenues to explore form and surface design. I strive to make pieces that are visually stunning and that have friendly tactile qualities. Ultimately I hope that the user contemplates how ceramics with unique characteristics can fit into and enhance their daily routines."
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The Clay and Glass Arts Foundation   - CGAF Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

Member News
Demetra Theofanous (left)  is in SITKA Invitational, Group Exhibition, November 5 & 6 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon.  Their 23rd annual invitational will showcase artwork celebrating the beauty of nature, in a variety of mediums by Northwest artists. She is also in the
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Fall National Juried Exhibition, October 29 - December 4.

Barbara Vanderbeck is one of 14 artists invited to participate in "Art in the Arboretum: Color". (right) The exhibit takes place within the South African and Aroma gardens at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. The opening reception is happening November 4th from 4 - 6pm and the exhibit runs through January 10th. For more information please visit the Arboretum's website:

Tiffany Schmierer is in Clay Canvas & Steel, at Susan Alexander Gallery, 20th Street Studios, 2811 20th Street San Francisco CA 94110. In the SF Mission District.  The show features ceramic sculpture by Tony Natsoulas and Tiffany Schmierer, steel sculpture by Mark Bulwinkle, and paintings by Juliane Lewis and Carole Watanabe. Show dates are November 5th and 6th from 11-6pm. (See card in Exhibitions listing)

Mary Mar Keenan, MMclay will be at WINTER WEST COAST CRAFT  Saturday, November 12th, and Sunday, November 13th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. "I'll be showcasing tons of one-of pieces, new designs from restaurants opening this Winter, and tableware in three different clay bodies/colors. Also a bunch of pieces that you won't find on my website! This is a great time to get a head start on holiday shopping, purchase wedding and housewarming gifts, and check out a variety of great serving pieces for Thanksgiving. " ---------------
Attendance is always free and open to the general public. West Coast Craft is a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftsmen and women inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. Cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative, they represent the best of West Coast craft. The next West Coast Craft will take place November 12th and 13th, 2016, in the Festival Pavilion at the historic Fort Mason Center on the San Francisco waterfront. ----------------"West Coast Craft has a ton of top-notch artists and designers, so you won't want to miss it!  Hope to see you there!" 

  Vicki Gunter's recent activities:
  • Vicki's Clay Stories - Read to You From The Reading ChairTwo Shows -
  • Two States - Two Entangled Stories  
  • Harvest begins the Darker half
  • Tapped Out - Canaries & Elephants Series (Clay)
  • FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT: Social and Politically Engaged Art
  • The Reece Museum ~ ETSU Johnson City, Tennessee

    Vicki Gunter
    The future is bleak for Yosemite's glaciers. They have receded 80% in the past 140 years. I have personally seen a dramatic difference in the last 58yrs. They are TAPPED OUT! Due to Climate Change Conness Glacier (one of California's largest) is now melting so fast, it will be gone in 5 to 15 years. Scientists recently discovered bedrock protruding from the center of Lyell Glacier, absorbing the sun's rays and accelerating the retreat of the ancient ice sheet. It's got about 4 years left.
    Glacial mass changes are considered among the most sensitive indicators of climate change - they are a "canary" for us on planet earth.
    PS - TAPPED OUT is subtly kinetic. The glacial/mountain vessel is filled with ice cubes that slowly melt into an oil-soaked vessel below. 
  • CHASING GHOSTS EXHIBITION @ Verum Ultimum3014 NE Ainsworth St, Portland, Oregon
Melting Glaciers = Canary in the Coal Mine for Earth. 

                 Fossil Fuels + Corporate Profit = Elephant in the Room.


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ACC Conference 'PRESENT TENSE'                       Jan Schachter

I was just in Omaha attending the ACC conference called 'PRESENT TENSE'.   The excuse was to celebrate the 'AWARD OF DISTINCTION' given to CERF+ "for their significant, sustained contributions to American Craft". We all know of the wonderful work CERF+ does, because we raise money for it every year at the Clay/Glass Festival, so it was wonderful to celebrate with them.

There were numerous panel discussions and presentations, but the unanimous highlight was that of a fiber artist - Sonya Clark, from Virginia Commonwealth University.  You have got to check  out her website:

  As it was a small conference (maybe 300 people), unlike the thousands at NCECA, it was possible to see and network with people in the craft world in every media & from all over the country, young & old.  One of the highlights, the building we met in - KANEKO -, was amazing.  Yes, that Jun Kaneko. 

