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About AMOCA

Amoca-new-buildingMission Statement

AMOCA champions the art, history, creation, and technology of ceramics through exhibitions, collections, outreach and studio programming.

About the Museum

As an organization of vision, devoted to the arts, we believe that visual art experiences communicated through professional artists, workshops or gallery exhibitions, promote cross-cultural understanding and provide new perspectives and insights which enrich our lives.

Exhibitions and programming at the American Museum of Ceramic Art will embrace a wide number of topics – all relating to clay. Within this broadly diverse community, it is our goal to increase the aesthetic appreciation of clay as an art form and to assist our audience in unraveling the creative thinking behind the making of ceramic objects. At the same time, AMOCA aims to provide confirmed clay enthusiasts with encouragement, camaraderie and exhibition opportunity.

Used as a teaching tool, pottery is one of the most enduring indicators of culture. We can open the doors of the past through exhibitions of archeological finds; we can trace ceramic advances by studying the construction, glazing and firing practices developed throughout history, and we can find clues to the social expression of certain time periods through the study of ceramic shapes, forms and styles of decoration. Varied exhibitions may display pottery from different countries, focus on the work of an individual clay artist, illustrate specific skills or emphasize current high-tech processes. Useful vessels, tile collections and sculptural works, from wide-spread eras and regions, will all be part of our repertoire.

History

Founded in 2001 and opened in September 2004, AMOCA is one of the few museums in the United States devoted exclusively to ceramic art and historic innovations in ceramic technology. It is located in an area abounding with ceramic history and internationally recognized clay artists from the Arts and Crafts Movement, the 60′s Clay Revolution and the current Studio Pottery Era. Geographically, the building is located in an urban downtown district where art is an important element of the continuing and successful community revitalization program. The home community consists of a rich ethnic mix and a large academic constituency with approximately fifteen institutions of higher learning within an eight-mile radius.

Museum Staff

David Armstrong
Founder & Interim Executive Director

Carolyn Wagner
Director of Advancement and Administration

Rody Lopez
Associate Curator

Angie Reyes
Education Manager

Jennifer Grace
Community Outreach Program Coordinator

Joshua McCance
Collection Coordinator

Whitney Hanlon
Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Victor Crosetti
Membership Manager

Toby Lam
Communications and Information Technology Associate

Rocio Medina
Guest Services and Museum Store Associate

Andrea Rubino
Guest Services and Museum Store Associate

Kara Stephenson
Museum Store Manager

Ceramics Studio Staff

Heidi Kreitchet – Studio Director

Bobby Free – Studio Manager

Jillian O’Dwyer – Studio Instructor

Lauren Smith – Studio Instructor


Board of Directors

Donald Pattison, Chair
Director of Donor Relations, Pomona College
Claremont

David Armstrong, President
AMOCA Founder & Interim Executive Director
Business Owner & Property Developer
Claremont

Kent Tool, Vice Chair
Ceramicist & Retired Human Resource Officer
San Francisco

Raulee Marcus, Seretary
Branding and Marketing Executive
Hermosa Beach

Brent Maire, Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee
President, Original Tommy’s
Claremont

Rosemary Choate, Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee
Community Volunteer
Pasadena

Alexandra Muse Ehrlich, Chair, Acquisitions Committee
Museum & Community Volunteer
Tarzana

Members:

Gloria Gerace
Arts Consultant
Los Angeles

Paula Lantz
Councilwoman, City of Pomona
Pomona

Jo Lauria
Independent Curator; Art & Design Historian
Sherman Oaks

Robert Mendez
Attorney-at-Law;Retired Senior Vice President, The Walt Disney Company;
Adjunct Professor, Whittier College

Joseph Schreiber
Retired College Administrator, Claremont McKenna College
Claremont

Cladd E. Stevens, M.D.
Epidemiologist; Co-Founder, National Cord Blood Program, New York Blood Center
New York City

Joan Takayama-Ogawa
Ceramics Artist; Professor at Otis College of Art and Design
Pasadena

Matthew L. Taylor
Attorney at Law
Upland

John Toki
Ceramicist; President of Leslie Ceramics
Berkeley

Georgette Unis
Mixed Media Artist
Claremont