Our monthly Show and Tell sessions resumed in June - they hadn't happened since the shutdown of our studio in March 2020. And starting in July, these are now being combined with a celebration of the birthdays of all CAC members born that month who attend the event. Photos below, starting with June's Show and Tell.
In July we had a Show and Tell, but for some inexplicable reason no photos are available, except for the ones below, showing Mary Ann giving Anne S. some flowers for her birthday (in a very cool unique hand-decorated bottle).
August's Show and Tell was quite lively, and included a celebration for the birthdays of three members: Patty T., Betty B., and Amy P. - see photos below
January CAC meeting celebrated the life of long-time member Fred Chen - and had a Show and Tell session
Remembering our beloved Fred Chen (who passed away on January 9, 2022).
The Ceramic Club’s General Meeting on January 11, 2022 (held on Zoom) featured an informal session in honor of Fred Chen, who had passed away on January 9, 2022. Fred was such an important and well-loved member of our club! Included in this session were several of our members’ reminiscences and slideshows of Fred in our Ceramic Studio, as well as some photos of his wonderful pottery. A few photos of Fred are below. Also there's a video recording of the online memorial available for our members to view on YouTube. (Note: it’s about 31 minutes long.)
This meeting also featured a wonderful Show & Tell session of all sorts of things made by our members in recent months – and not all of them are ceramic, since our studio is still closed. In addition to pottery and sculpture, there were handmade books, jewelry, and knitted hats & scarves, among other things! See below for some of the pictures. For a more complete version (and to see exactly who created which pieces), check out the video of this session, which is available for our members to view on YouTube – click on the link below. (Note: it’s about 30 minutes long.)
Good news about the the Ceramic Arts Club's Open Studio sale on December 5;, which was held outside of the studio's front door. CAC cleared $925 for our club in the 4 hours of the sale! The five CAC members with their own sale tables did well, too - and of course all of them contributed 10% of their sales total to the club. Unfortunately, due to changing COVID-19 conditions and new lockdown orders, the second day of the sale - which had been planned for December 9 - was canceled.
The Show & Tell session at last week’s CAC Zoom meeting (attended by over 40 CAC people on December 15), was amazingly varied and lots of fun to watch. If you missed it (or want to watch it again), you can view that part of the meeting on YouTube, thanks to Linda Mariano. (FYI: it’s private & can only be located via our link.) Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/dRVIqydOBh4
Below are some of the artworks that were shown during the last meeting's Show & Tell. First off, Amy Pitt's beautiful (and delicious) challah loaf, and Anne Shulenberger's second piece in the current "Trashformations" Art Tag cycle, which was created using various ceramic odd & ends as well as some cut-up images of her old artwork, all mounted on one of her own ceramic platters.
Hetta Malone, one of the people in our latest Orientation Class (which was interrupted by the pandemic/lockdown), shared some of her beautiful photographs.
Mary Ann Stanley shared her story of ceramic loss and redemption. Below left is a photo of a ceramic sculpture by the artist Barbara Sebastian, which she purchased several years ago at one of the CAC's Fall Bazaars. The center photo shows its downfall as the result of a small earthquake. On the right is Mary Ann's reconstruction of the piece into its current wabi-sabi incarnation. What drama - with an excellent ending!
Pat Hanscom's wonderful paper sculptures, below on the left & center, are made out of old/recycled paper that she had collected. The leftmost one is her "Green Man," and was created for the current "Trashformations" Art Tag cycle.
Shown below on the right, Patty Taylor shared 4 of her beautiful ceramic faces decorated with several different non-traditional materials, including "Buff & Rub" (metallic wax), acrylic paint, and fingernail polish. Her preferred methods are pit-fire, saggar or raku fire, but with the studio closed and all the usual materials/equipment unavailable, she has been experimenting - with amazing results. Can't keep a good artist down!
On the left below are two views of Kathy Jepson's intriguing ceramic sculptures: a tree and a portrait bust (both unfinished).
And from Theresa Kuo: "Here's my contribution to the Show and Tell on the 15th. I felted the slippers from rovings that were left over from spinning wool. The felting is not as tight as it should be, but at least they fit, unlike the first pair. The first pair would have been perfect if I had one foot size 9 and the other size 4. The soles are from leather scraps a friend gave me years ago. Being a pack rat has its advantages!"
Theresa is such a versatile artist/craftswoman!
Terri Snyder shared two paintings and a hanging sculpture, all of them created as Art Tag projects. Both of the paintings are on the earlier subject "Shelter," while the sculptural piece is for the current "Trashformations" Art Tag cycle. Love what she's doing!
Carolyn Tertes, a member of our latest Orientation Class (which was interrupted by the pandemic/lockdown), shared an intriguing wall installation that she's been working on during the lockdown. The long view of it is below on the left - you can see more detail by going to the video of the Show & Tell session (the link to that is above, in the 2nd paragraph from the top).
Jim Anderson contributed the photo of his darts hitting the bullseye, below right. During normal times he likes to compete with others in local pubs, but since March he has been honing his skills at home. Looks like it's paying off, too!
Sue Wetzler shared two images during the online Show & Tell: a beautiful photo taken on a hike in the mountains, and a charming little sgrafitto plaque she made, which was recently bisque-fired.
what's happening - new Featured Artist - new group of Orientation students - ceramic artists at Show & Tell, etc
The bright and whimsical creations of Judy Johnson grace our "Featured Artist" windows this month - see the Rossmoor News article just below. They'll be on view through September 9, so be sure to come on down to the Gateway Plaza and take a look at the Ceramic Studio's display windows!
Here are a few more photos of people & things happening around the studio, in a slideshow format. Included are some of our members showing their work, looking at one another's art, and playing in clay with grandchildren, as well as a new crop of Orientation students being shown the ropes. We now have 16 new members!
(NOTE: some of the thumbnail images underneath may appear to be upside down or sideways, but when you click on one or start the slideshow they will all be right side up.)
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!
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!
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.
Several members had really interesting pieces for the April Show and Tell. Lots of sculpting going on, too: Lucia creating images of her grandchildren, Elaine & Judy making dog and cat sculptures for an Animal Rescue group's fund-raising events. That, and many of our CAC members getting their pieces ready for the annual Pit Fire. Never a dull moment!
Wow, the month went by so fast. Time flies, as they say, whether you're having fun or not. But luckily we have been having fun! And here are a few snapshots to prove it.
First off - some snapshots from the Rossmoor Fall Bazaar (on November 1), which was a fabulous and resounding success for the CAC. We had even better sales than last year, and everyone commented on how beautiful our studio looked. Most important, everyone involved had fun and felt great about it. Kudos to Patty and Betty, our fearless leaders!
Here are some miscellaneous photos: two from our last Show and Tell, Lucia beside a display of her beautiful ceramic artwork currently being shown in a gallery in San Ramon, and Ellen Sachtschale holding up a pot she'd just made in the last session of her Garden Art class.
Activities of CAC
Artists at work and play in our studio!