American Museum of Ceramic Art / AMOCA

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Looking to include some art in your December? We have that for you at AMOCA! Our monthly newsletter--where you can learn...
12/06/2023

Looking to include some art in your December? We have that for you at AMOCA! Our monthly newsletter--where you can learn about current exhibitions and upcoming events --just went out to subscribers!

If you're not on our e-list, you can read the extended edition online at https://www.amoca.org/newsletter/archives/2023-december/ Be sure to sign up for our monthly e-news, too, so you never miss out!

Pictured: Exhibition view of "REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023." Foreground: Brian Ransom, Untitled Instrument. Ceramic. n.d. Promised gift of David and Julianne Armstrong

This week’s   looks back to one of our favorite AMOCA exhibitions:  2017's "Plunder Me, Baby," featuring work by the U.S...
12/05/2023

This week’s looks back to one of our favorite AMOCA exhibitions: 2017's "Plunder Me, Baby," featuring work by the U.S.-based Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde, who was born in Cusco in 1962 and moved to the U.S. in 1988.

The Plunder Me, Baby ceramic sculptures evoke a childhood memory that haunted Velarde: hearing her 16-year-old nanny declare “I don’t speak Quechua” (the language of the Inca) in an attempt to hide her indigenous roots. To challenge this racism, Velarde creates personal and sometimes confrontational ceramic sculptures which are based on the traditional forms and surface decorations of Pre-Columbian ceramics but include the artist’s own image and reference her own indigenous ancestry.

This work, La Neta from the Isichapuitu series, 1997-2002, was featured in the exhibition and kindly donated to the museum at the exhibition’s close. The Isichapuitu figures were inspired by a Mexican statue from the Rockefeller Collection at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The figure represents an obese male child with his arms up. Someone made this sculpture over two thousand years ago and yet, Velarde believes, it resembles her. Isichapuitu is an installation of several versions of the same figure. These figures serve as a metaphor of expectations and disappointments, memories and oblivion, and generosities and pettiness.

Kukuli Velarde has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Her work is included in the collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX; the Racine Art Museum, WI; the Fuller Craft Museum, MA; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Po***ck Krasner Foundation Grant, USA Knight Fellowship, PEW Fellowship, and Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

Kulkili Velarde
La Neta from the Isichapuitu series, 1997-2002
ceramic, glazes
Gift of the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation

It's the final day of our weekend Open House & Holiday Market! Come on by to explore the exhibition galleries, enjoy doc...
12/03/2023

It's the final day of our weekend Open House & Holiday Market! Come on by to explore the exhibition galleries, enjoy docent-led tours, and get started on your holiday shopping! AMOCA is open from 11 AM - 4 PM today, and admission is free with advance registration.

To learn more and reserve your tickets, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

Pictured: work by Jenifer Fleming on sale at the Holiday Market; a visitor enjoying REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023 on view in the Armstrong Gallery; detail view of Cj Jilek: Systematic Erosion; gallery view of Lily Pon's "Dream Dress," porcelain and paper on metal armature, 2018, gift of Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Jones.

Don't miss the chance to shop directly from AMOCA Studio and Resident Artists, enjoy docent-led tours of current exhibit...
12/02/2023

Don't miss the chance to shop directly from AMOCA Studio and Resident Artists, enjoy docent-led tours of current exhibitions, watch a wheel-throwing demonstration, learn to paint with underglaze, and so much more!

This weekend at our Open House & Holiday Market admission is free with advance registration, and all the museum galleries will be open to explore.

