City Clay News

DOWN the RABBIT HOLE May 31, 2016 15:18


Saturday, May 19 from 10:00-4:00 and Sunday May 20 from 11:00-4:00


Pots, Plants, Flowers, & teacups

Locally made vases filled with fresh locally grown flowers

Spring pots for the garden and home Bonsai plants grown by Jarod Kearey

Orchids grown by Janoah Todd Ikebana exhibit and sale by Helena Arouca


Dysfunctional Teacups 

In honor of the Royal Wedding
Guest artist and City Clay potters have accepted the challenge to create demitasse and tea cups inspired by the antique cup show now on display in the gallery. Wear your fascinators!

Proceeds from the Dysfunctional Teacup sale will go to the

International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Garden Program

We will be collecting donations of tools, seeds and gardening supplies for the New Roots Gardeners.

New Sculptural Ceramics by Steve Palmer

June 3- June 26

Please join us for the OPENING on

Friday, June 3, 2016


Artist' talk at 6:00

The 21st Annual Artisan Studio Tour October 19, 2015 02:00

We are pleased to announce our participation in the 21st Annual Artisan Studio Tour on November 7th and 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Nan Rothwell and Randy Bill will have their work on display in the Main Studio along with demonstrations by City Clay potters on the potter's wheel, in handbuilding, and with surface design. As always we will have lots of refreshments including coffee and tea served in our handmade mugs and SPUDNUTS of course.

September 8 - October 3, 2015: Celebrating the Every Day Pot August 20, 2015 11:30

Nan Rothwell

Opening Reception and Artist Talk, Friday, September 11, 5:30-7:00

Nan Rothwell makes functional stoneware and salt glazed pottery in her City Clay studio and then fires her work at her former studio in Nelson County.  Nan has been potting and teaching clay classes and workshops in Virginia since 1973.  She got her initial training in clay working in private studios and studying at the Harrow School of Art in England.  
This show features new work including lamps and decorative pieces, plus a number of small pieces made for everyday use.  Nan has always loved the connection between maker and user inherent in functional pots. Pots are personal.  When we use tableware made by hand, we connect with the original maker.  
People have been making pottery since before recorded history.  The ancient process of transforming clay into hardened vessels and forms is universal.  As modern potters, we connect with that deeply human endeavor.  

July 4 Opening, 5:30 - 7:00: Comics and Characters June 30, 2015 10:40

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Kathy Doerr and Tom Elliott

Opening: July 4th, 5:30 - 7:00

Show: July 4 - July 31


Forms & Texture in Black & White April 01, 2015 17:44

Ted Sutherland, April 28 - May 31, 2015


Out of the Heart and Into the Fire March 01, 2015 17:41

Kevin Crowe Exhibit, March 31 - April 26, 2015

Kevin Crowe Exhibit, March 31 - April 26, 2015


Steve Palmer, October 2014 October 01, 2014 17:00


The Journey

Gallery exhibition: October 10-November 2, 2014

Join us for an opening on October 10* from 5:00-7:00 pm with a lantern exhibit to follow on the deck.

*Please note, this is not a normal First Fridays opening.

Judd Jarvis: Opening, March 13 and Exhibit, March 13 - 29, 2015 March 01, 2014 17:36

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March 13:  Exhibit opening, 5 to 7 pm Artist's talk, approximately 6:30 pm March 13 - 29:  Exhibit & sale

Judd Jarvis -- potter, teacher, and glaze master opens his show at City Clay Gallery on Friday, March 13th, with a talk and reception, 5 pm to 7 pm. Jarvis focuses on function:  the balance, heft, beginnings, endings, and proportions of each pot.  He combines wheel throwing and hand-building techniques to create his unique salt-fired work. 


Judd states, "Each firing is a little different. Each time I learn a little more. Each unloading stokes the fire to keep working and looking for that balance."  For more on Jarvis and an online gallery of his work, visit Jarvis Ceramics.


Garden Inspired, April 2013 April 01, 2013 17:30

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Fresh new local pots and sculptures, inspired by or for the garden, from City Clay artists and friends.

