- Creator of functional and decorative ceramic pieces with interesting detail, structure and textures. Her beautiful glazes highlight the form of her work.
- Making beautiful glass art is my passion — whether fused, leaded, foiled, or sand-carved. Jewelry, pictures in glass, and table art are also part of my work.
- Laddy celebrates the diversity of life on Earth, mainly through creating a variety of animals sculpted into pottery.
- The spontaneity and plasticity of the clay medium makes handbuilding sculpture a process of discovery - full of surprises. My approach is a collaboration where the clay and I work together to discover hidden shapes and reveal emotions and personalities through animal forms.
- I am a long-time creator of hand painted ceramics, paintings, and anything art related. Painting on surfaces is my passion! Recently, I have been exploring more sculptural clay pieces. Creating texture in my work is something I am working on and I am having fun carving and scraping details into the surface.
- Many of the feelings and convictions that guide my life are reflected in my work. I have a Native American heritage, therefore a philosophy of respect and appreciation of the world around me: people, animals, plants, and the earth.
- One of the group's founding members; Connie has made her livelihood from working with clay for most of her life. Also dear to her heart is her love of plants which is often combined with and represented in her clay works.
- I have been a full-time studio potter since 1973. I produce a wide range of functional ware inspired by my garden.
- My interest in ceramics began at an early age when as a child I created entire market scenes out of modeling clay. Today I create hand carved candle lights, large lace bowls, delicate lotus-shaped bowls, and marbled jars made of two clays.
- Faces interest me, whether they are sad, funny, outrageous, and it is the character of the individual I seek. Reactions from people viewing my work can range from comments like: that impairs my vision, scary, human like, comical, what were you thinking?
- I've always done some kind of art or crafts. After meeting glass blowers at the State Fair and taking many glass classes, I was hooked! At the Smithsonian in 2005 I fell in love with Georgia O'Keefe's work, sketched some of them and came back home and translated some of her designs into glass. The rest, as they say, is history.
- I must have been born for art because the first time I entered a competition at age 8, I won the national grand prize — a trip for my whole family to Disneyland. From then on I have studied and worked in a variety of media, my favorites being clay and pastels.
- I started throwing pots in 1973. Currently, I'm working in cone 10, white stoneware and my passion is formulating and testing high fire glazes.
- I make functional wheel thrown pieces. I fell in love with the feel of clay in my hands in the early 70s in high school, and on into college. Twenty four years later, after raising children and building a career in the financial industry, I carved out a corner of our garage. I call it "my studio."
- I fell in love with clay in 1969 and have been a "one-media woman" ever since. When not in the studio I find time to teach ceramics at Butte Community College and serve as the president of the Paradise Art Center.
- I first took an interest in clay at Stockton College and was a classmate of Viola Fry, boy did she go far. Later I took an evening Adult Ed class at Sac. City. When friends started asking for my work, I got into doing shows. After 30+ years I stopped, but I still have an interest in clay.
- I'm all about functional pottery, sculpture and raku-fired clay things. It's really not that difficult to fire your own raku kiln at home. All you need is some basic information and building skills. Oh, and a lot of free time to do it! Being a born pyromaniac also helps.
- What started as a time-passer more than 40 years ago has developed into a major avocation.
- My sculptures, for both home and garden, celebrate the beauty, strength, joy and inspiration we derive from animals and the great outdoors. Horses, birds, sea turtles, cats, dragonflies, moonlit trees and mountains flow out of my fingers and find their form in the clay. My sculptures have a distinctive texture and aesthetic. Experience as a successful mixed media painter and collage artist result in my unique use of color, various metals, or reclaimed wood panels for the clay sculptures.
- I believe that my African ancestors work through my fingers to create each collectible art sculpture. My love of clay, people, cultural traditions, African fabric, and female-oriented art combine to produce an exciting and unique form of self-expression.
- Working in clay unleashes my creativity, provides an escape from my conventional, mortgage-paying side, and most importantly, makes me smile.
- I love clay. I love the feel of clay and the potential of clay when I am throwing on the wheel and when I hand build. Clay forms attract me, as do surface treatments — painting, faceting, carving, chatter trimming, sgraffito. Above all, I love the possibilities — and the impossibilities — of glazes.
- I have enjoyed the feeling of wet clay on my hands for over thirty years. I wheel throw and hand build stoneware and porcelain, both decorative and functional. Textures are made using carved woodblock designs impressed into clay slabs.
- I work mainly in locally produced stoneware clay, producing functional and purely artistic works both on the potter's wheel and hand building. I use a high fire reduction kiln, as well as Raku and other alternative firing techniques, as the pieces direct me.
- My first exposure to art began with my mother making items for church fund raisers. I discovered a passion for clay and earned a degree before establishing a studio in my Fairfield home. My ceramic art is inspired by the mysticism of folk art, religious iconography, and ancient artifacts of Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
- Pottery to me has become a life's passion and my plan is to be making pottery the rest of my life. I started making pottery in my first year of college (1980). Little did I know then that I was "smitten;" but here I am (mumble mumble) years later, still making pots.
- I make sculptures up to 6 feet tall for in my garden, smaller ones for my pots, hanging flower pots with hardware frames, and vases for my home or for shows.
- So here I am, a gently graying potter, with a modicum of success, slowly potting my way through a good life. It's a hard way to make a living, but a wonderful way to live a life!
- A lump of clay, a spinning wheel, throwing, trimming, glazing-> Hypnotic! Open the Kiln -> Magic Pottery! Hooked!!
- My first experience with clay and its endless possibilities, was in a series of classes with Robert Arneson. I am particularly interested in the self expression, narrative aspect of clay sculpture; that it can also be used to create functional forms is an added bonus. Life experience and my relationship to nature are what inspire my work.
- Active in ceramics continuously since 1976, Ann does functional work in addition to the non-functional raku. She first studied ceramics at the University of California at Davis and has continued with many ceramics classes since.
- "I've always loved the color and texture of glass. Working in both 2-D and 3-D mediums offers many challenges and rewards. It's a thrill to see how light affects my work!"
- I have been a working artist for about 10 years and work in several media including art furniture, ceramics, and paintings. My "Earthen Critters" for the garden or home, are inspired by my love of furred and feathered creatures.
- ACAI Studios is a community studio operated by the Allied Ceramics Art Institute (ACAI). The Studio provides the space, equipment and support needed for ceramic artists and offer outstanding artistic, educational, and collaborative opportunities in ceramic arts.
- Started ceramics program at Cordova High. Retired in 2000 and built a studio. More craftsman than artist. Invented "greedy cup." Been around since dirt was invented.
- For the past several decades, Itsuko has developed unique throwing and decorating techniques such as hand-throwing porcelain to near translucent thinness.