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Ceramics Annual of America 2013


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Michelle Gregor

California artist Michelle Gregor lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her career as a sculptor spans 27 years.  Michelle heads the Ceramic Department at San Jose City College.   She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco […]

2012 Ceramic Annual of America


Spring Montes

    “Ceramics historically has been used in utilitarian objects that are representative of both personal and domestic interactions. Within my work, I explore our modern interactions through globalization, transportation, pollution, and their effects on natural systems.  I try to bring complex systems like climate, air pollution, and their global effects into an intimate, human scale. […]

Merry Arttoones – 2012

Merry Arttoones grew up in various rabbit warrens around the world including Panama,Japan, and Germany. But the perks were: Kabuki Theater in Kyoto, France with its Van Goghs,Gauguins, Picassos, and the Louvre; the wood carving of the Black Forest area in Germany . Also her parents dragged her to every Hapsburg Castle and Baroque Church […]

Janis Mars Wunderlich – 2012

My recent work explores the idea of “accessorizing” with children. Sometimes I feel as though my wardrobe consists of kids from head to toe. Instead of “artsy” or fancy accessories and jewelry, I have children hanging from my ears, neck, and arms! In a sense, the mother figure seems hidden or lost behind all the […]

David Zdrazil – 2012

  David Zdrazil describes his clay work as “a dialog between that which we create and that which exists naturally.” He references traditional pottery forms, geological spectacle and everyday life.  Like a folk potter, he uses natural materials from his environment to formulate unique glazes and clay bodies for pieces that are often wood-fired.  This […]

Shalene Valenzuela – 2012

  Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In June 2007, she moved from her longtime home of Oakland, CA to participate in a long-term residency […]

James Tisdale – 2012

James Tisdale received his BFA from the University of Mississippi and his MFA from the University of Georgia.  He received two UGA Fellowships to study in Italy while completing his graduate degree.  He was awarded a NEA (National Endowment Award) Grant and an NCECA Emerging Artist Award.   He has received residencies both in the US […]

Belinda Berger – 2012

    Belinda Berger: I am Ceramic sculptor and I live in Germany. I have studied at the  Falmouth College of Art in England. I got well known with my work“ Country life“ and I sell it  at the Museum of Arts and Design in NY , USA, Canada and London. The theme of my […]

Gerardo Azcunaga – 2012

  Gerardo Azcúnaga borns at Monterrey, Mexico, in 1958. Works like ceramist and sculptor since 1982 in Monterrey. He has more than 150 expositions in different museums and galleries of Mexico and other 12 countries. He has receive different recognitions like two times National Prize for Art in Ceramic; tree times National Prize for Sculpture […]

  This sculpture started from admiration for a certain Renaissance marble bust and an inspiring Santa Fe workshop with Chrystl Boger. Usually I only have a vague inspiration like that to start the narrative of a piece…the Muse informs me as I work.   I had the head in my lap working on it separately and […]

Christopher Kanyusik – 2012

  Christopher Kanyusik was born in Minnesota, received his BFA in Ceramics from The University of Montana, his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Sculpture from Brandeis University, and his MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from The Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently instructs Clay Sculpture for Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education, Art Appreciation for Nicolet College, is an […]

Monica Chapon- 2012

Monica Chapon was born in Pittsburgh, PA and studied Glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she earned her BFA. She also holds an MA in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University and an MFA in Ceramics from Cal State Fullerton. She has exhibited her artwork nationwide and specializes in glass and ceramic […]

Joseph Mariscal- 2012

Mariscal is a full time art instructor at San JoaquinDelta College in Stockton, Ca. Also at Delta College, he studied ceramics with Bruce Duke ,whose ceramic program produced, Viola Frey, Michael Lucero and Bill Abright .  Mariscal has taught in very diverse venues  to include  a school for  developmentally disabled adults, a state prison , […]