The building was so well done, with Jun's sculptures placed in many rooms, including the rooms where the conference was held.  There were additional exhibitions of other artists work as well. 
This was in a part of Omaha called the Old Market District - which is full of old warehouses that have been converted to lofts, restaurants and galleries.   Unfortunately, I was not there long enough to check out the rest of the city, but I was really impressed by the vibe and recommend it as a worthwhile place to visit.
Tip of the Month

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

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October 25, 2016 - The Glass Art Society is pleased to announce the selection of its 2016 award recipients. These awards honor and acknowledge individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the glass arts worldwide. The Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contributions to the Studio Glass Field is awarded to Joyce J. Scott and the recipient of the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for Outstanding Service to the Glass Art Society is Wayne Strattman.

Joyce J. Scott is a mixed-media sculptor who constructs sophisticated bead sculptures incorporating glass, clay, fabric swatches, and found objects that address social topics including racism, violence, and gender inequality. Scott, a lifelong Maryland native, is an active leader in Baltimore, promoting creative spaces for the local community. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, and master of fine arts from the Instituto Allende in Mexico. Scott has received honors from the National Endowment of the Arts, 2016 Baker Artist Awards, and most recently a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at institutions around the world including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki; and the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo.

Wayne Strattman, a former Glass Art Society board member, initiated and endowed the Strattman Critical Dialogue Lecture series, co-funded the inaugural Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) grant, and started and helped maintain neon exhibitions at GAS conferences since 1997. His Boston-based company Strattman Design has been a world leader for decades in building museum displays, custom sculpture, and innovative lighting products for commerce and industry. Strattman received his PhD from the University of Sunderland in glass and the neon arts, in recognition of his many years of work making sculptures, conducting research, writing, and advocating for neon and other advanced forms of lit glass sculpture.



TRAX gallery  

Sip III - Invitational Cup Show
November 9th - December 4th

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

1812 5th St.  -     510.540.8729  -    

Bullseye Bay Area Gallery

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

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

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

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

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
November 12 - December 24, 2016

Beato Gallery

Featuring recent works, created in Beatrice Wood's studio
Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 12, 2016 / 3 - 6 pm
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai) - Ojai, CA 93023
Open to the Public Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 11 - 5
Tel (805) 646-3381 | Fax (805) 646-0560  

AMOCA - The American Museum of Ceramic Art       
Current Exhibitions

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

With the dawn of social media comes a new generation of artists who grasp the power of video not just as a tool to document process, but as an inextricable element of their work. Recorded Matter is an exploration of the range of expression that video offers - from viral videos showing artworks being used (or more often, abused) to mysterious inquiries into material and philosophical properties of clay.  

Inaugural AMOCA Ceramic Annual: Biomorphic - through November 27, 2016 
Meagan Gates, Care and Curiosity

