American Museum of Ceramic Art / AMOCA

American Museum of Ceramic Art / AMOCA At the edge of Los Angeles County and the gateway to the Inland Empire, AMOCA is the largest ceramics-only museum in the United States.
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This week’s #collectionteamtakeover is looking at a new permanent collection work from the estate of Clayton Bailey. Bai...
05/27/2021

This week’s #collectionteamtakeover is looking at a new permanent collection work from the estate of Clayton Bailey. Bailey was part of the Funk Art and Nut Art movements, the latter term coined by his neighbor and fellow artist Roy De Forest, who said “it has to do with phantasmagoric ideas and fantasies” that bring “out the nut in everybody.” Bailey gained a worldwide following in the 1960s and 1970s and was a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He passed away last year at 81.

Bailey was the definition of an original thinker and blazed a trail for other artists to follow. His alter ego, Dr. George Gladstone, was Bailey's take on the “mad scientist” characters that frequented the comic books that he grew up reading. Gladstone was obsessed with strange phenomena like UFOs and Bigfoot and often would conveniently make remarkable "discoveries" on the property around Bailey’s California home.

Looking at this work has the Collections Team is dreaming of travel ... to Akron, Ohio. Our friends at Curated Storefronts have launched "Clayton Bailey's World of Wonders" - an overview exhibition of the work of the amazing artist opening this weekend. Clayton Bailey used ceramics as well as found materials, most often metal parts of other manufactured things to create his sculptures. Many of the robots, ray guns and ceramic works included in the “World of Wonders” have functioning parts that do things like shoot corks, light up, move or buzz. He used humor as part of the concept behind the work, but he was still serious in his craftsmanship as well as his over-arching commentary on society and its values.

The free exhibit was created as an immersive experience for guests to enter the wild, warped mind of Bailey, a prankster known for his eccentric creations. Since the artist’s death, Curated Storefront has acquired about 200 pieces from the Bailey estate’s collection. What a fantastic opportunity to see so many of Bailey’s wonderful wonders in one place!!

Clayton Bailey (American, 1939-2020)
Clinker Exploding Bottle, 2007
expanding clay, porcelain skin with stencil
Gift of Robin Liebes

The final installment in Amy Santoferraro's documentary video exploration for the exhibition "Two on a Lot, Three on the...
05/26/2021

The final installment in Amy Santoferraro's documentary video exploration for the exhibition "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" is live now through 1 PM. You can join the watch party at: https://www.amoca.org/events/amysantoferraro/

The final installment in Amy Santoferraro's documentary video exploration for the exhibition "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" is live now through 1 PM. You can join the watch party at: https://www.amoca.org/events/amysantoferraro/

Almost done with the install! We are so excited to be able to share it in person with everyone. Stayed tuned for “Don Re...
05/25/2021

Almost done with the install! We are so excited to be able to share it in person with everyone. Stayed tuned for “Don Reitz: Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal”.
#donreitz #weareamoca #ceramics

Almost done with the install! We are so excited to be able to share it in person with everyone. Stayed tuned for “Don Reitz: Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal”.
#donreitz #weareamoca #ceramics

Only two weeks left to see the Clayfornia exhibition at the California Botanic Garden! For those of you that can't visit...
05/21/2021
"Clayfornia" Exhibition Walking Tour with Lucinda McDade and Beth Ann Gerstein

Only two weeks left to see the Clayfornia exhibition at the California Botanic Garden! For those of you that can't visit in person, you can now enjoy a recorded walking tour the exhibition at your leisure. Featuring over an hour of art, horticulture, and wildlife, join AMOCA's Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein in conversation with Executive Director of the California Botanic Garden Lucinda McDade. Click to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG_nhxsDYyk

Pictured: "Gathering 2: Moral Compass" by Brandon Lomax.

There is a new version of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_LIoenYOTMPlease click the link above to view the updated version.

