Here are a few photos from our recent Portrait Sculpture class, taught by Jia Jun Lu. It was a great experience, and quite a lot of good sculpture was the result! Most of them have not been fired and finished yet (ceramic art takes time and patience), so check back here for more images in a future post. To be continued...
The very talented Linda Mariano is currently our Featured Artist. Below is the Rossmoor News article about her. Linda's beautiful ceramic artwork will be in the window through October 7 - come on down and see it!
It's been a busy winter & spring! We've recently had another Orientation Class and welcomed 14 new members. Several local clay artists from outside of Rossmoor have demonstrated interesting techniques at our club meetings. There have been two Beginning Wheel classes of 4 sessions each (today is the last day).
In addition, many of our members have made beautiful bowls to donate for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser coming next month (April 18). Also lots of pottery and a number of beautiful and/or quirky sculptures have been created in our studio. Last but not least, some of our folks have brought their pieces to share at our monthly Show & Tell sessions. See below for just a taste of it!
We have a new crop of folks taking the Orientation class at present, see below. Plenty of enthusiasm! The club is ready to welcome them when they join at the last session - next week, August 26 to be exact. (NOTE: the blonde in the pink sweater is Linda M., our Orientation teacher.)
We've also just finished having a sculpture class taught by our own Darryla and Patty (they are shown together in the first photo below). In addition to the sculpting of figures and heads, they've been demonstrating very interesting ways to decorate the surface of the pieces. Another such class will be offered in the future, but the dates are still to be determined.
We should have a really cool Show at Tell next week - sculptures as well as pottery! By the way, it'll be from 3 to 4 on August 26, rather than our usual time of 11 to 12:30 (this is because the Orientation Class's last session is from 10 to 2 that same day).
Three carloads of CAC members (11 of us) went to Davis last weekend to see the annual Ceramic Arts Conference's shows. There were literally dozens of galleries and other venues with special displays of ceramic sculpture and pottery - very inspiring! Below is a link to view a really wide selection of over 170 photos taken during this expedition by Jean C. & Anne S. (just click on it).
Lots of interesting things happening in the CAC studio lately - see below. Folks have been sculpting, learning to throw on the wheel, sharing their work in Show & Tell, finding out how to glaze for raku firing, etc. We always have a lot of fun in the studio!
Bob Pool gave us an interesting demonstration of using ceramic stamps and inlaid slip to make beautiful designs on pottery last week. He also showed how to cut facets into a round wheel-thrown vase, making squared sides. In the process Bob shared some fascinating Asian ceramic techniques and history he's gleaned from the working trips he takes to Korea (and sometimes Japan or China) on an annual basis. Below are photos of two of his finished pots, as well as the one he was working on while he was with us (that's the one on the right - shown when it's dry and has been sanded, but hasn't been fired yet). He does beautiful work!
We have welcomed a new crop of Orientation students to the CAC studio this month. Their final session will be next week (Thursday, Feb 4 - from 10 am to 2 pm), at which point they may join the club if they wish! As you can see from the photos below, Linda has done a good job of teaching them about working with clay. Next week, they'll find out about the glazing process. They are an excellent group, and we're glad to have them with us!
Some interesting sculptures have been created by our members recently, as you can see by these photos of Elaine and Estelle with their artwork.
Not many of us showed up this time, probably because it was the day after Thanksgiving. But there were some interesting things nevertheless - see below. And several of us stayed afterwards to work, making new pieces, finishing works in progress, glazing bisqued pieces, etc.
Here is a list of activities leading up to the Bazaar (happening Saturday November 7 this year), since the Studio is closed the week before, as we prepare for to turn it into a stunning Ceramic Art Gallery. Note the date and time that it re-opens for our members to do their work, a couple of days after the Bazaar - Monday November 9, at noon, to be exact!
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And below are some recent photos for happenings in and around our studio - lots of fun.
We had a wonderful demonstration by the Bay Area sculptor Fred Yokel yesterday. He gave a slide show as well as showing us how he sculpts and glazes he pieces, hands-on. A video was made of the whole presentation, which will be available for our members to view at a later date.
The next such demo will be at our January 12 meeting, by the ceramic artist Daniel Oliver. Mark your calendar!
Our annual Pit Fire took place last week. Photos of the process and some of our result below! Very exciting and fun.
Activities of CAC
Artists at work and play in our studio!