April 5-May 12th

Please join us for a First Friday Reception

April 5  •   5 – 7:30 pm

Pure Madi at City Clay, February 2013 January 20, 2013 17:28

Gallery exhibit open: Jan 25-Feb 1

First Friday reception: Feb 1, 5:00-7:00

City Clay is pleased to host an exhibit by the non-profit Charlottesville-based organization PureMadi for their new and exciting development in water purification. The MadiDrop is a small ceramic disk that when dropped into a water container, passively purifies the water. It is small, inexpensive, and easily transported. The use of these discs has far reaching implications for everything from disaster relief to water challenged communities. PureMadi efforts are currently directed to rural South Africa, where there is an unfortunate confluence of low-quality water and high rates of HIV infection. The organization is working to train local South African potters to fabricate these water filters and purifiers to stimulate local enterprise and provide a sustainable, community-based solution to regional water quality problems. PureMadi will host its one-year anniversary celebration and auction at Alumni Hall on Friday, February 8th. Tickets are available at

'Tis The Season Holiday Shop December 2012 December 02, 2012 00:00

You've seen the mugs, but you haven't seen everything else. Our Holiday Shop has expanded and new items are arriving weekly - just as quickly as we can get the kilns fired! Stop back frequently to check out all the new ceramic gifts available, and...

Join us for a First Friday Opening Work by local potters, wheel demonstrations and food–of course!  Fri, Dec 7 5:00-7:30

Mug Up, November 2012 October 25, 2012 15:30

October 30 through November 25

First Friday: Friday, November 2nd from 5-7:30 pm

A show and sale of affordable cups, mugs, teapots, and domestic ware by guest and City Clay potters. Find the perfect, made-in-Virginia gift for a friend or yourself. Don't miss our special First Friday Opening with the 18th Annual Artisans Studio Tour Kick Off Reception. Join our Facebook Page to get updates on this special event and all the other exciting happenings at City Clay.

Global Color, October 2012 October 01, 2012 00:00

A Year of Solo Travel


An installation and talk about people, clothing, and travel by annie temmink

October 5 – 31, 2012

Join us for a First Friday opening reception

Oct. 5 » 5 to 7:30 pm » artist talk at 6 pm

Weaving demonstration and sale of work by the International Rescue Committee's Women's Cooperative With a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Annie spent the last 12 months making bark cloth, pummeling roots and sewing with tailors to study ancient and modern fashion in some of the world’s most spectacular places. Contact Annie at

One Year, September 2012 September 01, 2012 00:00

Come Join Us In Celebrating Our First Anniversary

New work on display from our teachers, members,  advanced students, and special guest artists*

September 4 - September 30

Please join us for a First Friday Reception

September 7  •   5 - 7:30 pm


*If you are interested in submitting work for possible inclusion into the show, please email Randy at All art must be at the studio no later than Sunday, September 2. Restrictions apply:

  • Work must have been made at City Clay during the last year.
  • Work should not have been displayed in any other show at City Clay.
  • Final inclusion of all work is at the discretion of City Clay Staff.

Joy - A Clay Spectrum - Members Show and Sale, June 2012 June 01, 2012 00:00

May 29 - June 24

Please join us for a First Friday Reception June 1, 5 - 7:30 pm


The creative process is both exhilarating and at times terrifying.  The feeling of clay in your hands, endless discoveries, the gradual mastery of a process, time and space for a completed thought, the physical realization of an idea—such wonder and deep satisfaction. But what should I make, I’m not creative, what if it’s not good, I can’t even draw a straight line, what will I do with all these bowls. There are so many questions and insecurities that keep people from pursuing and enjoying their creative impulses. People with some previous, even professional clay experience, and others without any clay experience created the work in this show; all of them have responded to a deep call to create. Their work is inspired and born of many failed attempts, disappointing lessons, and triumphant successes—there is great JOY and celebration in this collection of work.