To learn more and reserve your tickets, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

Pictured: work for sale at the

Our Open House & Holiday Market is this weekend! From 11 AM - 4 PM today, tomorrow, and Sunday, visitors can:- enjoy doc...
12/01/2023

Our Open House & Holiday Market is this weekend! From 11 AM - 4 PM today, tomorrow, and Sunday, visitors can:

- enjoy docent-led tours of current exhibitions
- watch wheel-throwing demonstrations in the Studio
- learn to paint with underglaze at the ornament decorating station
- purchase work directly from AMOCA Studio and Resident Artists
- shop the AMOCA Museum Store; this weekend only, Members get 20% off

On December 1, 2, & 3, admission is free with advance registration, and all the museum galleries will be open to explore. To learn more and reserve your tickets, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

Pictured: AMOCA store, throwing on the wheel, work by Claudia V. Solórzano for sale at the Holiday Market

We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend at our Open House & Holiday Market! This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, ...
11/30/2023

We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend at our Open House & Holiday Market! This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, admission is free with advance registration, and all the museum galleries will be open to explore. This weekend, visitors can also:

- enjoy docent-led tours of current exhibitions
- watch wheel-throwing demonstrations in the Studio
- learn to paint with underglaze at the ornament decorating station
- purchase work directly from AMOCA Studio and Resident Artists
- shop the AMOCA Museum Store; this weekend only, Members get 20% off

To learn more and reserve your tickets, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

Pictured: Exhibition view of "Making in Between: Q***r Clay"; work by Ramekon O'Arwisters, foreground.

It's    🎉  To celebrate this global day of giving, we're kickstarting AMOCA's new Studio Scholarship Fund. Please donate...
11/28/2023

It's 🎉 To celebrate this global day of giving, we're kickstarting AMOCA's new Studio Scholarship Fund. Please donate today to make a difference in the lives of one, or many, 👯‍♂️ of our community members who lack access to our classes or workshops due to financial constraints.

hosts a wide variety of and , offers 🔥firing services and studio rentals, and hosts multiple Artists-In-Residents each year. A vibrant environment like ours should be accessible to those hoping to explore the art of 🏺.

Donating to our Studio Scholarship Fund allows us to offer fully funded spots in our 6-week ceramics classes, discounted workshop rates for , independent study opportunities for local , and free introductory classes for 🌱 budding 🌱 .

Donate here: https://www.amoca.org/events/giving-tuesday-2023/ or text "STUDIO" to 53-555.

Thanks so much for making a difference in our 👨‍🎨 artist community!

❄️ AMOCA's Open House & Holiday Market is coming this weekend, and you're invited! ❄️ This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,...
11/27/2023

❄️ AMOCA's Open House & Holiday Market is coming this weekend, and you're invited! ❄️

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, admission is free with advance registration, and all of the museum galleries will be open to explore. Exhibitions on view include "A Traveler’s Guide to Mettlach," "Cj Jilek: Systematic Erosion," "Making in Between: Q***r Clay," and "REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023."

During the Open House, you can go deeper into your favorite exhibitions and gain insights into the historical and cultural contexts of selected ceramic pieces by joining a free docent-led tour. Tours will take place at 1 PM and 3 PM on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.

You can also explore exhibitions on your own, enjoy wheel-throwing demonstrations and clay activities in the studio, and shop one-of-a-kind finds at the Holiday Market and in the Museum Store.

See the full schedule, get more information about this weekend's fun, and register at https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

Pictured: Exhibition view of REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023. Work by Edward Eberle, foreground; Guests in Gallery B viewing Making in Between: Q***r Clay;
Villeroy and Boch. Pug Dog. Stein, 1895 and Monkey. Stein, 1904. Collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art; gift of Bob and Colette Wilson; Exhibition view of REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023. Work by Brian Ransom, foreground.

Tune in and join us this week for a virtual artist talk! At noon on Wednesday, November 29, Artist in Residence Claudia ...
11/26/2023

Tune in and join us this week for a virtual artist talk! At noon on Wednesday, November 29, Artist in Residence Claudia V. Solórzano will share about her practice, past work, and future directions.

Claudia V. Solórzano is a Los Angeles-based artist working in ceramic sculpture. In her practice she utilizes ceramic materials to examine socio-economic stratification and domesticity through encounters with architectural motifs from the Los Angeles urban landscape. Her sculptures operate as portraits that navigate race, class, preservation, and the ephemerality of communities confronted with gentrification and sociopolitical boundaries. She obtained her Bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach and her Masters in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. Solórzano is in residence at AMOCA May-December 2023.