From 11 AM–1 PM today, Amy Santoferraro's site-specific installation "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" will be broadcast...
05/19/2021

From 11 AM–1 PM today, Amy Santoferraro's site-specific installation "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" will be broadcasting live from the Vault Gallery at AMOCA. This silent broadcast will be the first documentary exploration of Santoferraro's installation and creation process. Click through to watch at AMOCA.org: https://www.amoca.org/events/amysantoferraro/

Photo credit: Amy Santoferraro.

From 11 AM–1 PM today, Amy Santoferraro's site-specific installation "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" will be broadcasting live from the Vault Gallery at AMOCA. This silent broadcast will be the first documentary exploration of Santoferraro's installation and creation process. Click through to watch at AMOCA.org: https://www.amoca.org/events/amysantoferraro/

Photo credit: Amy Santoferraro.

Just a reminder! Join us live on zoom, May 27th at 5pm and learn how to hand build a ceramic mug! Aida Lugo will be inst...
05/17/2021

Just a reminder! Join us live on zoom, May 27th at 5pm and learn how to hand build a ceramic mug! Aida Lugo will be instructing the live class and will be able to assist with any questions during the tutorial.
With your purchase, clay will be provided for you along with the glazing and firing of your pieces after the tutorial. Pick up for clay will be held the week of the class, May 24-27.
If you're only interested in watching the virtual class but not purchasing the clay, we have an option for that, too!

Members don't forget to take off $5 with code MEMBERS5.

To sign up and purchase, please visit https://amoca.shoplightspeed.com/search/hand+build+a+Ceramic+Mug/

Just a reminder! Join us live on zoom, May 27th at 5pm and learn how to hand build a ceramic mug! Aida Lugo will be instructing the live class and will be able to assist with any questions during the tutorial.
With your purchase, clay will be provided for you along with the glazing and firing of your pieces after the tutorial. Pick up for clay will be held the week of the class, May 24-27.
If you're only interested in watching the virtual class but not purchasing the clay, we have an option for that, too!

Members don't forget to take off $5 with code MEMBERS5.

To sign up and purchase, please visit https://amoca.shoplightspeed.com/search/hand+build+a+Ceramic+Mug/

Great news! AMOCA has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award by the National Endowment for the Arts ...
05/15/2021

Great news! AMOCA has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award by the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition "Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay." AMOCA's project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as AMOCA reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

Thank you NEA for supporting stories of women in the arts, and for helping AMOCA champion the ceramic arts!

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

#weareamoca #pomonaproud

Great news! AMOCA has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award by the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition "Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay." AMOCA's project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as AMOCA reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

Thank you NEA for supporting stories of women in the arts, and for helping AMOCA champion the ceramic arts!

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

#weareamoca #pomonaproud

This week’s #collectionteamtakeover is looking at a special work in the VBM collection. This beautiful stoneware punch b...
05/13/2021

This week’s #collectionteamtakeover is looking at a special work in the VBM collection. This beautiful stoneware punch bowl by Villeroy & Boch was made for celebrating! Look how the revelers dance and parade around the center design. We are excited to welcome you back soon to see the collection in person at AMOCA. Stay tuned for updates!

Villeroy & Boch Mettlach
lidded punch bowl with undertray (2087), 1903
stoneware with relief
Gift of Bob and Colette Wilson, 2011

Installation of Amy Santoferraro's "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" starts today at 12:30 PM. You can join us virtually...
05/12/2021

Installation of Amy Santoferraro's "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" starts today at 12:30 PM. You can join us virtually for this live video visit to Santoferraro's bathtub (!), studio, and the Pomona's Art Colony. Santoferraro will be joined by AMOCA's Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein for this special documentary exploration of her creative process.

To view the livestream, head to: https://www.amoca.org/events/amysantoferraro/

Installation of Amy Santoferraro's "Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree" starts today at 12:30 PM. You can join us virtually for this live video visit to Santoferraro's bathtub (!), studio, and the Pomona's Art Colony. Santoferraro will be joined by AMOCA's Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein for this special documentary exploration of her creative process.

