Learning & Resources

The Guild offers learning opportunities such as workshops, clay challenges, and videos of past meetings, demonstrations, studio tours and more. Find additional outside ceramics resources here.

Videos

Ventura County Potters’ Guild presents the VCPG Videos YouTube Channel. Topics include demonstrations by artists, product overviews by manufacturer reps, studio tours and more.

Logged in members can catch up on Guild meetings by going to the Membership page and scrolling down to the Members’ Area.

Clay Challenge

The Clay Challenge is an opportunity for members to explore new ideas. We assign a theme and challenge members to create something. It is not a competition, but an excuse to make something new and show it at the “reveal” meeting. These challenges are intended to be fun, spark your imagination, generate conversation and encourage you to investigate new techniques. If you have already explored the topic, we’d love to see your best work! Check the newsletter and MemberConnect for more information.

Current Clay Challenge: Sgraffito.
Reveal meeting: December 2022

Sgraffito literally translates to “scratched”. For some inspiration, do a Google Image search for “Mata Ortiz” for Mexican sgraffito pottery, and just “sgraffito” for examples from many, many fine contemporary potters. After you follow the links deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, surely you’ll come away excited to work in this versatile but simple technique. For sgraffito, you apply a contrasting layer over your primary form and scratch through it. You can use a variety of scratching tools, and your top layer can be a slip of a contrasting color clay, clay colored with stains, engobe, underglaze, stains, or anything else you can come up with. Have some fun!

Outside Resources

Where to Buy Locally

Aardvark Clay & Supplies (Santa Ana, CA)
Laguna Clay (City of Industry)

Worldwide Pottery Schools

Use the link below to access a list of schools that offer workshops,  residency opportunities and in some cases grants.  Link: Ceramic Schools of Arts & Crafts

Organizations

NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) hosts an annual 4-day conference, workshops, and supports regional groups. The 2023 Conference will be in Cincinnati, Ohio – start planning now.

John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Davis, CA is an art center that holds workshops throughout the year (currently online), and the annual CCACA (California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts) sculptural ceramics conference.