Deborah Schwartzkopf’s Inspiring Workshop

Deborah Schwartzkopf Workshop-August 10-12, 2018 at sfclayworks Over the weekend of August 10-12, 2018, sfclayworks was excited to have Seattle ceramics artist Deborah Schwartzkopf in our studio. On Friday evening, the workshop weekend began with a gallery opening of Deb's beautiful ceramics in sfclayworks "Front Office Gallery". The exhibit of Deb's ceramics gave studio members, especially those unfamiliar with her ceramics, an opportunity to see her amazing work. In conjunction with the gallery exhibit, Deb gave a very interesting slide lecture-presentation that we offered free to the public.  At sfclayworks, we feel it is important to make the evening event open to everyone; it was nice to see some folks who are not sfclayworks members in the audience. During the slide lecture, Deb shared with us [...]

By |2018-08-27T16:22:32-07:00August 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Deborah Schwartzkopf’s Inspiring Workshop


Claymates, a group show will have an opening Saturday, May 26, 2018 in “The Front Office Gallery” at sfclayworks ceramics studio. The show will feature all studio artists currently creating work in sfclayworks private studio spaces. The 8 artists showing will be Nina Saltman, Takashi Fukuda, Sarah Cruz, Leigh Barbier, Beth Ozarow, Chris Lewis, Lucia Bogatay, and Joyce Fujiwara. Claymates will be an eclectic collection of clay sculpture, functional pottery, drawing, paintings, and collages; it will be a representative showcase of the variety of artists currently working at sfclayworks.  Please stop in at Claymates opening event Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 4-6 pm  in “The Front Office Gallery” @sfclayworks | 2240 Palou Avenue | San Francisco | CA | 94124 If you miss the opening - [...]

By |2018-05-20T17:18:37-07:00May 20th, 2018|Blog, In the Gallery|0 Comments

Divided Feminine, United: Recent work by Leigh Barbier

  Join Leigh at an opening party event for her show Divided Feminine, United: Recent works by Leigh Barbier in the sfclayworks gallery on November 18th from 4-6pm.  The show will be up in the gallery from November 18 to December 16, 2017.   Those of you who come into the studio on the weekends will occasionally see Leigh while she is watching the studio. I am certain most of you have no idea what amazing work she creates upstairs in her studio space. Well, here is your chance to view for yourself the fantastical imagery Leigh has been working on recently. Leigh is very diverse with her artistic expression. Leigh's work includes painting, drawing, as well as, clay and mixed media sculpture. Please stop [...]

By |2017-11-06T15:15:16-07:00November 6th, 2017|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on Divided Feminine, United: Recent work by Leigh Barbier

SF Open Studios @ sfclayworks

Please join us at sfclayworks for SF Open Studios 2017. Stop in to see what's new in the Studio. There will be six artists showing their work, and we will be featuring an exhibition of student and community members in the gallery exhibition, "Piece" of Mind: Art in Troubled Times. We are also happy to announce our exciting new pop-up partner, Bijou Bake Shop (see below for more info.) WHAT: SF Open Studios 2017 @sfclayworks featuring artists Beth Ozarow, Takashi Fukuda, Nina Saltman, Lucia Bogatay, Chris Lewis, Joyce Fujiwara, and  our new pop-up Bijou Bake Shop. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, 11am-6pm WHERE: sfclayworks, 2240 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124 Our new featured pop-up partner: This year sfclayworks featured pop-up will be Andrea Rappaport's, [...]

By |2017-10-11T21:49:10-07:00October 11th, 2017|Blog, Events, In the Gallery|Comments Off on SF Open Studios @ sfclayworks

“Piece” of Mind: Art in Troubled Times

"Piece" of Mind: Art in Troubled Times Look at what is happening in the gallery next. sfclayworks is once again excited to feature the creative work and spirit of our student and community members. If previous shows were any indication, we are hoping for another spectacular display of clay artistry. sfclayworks is part of San Francisco's diverse clay community that through creativity manages to find moments of  "peace of mind" in the current environment of political chaos. Invite your friends and join us as we celebrate our/your community! We will be hosting an opening event on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 6:30pm.  WHAT: "Piece" of Mind: Art in Troubled Times Opening Party WHEN:  Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:30 pm-? WHERE: sfclayworks ceramics studio | 2240 Palou Avenue | [...]

By |2017-09-07T18:00:05-07:00September 7th, 2017|Blog, In the Gallery|Comments Off on “Piece” of Mind: Art in Troubled Times

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 |2017-07-03T18:26:44-07:00July 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 |2017-06-25T11:31:35-07:00June 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 |2017-06-21T14:19:59-07:00June 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 |2017-06-10T23:41:15-07:00January 22nd, 2017|Blog, In the Gallery|0 Comments