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In the Gallery: Ellen Shankin

sfclayworks gallery space will be showcasing the work of artist Ellen Shankin, a full-time professional potter from Floyd, Virginia. We are honored to have Ellen’s work as the inaugural exhibition in sfclayworks newly created gallery space. This exhibit coincides with a two day workshop at sfclayworks where Ellen will be sharing her thoughts and working methods with an eager group of potters. Ellen’s pottery will be on display starting Friday, June 28 and will be available for viewing until July 5th. Please note that the display will be smaller after the workshop as many of our workshop participants are returning to their respective cities and must take their pieces with them when they leave the workshop. We hope you make time to stop in and [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 July 5th, 2013|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on In the Gallery: Ellen Shankin

Making Pots for the San Francisco Opera

sfclayworks was recently approached to make pottery pieces for the world premier San Francisco Opera production of The Gospel of Mary Magdelene - music and libretto by Mark Adamo. Unsure if we could satisfy the needs of the production, we met with "Prop Master" Lori Harrison to go over what was expected of us. We were given images and dimensions for the pieces and ultimately we were asked to make the following forms and also a variety of shards. Wedding Bottles - Make 2. Height: 14” (width proportional to height) Tavern Mugs - Make 18. Height: 4"-5” (width proportional to height) Tavern Bottles  - Make 4. Height 9"-10"(width proportional to height) Wedding Goblets - Make 4. Width: 4 “ (height proportional to width) As everyone who makes pottery [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 June 18th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Making Pots for the San Francisco Opera

Ellen Shankin Workshop @ sfclayworks

UPDATE: This Ellen Shankin workshop event has already occurred, but we are planning another workshop for 2014 with a yet to be determined artist. Stay tuned for further details. Workshop with Ellen Shankin Shedule: Free artist talk event: Friday, June 28, 7:30 pm 2-Day Workshop: June 29, 30, 2013 What: Workshop with Ellen Shankin, two-day demonstration workshop When:  June 28: 7:30PM June 29 - 30: 10am to 4pm (doors open at 9:30am) Where: sfclayworks, 2240 Palou Ave. San Francisco, CA Cost: $165 including lunch both days* Description: This workshop will focus on thrown and altered pots. We will be working all day Saturday throwing forms. We will also be talking about the skills utilized in pulling handles and making lids fit. We will engage in conversations about [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 May 8th, 2013|Workshops|Comments Off on Ellen Shankin Workshop @ sfclayworks

Opening: Beth Ozarow, March 22, 2013, 6-9pm

sfclayworks very own Beth Ozarow is having a show. Beth is a studio holder at San Francisco, California ceramics studio sfclayworks. Most of Beth’s work is constructed using a modified slab coiling technique and after firing they are given a rich and colorful finish with acrylic paints. To see more of Beth’s work and learn more about Beth, please check her website link at www.bethozarow.com Beth will be showing her work with Barbara Vanderbeck, and Linda Fahey in a show titled, FLOWER POWER: Vessels and Sculpture Inspired by Flora. Where: Ruby’s Clay Studio, 552A Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 When: March 16-March 31 Opening Event: March 22 6-9pm Take a look at the poster below and get a taste of what to expect.

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 March 11th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Opening: Beth Ozarow, March 22, 2013, 6-9pm

A Successful Year at sfclayworks

As we close out 2012 all of us at sfclayworks are thankful that our transition from being studio renters, to studio “business owners” has been a success. With the threat of losing our workspace to continue our exploration of the ceramic arts at the end of October 2011 our group of dedicated artists persevered and managed to make our way through our first successful year! It has been an incredible journey “learning the ropes” of how to make sfclayworks run smoothly. Just to list a few of the hurdles we have overcome this past year - finding a suitable location, building studio spaces, installing electricity, ordering and installing a gas kiln, developing and scheduling programs, creating business cards and brochures, creating a website and a web presence, mixing glazes, [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 December 28th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on A Successful Year at sfclayworks

First Annual Box Party 2012

On December 9, 2012, sfclayworks held their first annual box party. “The Box Party,” a long standing tradition at our former studio, The Clay Studio, was a tradition that may have been going on for 25 years before the studio closed in 2011. “The Box Party” has always been one of the most anticipated and beloved events of the year - a wonderful opportunity for the entire studio community to come together and celebrate our common bond of creativity. For many it is a time to visit old friends and perhaps make new ones as we gather together to celebrate. In keeping with old traditions, the studio was transformed into an elegant display. Our normally dusty studio was equipped with rented chairs and tables adorned with white [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 December 12th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on First Annual Box Party 2012

SF Open Studio 2012 @ sfclayworks

As we celebrated the one year anniversary of our new clay studio this past weekend, the artists of sfclayworks held their first SF Open Studios event at 2240 Palou Avenue. Hmm, can we say new any longer? Most of us were apprehensive about our prospects of drawing an audience to our Palou Avenue location, as we are a bit off the beaten path, but we would all agree the turn out over the past two days surpassed our expectations. Besides the six artists displaying their work at sfclayworks, we also featured a very successful jam pop-up with Saba jam-run by Saba Parsa, a student and hands up worker at sfclayworks. Saba jam added another level of interest to our open studio that was unexpected, but very appreciated [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 October 22nd, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on SF Open Studio 2012 @ sfclayworks

Happy Anniversary sfclayworks

It is hard to believe, but sfclayworks is celebrating its one year anniversary!  We signed the lease for sfclayworks at 2240 Palou Avenue at the beginning of October 2011 and moved in after the dust settled at our previous studio, The Clay Studio-a place many of us had called home for many years. All the hard work during the year has paid off and we now have a beautiful ceramics studio to continue making work. It has not been easy getting sfcw operational, but one year later we are proud to say that we are open to the public and are providing San Francisco with a vibrant place to explore the ceramic arts. We offered our first class in January of 2012 and we have [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Happy Anniversary sfclayworks

sfcw Looks at Pottery Making in “Korea”

Following the theme of sfcw takes a look at pottery around the world, sfcw will be taking a look at pottery making in “Korea.” You must have noticed that Korea is in quotes in the title of this blog post-its in quotes because we will be looking at Korea through the eyes and experiences of American potter Adam Field from Durango, Colorado. Adam Field was recently in the Bay Area giving demos of his work. A couple of us from sfcw had a chance to see him work on a few of his carved porcelain pieces as well as hear him talk about his experiences working in Korea. While in Korea Adam learned Korean pottery practices such as clay preparation, making the traditional Korean pickling jars known as ongii, as well [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 July 20th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on sfcw Looks at Pottery Making in “Korea”

sfclayworks Looks at Pottery in Japan

One of the students at sfclayworks reminded me the other day of the two Peeler art series videos that were in one of the past blog posts-Pottery of the USA part 1 and 2. Sometimes when we are learning a new craft we think there is only one way of doing something, but here at sfcw we constantly remind students that there are always a variety of ways to achieve the same goal. Students need to try out various techniques and see what works for them.  When teaching pottery we show a student how to achieve a final product, but ultimately the student must feel and experience the process for themselves and decide how to best reach their desired piece. Pottery making has been done all around [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:18+00:00 July 7th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on sfclayworks Looks at Pottery in Japan