CLAY WORKS – Area High School Ceramics Show, May 2012 May 05, 2012 00:00

City Clay is now accepting submissions for the Juried High School Ceramics Show

Application deadline March 30, 2012

Exhibit: May 1 – 27, 2012

Eligibility: Central Virginia High School juniors and seniors working in ceramics are invited to submit their work for a juried exhibit of high school ceramics. All work should be made solely by the student submitting it, it should be original, and it should be made of fired clay. Although mixed media is acceptable, the majority of the material used must be clay. Teachers at City Clay will judge the work. Students must be in a public school, a private school or home schooled in Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, or in any of the surrounding counties including Green, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson. Link to Submission Forms High School Juried Show Forms for Teachers

MAY 1 – 27

Please join us for a First Friday Reception

May 4, 5 to 7:30 pm

Ceramics students from Albemarle High School, St Anne’s-Belfield School and Western Albemarle High School are participating in City Clay’s first High School Ceramics Show.

Linda van der Linde and Suzanne Crane April 2 – April 29 April 02, 2012 16:30

Opening Reception  •  Friday, April 6, 5 – 7:30 pm


Michael Hough February 28 – April 1 February 10, 2012 17:01

First Friday Reception   •  March 2, 5 to 8 pm


Cub Creek, February 2012 January 31, 2012 11:00

An Exhibition by the Resident Artists of the Cub Creek Foundation of Ceramic Arts

January 31 – February 26

First Friday Reception, February 3, 5–8 pm

John Jessiman


I started my education at Ball State at a time the aesthetics was dominated by abstract expressionism. My heroes were, and to some extent still are, Robert Motherwell, Wilhelm DeKooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Tapies. After committing to clay as a medium I was deeply influenced by Pete Volkous, Kitaohji Rosanjin and Kanashiga Toyo all who moved clay much as the expressionist painters approached painting. Over the years I, as all serious artists, have struggled to find my own voice and yet those early influences continue to dominate my work. I respond to clay forms that clearly show the hand of the maker. Visit John's website


Lane Kaufman

I make art because I love reflecting my aesthetics and values through physical objects.  For me, I consider my work successful when it is simple, graceful and playful.  But I especially love it when my pottery makes people curious:  curious about how I formed it, how it was glazed, or why I made it the way I did.  (I think that’s the teacher in me.)  If people are intrigued enough to pick up and examine my pots, I feel great--though that’s nothing compared to the satisfaction of watching people using and enjoying them. I love working with clay because of the intimate nature of the process.  While my focus on wheel-thrown altered vessels does require the use of some tools, the skills needed are primarily physical ones.   Working with clay is more about teaching your own body to move than actually moving the clay.  Because the work itself is a tactile, physical experience for me, one of my favorite aspects of pottery is when the product is functional and is part of daily life. Function is an important part of my work, because it reflects my values and gives direction to the process of creating a piece.  I do not see function as a hindrance to the form; I see it more as a guide to help the design process.  My art is the best of me for you: a physical representation of my values and aesthetics, made with my physical being for use in your everyday life, to make it more beautiful.

Mitch Iburg

Mitch Iburg received his Bachelors of Arts in 2011 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where he  assisted in the design and construction of the school's first wood firing kiln. He has participated in several national juried exhibitions throughout the country. Currently, he is a ceramic artist in residence at The Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA. During his residency he has helped build an 80 cu ft anagama and a wood fired soda kiln. His research of native clays and wood firing fuel a desire to create work that reflects the essence of his location.

Kendra Sparks

I use a slip trailing method of drawing onto clay in conjuncture with other print making methods, referencing images of a personal and public nature, on functional ware and sculpture.  I have an obsession with signs of industry and illusions of safety. I’ve grown up within the context of the industrialized model of consumer culture.  A conveyer belt outlook that places little or no value on the consequences of our production mentality. My work is not exempt from this industrialized model of thinking.  My place in this culture has become defined by the symbols I choose to juxtapose on my work.  Symbols that are inherent to our society, which have become neatly bound to physical and mental markers in our daily lives,  constructing our geographical and psychological landscape.  By way of this symbolic language, I find narrating on forms a way to find personal meaning and purpose within the context of my daily life.

Pure Madi Exhibit, January-February 2012 January 12, 2012 00:00

PureMadi seeks to establish sustainable business enterprises in South Africa.

