Events & Programs

Join us in person and virtually for upcoming events & programs at the Museum. Discover art, meet artists, create, learn, and engage! Art and artists have the power to transport us and to give insight into pressing cultural, political, and social questions. Many of these programs were recorded, and we’ve selected highlights below. Find more on our YouTube channel.

Giving Tuesday – Support AMOCA’s Education Programs

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 • All Day • Virtual

Your support on #GivingTuesday ensures that we can continue to provide the space, time, teaching artists, and supplies that make our education programs so meaningful.

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First Fridays

Friday, December 2, 2022 • 11:00 AM4:00 PM • In person

Thanks to generous support from AMOCA’s Board of Directors, Museum admission for First Fridays at AMOCA is pay what you can (while tickets last). Each month, visit the Museum and choose your own ticket prices!

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Introductory Session: Members Clay Day – Handglazed Ornaments

Friday, December 2 • 6:007:00 PM In person • free for members / non-members $50

The perfect way to get your hands dirty, relax, and have fun! Learn the basics of handpainting with underglaze on a premade holiday ornament. Once the ornaments are fired, you will receive an email notification to schedule the pick up of the work. ‘Tis the season for decorating!

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Skill Building Workshop: Soda Firing w/Nathan Stanfield

December 3, 4, 7, & 10, 2022 • times vary• In Person • $350

Join Nathan Stanfield, AMOCA’s Studio Manager, in the AMOCA studios for a multi-day Soda Firing workshop.

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Treasure Sale & Holiday Market

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, December 9, 10, & 11, 2022 • 11:00 AM4:00 PM • In person

Shop AMOCA’s annual Treasure Sale & Holiday Market for new-to-you and one-of-a-kind ceramic finds! Complimentary museum admission is included with advance registration.

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Members Tour • Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 • 12:001:00 PM • In person

Join Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein for a tour of the exhibition Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay, exclusively for members.

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Artist Workshop • Adrienne Eliades: Pattern Making on Clay

Saturday & Sunday, January 7 & 8, 2023 • 10:00 AM4:00 PM • In person • $250

Join artist Adrienne Eliades in the AMOCA studio for a two-day workshop on surface decoration, pattern-making, and building techniques.

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Artist Workshop • Mette Maya: Abstractions in Clay

Saturday & Sunday, January 14 & 15, 2023 • 10:00 AM2:00 PM • In person • $250

Join Danish artist Mette Maya in the AMOCA studio for a two-day workshop on surface exploration and alternative building techniques.

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Virtual Artist Talk: opening talk with Artist in Residence Breana Ferreira

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM • Online

A recording of the virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Breana Ferreira. This talk marks the beginning of her September 2022-August 2023 residency in the AMOCA Studios.


Curator Talk: Breaking Ground: Women in California Clay

Sunday, October 9, 2022 • 1:00–2:30 PM • In Person & Recorded

A recording of the curator talk in the exhibition galleries with Breaking Ground co-curators Jo Lauria, Edith Garcia, and Beth Ann Gerstein.


Virtual Artist Talk: opening talk with Artist in Residence Nick Vest

Tuesday, August 23, 2022 • 12–1PM • Online

A recording of the virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Nick Vest. This talk marks the beginning of his 2022-2023 residency in the AMOCA Studios. Vest shares about his practice, past work, and future directions.


Virtual Artist Talk: closing talk with Artist in Residence Colby Charpentier

Saturday, July 23, 2022 • 11AM–12PM • Online

A recording of the artist talk with Artist in Residence Colby Charpentier. This talk marks the closing event of his September 2021-August 2022 residency in the AMOCA Studios.


Artist Talk: Blooop by Alina Hayes

Thursday, June 23, 2022 • 11AM–12PM • Online

A recording of the virtual artist talk with artist Alina Hayes and Exhibition Manager Pam Aliaga to celebrate the exhibition Blooop by Alina Hayes.


Virtual Artist Talk: closing talk with Artist in Residence Kirstin Willders

Saturday, June 11, 2022 • 11AM–12PM • Online

A recording of the virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Kirstin Willders. This talk marks the closing event of her 2021-2022 residency in the AMOCA Studio.


Artist Talk: 50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires with Elaine Olafson Henry

April 30, 2022 • 12–1 PM • Virtual & Recorded

A recording of the virtual artist talk with artist Elaine Olafson Henry and curator Jo Lauria to celebrate the exhibition 50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires.


Short Film Screening: Inside the Studio with Claudia Solórzano

Thursday, April 28 • 12 PM • Online

Join us for a peek inside the mind, practice, and studio of artist Claudia Solórzano. This short film will introduce Solórzano ahead of a forthcoming podcast which she will cohost alongside AMOCA Exhibition Manager Pam Aliaga.


Virtual Awards Ceremony & Reception: 2022 Annual High School Ceramics Exhibition

April 9, 2022 • 12–1 PM (Pacific) • Virtual & Recorded

A virtual awards ceremony and reception for the 2022 Annual High School Ceramics Exhibition, celebrating work by 100 student artists from 50 cities and 16 states.


