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ROSE CABAT: Memorial Exhibition

January 14 – February 25, 2017

Couturier Gallery​, 166 N. LA BREA AVENUE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90036

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Couturier Gallery is pleased to present ROSE CABAT Memorial Exhibition featuring 46 of Rose Cabat’s famous jewel-like porcelain Feelies, so called because of their seductively tactile and visually alluring, satiny glazes, which beckon to be touched. The majority of the Feelies on view were produced in the 1960s and stored in boxes and closets for decades, never seen before until now.  Rose Cabat (1914-2015) was born in the Bronx and was an indefatigable perfectionist who produced ceramic works until three months before she died in January 2015.  


Chinese Ceramics from LACMA 

January 24 - July 22

Vincent Price Art Museum, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754

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    This exhibition, comprising works from LACMA’s permanent collection, presents an introduction to Chinese ceramics, with examples from c. 2500 BC (Neolithic period) to the 19th century. The first section provides a survey of the technical development of Chinese ceramics, including the three basic types of clay—earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain—and decorative techniques, such as glazing. The second section focuses on some of the symbols and narratives embedded in the decoration of Chinese ceramics, including designs key to understanding Chinese cosmology, religion, history, and society. The exportation of Chinese ceramics to other parts of Asia began as early as the seventh and eighth centuries, and to Europe in the sixteenth century. The third section of this exhibition presents ceramics exported to Japan, Southeast Asia, the Near East, Europe, and the Americas between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries.


A to Z: AMOCA's Permanent Collection

Exhibition Dates: July 9 – December 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 5:00-8:00pm

399 North Garey Ave. Pomona, CA 91767

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Keisuke Mizuno, Forbidden Fruit, 1998, Gift of Gail M. & Robert A. Brown

The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) is proud to present Ceramics A to Z: AMOCA’s Permanent Collection.

Clay has been part of human culture for centuries, but it was not until the 8th century that the first alphabet was introduced. Just as the letters are the building blocks of the alphabet, letters also symbolize the building blocks of AMOCA’s collection. Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet will be used to highlight topics in AMOCA’s permanent collection with a focus on geography, techniques, and artistic styles.

While the vocabulary of ceramics cannot be limited to just 26 topics, we will use this exhibition to share the rich and diverse range of ceramics works in AMOCA’s permanent collection.


Edmund De Waal -- Ten Thousand Things

January 14-February 18, 2016

Gargosian Gallery

456 North Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

De Waal draws inspiration from many sources, including the poetry of Paul Celan and the musical compositions of John Cage.  The exhibition title "Ten Thousand Things" derives from a longer phrase by cage about work, endless repetition, and unfolding, a citation inspired by the Taoist metaphor of indefinite multitude.  In De Waal's work, this is borne out in sequences of thrown porcelain vessels glazed in shades of white, cream, celedon and a newly developed palette of textured, metallic black glazes contained by various framing devises in steel and aluminum.


Kathy Butterly -- The Weight of Color

Matt Wedel: Peaceful Fruit

18 November 2015 - 30 December 2015

The exhibition features over two dozen free-standing and wall-mounted ceramic sculptures, awash in color and ranging in scale from 17 inches (5.2 cm) to nearly 7 feet (5 m) tall. This is the artist’s second solo show at L.A. Louver. “The title Peaceable Fruit comes out of a larger interest in landscape within my work and is a kind of hopeful signifier and idealized blueprint in understanding the future of humanity.” – Matt Wedel.  To see a video about the artist and exhibit, click here

Louver, 45 North Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA, USA.  Gallery hours: Tues - Sat / 10am - 6pm.  Tel: 310-822-4955 


Chaos & Control 2015: Jay Kvapil

November 7-December 23, 2015 

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 6-8 pm, 166 N. La Brea Ave, LA, CA 90036

Jap Kvapil is the Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at CSUN.  His work in ceramics shows deep meditation on the relations of Asian and American art -- on the delicate shapes and intimate scale of the tea ceremony (which he studied at Takatori Seizan Pottery in Kyshuin, Japan), as well as the richly textured and organic shapes of mid-century American expressionism.


About Face: A Mixed-Media Celebration of Portraiture

October 17-November 14, 2015 

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17, 5-7 pm, 8413 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

About Face features artists Isa Beniston, Kiai Brown, Heinz Brummel, Chinlee Chang and Terry Rothrock, Michael Carney, Gina Lawson Egan, Susan Garson, Hiro Hara, Diane Kamater,Thomas Mann, Michael Rohde, Leslie Rosdol, Rob Watt, Dave and Roberta Williamson.

Above: "Swept Away" by Gina Lawson Egan, photo by Gene Ogami


Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

September 26-December 6, 2015 

Opening Reception: September 26, 4-6 pm at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the ey-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938-2008), a Los Angeles-based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment.  Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than 90 of the artist's finest pieces -- dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

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Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767,  from February 21-June 28, 2015

AMOCA's 10th anniversary exhibition featuring art from the museum's permanent collection. The must-see show includes pieces from high points in the history of ceramics, with a focus on the 19th Century to the present.  The pieces are beautifully displayed in the gallery.  There is a spectacular wall of small works by a who's who of ceramic artists that will keep you spellbound.

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Raku: The Cosmos In A Tea Bowl

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pavilion for Japanese Art  from March 29-June 7, 2015

Nearly 100 raku masterpieces dating from the 1500s are on display, including more than 50 chawans.  This exhibit is the first of its kind in the United States, and LACMA is its only US venue.

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Featured Potter

Michelle Dziadkowicz, who teaches Clay Kids classes and hand-building at Full-Circle Pottery, talks about her work and passion for clay in this great blog!

Meghan Smythe: A Swollen Light Behind the Eye

In her first solo show, ceramic artist and sculptor Meghan Smythe derives inspiration from James Arthur Baldwin's theory of dishonest sentimentality.  She explores the process of recounted memory, as well as emotion's tendency to obfuscate motive.  Smythe was the Visiting Artist in Residence at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014, and continues to teach ceramic arts there. Through Feb. 14.  For information and hours, visit www.

Peter Voulkos: Sulpture, Pottery, Prints

A collection of Voulkos works spanning the period from 1954-2000 is on exhibit at the Frank Lloyd Gallery at Bergamont Station from January 3-February 14, 2015. Voulkos, whose work blurred the line between fine art and craft, has inspired ceramicists to push the bounderies of what is possible with and expected from clay.

Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art

November 9, 2014 through September 13, 2015 at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.

More than 1,200 folk art works associated with daily use or ritual purposes are on display.  The craftsmen (and women) featured molded clay, carved wood, blew glass, and fashioned intricate pieces from plant fibers, paper, leather, silver, beads, sheslls, gourds, and stones.  One of the interesting things about this exhibit is that it is organized into sections that spotlight the raw materials, which means we clay lovers may be able to head straight for the goods!