2022 Pre- and Post- Conference Events
As of January 13, 2022

This evolving listing includes information about events taking place in the greater Sacramento, California region, prior to and following NCECA’s 2022 conference. Produced independently of NCECA, please be in touch directly with the contact(s) listed with each event to pose questions or register.

Visions In Clay Virtual Artists Reception
February 10, 2022, 5:30pm PT
Located on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College, the LH Horton Jr Gallery presents Visions In Clay Invitational, NCECA Venue Originated Exhibition, February 10 – March 19, 2022. A Virtual reception to meet the artists will launch the exhibition, with an exhibition slideshow and conversation with the artists.  Artists Participating: Ted Adler, Amanda Barr, Brian Caponi, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, José Flores Nava, Adrián Gómez, Ryana Lawson, Kathy Pallie, Carlos Enrique Prado.  San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95240 ♿
Contact:                        Jan Marlese, Gallery Director, 209-954-5507
Cost:                              Free and open to the public
Event Zoom Link:        https://deltacollege-edu.zoom.us/j/95678777250

Wood & Soda Firings at Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project
March 10-13, 2022
Learn wood and soda firing from master artists as we host firings in three of our kilns with professional lead artists. Workshop includes; 2 cubic feet of kiln space, participation in firings, artists talks and demonstrations. Anagama kiln firing lead by; Scott Parady, Scott Ross & Nick Schwartz. Train kiln firing lead by Tara Wilson, soda kiln firing lead by Matt Long. Artist Talks & Demonstrations will be given in the evenings Thursday – Sunday, March 10 – 13, culminating with a Sunday Symposium. Presenting artists include: Scott Parady, Scott Ross, Nick Schwartz, Tara Wilson and Matt Long.
Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project, 9700 Rocky’s Rd Middletown CA 95461, (707) 927-8327
Contact:                        Scott Parady, 707.927.8327, cobbartandecology@gmail.com
Cost:                              $350 includes 2 cubic feet of kiln space – additional kiln space $50 per cubic foot.
Please contact us if you are planning to bring more than 2 cubic feet of work.

WorldStoke
March 11-14, 2022
An international symposium of wood firing, artist demonstrations, and discussions to address social equities in ceramic art.  All are welcome to Penryn, California to participate in hands-on workshops with clay and multiple kiln firings: wood, salt, Raku. There will also be tours of art collector’s homes in Placer County and so much more…

Healing with Clay
Bobby Scroggins, Virginia Scotchie, Ray Gonzales, Deborah Pittman, Terry Shepherd, Chris Thompson, Glenn Grishkoff, Antonio Cuellar, T. Robert, Saskia Martin.
Penryn Workshop, 1394 Orange Hill Lane Penryn, CA 95663, 916-663-2815
Contact:                        Wendy Morris, worldstoke@potterypeace.com 845-270-0686
Cost:                              $300 for all 4 days ($250 for students), $100 single day pass

East Bay Clay Roots
March 12, 11am-5pm / March 15, 2-7pm / March 19, 2-7pm
Gallery and studio tours of East Bay ceramic arts and artists.
Transmission Gallery, Epperson Gallery, Berkeley Potters Guild, Margaret Norman, Mary Law, The Potters Studio, Trax Gallery, Erin McGuiness, Jeffrey Spahn Collection, De Stabler Collection/Studio, Nancy Selvin, Applied Contemporary, Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Whitney Smith, Arts Benicia, John Toki.
Contact:              Mary Catherine Bassett, appliedcontemporary@gmail.com  540-292-1164
Accessibility:             Call ahead regarding handicap accessibility for a specific location
Cost:                           Free

The Ground We Grew From
March 15, 2022
Join Richard Shaw, John Roloff, Robert Brady, and hopefully Jim Melchert as they discuss and reflect on their years of experiences, often humorous and insightful as they broke new ground, paving the path so many of us easily walk on today. Looking over the abundance of ceramic sculpture exhibited globally today, it’s clear our field is richly fertile and well irrigated. Although difficult to remember, it wasn’t always like this. Those of us working in clay today have built our artistic practices on the territory plowed by the generations of innovators before us. The first generation was led by Peter Voulkos who encouraged everyone to dig deep into the soil to see what they could grow. Robert Arneson, who had worked with Voulkos, was by the late 60s also gaining national attention for breaking into new territory with Funk. A complex network of innovators grew as one artist exposed to another began forcing clay’s boundaries to expand. Only a handful of people remain that can recount first-hand the early events, exchanges, and resistance ceramics encountered, as well as, their personal experiences with clay as they broke new ground.  b. Sakata Garo, 923. 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 ♿
Contact:                      Coreen Abbott, coreenabbott1@gmail.com, 415-661-0330
Cost:                              Free

