Five bowls from the exhibition "50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires" by Elaine Olafson Henry side-by-side.

Pictured: Five bowls from the exhibition side-by-side.

Private Reception: 50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires

Circles of Commitment • Saturday, April 30, 2022 • 3 PM (Pacific)

Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein invites you to a private reception with artist and scholar Elaine Henry and curator Jo Lauria to celebrate the exhibition 50 Bowls, 50 States, 50 Woodfires. This will be a unique opportunity to explore the exhibition and personally engage with the artist. Following the private reception, the artist will give a artist talk starting at 4 PM, with a public reception to follow starting at 5 PM.

This event is complimentary for AMOCA Circle Members. Masks will be worn, and social distancing will be observed.

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This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by The Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture.

Preview Images

The exhibition features works fired in nearly every state of the United States.

About the Artist

Elaine Olafson Henry is a ceramics artist, curator, writer, proofreader, and local volunteer. She is the former Editor and Publisher of the international ceramics journals Ceramics: Art & Perception and Ceramics TECHNICAL. She earned a BFA from the University of Wyoming, an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and an MA in English at the University of Wyoming.

Henry taught at Emporia State University in Kansas from 1996–2007 where she served as the Chair of the Department of Art from 2000–2007.  She served as the President of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2002–2004 and the International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association (ICMEA) 2014–2016. She is currently an Honorary Member and Fellow of NCECA, and a lifetime member of ICMEA. Her work is internationally published, exhibited and collected. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC).

Learn more at or follow her on Instagram.