April 30 - May 2, 2010
Contact: Nancy Resler, 530.756.3938
John Natsoulas Gallery
521 First Street, Davis, CA 95616
The annual Ceramics Festival, hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts enters into its 21st year and continues to bring the leading national and international ceramic artists to Northern California for a weekend of creative instruction and collaboration. This year the conference showcases internationally known sculptors Jack Earl and Richard Notkin. Also, Judith Schwartz, distinguished writer, curator and professor at NYU will be among the presenters. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will feature Bill Abright, Clayton Bailey, Kelly Connole, Margaret Dodd, David Kuraoka, Michael Lucero, Louis Marak, Kevin Nierman, Justin Novak, John Toki and more! Kevin Nierman, artist, teacher, and founder of the Kids'n Clay Pottery Studio in Berkeley, will also present free hands-on workshops for kids, allowing children of all ages to experiment and interact with clay. Kids'n Clay workshops are scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. In addition, there will be special workshops for those of all ages sponsored by the Art Science Fusion Program at UC Davis, which features a hands-on interactive workshop integrating clay and science, which will take place at the Davis Commons, Saturday afternoon May 2nd (time tba)
Supplementing the ceramics-packed weekend, free exhibitions of burgeoning student art from over 40 colleges and universities will be on display throughout downtown Davis. Local ceramic artists' work will also be on exhibit at ten other Davis locations.
The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts will hold its annual gallery-wide 30 Ceramics Sculptors exhibition in concurrence with the conference. The exhibition will run from April 30 - May 2, 2010. This show was first conceived in 1986, a collaboration between the late Robert Arneson and John Natsoulas, and continues the ceramic traditions made famous by instructors and students of the University of California, Davis Art Department and the University of California at Berkeley.
For more up-to-date information, schedules, and conference registration, please visit http://www.natsoulas.com/html/ccaca/index.html.