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The American Ceramic Society – Design Chapter (ACS-DC) Clay Festival & Gift Show is returning on April 5th and 6th for its 10th annual show to the Los Angeles County Arboretum (www.arboretum.org). This festival features unique handcrafted giftware and art work by ceramic artists recruited from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura Counties; and demonstrations by well known ceramic artists, Julie Hunter Bagish and T. Robert. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Arboretum Foundation and the ACS-DC Scholarship Fund.
Julie Bagish (www.julspottery.com) lived for 6 years as a young woman with her husband in Japan and those esthetics have sunk deeply into her artwork. The fabrics, glazes, use of space and color, the tea ceremony, basketry, ikebana, and the concept of “wabi sabi” continue to inform her work to this day. She creates small Haniwa grave figures, similar to those found by archeologists in ancient Japanese burial mounds in the Yamanashi Mountains. Her figures are very feminine with soft round stomachs, glazed and decorated with beads and other adornments. Julie lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband where she teaches classes in her studio.
” The ACS-DC Clay Festival & Gift Show will be held in Ayres Hall of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007.
” Admission to Ayres Hall is free. Admission to the Arboretum is free for Arboretum Members; for non-member Adults: $9.00, Students with ID and Seniors age 62: $6.00, Children Ages 5-12: $4.00, Children under 5: free. Parking is free.
” Hours are Saturday, April 5th from 9:30am to 5:00pm and Sunday, April 6th from 9:30am to 4:00pm.