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Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Southern California, with its rich clay deposits, emerged as a world leader in pottery and ceramics production for household use in the mid-twentieth century. “Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry” explores this boom, which was ushered in by Ernest Batchelder’s luminously-glazed Asian-inspired forms. This exhibit examines, for the first time, Pasadena’s contributions to this […]

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

The Brilliance & Whimsy of Beatrice Wood

To finish off our seasonal side trip (see “Ojai Marvels” and “Ojai Olive Oil Company“), we head to the studio of the late great Beatrice Wood. Many may only know Wood as one of the trifecta that inspired Francois Truffaut’s film Jules et Jim in 1962, which we saw decades ago, and before we knew anything of the celebrated […]

Youth Ceramics

Youth Ceramics

Growing up in Fairfield County, Connecticut one of the places to which I returned happily time and time again was what I knew only as Silvermine. Sitting in the passenger seat, trying not to get car sick as my mother drove down windy roads crowded with ancient trees and an endless canopy of greenery overhead, […]

Art & Activism: Reshaping Tradition with Ai Weiwei

Art & Activism: Reshaping Tradition with Ai Weiwei

The familiar and the iconic. Chinese history and tradition versus our “Western consumer culture.” Blue-and-white ware versus the psychedelic. Vases and moon jars. Contemporary art and traditional aesthetics. “The character of the present.” “Quiet aesthetics.” Opening on September 11, the Pacific Asia Museum presents pre-modern ceramic works exhibited alongside the works by 7 East Asian […]

Living the Good Life: Polynesia Pop

“Tiki culture is all about living the good life, having fun, and enjoying the tropical splendors it offers. “This first ever group Tiki ceramic exhibition brings together unique ceramic creations by established Tiki artists and major local ceramic artists. “Conceptualized and coordinated by Michelle Valigura and Michael Sbicca, this one-night show celebrates the blended and […]

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

The devoted, enthusiastic potters of Wheelhouse Ceramics are looking to break a record. Last year, at their Empty Bowls event—where 500 bowls were sold at $10 apiece—they raised $5,000 to benefit Foothill Unity Center. This year, they want to break $6,000…one ten-dollar bowl at a time. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement for hunger relief […]

Nat ‘n’ Mom

Nat ‘n’ Mom

The inaugural Jackalope Art & Craft Fair is in a few weeks and we caught up with local artist Meriel Stern who’s collaborated with her son Nat to create products they’ll be selling the weekend of April 25th-26th in Central Park, Pasadena.   Meriel shared with us some details about their creative journey… The Nat’n’Mom […]

In the Wheelhouse

In the Wheelhouse

We seem to be on a “ceramics” kick at the moment. We stopped by Flintridge Bookstore during Small Business Saturday to see Beverly Crist’s plates, bowls, and vases and started a savings jar for a future purchase. We snagged a stunning vase and bowl for Christmas presents at Xiem Clay Center’s fall show a few […]

Xiem Fall Ceramic Art Fair

Xiem Fall Ceramic Art Fair

Andrea (Andi) Fordyce is an East Coast native, an Altadena resident, a Royal Academy of Dance-trained dancer, a painter, a photographer, and, since the 8th grade but refocusing in 2006, a ceramicist. “She loves the utility, the beauty, and the process of making ceramic art…Her work strives to encapsulate all her loves of keeping things […]

MANN Handmade

MANN Handmade

While doing background research for “Masterpieces and Ballrooms,” we delved into the world of Xiem Clay Center, deeper and deeper, until we found ceramist Sharon Mann. She was kind enough to answer some questions: HP: Since you’ve been creating, have you always been working with clay or did you arrive here after drawing, painting, photography, […]

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