The February 2, 2022 issue of The Rossmoor News included an article about Fred Chen, who passed away last month, which is a heart-felt memorial to him - see below. (See the previous post for a link to the video of our tribute to Fred, which was part of our January 2022 online meeting).
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.)
Sad News: Lenore Zislin, a longtime (former) member of CAC, passed away last month. Lenore had moved from Rossmoor in 2020, relocating to be near her daughter on the Peninsula. However she stayed in touch with many of her CAC friends and even attended one of our Zoom meetings during the COVID shutdown.
Lenore was a lovely lady, a creative force, and was much beloved by those who knew her. She will be missed! To view her obituary, click here.
Below is a photo of Lenore in the Ceramic Studio taken during CAC's Fall Bazaar in 2016.
A very special time was had at CAC's CREATIVITY Fair/Rossmoor Fall Bazaar on Saturday November 6th. Since our Ceramic Studio is still closed for renovation, we had to do it all outside, on the Veranda area of the Fireside Room.
Nevertheless, the Ceramic Club took the lemon it was given, squeezed the heck out if it, and made some excellent lemonade - resulting in close to $3600 in sales for the club! And in the process we had a great time being together, working hard, and showcasing the amazing donations provided by our generous and very talented members. What a wonderful group we are all a part of!
Here are some photos of the Fair - top left is a group shot of CAC members who had just finished setting it all up, first thing in the morning!
Our October 12, 2021 online General Meeting featured CAC member Ellie Lannen’s presentation & slideshow about her experience taking pottery workshops at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany. In case you missed it, a video recording is available for our members to view on YouTube. (Note: it runs about 23 minutes.) Here's the LINK: https://youtu.be/b8nuBui_NDM
Below are photos of CAC folks making things together in our beautiful Outdoor Studio - some of us have been meeting to do that every week since July. In fact these Clay Play Dates have been so popular that we’ve decided to continue with them until we can re-open the studio! They are every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to about 4:30 pm. People can use clay to make anything they like, including beads, little bowls, sculptures, mini totem pieces, etc. You can also work on your own bisqued pieces by painting them with underglaze and/or glazing for raku firing.
We generally plan to be in the Outdoor Studio (which has been very nice lately). However Multi Purpose Room # 3 has been reserved for us every Sunday afternoon, in case the weather or the air quality are really bad, so we can always work in there if necessary (of course everyone must wear a mask indoors).
And below are some photos of people working inside that room, when we were having some really hot weather in the summer. Included are images from a mini-workshop on making small totem poles with ceramic pieces, which was a lot of fun.
We were in an article on the front page of the Rossmoor News of July 28, 2021 - see below! It's a very good story about our Outdoor Studio, although there are a few discrepancies. The most obvious one is in the caption below the first photo, that says our raku kiln was moved outdoors while our studio is being renovated. Actually it's always been outdoors; however all of the other kilns were moved out and are being stored until the studio reopens (pretty sure that's where the misunderstanding came from).
All in all, we're very pleased with the good PR for our club!
The Ceramic Club General Meeting held on July 13 featured CAC member Shoshana Kobrin’s very interesting & inspiring powerpoint presentation describing her journey as a sculptor of the human figure. A video recording is available for our members to view on YouTube. (Note: it runs about 29 minutes.)
We had a wonderful Patio Party with a Hawaiian theme, organized by Linda Mariano and Mary Ann Stanley with the help of numerous other hard-working and enthusiastic volunteers. Kathy Jepson did a great job with the refreshments - lots of appetizers, finger-food, and desserts, plus wine, lemonade and sparkling water. Judy Russell was in charge of entertainment, including a Hawaiian themed Jeopardy game as well as music and dance courtesy of Rossmoor's Hawaii Club and the Ukulele Club. Quite a lot of our members even got up to learn a couple of hula dances, which was a lot of fun!
It was marvelous to celebrate with our members and their guests, after such a difficult time with the pandemic shut-down. Especially as we were about to have the studio shut down again to be remodeled. As you can see, everyone really enjoyed being together in person at last!
Below are some photos of the festive event taken by various CAC folks who were there. You can also see a slideshow on YouTube that includes several video clips from the party. This is meant for our members only - it's not available to the general public. (Note: it runs about 7 minutes.) To watch it, click on this LINK: https://youtu.be/WCgH6MZ7oSc
The videos listed below are on a private YouTube channel, and are available only by clicking on the links (in blue) below each one.
Studio Renovation – an explanation by CAC’s Studio Manager, Nancy Meaden, of all of the changes to be made to the Ceramic Studio when it is renovated, from the CAC meeting on June 8, 2021. Included is a detailed look at a blueprint of the renovated studio space (runs 37 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/-pOEtqRkt78
Outdoor Studio Pavilion – Patty Taylor explaining our plans for an Outdoor Studio for CAC members’ use during the time that our regular studio is closed down for renovation, also from the CAC meeting on June 8, 2021. A slideshow is presented of the area involved, which is in and next to the raku/pit fire areas, and some CAC members’ questions are answered (runs about 16 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/L8fUw-7JaNs
RAKU Glazing and Firing – a demonstration/information-sharing session presented by Raku Kiln Masters Anne Shulenberger and Patty Taylor at the CAC Meeting on May 11, 2021. This is illustrated with a slide show and short video clips and runs about 34 minutes. Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/6GPaLrxHvXA
NOTE: These videos are available on YouTube on a Private Channel - the LINK listed beneath each title (in blue) is required for access.
Hands in Clay: Kurinuki techniques - slideshow & demonstration from Sept 8, 2020. (runs around 1 hour & 13 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/4-ixPShrMFQ
Making Mini-Totems With Your Own Clay Beads - slideshow & demonstration from October 13, 2020 (runs about 17 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/4lLe3JIsrQ8
Show & Tell session from December 8, 2020, featuring many of our members’ creative projects during the shutdown of the studio (runs about 59 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube –
The Ceramic Art and Creative Journey of John Terlip (former member of CAC who has relocated to artists’ community Villa con Cuore in Fallbrook, California), from January 12, 2021 (runs about 45 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/33EHxEFvsLU
Art Talk: Transfer Of Talent / Painting On Ceramics – a panel discussion with three CAC artists: Nancy Meaden, Jacqueline Proulx, and Sally Andersen, moderated by Linda Mariano, from February 9, 2021 (runs about 1 hour and 31 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/PnIB3y78feM
Art Talk: Ceramic Design with Glaze Blocking and Resist - a presentation/demo featuring two of our own artists: Anne Shulenberger and Albert Goldreich, moderated by Linda Mariano, from March 9, 2021 (runs about 48 minutes). Video recording for our members on YouTube - LINK: https://youtu.be/R88ZMyss524
Activities of CAC
Artists at work and play in our studio!