PureMadi, a nonprofit foundation, is a collaboration of faculty and students at the University of Virginia.  The company manufactures ceramic water filters using local materials and labor in communities with unsafe water reserves. PureMadi hopes an initial factory in the Limpopo Province of South Africa will serve as a model for factories throughout the region and the developing world. Their goal is to produce 100,000 filters per year and thus improve the water quality for half a million people. PureMadi is the brainchild of Rebecca Dillingham, Professor of Medicine, and James Smith, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UVa, and has earned the financial support of such public health luminaries as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, PureMadi, (madi-the African word for water) has gained the backing of UVa’s Third-Year Student Council and the Engineering and Applied Science Student Council. The primary focus of PureMadi is the development and distribution of ceramic water filters for household use to help combat the high rates of gastrointestinal infections and develop solutions to global water quality problems. Since filters can be manufactured with local materials and labor, funds are returned to local communities thus promoting a sustainable business enterprise. The inaugural celebration for PureMadi is planned for Friday, February 10, 2012, in the Jefferson Ballroom of Alumni Hall at the University of Virginia from 7-11 p.m. A ticket price of $40.00 includes dinner and dancing to 180 and Beliza Brasil; a silent auction augments the company’s mission. Contact:
Randy Bill, City Clay, 434.293.0808, For additional information, Contact: Jim Smith, PureMadi, 434.996.3615,,


Robin Campo, November 2011 November 11, 2011 00:00


Artist Bio Breakfasts watching birds and excursions in fishing boats interlace with childhood memories and Looney Tunes influences. Images and thoughts tease each other, compose odd ditties, create mosaics of meaning. The vein of whimsy coursing through my work reflects an enjoyment balancing ceramic illusions with American cultural references. Manipulating clay and creating trompe-l’oeil glazed surfaces becomes my expressive outlet for these relationships. Interpreting the world in clay becomes a mirror of the confusion, delight, perplexity and excitement I feel about the odd turns a curious life takes. My references are designed to evoke shared memories and tickle a common ground.

Biography In 1963, Robin’s family moved to New York City where he was introduced to art and the contemporary work of the time. Several years later, the family returned to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Robin grew up. He attended Louisiana State University, receiving his BFA in 1984. In 1988 he completed his MA in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He has shown his work throughout the United States and as far away as Auckland, New Zealand.

Education Ceramics Major, Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1988. Ceramics Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1984.

Inclusions/Books The Yxing Effect Teapots: Artists and Collectors 500 Figures in Clay DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Basics for Artists & Craftspeople Handbuilt Tablewear New American Paintings The Artful Teapot 500 Teapots Surface Decoration for Low-Fire Ceramics The Ceramic Design Book The Fine Art of the Tin Can Inclusions/Magazines American Style American Craft Ceramics Monthly


Local Master Potters, October 2011 October 31, 2011 00:00


Janice has been a full time potter since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied clay and received a BFA in sculpture. She is co-owner of the Barn Swallow Gallery in Charlottesville. She resides in the city with her husband John and dog, Petie. She balances work in the studio with maintaining the gallery and does a number of shows to expand her realm with new ideas, galleries and new faces … which always inspire.


Trew Bennett, owner of Buck Creek Pottery, is inspired by Southeast Asian ceramics and by the ancient and timeless traditions of production, folk-craft pottery. Trew offers ware for table and specialty cuisine, as well as large planters and garden urns. Teaware for Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, is a specialty.  buckcreekpottery


Tom Clarkson has been a working potter since graduating from Ohio University in 1978 with an MFA after receiving a BS in ceramics at Mansfield State University.  Tom has been teaching ceramics at Piedmont Virginia Community College since 1983, first as an Adjunct Ceramics Instructor and since 2006 as Professor of Art/Ceramics. His artwork is included in the Corsaw Collection of Funtional American Ceramics, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, and Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC.


Kevin Crowe wood fires Asian-English inspired pots. He has taught workshops throughout the United States and Great Britain focused on wood firing, large-scale throwing and tea bowls. Kevin lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his wife Linda and studio companion/dog Tem.


Nan Rothwell started working in clay when she was 19 years old. She studied and worked in potteries in England and Ireland. Early in her potting career, Nan taught pottery at PVCC. In 1978, Nan and her husband moved to Nelson County where they lived in her studio for several years. Today the original living space in her studio houses the pottery classroom. She is a charter member of the Potters Council, McGuffey Art Center, the Valley Green Craft Coop in Nellysford and the Artisans Center of Virginia.