- 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.
- 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.
I have always enjoyed creating with my hands. The long, intricate process of making each piece of pottery is exciting: the texture and smell of the clay, the alchemy of mixing my own glazes, the firing of the piece, and the reward of seeing the finished vessel emerge from the kiln.
The form and function of my ceramics are carefully designed to enrich and simplify life. Each piece with its smooth surface and continuous curve is intended to be used in multiple ways. A delicately carved bowl may be used to serve dinner, hold jewelry, or as an objet d'art atop a coffee table. This diversity of function allows each individual to create their own, distinctive use for each piece.
I feel connected to the long line of artisans who came before me - our hands touching through time and space as we work with similar materials. This thread continues with the new owners of my pieces who start their own conversations and relationships with my work.
- I've always done some kind of art or craft. In college, I took a class on stained glass and
have been making glass art for over 30 years. People and nature are my inspirations.
I am happy to create a custom piece to
match some of the elements in your home or office.
- 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.
- 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.
Charles A. Moore
- 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.
- 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 mostly functional pieces. I now live in Rossmoor, in Walnut Creek and I am a permanent resident artist at the Moraga Art Gallery in Moraga.
- 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.
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.
- For the past several decades, Itsuko has developed unique throwing and decorating techniques such as hand-throwing porcelain to near translucent