Evan Hobart- 2012

Evan Hobart was introduced to clay as a young child in 1993, when he participated in a ceramics after school art program in the San Geronimo Valley in West Marin, California. Hobart received his Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University in 2004 under the tutelage of Keith Schneider, Jim Crawford and Louis Marak. He […]

Jane McDonald- 2012

I reside and maintain my studio in Petaluma, California, where I teach small classes and workshops. I am also an adjunct instructor at San Francisco State University. I received my MA in Ceramics from SFSU in 1983. Having returned to Sedona, Arizona, each of the past 30 years to visit my parents, I’ve been drawn […]

Leslie Smith- 2012

Leslie Plato Smith, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Governmental Relations for City College of San Francisco, educated at UC Santa Barbara, Tulane University, and UC Berkeley, has received a national award from the Council for Advance and Support of Education, the National Association of State University and Land-Grant Colleges, the American Association of State College and Universities, […]

Tomoko Nakazato- 2012

Tomoko  Nakazato narrates the emotive tales of human experiences through her animated ceramic sculptures.  Tomoko’s love for all things cute, animation, and West coast funk ceramics is evident in her artwork, although the complexity of her vision and concept seem misfit, or even displaced, to be categorized in such terms. Tomoko describes her life in […]

Paula Moran- 2012

The emergence of creativity is a manifestation of the interaction between that person and their environment. I am always inspired as I feel the interplay through this medium that unites touch, movement and ideas with the movement and emerging dynamics of the clay. It is this interplay between the person and environment that shapes an […]

Bruce Cadman- 2012

          I was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1950.  At the age of 3 my family moved to Stockton, California.  I attended local schools through Jr. College.  I then moved to Sebastopol, CA to continue my studies as an art major at Sonoma State College, where I was influenced by ceramics […]

Guangzhen Po Zhou- 2011

Guangzhen Zhou (1953- ) was born in Shanghai China, he is a ceramic artist, writer, curator, a member of UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics, a guest professor of Fudan University-Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, and the founder of Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA. Mr. Zhou came to the US in 1989 and received his Master’s […]

David Kuraoka- 2011 David Kuraoka: Making a Life Out of Clay by Maria Porges Over the last four decades, David Kuraoka’s extraordinary level of dedication and productivity has allowed him to develop several different bodies of accomplished work.  The most important of these include the thrown and altered pit-fired forms for which he is best known; vessel-based […]

Glenn Takai- 2012

Long recognized as one of the important artists who emerged after the creative milieu of the University of California, Davis in the 70’s and 80’s, Takai has become a significant figure in his own right. He created a body of work distinguished by its breadth and personal vision, even though Takai’s work came on the […]

Claudia Tarantino- 2012

  Claudia Tarantino uses the unique properties of porcelain to construct trompe l’ oeil sculptures that are refined and detailed. Themes of nature’s life cycle as well as serving and sharing food infuse her sculptures with luscious vitality. Mingling familiar imagery and objects which speak to human interaction and relationships, her arrangements of boxes, cookie […]

Bar Shacterman- 2012

Bar Shacterman’s interest in clay was originally inspired by traditional Japanese clay work. His work is also inspired by the great contemporary clay artists Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner. I often think of my self as “A Hole in a Flute” (Hafiz, Sufi teacher). The images, experience, fascinations that are my life move through […]

Barbara Sebastian- 2012

  Barbara Sebastian returned to school in 1985 at the age of 43 to receive an MFA from San Jose State University.  Then she began creating very large architectural scale ceramic wall works for corporate environments, and, painted murals directly onto the wall at various venues.  Since then, Barbara has continued to explore and expand […]

Gail Ritchie- 2012

Gail Ritchie is a bay area ceramic artist and instructor.  She received her BA in art education from San Jose State University and MA in ceramic sculpture from San Francisco State University.  She has taught ceramics, china painting and watercolor at the Sharon Art Studio in San Francisco, and ceramics at Mission and West Valley […]