The theme for 2016 is biomorphism and highlights current trends of biomorphic exploration in the field of ceramics. The exhibition includes sculptural and functional biomorphic work investigating form and surface reminiscent of plants, animals, and living organisms. Juror: Cj Jilek. Invited Artists: Eva Champagne, Carol Gouthro, Laura Haight, Koung Hwa Oh, and Carrie Longley.
Juried Artists: 
Ted Adler, Caitlin Albritton, M.C. Armstrong, Sasha Bakaric, Hayne Bayless, Nina Berinstein, Karen Blankenship, Dino Capaldi, Jessica Calderwood, Sara Catapano, Alexandra Corrin, Phillip Counselman, Kit Davenport, Wendy DeLeon, Gina Lawson Egan, Melody Evans, Julia Feld, Whitney Forsyth, Meaghan Gates, Raymond Gonzalez, Sarah Hagan, Jennifer Halli, Kristina Hamm, Shane Harris, Kirsten Heteji, Brooke Hine, Stephen Horn, Beth Huhtala, Sally Jackson, Laura Jacobson, David Kiddie, David Knorr, Heidi Kreitchet, Malia Landis, Stephanie Lanter, Kim Lingo, Arline Link, Sarah Logan, Joshua Maier, Laurie Morris, Mark Muscarello, CJ Niehaus, Helen Otterson, Katie Queen, Sara Parent-Ramos, Denise Romecki, Raymond Rorke, Christine Rose, Angelica Sandoval, Elizabeth Shiver, Cynthia Siegel, Jamie Bates Slone, Maria Spiess, Keri Straka, Shannon Sullivan, Brittany Sundheim, Lauren Tolbert, David Traylor, Mallory Wetherell, Katie White, Heather Wright, Shiyuan Xu, and Fred Yokel.
 Lohengrin's Arrival, plaque, handpainted 
    Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales   Through July 31, 2018 
Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.
    The Roman historian Strabo recorded one of the earliest versions of Cinderella in the first century B.C.  The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel was based on real events during the Great Famine of 1315 A.D. In the late 1600's French author Charles Perrault, wrote stories derived from folktales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.
    The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 improved the speed of printing books.  The Industrial Revolution and advancements in printing technologies increased the amount of books printed and reduced the cost of producing books. These innovations enabled writers such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to collect, document, and share classic folklore and fairy tales with a much larger audience.
     Bob and his wife Colette Wilson amassed one of the most comprehensive collections of Mettlach ceramics in the world. They acquired over 3,200 objects ranging from steins, beakers (cups), dinnerware, tiles, plaques (plates), planters, and sculptures which they gifted to AMOCA in 2011. The vast majority of the work in their collection was produced by Villeroy & Boch prior to 1915. The Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects from this collection.

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

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

Free and open to the public. Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5:00pm
Admission: General $7, Student/Senior $5, Members & under 12 Free -  
AMOCA - 399 North Garey Ave.  Pomona, CA  (909) 865-3146 -


Blue Line Arts  
through November 19th

405 Vernon Street  #100,      Roseville CA      916-783-4117


Alpha Fired Arts Gallery

CSUS Ceramics - Student and Faculty Show Sacramento State University Ceramics Program  Thursday, November 3 - Thursday, December 1
Time: M & F 10-5, T-Th 10-6, Sat 10-4
This year the Alpha Fired Arts Gallery invites Sacramento State University Ceramic Arts Program, Students and Faculty, to display their ceramic art works.
Show Reception: November 17th 5pm-7pm  
4675 Aldona Lane  -   Sacramento, CA 95841

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

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

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

American and European Folk Art ----- November 19, 2016 - June 25, 2017
An exhibition dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum's permanent collection. This exhibition is dedicated to three centuries of American and European folk art from the Museum's permanent collection, with many artworks on view for the very first time. Featured items include quilts, whirligigs and weather vanes, as well baskets and ceramic vessels. Figurative sculptural objects will also be on view, including works by Felipe Archuleta, Gerard Cambon and Beatrice Wood, in addition to anniversary tin gifts, a carnival knockdown figure, a carved and painted wood barber pole and needlepoint samplers.
Mingei International Museum · BALBOA PARK, PLAZA DE PANAMA 1439 EL PRADO, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101. TUESDAY - SUNDAY 10:00AM - 5:00PM


Gallery Susan Alexander             OPEN STUDIO     November 5+6

                                                                       2811 20th Street

Ruby's  Clay  Studio  &  Gallery
Nick DiBlasio
9" x 10" -    Gold luster edging

Nick DiBlasio
Solo Show
through November 15

Annual Holiday Sale
Ruby's Clay Studio Artists Group Show
November 18 - December 31
Opening Reception Sunday, November 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM

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


From Print to Plate  
  Views of the East on Transferware  

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

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

International Terminal               Through April 09, 2017
For hundreds of years, master craftsmen made the finest domestic products by hand and added detail and decoration as the hallmarks of luxury. During the Industrial Revolution, countless factory-produced items emulated this handcrafted look. Often clad in ornate cast-iron housings, they offered little in the way of ingenuity. In a move towards progressive design, twentieth-century European modernists, including those at the Bauhaus school in Germany, emphasized the benefits of mass-production. They promoted a mastery of /mechanization and the latest materials to carry modern design to the masses. - See more at: xhibitions/modern-approach-mid-century-design#sthash.jt1DnOnc.dpuf
Chemex Dr. Peter J. Schlumbohm (1896-1962) utilized scientific laboratory materials to produce some of the simplest and most inventive mid-century designs. Inspired by a chemist's funnel and beaker, his Chemex "Coffeemaker" combines a single piece of hourglass-shaped Pyrex® glass, a conical filter of laboratory-grade paper, and a wooden collar fastened with a rawhide tie. A companion to the coffeemaker, the "Gas Kettle" features an ingenious glass-and-cork shuttle valve to control escaping steam. Dr. Schlumbohm held over 300 patents and created an array of inventions, with more than twenty examples in the Museum of Modern Art's collection in New York.  - See more at: 

