Craft Contemporary’s online ceramic auction and clay community celebration




Auction Starts:
Monday, October 19
8:00 AM PDT
Auction Ends:
Saturday, October 31
6:00 PM PDT

POTLUCK is an online fundraiser and two-week ceramic celebration from October 19 to October 31, 2020 which includes virtual clay workshops, online artist conversations, studio tours, and other online programming featuring artists that have been part of Craft Contemporary’s clay and ceramic exhibitions, educational programming, and marketplaces.

Every cent raised will go to maintaining the operations of Craft Contemporary, including artist-led K-12 school programs, community craft forums, workshops, and exhibition and discussion-based programing. With your support, we will continue our mission to reveal the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower. We will continue our work to present emerging and established artists who take craft into new and surprising directions; champion and prioritize the representation of work by culturally diverse and underrepresented communities; and maintain our commitment to black, indigenous, and communities of color, women, and LGBTQ+ artists and communities. With your support we will continue fostering collaboration between artists and the public; engage audiences with accessible programming and hands-on experiences; and utilize our spaces to provide the best opportunity to experience art.



︎︎︎Participating Artists
︎︎︎Featured Programs

︎︎︎View Full Auction
︎︎︎Support












Craft Contemporary’s online ceramic auction and clay community celebration




Auction Starts:
Monday, October 19
8:00 AM PDT
Auction Ends:
Saturday, October 31
6:00 PM PDT

POTLUCK is an online fundraiser and two-week ceramic celebration from October 19 to October 31, 2020 which includes virtual clay workshops, online artist conversations, studio tours, and other online programming featuring artists that have been part of Craft Contemporary’s clay and ceramic exhibitions, educational programming, and marketplaces.

Every cent raised will go to maintaining the operations of Craft Contemporary, including artist-led K-12 school programs, community craft forums, workshops, and exhibition and discussion-based programing. With your support, we will continue our mission to reveal the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower. We will continue our work to present emerging and established artists who take craft into new and surprising directions; champion and prioritize the representation of work by culturally diverse and underrepresented communities; and maintain our commitment to black, indigenous, and communities of color, women, and LGBTQ+ artists and communities. With your support we will continue fostering collaboration between artists and the public; engage audiences with accessible programming and hands-on experiences; and utilize our spaces to provide the best opportunity to experience art.



︎︎︎Participating Artists
︎︎︎Featured Programs

︎︎︎View Full Auction

︎︎︎Support




Featured Programs



︎Member Studio Visit: Wayne Perry
Tuesday, October 20 | 5:00 PM | Zoom

LA-based artist Wayne Perry combines pottery, ceramic sculpture, and painting to explore and express the current state of politics, community, and personal histories. His incredibly versatile works have been shown in numerous exhibitions around the city, including Craft Contemporary’s first clay biennial, Melting Point. Join Wayne for an exciting tour of his studio and look at what he is currently creating.

︎︎︎ RSVP REQUIRED
︎Clay Away: Alex Anderson & Neenineen
Wednesday, October 21 | 4:00 PM | Instagram Live

Alex Anderson and Neenineen join us through Instagram Live for two fun, casual studio check-in. Hear about their work included in the POTLUCK ceramic auction and what they've been up to in the studio. Folks joining us through Instagram Live will also have the opportunity to win Laguna Clay Co. giveaways including, free clay, underglazes, and more!

4:00 PM -  Anderson
4:30 PM - Neenineen

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︎Conversation: Bill Stern Ceramics Collection
Thursday, October 22 | 1:00 PM | Zoom

Artist and writer Marisela Norte is joined by longtime friend and Bill Stern Collection liaison, Kene J. Rosa. Hear stories about the incredible objects in this collection and their place in the history of California ceramics. Conversation is hosted by Craft Contemporary Executive Director Suzanne Isken.

︎︎︎ RSVP REQUIRED
︎Public Studio Tour: Walter McConnell
Friday, October 23 | 11:00 AM | Zoom

All the way from Belmont, New York, we are joined by artist Walter McConnell for a rare and intimate look into his artist studio. Walter was part of Craft Contemporary's first clay biennial Melting Point, with a monumental installation of 3,000 pounds wet clay sculpted into luscious vegetation-like forms encapsulated in a cylindrical plastic sheet which retained the clay's moisture. Don't miss the opportunity to meet Walter and see what he has been making in his studio!

︎︎︎ RSVP REQUIRED
︎Public Studio Tour: Julia Haft-Candell
Tuesday, October 27 | 4:00 PM | Zoom

LA-based artist Julia Haft-Candell invites us to a special virtual tour of her outdoor exhibition "Interlocking" currently on view at Night Galley. Julia often uses a variety of clay forming techniques including coil building, slab construction, and carving. She often combines these techniques and the material language of clay with a complex vocabulary of forms symbols that she has developed throughout her practice. She has shown in numerous exhibitions around Los Angeles and the US, including Craft Contemporary’s first clay biennial, Melting Point.

︎︎︎ RSVP REQUIRED
︎Clay Away: Jenny Hata Blumenfield & Heo Ceramics
Wednesday, October 28 | 4:00 PM | Instagram Live

Jenny Hata Blumenfield and Heo Ceramics join us through Instagram Live for two fun, casual studio check-ins. Hear about their work included in the POTLUCK ceramic auction and what they've been up to in the studio. Folks joining us through Instagram Live will also have the opportunity to win Laguna Clay Co. giveaways including, free clay, underglazes, and more!

4:00 PM - Jenny Hata Blumenfield
4:30 PM - Heo Ceramics 

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︎Clay Conversations: Memory, Histories, and Clay in Communities of Color
Thursday, October 29 | 11:00 AM | Zoom

Join artists Linda Lopez, Patsy Cox, and Anabel Juarez in a conversation exploring the meaning that clay has held in communities of color. As one of the most timeless, accessible, universal art forms, clay has always served as a way for communities to pass down knowledge, as well as connect to land, histories, and each other. Moderated by Andres Payan Estrada.

︎︎︎ RSVP REQUIRED
︎Porcelain Dumpling Workshop with Ling Chun
Friday, October 30 | 10:00- 11:00 AM | Zoom
$60 / $55 members (includes basic materials, porcelain, tools, and firing)

Hong Kong-born and Seattle-based artist Ling Chun leads an intimate clay workshop. Ling will demonstrate a variety of clay techniques including working with brightly colored porcelain, rolling paper-thin slabs, and forming porcelain fortune cookies and dumplings! 

Material kits will be available for contactless pick up at Craft Contemporary and will include color porcelain, basic clay tools, and underglaze. Free firing is available for the Los Angeles area. Material kit shipment is available with an extra fee. Registration is required by October 27

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︎Clay Insta-thon with Andres Payan Estrada
Saturday, October 31 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Instagram Live

Join Andres Payan Estrada for a whirlwind Instagram live marathon with studio visits, clay making activities, Laguna Clay Co., giveaways, and cocktail workshops! Follow along the day, as we meet artists around the US on the final day of the POTLUCK auction. Don't forget to check on your bids!

Clay Insta-thon Schedule

11:00 AM – Studio visit & Bloody Mary tutorial with Gina Zycher

12:00 PM – Clay Away: Studio visit with Anthony Sonnenberg

1:00 PM – Clay workshop & Studio visit with Gopi Shah

2:00 PM – Cocktail Workshop with Nathan Hazard

2:45 PM – Last Call: Studio check-in with EUNBI

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