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.

Online Talk: Canadian Ceramics

Join us for a fascinating online panel discussion with experts and artists working in ceramics today.

About this event

Canadian ceramic artist Greg Payce joins Professor Paul Greenhalgh and Dr Claudia Milburn.

Greg Payce lives in Calgary, Alberta, and was Professor of ceramic at ACAD for decades, before stepping back to concentrate purely on his work. Through the decades he has developed a superb form of trompe l’oeil that is entirely his own, in which thrown vessels, sometimes in pairs, sometimes in rows, appear to have standing figures between them. In his work, people fill the voids. Greg’s work is currently on show in the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire.

Paul Greenhalgh is Director of the Zaha Hadid Foundation, and Professor Emeritus of Art History at UEA (UK). Previous roles include Director of the Sainsbury Centre (UK), President and Director Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Head of Research, V&A Museum. He is academically a specialist in Modern art, design and architecture, and he has always maintained an interest in the ceramic arts, and on the history and theory of museums and exhibitions. He has curated many exhibitions and lectured all over the world.

Claudia joined the team at Messums Wiltshire in 2021, having previously worked in museums and galleries for over a decade. Claudia was Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and Curator at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich. She holds a Masters in Drawing from Norwich University of the Arts and a Bachelors in English and American Literature from the University of East Anglia, where she also completed her doctorate in Art History.

CLAY Voices 3rd Edition  – Building Community April 8-10, 2022 IG Live

CLAY Voices 3rd Edition is a real gathering on Instagram connecting ceramic artists across Canada since 2020.  Through informal live presentations, this April 8-10 some of the most talented contemporary Canadian makers will connect with other artists and with the community in general during a weekend on IG LIVE. From their personal IG accounts, up-and-coming and established potters and sculptors will be live-streaming during 55 mins. sharing their ideas and work with colleagues and friends. Using a mobile phone, tablet or pc, audience will follow each artist’s IG account, tuning in right on time for each presentation.

This edition, internationally renowned ceramic artist and Professor Walter Ostrom will participate as the Guest of Honour. Janna Hiemstra, executive Director of Craft Ontario, Jenna Stanton Executive Director of the Alberta Crafts Council and Sequoia Miller, Chief Curator of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto will participate in a special Panel Discussion moderated by Julie Hollenbach, assistant Professor of Craft History and Material Cultures at NSCAD University.


Andrea Vuletin, Ontario, Annika Hoefs, Ontario, Amelia N. Butcher, British Columbia, Grace W. Boyd, Nova Scotia, Gracia Isabel Gómez, Ontario, Jim Marshall, Alberta, Jordan McDonald, Pennsylvania, Joan Bruneau, Nova Scotia, Leandra Brandson, Manitoba, Matthew O’Reilly, Alberta, Paula Murray, Quebec, Rob Froese, Saskatchewan

Panel Discussion: Janna Hiemstra, Craft Ontario, Jenna Stanton, Alberta Crafts Council, Sequoia Miller, Gardiner Museum.  Moderator: Julie Hollenbach, NSCAD University

Guest of Honour: Walter Ostrom, Nova Scotia

CLAY Voices 3 Is an initiative 100% free for the ceramics community. Gifts through Interac e-Transfer:  [email protected] or will support the production of this initiative and will be greatly appreciated.

Follow @clayvoices for details and schedule

Clay Voices organizer Gracia Isabel Gómez graduated with honours from Sheridan College Craft and Design Ceramics, Ontario. Currently, she is developing a new body of work as a year-long artist in residence at Medalta International Artists in Residence Program, Medicine Hat, AB.

Gracia Isabel started CLAY Voices in 2020 as a response to the uncertainty and isolation artists were facing when the pandemic hit. The circumstances have improved but challenges still remain and CLAY Voices has become part of her practice, hoping to contribute to the Ceramics Community.

Gracia Isabel Gómez Cantoya

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Live Taping of For Flux Sake Podcast!

For Flux Sake is a great podcast for Ceramic artists who want to talk tech stuff or need help with glaze and material challenges. They’re going to be hosting a live event in April. Should be fun!

For Flux Sake is a podcast that Matt and Rose co-host with Kathy King to answer your burning questions about clay and glaze. Each episode presents listener-submitted questions that are answered in a comical, but also insightful way. This show will have you laughing and learning about the chemistry behind ceramics in no time.

Register HERE.

For more info on For Flux Sake podcast click here.