AMOCA’s Artist in Residence Program, established in 2012, is one of the few long-term fellowship opportunities for ceramic artists on the West Coast. The program is funded through generous support from Julianne and David Armstrong, Laguna Clay, and the Windgate Foundation.

To learn more and register, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/solorzano-artist-talk/
Pictured: Claudia V. Solórzano, "City Terraces" (detail), 2022. Stoneware. Nine sculpted gates, approximately 40 x 30 inches each.

Check out the new work we have in store this weekend. Be a Patron this Museum Store Sunday. Shop our museum store in per...
11/25/2023

Check out the new work we have in store this weekend. Be a Patron this Museum Store Sunday. Shop our museum store in person from 11 am - 4pm or anytime online at amoca.shoplightspeed.com
"On Sunday, November 26, 2023, more than 2,100 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, 25 countries, and five continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. Museum stores and their staff are vital frontline ambassadors for their institutions -- ensuring visitors receive welcoming and enhanced experiences as well as knowledgeable and meaningful engagement from their museum visit. Through their essential work, the stores extend the brand of their parent institutions, helping to communicate, reinforce, and amplify their unique offerings and experiences to the public.

Products sold in museum stores reflect the mission, collections, and programs of the museums and cultural institutions to which they belong. Every item offered is curated just as the works selected and displayed in their respective institutions. In addition, many items are developed exclusively by the museum store, resulting in distinctive and unique offerings for consumers that are mission and program related. Museum stores and their products are one of the strongest marketing tools that a museum possesses. When a patron wears a piece of jewelry, looks at a print, reads a book, or plays with a game purchased from the museum store, these products subtly communicate key marketing messaging and reinforcement of the institution. And finally, when consumers purchase items from a museum store, they help to sustain the institution’s service to the public into the future."

From visitors and school groups to staff and volunteers, from soda fire and frogs to artist talks and exhibitions openin...
11/23/2023

From visitors and school groups to staff and volunteers, from soda fire and frogs to artist talks and exhibitions openings, we are thankful for you! Thank you for being part of AMOCA, and for your continuing enthusiasm and support for ceramic arts.

Pictured: guest admiring Julia Kunin's Rainbow Dream Machine (2019), on view in Making in Between: Q***r Clay; studio monitor Kat Hopkins leading ornament decorating during Member Clay Day; field trip thank you note; a student responding to David Gilhooly's Frog Burger; Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein and Diane Silber at the opening of From a Gift to A Collection: Igal & Diane Silber; Cj Jilek and assistants at the opening of Cj Jilek: Systematic Erosion; Artist in Residence Natalia Arbelaez giving an artist; firing the soda kiln, Harrison McIntosh's Cylinder Vase (fishermen) and Teardrop Bowl, on view in REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023.

It's a great time to be an AMOCA member! 🌞 Members enjoy one year of complimentary admission to our galleries and exhibi...
11/22/2023

It's a great time to be an AMOCA member! 🌞 Members enjoy one year of complimentary admission to our galleries and exhibitions, invitations to exclusive events, and more!

Members and their guests are invited to join us for a curator-led tour of AMOCA’s exhibition "Making in Between: Q***r Clay, on view through December 30, 2023.

To learn more and register, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/memberstour-dec23/

Pictured: Pictured: Howard Kottler, An Eye for an Eye, 1981. Porcelain, decals, luster. 10.5 x 10.5 x 1 inches. Collection of Paul Kotula Projects, Photo by P.D. Rearick.

This week’s   takeover is looking at the fabulous mid-century production pottery known as Petalware.Alwin Lawrence Suman...
11/21/2023

This week’s takeover is looking at the fabulous mid-century production pottery known as Petalware.

Alwin Lawrence Suman was a successful commercial artist who had his own studio on the top floor of the Pantages Theater on Hollywood Blvd. In the early 1940s, he worked as part of a design team at Disney Studios. In 1943, Al Suman and his wife, Doris, who was also a well-known artist, moved to Sierra Madre, CA, and developed Suman Pottery to fill the commercial need for the replacement of imported ceramics, which, due to World War II, had ceased to be available. Doris designed a small petal tray to fill available space in the kiln, which became the key model for the development of the nationally sold "Petal Ware." The company was known for its "Petal Ware" dinnerware, which was featured in major home magazines in that era.