To view the livestream, head to: https://www.amoca.org/events/amysantoferraro/

Join us this Saturday, May 15 at 12:30pm for a virtual vase making class taught by the fabulous Aida Lugo and learn to m...
05/11/2021

Join us this Saturday, May 15 at 12:30pm for a virtual vase making class taught by the fabulous Aida Lugo and learn to make a vase to decorate your own home! Don't miss out, May 12 is your last day to sign up!

You can choose between two colors of clay; dark brown or soldate which will be available for pick up at AMOCA Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14.

The virtual class will take place through Zoom on Saturday, May 15 at 12:30pm. After you have finished your work at home, you can drop off your piece at AMOCA ready to be glazed and fired between Tuesday, May 18 and Friday, May 21. Please call ahead to schedule your drop-off and pickup.

Pricing | $50 (includes Clay, Class, Staff Glazing and Firing of work!
Register at | https://amoca.shoplightspeed.com/ceramics-studio/

Join us this Saturday, May 15 at 12:30pm for a virtual vase making class taught by the fabulous Aida Lugo and learn to make a vase to decorate your own home! Don't miss out, May 12 is your last day to sign up!

You can choose between two colors of clay; dark brown or soldate which will be available for pick up at AMOCA Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14.

The virtual class will take place through Zoom on Saturday, May 15 at 12:30pm. After you have finished your work at home, you can drop off your piece at AMOCA ready to be glazed and fired between Tuesday, May 18 and Friday, May 21. Please call ahead to schedule your drop-off and pickup.

Pricing | $50 (includes Clay, Class, Staff Glazing and Firing of work!
Register at | https://amoca.shoplightspeed.com/ceramics-studio/

Virtual artist talk with Natalia Arbelaez today at 12 PM! Free and open to the public. RSVP for the Zoom link: https://w...
05/11/2021

Virtual artist talk with Natalia Arbelaez today at 12 PM! Free and open to the public. RSVP for the Zoom link: https://www.amoca.org/events/artist-talk-arbelaez-20210511/

Repost: "Mayu Chimpay @galeriewolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark curated by @rasmuspeterfischer such an honor and with great company.
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#galeriewolfsen #nataliaarbelaez #contemporaryceramics #quechua #ceramics #colombiangold #terracotta"

https://www.instagram.com/natalia_arbelaez_/

Virtual artist talk with Natalia Arbelaez today at 12 PM! Free and open to the public. RSVP for the Zoom link: https://www.amoca.org/events/artist-talk-arbelaez-20210511/

Repost: "Mayu Chimpay @galeriewolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark curated by @rasmuspeterfischer such an honor and with great company.
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#galeriewolfsen #nataliaarbelaez #contemporaryceramics #quechua #ceramics #colombiangold #terracotta"

https://www.instagram.com/natalia_arbelaez_/

It's Giveaway winner time!A couple of weeks ago, we asked you all to comment your favorite thing about AMOCA for a chanc...
05/10/2021

It's Giveaway winner time!

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you all to comment your favorite thing about AMOCA for a chance to win an individual membership. Today we have a winner to announce and that winner is...

@penya_rhythms, congrats on your new membership!

And thanks to everyone who participated, stay tuned for more membership giveaways!

If you are interested in checking out our memberships, please visit https://www.amoca.org/membership/

It's Giveaway winner time!

A couple of weeks ago, we asked you all to comment your favorite thing about AMOCA for a chance to win an individual membership. Today we have a winner to announce and that winner is...

@penya_rhythms, congrats on your new membership!

And thanks to everyone who participated, stay tuned for more membership giveaways!

If you are interested in checking out our memberships, please visit https://www.amoca.org/membership/

Artist in Residence Natalia Arbelaez has been working in the Ceramics Studio for the last few months. Join her for a vir...
05/09/2021
Artist Talk - Natalia Arbelaez - Artist in Residence - American Museum of Ceramic Art

Artist in Residence Natalia Arbelaez has been working in the Ceramics Studio for the last few months. Join her for a virtual artist talk this coming Tuesday at 12 PM to learn more about her artistic practice and the work she has been producing. RSVP at: https://www.amoca.org/events/artist-talk-arbelaez-20210511/

Artist Talk with Natalia Arbelaez Tuesday, May 11, 2021 • 12 PM (Pacific) Join AMOCA Artist in Residence Natalia Arbelaez for an artist talk to learn more about her artistic practice, residencies, and recent work. “For over the last month, I’ve been tucked away AMOCA making work and researchin...

