Sonoma Art Directory
Barbara Hoffmann has worked for 40 years with pottery and sculptural stoneware. She specializes in high, gas fired, reduction stoneware, as well as wood-fire, salt glaze, porcelain, earthenware and Raku.
Barbara Tocher creates jewelry with ceramic beads, ceramics, sculptures and candles. Her jewelry often contains elements from Africa and the Middle East.
Beth Changstrom works include painting, drawing, pottery, mixed media and collage.
Beverly Prevost is a clay artist who specializes in stoneware, pottery, handmade dinnerware, and handmade vessels. She graduated from the University of Georgia with an MFA in Ceramics and has lived in the Sonoma Valley since 1970. She is also a founding member of the Arts Guild of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society.
Bill Geisinger produces ceramics and wood fired stoneware.
The Sonoma artist Caryn Freid is known for sculptural ceramics, as well as functional and decorative pottery. She studied many years at the Pond Fond Colony with Marguerite Wildenhain.
The ceramic artist Cheryl Costantini of Nichibei Potters specializes in “elegant handmade pottery that blends traditional Japanese folk art designs with a distinctly contemporary flair.”
Ceramic sculptress Cynthia Hipkiss creates sculptures that combine primitivism, humor and whimsy. The artist specializes in “wonderfully fat women engaged in such activities as attending a dinner party or walking a dog.” Cynthia Hipkiss attended the California College of Arts and Crafts, and graduated from Sonoma State College with a major in art.
David produces functional and art ceramics using textures, slips and glazes to add unique aspects to each piece. He uses various firing techniques – wood, pit, soda, raku and gas – to create his works.
The Sonoma County artist Don Ajello creates sculptures in bronze and wood, ceramics, and mixed media art.
Frans Wildenhain (1905-1980) was a Bauhaus-trained German potter and sculptor. Right after World War II, he joined his first wife Marguerite Wildenhain in Sonoma County and worked as a teacher and artist with her at the Pond Farm Artists Colony. Frans then moved to Rochester, NY, and taught for many years at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Frans Wildenhain received numerous prizes for his artwork, from (among others) the International Exposition in Paris (1939), the Albright Art Gallery (1952), the Brussels Worlds Fair (1958), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1958).
Gerald Arrington creates stoneware, wheel-thrown and altered ceramics that are inspired by nature. His work includes sculptural teapots, vases, urns, fountains and reflection bowls.
Gerald Hong, teamed up with Kelly Hong, creates handmade, museum-quality Raku ceramic vessels and wall pieces: Asian inspired vessels, teapots, pet urns, and cremation urns.
James Fox, teamed up with Kathleen Fox, creates hand thrown pottery and ceramic art, of exceptional character, design, and quality. Stoneware and Raku pottery.
James Gray is a sculptor and ceramic artist who creates artwork and furniture in stone, wood, resin, and mosaic. He attended the School of Classical Woodcarving in Denver, and now has a studio in Sonoma County, California.
Jane McDonald is known for her ceramic art, and offers classes in the North Bay region.
Joel Bennett has been a ceramic artist in Sonoma County, California for over 40 years. His work includes pit-fired vessels, drums, wall pieces and sculptures, utilitarian stoneware and porcelain, raku fired ware, and sculptural tile work. Joel works from his Forestville studio and gallery, located near the Russian River, redwoods, and vineyards of Sonoma County. He also teaches ceramics at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
John Chambers is a ceramic artist who specializes in salted, glazed and functional stoneware.
Kathleen Fox, teamed up with James Fox, creates hand thrown pottery and ceramic art, of exceptional character, design, and quality, stoneware and Raku pottery.
Kelly Hong, teamed up with Gerald Hong, creates handmade, museum-quality Raku ceramic vessels and wall pieces: Asian inspired vessels, teapots, pet urns, and cremation urns.
Liz Russell creates the ceramic series R Honey Pots: Functional ceramics: high-fired stoneware, handcrafted and hand painted original pieces. They are microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe.
Lyn Swan creates handmade porcelain artware, as well as festive tableware and whimsical, playful “happy pots”.
Marge Margulies Pottery creates lively and colorful centerpieces in fine porcelain, server sets and table ware.
Marguerite (Friedlaender) Wildenhain (1896 – 1985) was a French-born, German and later American ceramic artist, art teacher and author. Due to her Jewish ancestry in World War II, she was compelled to emigrate to the U.S. in 1940, and found her way to Sonoma County. She began to conduct summer pottery workshops at Pond Farm, her home and studio near Guerneville, California. She became a founding teacher of the Pond Farm Artist Colony. Her husband Franz Wildenhain was also a well-known artist in the colony. Marguerite wrote three influential books: Pottery: Form and Expression (1959), The Invisible Core: A Potter’s Life and Thoughts (1973), and …that We Look and See: An Admirer Looks at the Indians (1979).*
See also: Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus: An Eyewitness Anthology.
Artist Marsha Klein is a “contemporary visual artist (who) creates metaphorically expressive large format oil paintings and sculptural ceramics.” Marsha has a B.A. in Art and Art History from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mikio Matsumoto, a ceramic artist at Nichibei Potters, specializes in “elegant handmade pottery that blends traditional Japanese folk art designs with a distinctly contemporary flair.”
Nancy Morgan creates wheel-thrown and utilitarian stoneware. Her studio and gallery Thee Dog Pottery is located in Healdsburg, California.
Richard Lind creates ceramics, high fire porcelain and stoneware.
Robert Weiss is a ceramic artist of crystalline glazed porcelain, and a photographer. All profits from the sale of Roberts photography and ceramics are given to The Weiss Family Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.
Robyn Spencer-Crompton is a mosaic artist, inspired. Her work is featured in the book, Mosaic Art and Style by Joanne Locktov. She also teaches fashion design and costume design at the Santa Rosa Junior College and Diablo Community college.
See also Peter Crompton.