This trip was fantastic. I toured Heath Ceramics (This is such a wonderful small company. Everyone there was so incredibly kind and open and I learned SO MUCH), several individual pottery studios (Diana Fayt, Fourth and Clay, the studio of Josie Jurczenia, Rae Dunn, and Christa Assad), and Trax Gallery, which is both a ceramics gallery and studio for Sandy Simon and Robert Brady. There was a drive-by of Whitney Smith's studio and shop in Oakland. Bought unavailable-locally glazes, underglazes, and tools. Spent several hours at SF MOMA, which, happily, featured a ceramics collaboration .
I returned home inspired to clear my plate of my obligations (this week will be a veritable glazing festival) so that I can work on new pieces, using new techniques I learned on the studio visits and try my hand at adapting some pieces that were particularly inspiring. I am ever grateful to Diana Fayt for sharing her time, knowledge, and passion for this medium with me, and even more grateful to call her my friend.
(top, L-R Josie Jurczenia's studio, Heath Ceramics, test tiles at Diana Fayt's studio. middle, L-R Rae Dunn's studio, Diana Fayt's studio, Trouble Coffee and my friend Monica Bodnar-Pharr's teacups. bottom, L-R Heath Ceramics, work in process, Christa Assad's cup, Nest, Louise Nevelson at SF MOMA)