American Ceramic Society Clay Festival & Gift Show
Located in Ayres Hall
About This Event
The two-day festival features unique handcrafted giftware and art work by ceramic artists recruited from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura Counties; and demonstrations. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Arboretum Foundation and the ACS-DC Scholarship Fund. Among last year’s featured artists were:
Julie Bagish lived for 6 years as a young woman with her husband in Japan and those esthetics have sunk deeply into her artwork. The fabrics, glazes, use of space and color, the tea ceremony, basketry, ikebana, and the concept of “wabi sabi” continue to inform her work to this day. She creates small Haniwa grave figures, similar to those found by archeologists in ancient Japanese burial mounds in the Yamanashi Mountains. Her figures are very feminine with soft round stomachs, glazed and decorated with beads and other adornments. Julie lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband where she teaches classes in her studio.
T Robert left a corporate career at 32 to return to school to become a potter and discovered her niche as a ceramic technician. She is experienced with every part of every construction and firing process imaginable; including raku, electric, gas, salt, soda and wood firings. T has been noticing the architecture of bird cages for the last few years and they are beginning to show up in her work. For her demonstration she will be will be working in a very large scale on a paper clay installation piece that references bird cage structures and/or Capitol buildings with cupola roofs. T is an instructor at The Claremont Community Center, and is the assistant curator at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery of Claremont Scripps College. She manages Fred Olsen’s wood firings, along with doing her own studio work.