ADAM KNOCHE’s work had a solid foundation in material and process. He’s drawn to the color, texture, and feel of clay. Clay has the ability to be soft and record marks and movement while also transforming into a hard stone-like material vulnerable to cracks and breakage. The broken or fractured are often seen as flawed or damaged. In his work, he encourages and manipulates the material to accentuate these “flaws”. Knoche believes that these visual elements give a sense of introspection to the viewers own personal experience in life.
ANABEL JUAREZ (b.1988), lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Working primarily in ceramics, Juárez combines traditional and contemporary ceramics techniques to create different bodies of works inspired by female subjectivity, her cultural background and upbringing, as well as her experiences as an immigrant living in LA.
DIANA YESENIA ALVARADO (b.1992) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She got her BFA in ceramics from California State University Long Beach in Long Beach, Ca. Alvarado’s work represents her childhood growing up in a Latinx neighborhood in Los Angeles.
DINO CAPALDI (b.1991) hailing from The South Bay Los Angeles, Dino Capaldi creates sculptural ceramic works that evoke the coastal landscape of that area. Drawn to the materiality and history of ceramics, his work sits astride conventional and abstract forms. He received his B.A. in Art from UCLA, did Post Bachelorette work at Cal State Long Beach, and is currently working towards his MFA at UC Davis.
KATRINA SCHNEIDER (b.1992) Artist Statement: I formed an intense connection with clay, clay is my heart. Allying with the ground under ones feet is very reliable against fear of loss. Earth was and is always there. Though, clay can bring an explosion of the incomprehensible or completely destroy itself and me, or both combined. That scope makes it so magical and mystical, the unplannable. What many would immediately deny in relation to ceramics is the term 'dirt'. I like it for that very reason.
KIYOSHI KANESHIRO (b. 1996) received a BFA from Alfred University (2018) in ceramics. He lives and works in New York. Kaneshiro’s work focuses on abstract mugs and vessels made of ceramics and glaze. His work embodies a curiosity with material, surface, and pottery form. He creates situations that push the limits of material knowledge and invite the viewer to investigate objects and their relationships to each other and to the field of ceramics.
MAXWELL MUSTARDO (b. 1993) received a BFA and a Bachelor of Science in Art History and Theory from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2017. Has earned multiple awards for his work including an Award of Excellence from the James Renwick Alliance, an ARGUS grant for materials research and a Levine Endowment grant to study material culture in Japan & South Korea. His current practice encompasses scholarly writing, curation, teaching, design, and sculpture. Max is currently an artist in residence at the New Harmony Clay Project in southern Indiana.
VINCE PALACIOS (b. 1961) Is currently working on a series called Potato Tree with Vines. As this new work progresses, humor and awkwardness are emerging in the completed forms. Each day I work is similar to each night that a comedian or performer does a routine. There are set ideas, techniques, and expectations; but each time something new emerges in response to external stimulus, or circumstance.
STEPHEN CREECH (b. 1983) is an artist that primarily works with ceramic materials. His current artistic practice explores the usage of materials and process, in collaboration with the heat and energy of the kiln, to create metaphors for the intersection of science, metaphysics, and the human condition.
SYLVIE AUVRAY (b. 1974) graduated from the National school of fine arts in Montpellier in 1993 and from the City & Guilds London Art School in 1996. She recently exhibited at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa Texas after her residency there, at the MAMVP, Paris ; Mamco, Geneva; FRAC Champagne Ardenne; Consortium, Dijon; Dairy Art Center, London; Grand-duc Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxemburg; Center Pompidou, Paris; Contemporary Art Center Circuit, Lausanne; Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Lately in residency at the California State University.
SHARIFF FARRAG (b. 1993) lives and works in Los Angeles. Farrag has been a resident artist at the Ceramics Department of California State University Long Beach since 2018, and in 2019 he was awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He holds a BFA from the University of Southern California.