California Clay Competition 2020

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California Clay Competition 2020


The Artery, home of the Artist’s Cooperative of Davis, has sponsored the California Clay Competition since 1990 to give California ceramic artists an opportunity to display their work during the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art.

Juror: Scott Parady got his MFA from Penn State University and currently is a ceramics professor at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, CA. Most of the works that Parady creates is hand built by pinching clay while working slowly on a potter’s wheel as opposed to the traditional throwing method. He, then, fires the work in his Anagama wood fire kiln. Parady began this hand-building technique because he started to dig his own clay in the late 1990’s. “I like to use the clays that are hardest to use because they push back a bit or they want to react strongly to whatever I do to it. I like that balance of having to walk the line of keeping the piece from collapsing or coming together. I find where a lot of the best pieces come from is that kind of tension.”

Monetary and gift certificate awards from our many sponsors will be announced at the opening reception.