- Creator of functional and decorative ceramic pieces with interesting detail, structure and textures. Her beautiful glazes highlight the form of
- 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
- 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. In college, I took a class on stained glass and
have been making glass art for over 30 years. I am happy to create a custom piece to
match some of the elements in your home or office.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Sunburst Clay and Glass creates "Kiln Fired Art" specializing in raku pottery and
fused glass jewelry handcrafted in the foothills of Northern California.
I began my "Back to Nature" woven pots when featured at the 1990 National
Contemporary Craft Competition out of Texas, and my grape pots were chosen to be
showcased at the E D H "Street of Dreams" homes. I also can't get enough of making
intricate fused glass jewelry and combine the two mediums often in one piece of art.
With over 40 years of skill as an award winning artist and former gallery owner, Mary's pieces
are inspired by the simple beauty found in the everyday.
- 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.
- 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.
Dianne Van de
- "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.
- 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