April 29 – May 1, 2011

This annual conference is the largest professional art function in the region, hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. It is a ceramics weekend of over 50 exhibitions, many hands-on clay demonstrations and interactive clay events. The important thing about this weekend is that in two days, visitors can see the biggest collection of student work from over 50 schools, as well as established artists. This grassroots conference and festival will give everyone an opportunity to view work by students of every level of learning and well-known artists. Entering into its 22nd year, this event continues to bring the leading national and international ceramic artists to Northern California for a weekend of creative instruction and collaboration. This year the conference showcases lectures and hands on demonstrations by renowned artists Joe Bova, Michelle Gregor, Richard Notkin, Tip Toland and Jason Walker. Kevin Nierman, artist, teacher and founder of the Kids N’ Clay Pottery Studio in Berkeley, will also present free hands-on workshops for kids, allowing children of all ages to experiment and interact with clay. Kids N’ Clay workshops are scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, from 12pm-3pm.

Beyond the ceramics packed weekend and 50 exhibitions of participating artists, there are many interesting pieces at the University including Robert Arneson’s “Eggheadss” and at the Peter J. Shields Library, which holds several works by Arneson, Roy de Forest, William T. Wiley, Wayne Thiebaud and others.

The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts will hold its annual gallery-wide 30 Ceramics Sculptors exhibition in concurrence with the conference. The work will be on display from April 20-May 28, 2011. This exhibition was first conceived in 1986, a collaboration between the late Robert Arneson and John Natsoulas, and continues the ceramic traditions made famous by instructors and students of the University of California, Davis Art Department and the University of California, Davis and local ceramic artists.

For more up-to-date information, schedules, and conference registration, please visit www.natsoulas.com.