Learn the Dynamics of Ceramics


Hey kids, it’s clay time at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, the gallery will host a free webinar during which pairs of accomplished ceramic artists will discuss their techniques and field questions from viewers, who can tune in on Zoom and Facebook Live.

The webinar represents what the gallery calls a “sneak peek” into its annual ceramics conference scheduled for April 2325, 2021.

Once they pre-register for the webinar, participants will be able to “sit in” on the two-artist discussions. Here’s the lineup:

10 a.m.Michelle Gregor and Lisa Reinertson
11:30 a.m. Shalene Valenzuela and Jeff Downing
1:30 p.m.Lisa Clague and Arthur Gonzalez
2:30 p.m.Louis Marak and Bill Abright

The John Natsoulas website describes Gregor as “a leading figure in the second generation of Bay Area Figuration who is multifaceted in her works of clay, bronze, paint and drawing media.” Clague’s “transformative work of turning the figurative tradition on edge earned her two Virginia Groot Foundation Grants.” Gonzalez is “a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts fellowship.”

Students from more than 100 universities, colleges and high schools will virtually attend the webinar, according to the gallery, as it represents an “educational tool” for the professors’ and teachers’ pandemic-altered curricula.

To further nurture the artistry of ceramics, John Natsoulas continues to offer three-hour Zoom webinars with individual artists. The next one is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, and like most of these events costs $50 to attend. Lisa Reinertson, “known for both lifesize figurative ceramic sculptures and large-scale public sculptures cast in bronze,” is featured.

Sign up for these virtual ceramic workshops on the gallery website, where you also can  download past presentations.

The John Natsoulas Gallery is at 521 First St., Davis. For more information, call (5307563938.