In 2000 a group of seven potters from the Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation ceramic studio met to brainstorm on the idea of creating a pottery guild. The results of that first meeting was an ambitious plan that covered every aspect of their common vision - a non-profit guild supporting local clay artists.
Education supported by workshops and notable guest speakers was a high priority. The group felt that a sense of community would be helpful in supporting the many clay artists working in and around Silicon Valley. The Peninsula and the South Bay is home to many ceramic studios: private and public, city recreation departments, community colleges and state universities. The goal was to get everyone in one place to share ideas, experiences, solve problems and generally enjoy one another’s company. The result was the creation of a community known today as Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild.
The name was selected to honor Silicon Valley’s rich past of agricultural communities, farms and orchards and a history of people working with their hands.
Today there are over 150 members including clay artists, corporate sponsors, students and patrons. The Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild presents many workshops throughout the year as well as an annual sale of guild member work. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. All potters as well as those who are simply interested in developing an appreciation for the ceramic arts are always welcome.
The Guild is a California non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation.
Donations to the Guild are tax deductible.
We invite you to add your name to our mailing list or join OVCAG. Just so you won’t miss a thing, each month you will receive our newsletter Muddy Hands. We welcome Artists, collectors, corporate sponsors, students, and friends.
You will have the opportunity to work with a team of responsible, caring, dependable and thoughtful volunteers. We have a lot of fun too! Here are some of the areas where you can apply your talents.
Graphic designer: design and distribute posters, flyers, distribution to site promoters.
Site promoters: Announce meetings and presenters.
Exhibits: Contacts for future exhibits, logistics for exhibit, recruit juror, manage related budget.
Media Relations/Content creation: Writes releases and articles, provides to media and develops media.
Volunteer Coordinator: Assists OVCAG members to find opportunities to volunteer.
Workshops:Coordinates all aspects of guild-sponsored workshops.
If you are interested in being a volunteer contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairperson Janet Leong Malan
Treasurer Trudi Burney
Secretary Lisa Molaro
Sales Co-Chair Henriette Pons-Conte
Sales Co-Chair Gina Hausmann
Exhibits Linda Mau
General Meeting Lisa Molaro
Workshops Priscilla Gray
Sales/Art in Clay Gina Hausmann
Website Crystal Martinez
Muddy Hands/Social Media Crystal Martinez
CAP (Collaborative Art Projects) Liz Burkhouse