Our virtual vase making class is almost here! Sign up for this class taught by Aida Lugo and learn to make a fabulous va...
05/06/2021

Our virtual vase making class is almost here! Sign up for this class taught by Aida Lugo and learn to make a fabulous vase to decorate your own home! Check out some examples of her work below.

You can choose between two colors of clay; dark brown or soldate which will be available for pick up at AMOCA Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14. The virtual class will take place through Zoom on Saturday, May 15 at 12:30pm. After you have finished your work at home, you can drop off your piece at AMOCA ready to be glazed and fired between Tuesday, May 18 and Friday, May 21. Please call ahead to schedule your dropoff and pickup.

Pricing | $50 (includes Clay, Class, Staff Glazing and Firing of work!
Register at | https://amoca.shoplightspeed.com/ceramics-studio/

To learn how to fill your new vase with a beautiful floral arrangement, check out the California Botanic Garden’s Arranging Wilds class! Create a wonderfully spring-themed arrangement with pops of pinks, purples, oranges and yellows that will be sure to bring joy to all that take in its beauty! With the expert guidance of Linda Prendergast of CalBG’s Native Designs, you will learn the steps to make a fabulous spring floral arrangement. As you get to know the aesthetic characteristics of these beautiful flowers, our horticulture staff will bring insight into their horticultural value and help you learn how to grow and maintain these native plants at home.

Check it out at: https://www.calbg.org/event/arrange-wild

‘There is something compelling about the making of pots, regardless of function, which keeps me within the particular sp...
05/05/2021

‘There is something compelling about the making of pots, regardless of function, which keeps me within the particular sphere; they are the focus of some many interests and associations. My aim is to make pots which have simple forms with integral decoration and aspects which can interact with the environment in interesting ways; to try and express a balance between these dynamic qualities and a sense of stillness or containment. Form above all, but expressed through light and colour’ -John Ward

This week's #collectionteamtakeover is looking at the work of John Ward. Ward is regarded as one of Britons greatest potters. Influenced by ancient pre-glaze pottery from China and Cypress he was inspired by more modern influences such as Hans Coper’s formal strength, Lucie Rie’s colour palette and Ian Godfrey’s playful textures.

Born in 1938, Ward was accepted onto the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts Ceramics course in 1966 after developing a fascination with pottery during Adult Education classes. After graduating he worked as a part time pottery teacher in London while also developing his studio. In 1979 he moved to Pembrokeshire where he still resides and works. [Excerpt from Joanna Bird]

Beautiful work!!

John Ward (British, b. 1938)
large vase, c.1978-1983
ceramic
Gift of Hannah and Russel Kully

‘There is something compelling about the making of pots, regardless of function, which keeps me within the particular sphere; they are the focus of some many interests and associations. My aim is to make pots which have simple forms with integral decoration and aspects which can interact with the environment in interesting ways; to try and express a balance between these dynamic qualities and a sense of stillness or containment. Form above all, but expressed through light and colour’ -John Ward

This week's #collectionteamtakeover is looking at the work of John Ward. Ward is regarded as one of Britons greatest potters. Influenced by ancient pre-glaze pottery from China and Cypress he was inspired by more modern influences such as Hans Coper’s formal strength, Lucie Rie’s colour palette and Ian Godfrey’s playful textures.

Born in 1938, Ward was accepted onto the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts Ceramics course in 1966 after developing a fascination with pottery during Adult Education classes. After graduating he worked as a part time pottery teacher in London while also developing his studio. In 1979 he moved to Pembrokeshire where he still resides and works. [Excerpt from Joanna Bird]

Beautiful work!!

John Ward (British, b. 1938)
large vase, c.1978-1983
ceramic
Gift of Hannah and Russel Kully

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