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, developing slips, […]

By |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 |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 and well supported.

It seemed […]

By |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 been slowly […]

By |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 as large […]

By |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 the world […]

By |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 the project focused on the […]

By |May 11th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on sfclayworks Students “Feats” with Feet

sfclayworks First High Firing

Since the opening of sfclayworks last November we have celebrated many “firsts”-first pot made in the studio, first bisque, and first class. This past weekend at sfcw we celebrated our first high temperature glaze firing in our new gas reduction kiln. Of all the ground breaking events around here at sfcw, this is the final piece of the puzzle that really makes us feel like we have established our new home.

We are happy to report we reached cone 9+ in about 10 hours.

It will be a nail biting couple of days waiting to see the results, and Tuesday I can give a full update on sfcw first reduction firing.

Here are a few shots from the firing day, and Tuesday I will update with photos of some work.


Tuesday,  April 24, 2012 

We opened the […]

By |April 24th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on sfclayworks First High Firing

sfclayworks Studio Warming


It was a beautiful day on Saturday, April 7, 2012 when sfclayworks held a studio warming for our new ceramics studio. The event was well attended-many of the guests had heard of sfclayworks, but this was their first visit to see the results of all the work we have all been doing here.  The sun was shining bright on Saturday and many of our guests had the opportunity to sit out in front of the studio and bask in the sunlight.

The front of the studio is frequently awash in sunlight and we often sit in front of the studio on our beautiful hand crafted benches to have lunch. We can even lay on the grass if we really want to relax. A clay studio with […]

By |April 9th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on sfclayworks Studio Warming

Hands up

First off, what a silly name for our “apprenticeship” program. When I dreamed up the name of sfcw “apprenticeship” program, I never thought about its other connotation. I only thought of the idea of giving someone information-helping them, not robbing them! Somehow everytime hands up gets mentioned at the studio people immediately throw both hands up in the air. I tried to change the name of the program, but when I mention it everyone shouts, ”NO, I like it!”

Silly name aside, I would like to introduce you to the two of sfcw most valuable assets.  sfcw two studio “apprentices” Janelle and Saba have been hard at work learning and working in the studio.  Both Saba and Janelle submitted applications to sfcw and expressed interest in […]

By |March 12th, 2012|Blog|Comments Off on Hands up