The Foothills Artist Studio is delighted to announce that its ceramic arts group, Sierra Foothills Clay Arts, has accepted and participated in the 56th Annual Fertile Ground Conference of the “National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts” in Sacramento March 16-19. Together at two receptions, the Opening Reception on March 5, 1-5 p.m. and a National Board of Education for Ceramic Arts reception on March 17, 5-9 p.m., eight artists will present their works.

Sierra Foothills Clay Arts are Grass Valley and Nevada City sculptors and potters with a variety of themes and styles in figure carving, functional and sculptural pottery. Their artworks combine in a diverse range of techniques and expressions in wood-fired finishes, reduction and oxidation processes.

The eight local artists in this important event include Amanda Paoletti, Deborah Bridges, Chic Lotz, Rene Sprattling, Claudia Jeffers, Risa Roseman, Andrew Sellery and Jennifer Rugge.



Featured artists work in an array of clay styles and techniques.

Amanda’s current work focuses on two series, Faceted Figures to bring line and form closer together and True Nature, figurative trees, which emanate from a philosophical account of the human form as a vessel in the landscape.



Deborah creates thought-provoking figurative sculptures. His work addresses the full gamut of human experience, dark as well as light.

Chic, chemist and enamel artist, produces functional and sculptural pottery with custom glazes that enhance the form and texture of his work.

René is primarily a functional potter, but also enjoys handmade and sculptural clay work. Claudia is a figurative-narrative sculptor who brings interesting stories that characterize candid moments in everyday life.

Risa is a figurative sculptor who explores the human form as a map to internal emotions expressed in the attire of the body.

Andrew explores different avenues with clay vessels, both functional and sculptural, including wood-fired expressions.

Jennifer imbues her work with influences from ancient artistic processes as well as early sign and pictographic languages.

The entire exhibition runs from February 19 to May 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. at 17 o’clock

Source: The Artists Studio in the Foothills

The Foothills Artists’ Studio is delighted to announce that its ceramic arts group, Sierra Foothills Clay Arts, has accepted and participated in the 56th Fertile Ground Conference of the “National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts” in Sacramento March 16-19.
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The entire exhibition runs from February 19 to May 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 17 o’clock
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