Sunday, September 12, 2010

1st Ceramics Annual of America 2010

Caught a ride into San Fransisco with Bruce. The skyline is buried in fog and it's a lovely crisp 75 degrees.... mmmmmm nice... kind of set the tone for me.
The 1st Ceramics Annual of America was at Fort Masion. A vast enclosure on the Bay. Absolutely perfect to host a ceramics sculpture salon. The place was filled with so much beautiful works and so many amazed and delighted people. We were there for nearly 4 hours and had a mad ball of looking at works, meeting the artists, and meeting new faces.

Case in point. 
This is one of Bill Albright's pieces that we found as we walked in.
I got nose to surface to take in the skin on this one... lots of work can lose it as you close in, not any of Bill's work. It just gets better and better as you zoom in. 
Just a brief Pot-Parazzi of images from the exhibition...



It was an airy gallery space the size of a football field... filled with sculptural works leaning favorably towards the large.



While the caliber of work was as astounding as I had hoped for... It was the breath and variety of visions that the show brought together that  made this a flat out fantastic show...




The 10 bucks needed to get in the gate was the funnest 10 bucks I've spent in a long while...
2 thumbs-up!

13 comments:

Tracey Broome said...

I'm sooo jealous, look how close you were to Margaret Keelan's work!! Talk about skin, I would love to get the surfaces of my work to that level! What an amazing show, so glad you remembered your camera :)

cookingwithgas said...

what a show!
We visited SF several years ago and loved the city.
We did not find as much clay there then as I see now.
We did find the potters coop in Berkley is it still there?

Linda Fahey said...

Nice pics FG! The daylight in the Herbst Pavilion is gorgeous and the work looks so good! Thanks for the pics and the brightness.

Word on the street is they plan to take the show to the next level and double the size!

I would love that!

FetishGhost said...

Hey Tracy! As soon as I saw Margaret Keelan's work, my thoughts turned to you... she was even there and was making herself available for discussions, but we were still too busy doing cartwheels through the exhibition.
Meredith, the Berkley coop is still there and is thriving. The clay community there is astonishingly vibrant. I've been mulling over renting space in one of the group studio's for a few months to make a jump... I'd finally get to meet-up with you Linda! Thanks again for letting me know that the show was happening, I would have missed it if you hadn't posted a heads up.

Linda Fahey said...

one of these days FG I'll meet you in person! There will be a great Holiday Cup Sale at Fourth & Clay I was LUCKY enough to be invited to participate in - maybe you can make it to Berkeley for that?

Sorry, I didn't get a chance to cartwheel with you at the show, but I glad you made it!! Well worth it.

jim said...

i'm so envious joel... beautiful pieces and i can't imagine a space as big as a football field filled with clay.

ang said...

brilliant stuff and lots of large scale too kinda needed to impose on the space yes, cheers for the pics..Is that an exhibition space??

Kari Weaver Hopkins said...

Looks like a fabulous exhibit! Thanks for posting some pictures for those of us far far away!

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

Thanks for posting/sharing your photos. What an amazing exhibit!

deanandmartinpottery said...

What a treat! The work is spectacular. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Great Pics!!

Anonymous said...

Albright at the CAA exhibit is NOt ALbight, but Abright - no L. Bill Abrgiht like a bright day. Glad you liked his work. I did too.

FetishGhost said...

Whoops!
Thanks for the spell check!

Kristi said...

Fantastic blog post. Thank you for sharing the news on the Ceramics Annual of America. This year's event is going to be held October 18-20, 2013 at the Civic Center in San Francisco! It's the first time that location has been used for an art festival in over 2 decades. It should be a spectacular with hands on demos, discussions and tours. Also there will be an impressive variety of contemporary ceramics from around the globe. I hope you can make it. We are also taking submissions until July 1, 2013. Details are at www.ceramicsannual.org