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My Last Week in Japan-Chris Lewis

Week 4 in Japan: by Chris Lewis               This was my last week at Tokyo Ryusen Studio, which included a trip to the famed pottery town of Mashiko, as well as a more modern pottery center in nearby Kasama City. At the studio, I refined my trimming techniques on the bottles I made, using a chuck. Note the trick of leaving the centermost part of the foot untrimmed to keep track of how much clay I’ve removed.   Trimming a bottle               We also wrapped our Bizen clay pieces from last week in rice straw for firing. The rice straw burns away during firing, leaving bright orange-red lines on the otherwise unglazed or decorated ware. See the picture below of a [...]

By | 2017-07-03T18:26:44+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

More Stories from Japan – Chris Lewis

    Today we are sharing part two of sfclayworks studio member Chris Lewis's experiences in Japan. If you have not read part one, please check this link first. "Konnichiwa sfclayworks" . Once again, thank you Chris!!!   Week 3             This week, Koyama-sensei gave me a chance to work with clay from Bizen. Bizen pottery originates from Okayama-ken, in southern Honshu (Japan’s main island). Bizen is one of Japan’s six ancient kiln sites, though this style was almost lost during the Meiji-era (19th Century) modernization. The tradition was revitalized in the 1930’s in response to renewed interest in Mingei, and today it’s one of the most revered styles from Japan. Bizen potters never glaze their work, relying instead on kiln effects from [...]

By | 2017-06-25T11:31:35+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on More Stories from Japan – Chris Lewis

Konnichiwa sfclayworks ! – Chris Lewis

                              Konnichiwa San Francisco Clay Works! Chris, Judy, and Basho living the life in Japan sfclayworks is excited to share with you a few tales from the adventures of sfclayworks artist Chris Lewis.  Chris is in Japan for a month and wanted to share his clay advetures with all of you. Thank you Chris! We look forward to more stories.   Konnichiwa San Francisco by Chris Lewis                     While I am in Japan for a month, I thought I would share some of my pottery experiences with the greater clay community via this blog. Thanks first goes to sfclayworks own CTO, [...]

By | 2017-06-21T14:19:59+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Konnichiwa sfclayworks ! – Chris Lewis

Portraits of a Landscape: Ceramic Sculptures by Georgia Hodges

    sfclayworks is pleased to announce the next exhibit in our gallery space featuring the ceramic sculptures of artist and sfclayworks instructor Georgia Hodges. Georgia will be exhibiting a number of ceramic sculptures in her show titled, "Portraits of a Landscape".  Stop in and experience for yourself the sensual quality that Georgia brings forth in her ceramic sculptures. Coming up in the sfclayworks gallery: What: Portraits of a Landscape: Ceramic Sculptures by Georgia Hodges When: January 27, 2017 - February 26th, 2017  | Studio hours: Tues 5-9 | Wed-Friday 12-9 | Sat-Sun 12-5 Where: sfclayworks | 2240 Palou Avenue| San Francisco | CA | 94124   Artists Statement: This work is about expressing the ever present movement of time and the highly expressive materiality of clay. I embrace the history and nature [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:15+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Blog, In the Gallery|0 Comments

Giving Thanks…

Still reeling from the aftermath of the recent Presidential election, as we wonder what lies ahead for this country, all of us at sfclayworks still have a great deal to be thankful for. Five years ago when we set our sights on maintaining the creative clay community that we were all a part of at "The Clay Studio", we gathered our resources and energy to create this wonderful place to work. Five years have a gone by in a flash and as we head into the future we are thankful to our founding members, our incredible hands-up workers and, of course, our amazing students and community members. Together we are all a part of this supportive and creative community at sfclayworks. No matter what else [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:15+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Giving Thanks…

SF Open Studios 2016 @sfclayworks

sfclayworks is pleased to announce that we are once again participating in this years San Francisco Open Studios. SF Open Studios 2016 will mark our 4th year of participating as a group at our current location 2240 Palou Avenue. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SF Open Studios, here is a description from the SF Open Studios website. "SF Open Studios, the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. 2016 marked the 41st annual SF Open Studios event. We invite you to explore our city and find amazing art at every turn. " Every weekend from October 15 through November 6,  artist studios will be [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:16+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on SF Open Studios 2016 @sfclayworks

“Variety is the Spice of Life”: Student and Community Exhibition @sfclayworks

It's that time of year again in the studio at sfclayworks when we get busy with some of our annual events. On Friday, October 7, 2016, we will once again be featuring our amazing students and community members during our 4th Annual Student and Community Exhibition. This years theme, "Variety is the Spice of Life",  is very broad so you should expect to see a good "variety" of work. Our studio members always manage to turn out some pretty amazing pieces, which we are very excited about. The exhibit is open to all sfclayworks members. The exhibition offers studio members an opportunity to very work hard at putting together something special. We can't wait to see what the community has in store for the show. Please join our Students and Community [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:16+00:00 September 17th, 2016|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on “Variety is the Spice of Life”: Student and Community Exhibition @sfclayworks

New Work by Jee Wipperfurth @ sfclayworks

  August 18-September 4, 2016 sfclayworks | 2240 Palou Ave | San Francisco | CA | 94124    Opening Reception: Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 2pm-4pm Jee's work will be available for sale during the exhibition!     sfclayworks is excited to announce a new exhibit in the gallery, featuring one of sfclayworks awesome community members, Jee Wipperfurth. Jee has had her fingers in clay at sfclayworks since we opened in 2011; though if her memory serves her right, she has been working on and off in clay since early 2001. Outside of her busy day to day responsibilities, Jee finds time to slip into the studio and get lost in her meticulously carved porcelain pieces. Sometimes when we look at our own work change is hard to see, [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:16+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on New Work by Jee Wipperfurth @ sfclayworks

Ceramic Sculptures by Barbara Vanderbeck

    We are pleased to announce a new exhibit in the gallery at sfclayworks. From May 18-June 7, 2016 we will be featuring the ceramic sculpture work of San Francisco artist Barbara Vanderbeck. Barbara joined the teaching staff at sfclayworks in 2015 and we have heard nothing but rave reviews about her classes. When she is not teaching here at sfclayworks, you will find her in her own studio, or at other studios around town sharing her knowledge and enthiusiam for clay. Please stop in and see Barbara's interesting and colorful sculptures during our studio hours.   Barbara's work will be also be available for sale.                                               [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:16+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on Ceramic Sculptures by Barbara Vanderbeck