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

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 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

2013 Is Looking Bright at sfclayworks

Hello 2013, After out first successful year at sfclayworks, we were looking to make improvements to the studio which would help make everyones experience at sfclayworks first rate. Over the holidays we did a remodel of our entry area and we are very pleased with the results of this transformation. The carpet that everyone hated has been removed, the desk has been relocated, and the front room now seems spacious enough to accommodate the display, “gallery” space, that we all envisioned at the start of this adventure. Now we can start dreaming about our first exhibition! Another change in the studio is better lighting in the workspace. Faced with new city regulations for businesses to improve energy efficiency, and to make changing a light bulb [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:17+00:00 January 29th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on 2013 Is Looking Bright at sfclayworks

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

sfclayworks Students “Feats” with Feet

Believe it or not, Session Two is already over at sfclayworks and we are currently in the second week of Session Three . Time has been flying by this year! During Session One, many of us were trying to get comfortable in our new space, at least that was the excuse  from many students as to why they did not follow through on their first project. Our first projects focus was “change”, a reference to the big changes we all had with the closure of our last home, “The Clay Studio.” The students who did the project did an excellent job of challenging them selves. It is always good when they stretch and try something new. During Session Two there was a bigger response to [...]

By | 2017-06-10T23:41:18+00:00 May 11th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on sfclayworks Students “Feats” with Feet