California Petalware by Alwin (1902-1986) and Doris (1903-1998) Suman, Sierra Madre, CA. dinnerware set (plates, cup & saucer, cream & sugar, candlesticks, parfait cups, bowl), c.1943+ (40s-50s)
glazed earthenware
Gift of Amy and Steve Lambermont, in honor of Lowell R. Hawkins

AMOCA's Open House & Holiday Market on December 1, 2, and 3 will be the perfect opportunity to find unique, handmade gif...
11/20/2023

AMOCA's Open House & Holiday Market on December 1, 2, and 3 will be the perfect opportunity to find unique, handmade gifts. In addition to shopping one-of-a-kind and holiday finds directly from AMOCA Studio and Resident Artists, all of AMOCA's galleries will be open to explore, and guests can enjoy docent-led exhibition tours in the Museum as well as wheel-throwing demonstrations in the AMOCA Ceramics Studio.

Pictured: work by Holiday Market artists Pam Aliaga , Kat Hopkins, Ross Thompson, Jenifer Fleming, and Nathan Stanfield.

Admission to AMOCA is free during the Open House & Holiday Market when you register in advance! To learn more and reserve your tickets, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

It's often a mystery how art finds its way into a museum. The answer is through a process of acquisitions, where the sui...
11/18/2023

It's often a mystery how art finds its way into a museum.

The answer is through a process of acquisitions, where the suitability of a particular piece for the permanent collection is carefully evaluated. At AMOCA, the process starts with our Collections Committee, who vote on whether to proceed. If the vote passes, we seek approval from our Board of Directors. Once approval is granted, the process of welcoming the artwork to its new home officially begins. It's quite a journey.

Our current exhibition, REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions from 2020-2023, showcases just some of the wonderful pieces we have collected throughout the past few years.

Learn more about AMOCA and plan your visit at https://www.amoca.org/

Last weekend, students from our teen program spent the day in LA, first stopping by The Broad to view the collection and...
11/16/2023

Last weekend, students from our teen program spent the day in LA, first stopping by The Broad to view the collection and find time to sketch some inspiration. This was followed by a quick stop by SookiStudio for a lovely tour and inspiring talk with founder Natalia Sookias, who shared about her unconventional path to creating the accessible education space for all interested in clay! Thank you again Natalia for opening up your space and showing us your beautiful and stirring work!

To learn more about AMOCA's Teen Council and other programs for youth, visit https://www.amoca.org/education

Have you explored our current exhibition "Making in Between: Q***r Clay"? It's on view in Gallery B through December 30,...
11/15/2023

Have you explored our current exhibition "Making in Between: Q***r Clay"? It's on view in Gallery B through December 30, and you can tune in this week for virtual discussion with some of the Q***r Clay artists!

At 5pm (PST) Thursday, November, 16, "Q***r Clay" artists Mark Burns and Vick Quezada will zoom in to share how inspiration, concept, and creative process works. The panel will be followed by a Q&A, where you’ll have the opportunity to pose your own questions to the artists.

For more information, and to register for this 5pm (PST) virtual talk, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/q***r_clay_conversation-nov/

Mark Burns is a ceramic artist and educator who creates narrative, personal works with a pop sensibility and sardonic humor. Burns often creates works that mimic or reference domestic objects commonly manufactured in clay by carefully splicing together elements of functional and decorative wares to create psychologically loaded tableaux. Simultaneously enticing and unsettling, Burns’ body of work embraces bad taste, strangeness, s*x, and politics. His sensibility is often ascribed to his q***r identity, and his visibility in the field has reoriented questions of suitable subject matter and created a platform for other artists to explore traditionally taboo content.

Vick Quezada (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, explores hybrid forms in Indigenous-Latinx history and the function of these histories in contested lands, primarily in the U.S.-Mexico Border. They work with a variety of mediums: video, performance, sculpture and ceramics. They incorporate found objects (man-made) and natural elements, like dirt, soil, flora, corn and combine them with found objects like bricks, reclaimed trash, chains, cans, and barbed wire. Currently, Quezada lives in New Haven, CT. and is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts.