Artist Talk: Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael Rohde

Saturday, March 12, 2022 • 4 PM • In-person

A recording of the artist talk to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Connected Spaces: Cheryl Ann Thomas + Michael Rohde.


Artist Talk with Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California

Saturday, January 22, 2022 • 12–1 PM • Virtual

A recording of a virtual talk to celebrate the exhibition Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California, which will debut a new body of work.


Artist Talk with artist in residence Colby Charpentier

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 • 12–1 PM • Virtual

A virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Colby Charpentier. Charpentier has been an Artist in Residence at AMOCA since September 2021.


Artist Talk with artist in residence Kirstin Willders

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 • 12 PM (PST) • Virtual

A virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Kirstin Willders. Willders has been an Artist in Residence at AMOCA since July 2021.


Nicole Seisler: Holding Patterns • Lecture & Reception

Saturday, October 9, 2021 • 3 PM–5 PM • In-Person & Recorded

A recording of the lecture by Nicole Seisler celebrating the opening of the exhibition.


MIND+MATTER & Don Reitz: Panel Discussions and Reception

Saturday, September 11, 2021 • 3–5 PM • In-Person & Recorded

Recordings of a panel discussion and artist talks hosted by Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein and featuring Brent and Donna Reitz, Paula Rice, Peter Held, Arthur Gonzalez, Beverly Mayeri, and Nancy Selvin.

Panel discussion for Don Reitz: Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal.

Artist talks for MIND+MATTER: Five Bay Area Sculptors.

Saturday, August 14, 2021 • 4 PM (Pacific) • In Person & Recorded

A curator-led gallery walk of the new exhibition Mind+Matter: Five Bay Area Sculptors with co-curators Jo Lauria and Beth Ann Gerstein.


Studio Visit and Sale with Grayson Fair, Artist in Residence

Saturday, July 24, 2021 • 11 AM (Pacific) • In Person & Virtual

A hybrid in-person and virtual event in the studio of Artist in Residence Grayson Fair.


Artist Talk with Grayson Fair, Artist in Residence

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 • 12 PM (Pacific) • Virtual

Join us for a virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Grayson Fair. Fair has been an Artist in Residence at AMOCA since the fall of 2020. His introduction to ceramics was through functional pottery, but now his focus is nonobjective, action-based sculpture. Most of his work is wood-fired, a process of firing a kiln exclusively with wood.

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Artist Talk for Amy Santoferraro: Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree

Recorded Saturday, July 10, 2021 • 4 PM Pacific

Two on a Lot, Three on a the Tree is Amy Santoferraro’s site-specific installation in the Vault Gallery at AMOCA. The installation includes a number of live documentary explorations of Santoferraro’s installation process, broadcast and recorded on YouTube Live.

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ARTxSCIENCE 01: Recovering the Future

Recorded Tuesday, March 31, 2021 • 5 PM Pacific

Featuring composer and sound artist Ellen Reid in conversation with physician and scientist Carl Grunfeld, MD-PhD. Moderated by Andrew Vosko, PhD.

What can a Pulitzer Prize-winning artist teach us about healing? What can a distinguished physician-scientist teach us about creativity? What can collective trauma teach us about ourselves? Don’t miss this conversation about the post- pandemic world with two distinguished luminaries who will suggest ways that art and science inform our journey from here to there.

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Closing Panel for Making in Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics

Recorded Thursday, February 18, 2021 • 4 PM Pacific

To celebrate the closing of the exhibition, join Beth Ann Gerstein and the artists for a final walkthrough and conversation. Featuring Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Sin-ying Ho, Beth Lo, Cathy Lu, Stephanie H. Shih, and Wanxin Zhang.

This event took place live on Zoom.

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In Conversation: Stephanie H. Shih + Mei Lum

Recorded Wednesday, August 26, 2020 • 5 PM Pacific/8 PM Eastern

A special engagement with New York-based ceramic artist Stephanie H. Shih and Mei Lum, 5th generation owner of New-York based Wing on Wo and the founder and director of The W.O.W. Project. Shih and Lum converse on a wide-range of topics, discussing art, politics, community, culture, and legacy.

Stephanie H. Shih

Stephanie H. Shih is a Taiwanese American artist exploring concepts of home, not just as a physical place, but also as cultural, generational, and emotional spaces we inhabit. Her work has been shown at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA), Wieden+Kennedy (Portland, OR), and Hashimoto Contemporary (San Francisco, CA) and featured by NPR, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn.

Visit her website or follow her on instagram.

Mei Lum

Mei Lum is the 5th-generation owner of Wing on Wo & Co, the founder and director of the The W.O.W. Project, and one of the leading voices for placekeeping in New York’s Chinatown. In 2017, Lum was recognized as an emerging voice in the Asian and Pacific American community by NBC Asian America. She received the 2019 Community Builder Award from OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates and the Rubinger Community Fellowship from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In 2020, she became a Civic Practice Partnership Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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