Two weeks until The 35th California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts!

35th California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts

Adrian Arleo // Carol Gouthro // Chris Riccardo // Jason Walker // Anne Drew Potter // Kevin Snipes

April 29th – 30th, 2022

After 35 years of tradition the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts is proud to continue the largest sculptural ceramics conference in the world. Conceived by the need for dialogue and direct interaction between artists and students, CCACA 2022 brings the ultimate ceramic sculpture event to Davis, CA. In an intimate setting, you can interact with top artists in a way not possible at other venues. UC Davis, home to the late sculptor Robert Arneson, was instrumental in defining a new direction for ceramic art. Enjoy delightful downtown Davis and be inspired by nationally recognized ceramic art talents.

Demonstrations, lectures, shows—no other event delivers more inspired knowledge of ceramic sculpture for a better price. Meet face-to-face with distinguished ceramic sculptors you might only read about; see and hear from the artists what makes them top in their field.

40+ Major Shows

Local gallery exhibitions and over 30 college shows bring the best work of the year within easy reach. These shows run concurrent with CCACA 2022. See all this and over 40 amazing student shows within a short walk. This is a chance to surround yourself with the top ceramic art of today and the ideas of the artists of tomorrow.

CCACA 2022

call for entry: GeoLogic

A juried Group Show with Grand Prize for two artists: a Show at Atlantic Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea art district.
“GeoLogic” is the theme for this exhibition of clay-based work at Atlantic Gallery in New York’s bustling Chelsea district. Selected works will explore aesthetic, narrative, political, structural, or personal points of view related to the exhibition title. Potters and sculptors whose work explores issues regarding Geology, Geometry, Geography, Geohumanism, Geomorphology, and/or all things Earth related are strongly encouraged to apply. Visual artists who express ideas through functional or sculptural modes are invited to submit work. Works intended for the wall, ie; tileworks, mosaics and installations are also encouraged. Multimedia works which are at least 80% ceramic are welcomed. Open to all US artists 18 and over. The juror, Bruce Dehnert, will award two artists a grand prize of a week-long show at Atlantic Gallery. A printed full-color catalog will be provided to each accepted artist. Curated by Bruce Dehnert and Joan Walton.

lecture series: Robin DuPont: Wood-firing in Canada

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce that their next speaker, Robin DuPont, will be presenting via Zoom on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 2pm Pacific Standard Time. The NWCF Speaker Series is free and open to all. All are welcome, but registration is required. Please see here or below to register for this exciting talk.

Robin DuPont received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and his MFA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He also studied at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson and the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He has been a visiting artist and instructor at numerous institutions, has participated in several artist residencies, and has built a variety of wood-fired kilns in Canada. In 2013, DuPont was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist Award, and in 2021, he received the North-West Ceramics Foundation Mayer Wosk Award of Excellence. He lives in the Slocan Valley, in the interior of BC. He makes utilitarian wood and atmospheric-fired pots, which are exhibited across Canada and the United States. Recent exhibitions include Thrown, at the Touchstones Museum of Art & History in Nelson, BC, and a solo exhibition, Of This Place, at the Langham, in Kaslo, BC, both in 2021.

In his talk, Wood-firing in Canada, DuPont will share his insights into how the genre of wood-firing plays a role in contemporary ceramics in Canada. He will discuss makers, kilns, influences at work within the genre, and innovating a process that is thousands of years old. From kiln architecture to dispelling stereotypes, the artist will share his thoughts on the people and places contributing to this field.

DuPont’s talk will take place via Zoom on March 27, at 2pm. During the presentation, we ask the audience to please turn off their videos and mute themselves. After the talk, there will be ample time to ask questions via the chat function. We look forward to seeing you there!

To register for this exciting talk by a very popular BC ceramist, see here

For more on Robin DuPont’s work, please see his website.

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