Pictured: Exhibition view of Making in Between: Q***r Clay. Work by Ramekon O’Arwisters, foreground.

We received 500+ wonderful entries for the upcoming juried exhibition Fahrenheit 2024! Juror Kathy King had her work cut...
11/13/2023

We received 500+ wonderful entries for the upcoming juried exhibition Fahrenheit 2024! Juror Kathy King had her work cut out for her as she narrowed selections to just over 100 pieces. Our sincere thanks to all who submitted, and congratulations to selected artists! We can't wait to share your work! 🔥

This exhibition, which spotlights artists in the contemporary ceramic community, will be on view at AMOCA from January 20-September 8, 2024.

Learn more by visiting https://www.amoca.org/future-exhibitions/fahrenheit-2024/

💥New Store Artist💥 Meir Luo has some great jewelry in stock in our museum store, you can also find select pieces online....
11/11/2023

💥New Store Artist💥 Meir Luo has some great jewelry in stock in our museum store, you can also find select pieces online. Our museum store is open all weekend long Friday- Sunday from 11 am- 4 pm. You can visit our online store at amoca.shoplightspeed.com or by clicking the link in our bio. ✨🤩🌠🪙⛓🎀

Join us for an artist talk in the AMOCA Galleries at noon this Saturday, November 11. Cj Jilek, creator of "Systematic E...
11/10/2023

Join us for an artist talk in the AMOCA Galleries at noon this Saturday, November 11. Cj Jilek, creator of "Systematic Erosion," on view in AMOCA's Igal & Diane Silber Vault Gallery will offer insight into her inspiration, concept, and process for creating these ceramic and mixed media sculptures addressing the co-concepts of environmentalism and social justice for women.

Talk attendance is included with museum admission, which can be reserved in advance online or purchased at the door; seating may be limited.

To learn more, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/jilek-artist-talk/

Pictured: Cj Jilek, Exploited Suffusion (details), 2023. Ceramic, underglaze, dry clay materials, wood, glass, brass, steel, wire, cotton, flocking, vintage millinery elements. Collection of the artist. and Cj Jilek, Autonomy Deteriorated: The Unacknowledged Aftermath (detail), 2023. Ceramic, underglaze, slip, acrylics. Collection of the Artist.

Fall is a great time to be an AMOCA member! AMOCA members get great perks, including opportunities for friendship, fun, ...
11/09/2023

Fall is a great time to be an AMOCA member!

AMOCA members get great perks, including opportunities for friendship, fun, learning, and behind-the-scenes insights! Upcoming and ongoing member events at the museum include Member Bonus Days on Wednesday and Thursdays when AMOCA isn't open to the public, extra discounts at the museum store during the Open House & Holiday Market Dec 1-3, hands-on Member Clay Day in the Studio on November 17, and a curator-led tour of Making in Between: Q***r Clay on December 13.

Not yet an AMOCA member or ready to renew? You can learn more about member benefits and easily purchase or renew a membership online at https://www.amoca.org/membership/

Pictured: Circle members at the opening reception for REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023.

Here's another look at AMOCA's collection! Christina A. West sculpts realistically rendered human figures that exist at ...
11/07/2023

Here's another look at AMOCA's collection!

Christina A. West sculpts realistically rendered human figures that exist at a strange scale and exhibit bold, unnatural colors. The figures are frozen mid-gesture, inviting our gazes and encouraging projection about the nature of their actions.

West presents herself as “an avid people watcher with a dry sense of humor.” She observes human behavior and highlights the relationship with the other through gestures that express a sense of alienation, of isolation within the group, a result of the failure to understand the precise feelings and thoughts of the other beyond what he/she chooses to reveal.

West lives and works in Atlanta, GA where she is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Georgia State University. She earned her MFA from Alfred University in 2006 and since has extensively exhibited her work across the country in venues such as the The Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), the Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw, GA) and the Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami).

West’s work is also featured in the current exhibition "REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023," on view at AMOCA. Join us for a look!