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

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

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

Deadline: November 10 (sending packages).  7th International Art Exhibition in  A VERY SMALL SIZE
Painting, Drawing, Watercolor, Collage, Photograph, Digital, Mixed Media...
With a respect to the quality of Art not to the size of Art 
We started collecting of the works in September according to the conditions  -Deadline for sending packages is November 10
Looking forward to start our good cooperation... Yours Georgi Lessedra - 

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


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

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

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

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

Encounter the World in Residencies. Explore the listings here:

Deadline November 21, 2016 .   Artist in Residence program at Sonoma Community Center. We believe that our connection to the community is strengthened by supplying a venue for talented artists to integrate with, and become members of the Sonoma community through teaching and making work at our studio. See past residents here: artist will be juried in to spend six months living and working at the Sonoma Community Center, closely integrated into the community studio. During their residency, the Artist is able to concentrate on developing a cohesive body of work which will be presented in a gallery exhibition at the completion of their residency. While at Sonoma Community Center, the Artist in Residence is given ample employment opportunities to teach classes and workshops to community members of all levels. The residency is "all inclusive" incorporating a monthly stipend, furnished apartment and semi-private studio in exchange for 20 hours of work per week.

Deadline November 21, 2016. Satellite Program of the
7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial
The team of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial invites artists, designers, art historians and curators, but also students of those fields to submit proposals and ideas for the satellite program of the 2017 triennial. The triennial takes place from 14 April to 23 July, 2017. The theme of the main exhibition taking place in the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design is "Ajavahe, Time Difference" with its focus on concepts of time, tempo, different modes and ideas of time. What we are looking for: 5441 people visited the main exhibition and the satellite program  of the last triennial. We aim to offer a diverse and fascinating program to visitors of the triennial both from Estonia and outside the country. In addition to the main exhibition a seminar, presentations by artists included in the show and various educational programs will take place as well. It would be great to open artists' studios to the public - from previous experience it is clear that a wider audience is very interested in artists' working spaces, their creative process and art. It would also be fitting to organize applied art exhibition in galleries or other temporary exhibition spaces while the triennial is taking place. The triennial's team of organizers welcomes various interventions in the city and during events, student projects and everything else that would connect to the triennial. The organizers of the triennial will compile all the events into a joint program and will promote the events via the triennial's channels (website, social media, newsletter, print materials, invitations), however, please keep in mind that the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society is unable to offer funding. How to submit - Let us know if you wish to participate by 21 November, 2016.
Please send us your initial idea and a short description by e-mail to:

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


Collaboration on small production wanted - Looking for production help making and collaborating with product designer on gas reduction high-fire stoneware work. Interested in producing prototypes and possible finish quantities of 5 to 50. Throwing accurate scale, medium to large shapes, slab work and handwork would be great. Simple glazing might be in the mix. We are in the Bay Area, but are open to travel for the right fit. Please contact for further information.

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

Professional Kiln Repair Service
"I'm Joe Kowalczyk (Ko-väl-chick), your Bay Area kiln technician.  I can fix your kiln."   
* Evaluations & repair for ceramics or glass kilns (both gas & electric)
* Kiln tutorials (basic operation, safety, maintenance, & custom programming) 
* Consultations new & used kiln purchases 
* Pottery wheels, slab rollers, ventilation, & general studio setup
"6 years experience & I'll beat the prices of any kiln service in the Bay Area."
Questions? e-mail: or call: 510-601-5053.
ACGA's New Website  -  Whitney Smith  
The new is live and functional for everyone to use.  
This has been a major investment for the ACGA, paid for with your membership dollars, so please take some time to check out the new site, update your profile, and have a look around!

