Calendar of Events

Following is a list of West Berkeley clay events

Monday, December 21, 2009

Last Minute Shopping - Trax Gallery

For last minute shoppers & those looking to reward themselves after Christmas, Trax Gallery's Holiday hours are as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 24th 12 - 2 PM
Friday, Dec. 25th CLOSED
Saturday, Dec. 26th 12 - 5:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 27th 12 - 5:30 PM

The gallery’s last day open in 2009 is Dec. 27th.

TRAX is closed the month of January, except by appointment. Email TRAX at to arrange an appointment. We will reopen and resume regular business hours on Feb. 3rd, 2010.

Here's a sneak peek of what to expect in 2010:

February 20 - March 21:
Exhibition of 5 California Potters & their 5 Invitees
Sam Clarkson / Santa Cruz -----> Charity Davis-Woodard / Edwardsville, Illinois
Rod Guyer / Fairfield -----> Sarah Jaeger / Helena, Montana
Jan Schachter / Palo Alto -----> Mila Visser ‘t Hooft / Berkeley, California
Christa Assad / Berkeley -----> Lorna Meaden / Durango, Colorado
Doug Browe / Ukiah -----> Alleghany Meadows / Carbondale, Colorado

April 17 - May 9:
Mark Pharis

May 22 - June 26:
Ron Meyers
Jenny Mendes
Robert Brady

TRAX Ceramics Gallery
1812 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Wednesday - Sunday
12 PM - 5:30 PM

Friday, December 11, 2009

2 More Weeks of Open Studios!

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, a self guided walking tour of artists studios, is the place to be this weekend and next for fabulous local handmade gifts. Click here for the map, that includes a bunch of artists working in clay.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Erin McGuiness Winter Open House

Erin McGuiness hosts and welcomes you for a three day winter open house at her studio.

Where: Earthworks Studio + Gallery
2547 8th Street #33, Berkeley

When: Thursday, December 10th, 12pm - 6pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 12th & 13th, 11am - 5pm

Friday, November 20, 2009

CAB+ First Event!

Friday, December 4th from 5pm - 10pm Ceramic Arts of Berkeley (CAB+), hosts their first event, a ceramic art show and sale with over 48 artists working in clay from the Berkeley California area. Support local artists this holiday with a gift of art, the sale will be located at Leslie Ceramic Supply, 1212 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA! Also 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Martin Luther King Jr. middle school. Following is a list of all the incredible clay artists that are participating - see you there!

Robert Abrams Riki Gill Joan Nogueda
Christa Assad Sarah Gregory • Bob Pool
Carol Badran Olivia Hard Tony Perry
Chanda Beck Barbara Hoffman Margo Scarpulla
Charles Belgarde Josie Jurczenia Philip Schurman
Peter Bishop Liz Kahn Barbara Sebastian
Cecilia Bowman Bruno Kark Saaidi Shapiro
Sabine Brunner Mikael Kirkman Al Sinerco
Aaron Carter Joe Kowakzyk Whitney Smith
Andrea Ciak Flavia Krasilchik Tree Gelb Stuber
Nicholas DiBlasio Eusebio Lozano Susan Troy
Rae Dunn Erin McGuiness Carol Valk
Barbara Edwards Christian Moffat Derik Van Beers
Diana Fayt Spring Montes Jessica Williams
Dina Gewing Noelle Nakama Shu-Hui (Hue) Yang

Monday, November 16, 2009

Berkeley Artisan Open Studio!

A Free Self-Guided Tour of Workshops & Galleries
100 Artists & Craftspeople Open Their Workshops & Galleries to the Public
Saturdays and Sundays 11-6 pm
Every weekend from Thanksgiving through December 20th

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mary Law - Holiday Pottery Sale

Mary Law's Holiday Pottery Sale
Four Weekends: November 28 - December 20
Saturdays & Sundays 10 am - 5 pm

house pot  (photo by richard sargent)
Friday, November 27 6pm - 9pm

1421 5th Street
Berkeley, CA

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bi Coastals

Opening Reception Sat. Nov 21, 5-7 pm
Gallery Talk with Trent 5:30 pm

Trent Burkett - West Coast
Michael Connelly - East Coast

TRAX Ceramics Gallery
1812 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Wednesday - Sunday
12 PM - 5:30 PM

Saturday, October 10, 2009

TRAX Gallery: Women in Whiteware Opening this Saturday!

Gallery talk given by Deb Schwartzkopf and Mary Law from 5:30 - 6 PM on opening night.

TRAX Ceramics Gallery
1812 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Wednesday - Sunday
12 PM - 5:30 PM

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Taste for Art Event

"This fall season, the East Bay Express hosted event Taste for Art ventures to Berkeley, ground zero for all things delicious and delectable. Taking place at the iconic Sawtooth Building, the party will feature small plate tastings from the area's best restaurants and an impressive 60,000 square feet of open art studios, film screenings, live music...", link to full article and more information.

Taste for Art
Friday, October 2nd
Earthworks Gallery + Studio
Plus the entire Sawtooth building
2547 8th St., #33 (at Dwight)
Berkeley, CA
Link to Taste for Art

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Adam Field Workshop & Opening Reception Saturday Sept. 12th 

Happy Fall Days, TRAX friends and fans!