Linda Fitz Gibbon- 2011

I grew up in New York, graduated from Yale University with a double major in Art History and Music, was a book designer in New York and Chicago, and have lived in Davis, California since 1988. Ceramic teachers include Peter VandenBerge, Bob Brady, and Steve Kaltenbach. I was an Artist in Residence at Anderson Ranch […]

Rene Martucci- 2012

René Martucci received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson, Manual Neri and Wayne Thiebaud. Working under the guidance of Robert Arneson, Martucci developed solid craftsmanship and a desire to explore and challenge herself as an artist. While a student, she sculpted at the ceramics […]

Carmen Lang- 2012

I see the human body as a container of impulses. The body as physical life which entails a personality. I am interested in the psychology of characters who are constantly in contact with their feelings, explorers of sensation. Through modeling these figures I want time to be suspended, prolong the action that is happening when […]

Eusebio Lozano- 2012

  Eusebio Lozano earned his BFA from San Jose State University with a primary emphasis in painting. Lozano currently works out of his home studio in Hayward, California in ceramics and painting. My current ceramics work is wheel thrown, then either saggar fired or pit fired in a reduction environment. In ceramics, I strive […]

Francisco “Pancho” Jiménez- 2012

Pancho holds an M.F.A. in Ceramic Sculpture from San Francisco State University, and his BA degree from Santa Clara University. He has exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally at museums, colleges, universities, private galleries and civic spaces. His work is part of the permanent collection of the University of San Francisco […]

Arthur Gonzalez- 2012

Arthur Gonzalez is an internationally exhibited artist with over thirty-five one-person shows in the last twenty-five years, including seven in New York City. He has received many awards including the Virginia Groot Foundation twice and is an unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts grant within a ten-year period. He is a […]

Michelle Gregor- 2012

        California artist Michelle Gregor lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her career as a sculptor spans 27 years.  Michelle heads the Ceramic Department at San Jose City College.   She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Fine Arts […]

Jon Gariepy- 2012

I have spent many magical hours exploring harbors and quiet old boatyards and am especially moved by aged and battered vessels. There’s a kind of meditative energy emanating from them. I imagine that our human energy is absorbed by the objects we love and spend a lot of time with, and then, as they decay […]

Natasha Dikareva- 2012

Natasha Dikareva was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and also studied in St. Petersburg, Russia during the hey-day of Soviet power. The genre of Soviet realism permeated Dikareva’s young creative life. The narrow standard of approved art inadvertently pushed Dikareva to develop her own symbolic language. In 1995, an opportunity arose to move to […]

Jeffrey Downing- 2012

        Originally from Buffalo New York, Jeff Downing discovered the art of ceramics in 1982 while studying music composition at the State University of New York at Purchase. The first ceramics class he took proved so rewarding from a creative standpoint that it altered the course of his studies inspiring him to […]

Lisa Clague- 2012

              Clague, who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, studied at the Clevland Art Institute where her father, a metal sculptor, was a professor of art. Her mother was a potter. Her early ceramic efforts were traditional pottery, but she soon moved on to create more abstract forms that were […]

Jennifer Brazelton- 2012

  “Relationships and interdependence are building blocks for Jennifer Brazelton’s work. She draws inspiration from visual patterns as apparently unlike as San Francisco bus lines, viral colony growth patterns, and machine gears.  Order and place in these structures are emphasized like links in any living chain.  Organic forms of expansion, like molds, dictate the conversation […]

Steve Allen-2012

          Steven Allen serves as the Ceramic Director for the Richmond Art Center and teaches classes there, as well as Ruby’s Clay Studio and the Walnut Creek Civic Arts. Childhood memories are at the heart of Golden Spike and the Art Train series.  I hear the train in the distance.  […]

Bill Abright- 2012

  Bill Abright is an instructor of ceramics at the College of Marin. The twist of an individual’s imagination is one trait that accounts for our different perceptions of reality. As a child, I would fall asleep seeing faces in the woodgain wallpaper of my bedroom. Throughout my education artists who were unique in […]

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