Some new things of note:
The forum:

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

Help articles:

Having trouble logging in? Don't understand why your updated profile is not saving? Don't know your username or password? We have Help articles that are there to guide you through glitches. Look under "Members" in the main menu and look under "User Help/FAQ".

Workshops and Open Studio:
 We have a page dedicated to member hosted workshops and Member Open Studios now. We want to keep this page updated, so be sure to contact web admin to let us know you have a workshop or open studio coming up. Please be sure to include an image and links.

Featured Artist:

 We will be doing a monthly spotlight on an ACGA artist with a link from the front page, right now we are spotlighting Malia Landis. Want to be featured? Contact website admin to get your name on the docket. The interviews will be archived, so it will be on the site for years to come.

ACGA Blog:

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

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

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

Ken is offering a free, no- obligation consultation to ACGA members to talk about their websites, and analyze whether or not a new or updated website is a good idea for you. He has become very familiar with our ACGA community and our particular needs as artists, so he knows that we need websites we can update ourselves with our latest work, keep our event dates current, and have creative control over without having to email a developer for every little update! If you decide to hire Ken, 10% of the revenue goes back to the ACGA in the form of web support, so you can feel good that your money is circulating in our association.
Interested?  Please check out what Ken has to offer here on the ACGA Blog. 

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

    Get the e-Newsletter - JOIN ETSY  and FACEBOOK.   

Each of these must be subscribed to separately

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

ACGA's Website -  Populate your own page, update often. The Members Area allows you to download: Newsletters (printable version), Show Applications, Board Ballot, Directory, Membership Renewal Application, ACGA Library Selections, List Classes you Teach, and more. contact: 
ACGA Newsletter is sent by email - To change your method of delivery please contact editor Bonita Cohn at: or phone, 415.673.0533. Those unable to receive the email newsletter electronically can always request a Hard Copy by US mail.  You can also get the newsletter at the archives on the website. > member login > newsletter. If you have unsubscribed you can sign up again at after member log-in. Contact Whitney Smith for help.
Address changes should go to Vivien Hart,, who maintains the central member database.

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

  Posting on the forum is easy, follow the instructions below. 
    *    Go to and go to "Members" on the main menu and click "login" on the drop down menu.
    *    Login using your assigned username and password. If you don't know what that is, read the "Username and Password" info below.
    *    When you login you will be taken to your profile. Feel free to update your profile! From here you can go to "Member Forum" and "Submit post".
    *    If you have any issues posting, contact Whitney Smith at
Username and password:
    *    For most, your username is your first and last name together as one word. If you are a collaborative team or have a hyphenated last name it may be different. You can look up your username under the "Member" menu in "Member Names and Usernames".
    *    Your default password is ACGAmember, one word, case sensitive. Please remember to change your password once you update your profile. Again, if you have issues, please contact Whitney Smith at

  SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and Advertising Rates

FREE Exhibition and Opportunity listings.

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

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

Digital items are preferred -   

Please separate your images and text into individual text or jpg files.


  • Title docs with your name first   - "johndoe-news.doc. No PDFs or Flyers please.
    We can't extract the image, or text, from images of text.  Please write and send original text (docs) in the body of the email and attach images as jpgs. 
    Please separate the images from the text into individual text or jpg files. 
  • PLEASE RESIZE IMAGES to 1 MB - Images sized 400w x 500h pixels can be attached as "gif or jpg."
  • Title each image with your last name (this MUST be first in the file title)DO NOT add spaces, extra punctuation, numbers or extra characters (such as " " /: % #) to the image file titles. Dashes are OK instead of spaces.
Remember to ad file type to the name, such as ".jpg" when naming the image so it will open.

- 3 types of ads. Due digitally on the 15th of the month before publication.
  • Classified Ads:
    Members, free / Non members, $10. Classified ads are for selling materials and equipment, renting a studio, looking for work, etc. These ads should be no more than 50 words.  
  •     Announcements of workshops, classes & events: Member and non-Member, $30. 
  •     Display Ads:   Member and non-Member, $70
E-Display ad size should be 400h x 500w pixels. Printed size:  3"x4" approx. A photo in an ad is considered a display ad.

Send news items and articles, as text and images,  by e-mail to: 

Editor: Bonita Cohn         415/673-0533
Send Advertising Payments, check payable to ACGA, to:
Bonita Cohn, 1538 Jones,  San Francisco, CA. 94109

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