American Ceramic Society Clay Festival & Gift Show
Located in Ayres Hall
About This Event
American Ceramic Society of Southern California (ACS So CA) is proud to present their annual fundraiser, ACS Clay Festival & Gift Show. This two-day festival features unique handcrafted giftware and art work by ceramic artists from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura Counties; and demonstrations by well-known ceramic artists, Gina Lawson Egan and Nancy Pene. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Arboretum Foundation and the ACS-DC Scholarship Fund.
Gina Lawson Egan is a ceramic artist living in Ontario, California. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan, followed by an MFA in Ceramics from the Claremont Graduate University studying with the late Paul Soldner. Gina is currently teaching Ceramics at California Poly Pomona University. Her work is in collections around the United States.
Nancy Pene finds some of her many inspirations for her glazing style over the years from pin striping, cloisonné enamel, cartoon cell painting, and perhaps even painting by numbers! This is her personal style of glaze application when she is firing in the Raku method. She loves the surprising colors and quick firing process at 1800 F with post fire reduction. In the 70’s, instead of going on to University, with encouragement by many teachers, her decision was to make good on building a custom ceramic studio in Cucamonga on Route 66. What an opportunity! So for 10 years she held classes, made production stoneware for local restaurants, and experimented in freehand glaze applications in the Raku firing process. She is still driven by that challenge in 2015. Her work was featured in an article about the Raku firing process, has been in exhibitions at the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Burbank Creative Art Center and in many private collections.