Christina A. West (American, b.1980)
Untitled (bust), n.d.
ceramic
Gift of Dean Spong

✨🏵 Save the date and join us for AMOCA's Open House & Holiday Market on December 1, 2, and 3! 🏵✨All of AMOCA's galleries...
11/05/2023

✨🏵 Save the date and join us for AMOCA's Open House & Holiday Market on December 1, 2, and 3! 🏵✨

All of AMOCA's galleries will be open to explore, and guests can enjoy docent-led exhibition tours in the Museum as well as wheel-throwing demonstrations in the Studio. At the Holiday Market in the Studio, you can shop one-of-a-kind and holiday finds directly from AMOCA Studio and Resident Artists! AMOCA's museum store will be stocked with many special pieces, exhibition catalogs, and more distinctive items that are so perfect for gift-giving.

The Open House & Holiday Market is complimentary with advance registration. To learn more, see the list of participating artists, learn about tours, and reserve your tickets, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/holiday-market-open-2023/

Fall is in the air, and it's time to cozy up at AMOCA 🍂 Our November newsletter--where you can learn about upcoming even...
11/02/2023

Fall is in the air, and it's time to cozy up at AMOCA 🍂 Our November newsletter--where you can learn about upcoming events including First Fridays, exhibition openings, in person and virtual talks with ceramic artists, hands-on workshops, and more--just went out to subscribers!

If you're not on our e-list, you can read the extended edition online at https://www.amoca.org/newsletter/archives/2023-november/
Be sure to sign up for our monthly e-news, too, so you never miss out!

Pictured: Mette Maya Gregersen, Stalactites (detail). Porcelain slip, 2018.

REVEAL is coming! Join us for the opening reception this Saturday, November 4, and be among the first to experience our ...
11/01/2023

REVEAL is coming! Join us for the opening reception this Saturday, November 4, and be among the first to experience our new exhibition: "REVEAL: New Acquisitions 2020-2023." REVEAL showcases a variety of ceramics that AMOCA has recently acquired for its permanent collection, which encompasses 13,000+ ceramic objects that date from pre-Columbian to contemporary times.

Admission to the reception and AMOCA's galleries is complimentary with advance registration. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more and register for the 4 PM reception on Saturday, November 4, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/reveal-reception/

Pictured: unknown artist, Arbol de La Vida / Tree of Life. n.d. 28.75 x 22.5 x 8.25 inches Red clay, ceramic. Promised gift of David and Julianne Armstrong; collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

Join us for a virtual artist talk at noon on Wednesday, November 29 with Artist in Residence Claudia V. Solórzano. Solór...
10/30/2023

Join us for a virtual artist talk at noon on Wednesday, November 29 with Artist in Residence Claudia V. Solórzano. Solórzano will share about her practice, past work, and future directions.

Claudia V. Solórzano is a Los Angeles-based artist working in ceramic sculpture. In her practice she utilizes ceramic materials to examine socio-economic stratification and domesticity through encounters with architectural motifs from the Los Angeles urban landscape. Her sculptures operate as portraits that navigate race, class, preservation, and the ephemerality of communities confronted with gentrification and sociopolitical boundaries. She obtained her Bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach and her Masters in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. Solórzano is in residence at AMOCA May-December 2023.

AMOCA’s Artist in Residence Program, established in 2012, is one of the few long-term fellowship opportunities for ceramic artists on the West Coast. The program is funded through generous support from Julianne and David Armstrong, Laguna Clay, and the Windgate Foundation.

To learn more and register, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/solorzano-artist-talk/

Pictured: Claudia V. Solórzano, "City Terraces" (detail), 2022. Stoneware. Nine sculpted gates, approximately 40 x 30 inches each; “Meet Me at the Corner,” 2021. Stoneware. 4 gates approximately 40 x 30 inches each.

Will we see you at REVEAL? Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, November 4 and be among the first to experienc...
10/28/2023

Will we see you at REVEAL? Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, November 4 and be among the first to experience our new exhibition: "REVEAL: New Acquisitions 2020-2023."

