• Clay Carnival Day of Workshops

    The 2017 Clay Carnival held by the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild is now open for registration. The workshops will be hosted by the Palo Alto Art Center. Register here. Registration includes morning refreshments and light snacks. Please bring a sack lunch and join us for special lunch demonstrations by

  • Crib Notes: Jered’s Warehouse Pottery

    Crib Notes: Jered’s Warehouse Pottery by Vince Montague Jered Nelson is a potter who creates tableware and ceramic objects for an impressive roster of clients including Restoration Hardware and some world-renown chefs including Michael Minna and Michael Chiarello among many others.  He’s built an incredibly successful and thriving business. I

  • Michael Kline Workshop Student Scholarship

    Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and Clay and Glass Arts Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for entries for scholarship. This is awarded to four eligible students currently enrolled in a Ceramics Education Program in the SF Bay area who wishes to attend the workshop held at the

  • Letter from the President: Three Years in Review

    This month marks my last as ACGA President, I am leaving after three years of hard work and great learning, both about ACGA and about myself as a maker, and as a member of this great organization. I am beginning to see so many positive changes in this organization due

  • Call for Entry: Ceramics in Focus 2017

    ”ACGA: CERAMICS IN FOCUS – 2017” DAVIS ARTS CENTER, 1919 F Street, Davis, CA Monday, April 3 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 Open to all associate and exhibiting members working in clay. Reminder: this jurying is for a body of work, so specific juried work does not to be available

  • Lynne Meade: Pushing Boundaries

    I started playing with clay as a child. By the time I was 8 or 9 years old I was actually selling little animals that I made at a local consignment store. I don't know what possessed me, but I took a shoe box full of little creatures into the shop

  • A Preview of the Upcoming Cup Show

    The launch date for our first-ever online sale is right around the corner! The sale will run from November 18 through December 31, featuring associate and exhibiting ACGA artists making cups of all kinds: mugs, tumblers, glasses, and… maybe a chalice? Customers will be able to purchase from our website and have

  • Sam Schumacher and the Alchemy of Glass

    Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a glassmaker, who falls somewhere in the cloudy realm between artist & craftsperson. I grew up across the bay from San Francisco in the sleepy little town of Albany, and I currently live down the road in Oakland. Immediately after graduating high

  • New Exhibiting Members

    The ACGA jury recently convened to evaluate the latest applicants for ACGA Exhibiting Member status. It is always exciting to welcome new members and get a look at their work. We are very pleased to welcome the following new Exhibiting Members, congratulations to them! Siobhan Hughes, glass: Hughes is a native

  • Crib Notes: Cliff Glover’s Redwood Oasis

    Cliff Glover makes pots outside of Mendocino, in the Redwood forest of Albion. His studio feels like an idyllic place, an oasis in the woods where the pots seem to emerge from the dense brush and forest pine. He fires a reduction kiln, working with porcelain and stoneware in pursuit

  • Call for Entry: Holiday Cup Show

    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

  • James Aarons: The Rise and Fall, with Yeast

    I first picked up a lump of clay in the mid 1970’s, junior high school, threw it onto the head of a kick wheel and proceeded to make a squat bodied, long necked bottle.  Who knew?  Next came a hand-built Pisa-like vessel made of coils and dots.  I was an

  • 1st Annual National Clay Week: Oct 10-14

    Did you know that the 1st Annual National Clay Week is coming up? National Clay Week is about connecting and getting people involved in the experience of clay, and there are daily activities and ways to participate that look to be fun– as well as challenging. If you are an artist

  • The ACGA Made Me Do It

    For the past five years I happily have had a booth at the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival. This year, though, I took a planned break and attended as a plainclothes potter. In the relative quiet of Sunday morning, I walked the entire festival grounds, inside and out, pausing to talk to

  • Crib Notes: Working in tight spaces with Scott Jennings

    Scott Jennings makes porcelain tableware fired to Cone 6. He works out of Red Brick Studios in the Mission District of San Francisco, an artistic home to twenty-seven other ceramic artists. Red Brick has an open floor plan, no walls, divided into spaces of 100 square feet, many of them

  • Erin McGuiness: Playing the Long Game

    This is another installment in an ongoing monthly feature dedicated to spotlighting an ACGA member and learning more about their work, studio practice, and philosophy. Want to be featured in an upcoming spotlight? Email us to have your work featured in an upcoming post! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am

  • Last Days of the Woody Girls at Trax Gallery

    Just a few days left to see a wonderful exhibition of The Woody Girls, Elisa Helland-Hansen, Linda Christianson, Lindsay Oesterritter, and Jan McKeachie-Johnston. Through June 26th, 2016 at Trax Gallery. Lots of rich surfaces and wonderful color form the firing and clay. It’s your best chance to see work from these potters.

  • Crib Notes: The Studio of Linda Fahey

    About Crib Notes: I’ve often wondered how other artists work in their own spaces and how their environment impacts what they make, and vice versa. It seems to me my own working environment is a separate expression from my pottery, yet it is similar. I imagine other artists in the ACGA

  • Craig Easter: 1953-2016

    One of our longtime ACGA Exhibiting members, Craig Easter, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away after a heart attack. This is sad news for our community, Craig was a prominent member who was known by many and made beautiful work. He was also a longtime teacher at The Clay Mix in Fresno

  • Letter from the President: Scheduling Social Media Time

    Summertime is upon us, and now is a crucial time to be productive! Especially for us ACGA folks with shows such as Palo Alto hanging in the midst (yahoo)! In a field where everything hinges on the tangible object, so many artists, including myself, struggle with how much time and