This is Adam Field during his Korean internship in 2008. He studied with a great master, Kim ILL-Maan, and now makes

his studio pots in an entirely different style but pertinent to his experiences in Korea. Below are some of the jars produced for

miso, soy, and kimchi, the fermented cabbage so beneficial for health. We eat it to improve our digestion and energy!

Please come see Adam, Robert Brady, and myself, Sandy Simon, next Saturday (9/12/09) for Adam's workshop at noon - 4:00pm ($40.00) and the opening of our pots in the gallery from 5 - 7. New Pots by all of us.

I hope to see you!!


TRAX Ceramics Gallery

1812 5th Street

Berkeley, CA 94710


Wednesday - Sunday

12 PM - 5:30 PM

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ACCI Second Sale & Trax Galleries' Feng Shui Sale

Clay lovers, there are two great sales happening. The ACCI's second sales and Trax gallery is having a feng shui sale.

ACCI Gallery, August Seconds Sale, August 27-30, 11am - 6pm Thursday - Saturday and 12-5pm Sunday. Tremendous savings on ceramics, glass, jewelry and fine art. 1652 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA (510) 843-2527

Trax is again this year having a sale of pots that are looking for homes to reside in. Please come by and check out this amazing work by all different potters, now at reduced prices - now through September 11th.
TRAX Ceramics Gallery
1812 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Wednesday - Sunday

Monday, May 25, 2009

East Bay Open Studios

See lots of great clay, like Joanna Mendicino's vases (pictured) during Pro Arts' East Bay Open Studios. This year's Open Studios event will be on June 6,7, 13 & 14. For maps, details and more participating clay artists visit Pro Arts website. See more of Joanna's work at her studio, Earthworks, during Open Studio.

In Conversation with Warren MacKenzie and Sandy Simon

Friday, June 12 4pm at MOCFA in SF
In Conversation with Warren MacKenzie and Sandy Simon

Join MOCFA for a lively conversation with world-renowned potter Warren MacKenzie and former student Sandy Simon.  Both artists will present slides of their work.  Tickets are $50/$45 for members*.  Space is limited & advance tickets required.  To reserve your seat, please call 415. 227.4888 ext. 10.

MOCFA is also hosting the exhibition, Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter, from June 11-Sept. 13, 2009 with an opening reception & catalog signing on Thursday, June 11, 5-7pm.  More information available at

Saturday, June 13 at TRAX in Berkeley
Warren MacKenzie: Creme de la Creme
June 13 - July 3, 2009

Sandy Simon has cherry picked Warren's pots for the past 3 years to exhibit in this show!  We are hosting a workshop & roundtable discussion with Warren and Janet Koplos - a former Senior Editor of Art in America & current Guest Editor of American Craft magazine - on Saturday, June 13th.

Saturday's Schedule of Events
8:30 - 9am: check in, coffee & pastries
9am-1pm Warren Workshop: Still Kickin'
1-2:45pm: Break for Lunch
3-4pm: Round Table Discussion with Warren and Janet Koplos: Where are we going? Where have we been? WM & JK talk about postwar American pottery.  The workshop is almost full with 10 spaces remaining.  Cost is $100 for the day.  Send in your check or contact TRAX to reserve a spot.

This is an action-packed Warren MacKenzie weekend you won't want to miss!  Please contact us with any questions.

TRAX Ceramics Gallery
1812 5th Street
Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Collaboration Across Cultures: Marc Lancet & Masakazu Kusakabe

Masakazu Kusakabe #36 4x3.5" $450

May 9 - June 5, 2009

Trax Ceramics Gallery
1812 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
510 540 8729
Wednesday - Sunday

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Stop By Gallery Opening During NCECA

If you are heading to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area for NCECA (or any other reason in April),  I would love to invite you to celebrate the opening of a show my work is a part of called Hybrid Nation.

Opening Reception - Thursday, April 9th 4-8pm
Costello Childs Gallery
2724 N. 68th Street, Suite 1, Scottsdale, AZ
Show runs through April 30th
(Show independent of NCECA conference)

Show features work from Susan Beiner, Maria De Castro, Aurore Chabot, Karen Gunderman, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Erin McGuiness, Deborah Rael-Buckley, Virginia Scotchie, Ceil Sturdevant and Cheryl Tall.

Hope to see you there!  - Erin McGuiness

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Exhibition & Workshop at Trax Gallery

Trax Gallery is hosting an exhibition and workshop with Marc Lancet and Kusakabe-san from Japan on Saturday, May 9th.  More details to follow.

Link to Trax Gallery
Link to Kusakabe-san 
Link to Marc Lancet

Friday, March 13, 2009


I would like to cordially invite everyone to a good old fashioned Hootenanny.

As artists we tend to run in a different herd and some of my herd know how to play various instruments as well as make extraordinary things from clay. We are going to utilize their talents and eat, drink and be merry. I will be pushing everything to the corners at 2720 San Pablo in Berkeley on the 27th of March and cooking up some Buffalo Stew, be here around 6pm.

I may even have some pottery to sell.