Admission to the reception and AMOCA's galleries is complimentary with advance registration. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more and register for the 4 PM reception on November 4, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/reveal-reception/

REVEAL: Recent Acquisitions 2020-2023" showcases a variety of ceramics that AMOCA has recently acquired for its permanent collection, which encompasses 13,000+ ceramic objects that date from pre-Columbian to contemporary times. The collection has been acquired through the generosity of many individuals who wish to share their gifts with the public.

Pictured: Christina A. West, untitled (crouching man), 2004. Ceramic. Gift of Dean Spong; collection of the American Museum of Ceramic Art. On view in REVEAL November 4, 2023-July 21, 2024.

AMOCA Members get great perks, including complimentary hands-on activities! At our upcoming Members Clay Day on November...
10/26/2023

AMOCA Members get great perks, including complimentary hands-on activities!

At our upcoming Members Clay Day on November 17, members are invited to have some fun in the Studio and learn the basics of hand painting with underglaze on a premade holiday ornament.

To learn more about Members Clay Day on Friday, November 17, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/members-clay-day-handglazed-ornaments-tickets-727991491147?aff=oddtdtcreator

This class is complimentary for AMOCA Members! Not yet a member or need to renew? Go to our membership page at https://www.amoca.org/membership/ to learn more.

Feliz Día de los Mu***os! Join AMOCA at the Pomona Public Library’s Dia de los Mu***os Celebration on Wednesday, Novembe...
10/24/2023

Feliz Día de los Mu***os! Join AMOCA at the Pomona Public Library’s Dia de los Mu***os Celebration on Wednesday, November 1 from 3 PM -5 PM where we will sculpt our very own clay Calaveras and create paper marigolds to accompany this final journey of life.

Celebrate the day of the dead by bringing an offering to add to Pomona Library’s altar space! This may be a photograph, flower, drawing, fruit, candy, or another small object that you want to leave in honor of your loved ones.

Dia de los Mu***os Celebration
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2023
3:00 - 5:00pm
Civic Center Plaza

Free Event / Mariachi, Crafts, and More / Hosted by Pomona Public Library & Pomona Police Department

Join us on Thursday, November 16 for a virtual discussion with Mark Burns and Vick Quezada, two of the talented artists ...
10/23/2023

Join us on Thursday, November 16 for a virtual discussion with Mark Burns and Vick Quezada, two of the talented artists behind AMOCA's current exhibition "Making in Between: Q***r Clay." Gain firsthand insights about how the inspiration, concept, and process works for these creative individuals. The panel will be followed by a Q&A, where you’ll have the opportunity to pose your own questions to the artists.

For more information, and to register for this 5pm (PST) virtual talk, visit https://www.amoca.org/events/q***r_clay_conversation-nov/

Mark Burns is a ceramic artist and educator who creates narrative, personal works with a pop sensibility and sardonic humor. Burns often creates works that mimic or reference domestic objects commonly manufactured in clay by carefully splicing together elements of functional and decorative wares to create psychologically loaded tableaux. Simultaneously enticing and unsettling, Burns’ body of work embraces bad taste, strangeness, s*x, and politics. His sensibility is often ascribed to his q***r identity, and his visibility in the field has reoriented questions of suitable subject matter and created a platform for other artists to explore traditionally taboo content.

Vick Quezada (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, explores hybrid forms in Indigenous-Latinx history and the function of these histories in contested lands, primarily in the U.S.-Mexico Border. They work with a variety of mediums: video, performance, sculpture and ceramics. They incorporate found objects (man-made) and natural elements, like dirt, soil, flora, corn and combine them with found objects like bricks, reclaimed trash, chains, cans, and barbed wire. Currently, Quezada lives in New Haven, CT. and is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Hampshire College in Western Massachusetts.

Pictured: Mark Burns, Extra Big Weiner!, 2014. Ceramic, glaze, found object. 20 x 15 x 11 inches. Collection of Jack Trinco ; Vick Quezada, 500+ years a Plague, 2021. Sculpture, ceramics, land stakes, fence, lights, roof panel, Euphorgia Tirucalli. 24 x 20 x 10 inches. Collection of the Artist.

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