Gladding McBean Terra Cotta Factory Tour
March 15, 2022  9:00am; 10:00am and 11:00am
This rare 40 minute tour of the inside of the historic, ongoing Gladding McBean terra cotta factory is not to be missed. With over 140 years of invention, Gladding, McBean combines old-world craftsmanship with modern technology to re-create some of the world’s most famous building elements.  This is a tour and will be led by Artist, Ray Gonzales.  Gladding McBean Terra Cotta Factory, meet off-site at 580 6th St, Lincoln, CA 95648 and then we will travel1 block together to the factory.  Notify Ray Gonzales if accessibility accommodations are required for this tour.
Contact:                        Ray Gonzales, raygonzalesartworks@gmail.com, 916-303-3536
Cost:                              Free

Small Feats of Clay Art Show
March 19, 2022
Reception and Q&A presentation for all artists in the show: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Open house reception for all art patrons and artists: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Small Feats of Clay, a Legacy Reimagined
The Art League of Lincoln is rekindling the FEATS OF CLAY Show and Competition from the past, although it will be a bit of a departure with pieces being restricted to a more modestly sized profile. This Show will be held in northern California, in the town of Lincoln, right next door to the original Gladding McBean Ceramics Company, where the historic annual FEATS OF CLAY show was held and celebrated for twenty-five years. Similar to the past, the March 2022 show will celebrate the rich history of clay and its legacy in our region.
Show duration: March 2 to April 30, 2022.
A call for online submissions opens Nov. 1, 2021, and ends Jan 23, 2022.  We hope to feature & profile our greater Sacramento region’s clay artists and beyond.
Art League of Lincoln, 580 Sixth St, Lincoln, CA 95648 ♿
Regular gallery hours are 11 am-3 pm, Wed-Sat.
Contact:                        Deidre Trudeau, FeatsofClayLincoln@gmail.com 916-209-3499

Visions In Clay Closing Gallery Reception
March 19, 2022, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Located on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College, the LH Horton Jr Gallery presents Visions In Clay Invitational, NCECA Venue Originated Exhibition, February 10 – March 19, 2022. A closing reception to meet the artists will be held at the Gallery.  Artists participating: Ted Adler, Amanda Barr, Brian Caponi, Linda S. Fitz Gibbon, José Flores Nava, Adrián Gómez, Ryana Lawson, Kathy Pallie, Carlos Enrique Prado.  LH Horton Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Shima Center Room 144, Stockton, CA, 95240 ♿
Contact:                        Jan Marlese, Gallery Director, jan.marlese@deltacollege.edu, 209-954-5507
Cost:                              Free & Open to the Public with RSVP by email or phone to the Gallery Director 

Dirt Deputies: Original Work by the MMclay Team of Makers
March 20, 2022
MMclay is a small production handmade tableware business in San Francisco lead by artist/designer MaryMar Keenan. With the help of a talented crew of makers, MMclay produces 6 lines of handmade ceramics for homes and restaurants internationally. The studio/showroom is located in the vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood just a few blocks away from the brick and mortar MMclay Airstream retail shop and the original MMclay Linden Street Studio. As a benefit to being on the MMclay team, the Linden Street Studio is currently operated by the staff providing them a space to develop their own ceramic ideas and innovations. This event will showcase both the original designs of MaryMar Keenan and will proudly feature a vast body of original work by her talented “dirt deputies”.  Artists participating are MaryMar Keenan (owner), Reese Kolar, Kristin Brown, Corrie Wille, Lara Head, Giovanni Gomez, Mariana Varela, Griffin Mactavish, Nicco Alesci, Veronica Rufrano, Chava Benioff-White, Sophia Passin.
MMclay Production Studio and Showroom, 69 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102 ♿
Contact:                        MaryMar Keenan, marymar@mmclay.com, 415-601-9152

Pond Farm Pottery Tour for NCECA Conference Attendees
March 20, 2022
Take a docent-led tour of Pond Farm Pottery and learn about the history of this significant cultural site that is on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the dreams and challenges of the Herr Family and Marguerite Wildenhain, the first woman master potter to graduate from the Bauhaus. Pond Farm was Marguerite’s home, school and studio for over 30 years and she taught hundreds of her students in the traditions of the Bauhaus.

Please arrive promptly at 12:45 pm. The tour begins at the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods office/Volunteer Center which is located to the right beyond the picnic area in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. After a brief presentation, participants will carpool up the hill to Pond Farm Pottery, which is located in Austin Creek State Recreation Area, about 1 mile away.  Pond Farm Pottery in Austin Creek State Recreation Area, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446 ♿
Contact:                        Justin Lindenberg, justin@stewardscr.org
Cost:                              $25 per person or $20 for members of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. Reservations are required and non-refundable with less than 48 hour notice.  Register at  https://stewardscr.org/events/cancelled-pond-farm-docent-led-tour-3-20-22/