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.
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.
“Catherine Bohrman’s compact abstractions in alabaster, bronze and marble possess soft edges that belie the magnitude of their density,” says Allen Hoffman, Legislative Liaison and Senior Program Associate for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Catherine now lives in Sonoma County in Northern California. Her sculptures are made of solid bronze, stone, and carved wood, in limited editions.
Colin J. Lambert (1948-2015) was known for sculpture that is figurative, representational, classical and decorative. He created figurative bronzes, carved marble, stone sculptures, fountains, and garden works. He had a studio in Valley Ford, Western Sonoma. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and in Europe. A quote from the artist: “Being an artist becomes a vehicle for the spiritual journey, each piece a milestone, marker or souvenir.
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.
The Sonoma County artist Don Ajello creates sculptures in bronze and wood, ceramics, and mixed media art.
Frank Schueler (1933 – 2020) was a sculptor residing in Sebastopol since 1984, known for his generosity and mentoring in the artist community. Frank was one of the founding members of Sonoma County’s Art Trails and Sebastopol’s Art at the Source. Frank also served on the board of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
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 Huth is an expressionist artist and works with collages, paintings, sculptures. A quote from the artist: “The role of the artist is to fulfill the human expression of the time in which we live.”
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.
Jan Schultz, Sonoma County artist, is known for vintage and re-purposed welded metal sculptures, and yard art.
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.
Jonna Ramey is a stone sculptor, filmmaker, writer and performance artist of Northern California and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Linda Ortiz is known for her Southwestern American art themes.
M.C. Carolyn is a Sonoma County artist known for her stone sculptures, painting in oils, acrylics and mixed mediums, mixed media artwork on paper, and public art commissions. A quote: “Starting with the human figure and then moving beyond it’s traditional shapes I explore the possibilities of not being predictable, nor violent but always speaking visually of the human condition.” M.C. has a BA in Painting from the University of California at Berkeley, graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, and researched abroad on Prehistoric, Copper Age, Bronze Age art, temples and tombs.
Mardi Storm is a west Sonoma artist who enjoys painting, nature photography, mixed media, and creating large scale sculpture that merges life with art. She also offers “soul painting” workshops for artists.
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.
Martin Munson’s metal art contrasts natural and man-made forms. He uses a combination of forms and materials in his furniture and artworks, often working with the recycled or second hand. Martin has a M.F.A. in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University, and B.A. in Sculpture from Sonoma State University. He also attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
Mary Lee Rybar is a painter, printmaker and lifelong student of the culinary arts and making things. Born in a Western Pennsylvania steel town, she attended Kent State University and the American School of Paris. She started Hunter Designs, producing custom hand painted textiles for a small stable of retailers. Her work ranges from abstract and representational paintings, to printmaking and sculpture. She maintains a printmaking studio at the Grove Street Studios in Sonoma and a home site painting studio.
Mike Laflin was a contemporary sculptor who worked in wood and metal: “Multiple woods, metal shapes and artifacts, combined in two dimensions or raised in relief. Marquetry and inlay, gilding and patination, figures molded in bronze decorate the designs.” His conceptions included a Kaleidoscope series: “Each circular sculpture is constructed of multiple segments, each individually carved on the bandsaw out of various exotic woods.”
Patrick Amiot is a Sebastopol sculptor and metal artist who uses found objects to create whimsical sculpture “junk art”. Many are on display in the downtown streets of Sebastopol. In fact his work has become one of Sebastopol’s tourist attractions. Before taking up junk art, Patrick was a ceramic artist.
Patrick McMurtry is a Sonoma Valley artist who creates oil paintings and 3-D plastic assemblages.
The Sonoma artist Peter Crompton specializes in classically rooted, concrete sculpture. He also works as a stage set designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, for the ballet, opera, musicals, contemporary and period dramas.
See also Robyn-Spencer-Crompton.
At Leech Studios, Phil and Ann create jewelry designs with silver, gold, and select stones. Both are natives of Indiana with degrees from the University of Cincinnati, School of Design, Art & Architecture. Phil also creates wood and metal sculptures, pottery and architecture.
Rene Dayan-Whitehead is a Sonoma County sculptor who works with stone. Her work can be described as abstract, organic, and luminous. She was born and resided in San Francisco and before settling in Sonoma County.
Rick Butler is a metal artist whose interest in welding led to his current interest in making metal totems, garden sculptures and garden panels. He often uses dissimilar metals, and organic materials in his artwork.
Sandra Maresca is a Western Sonoma County artist who provides abstract and impressionistic paintings, animals with attitudes, figures, narratives, still lifes and landscapes. She also provides small spirit totem sculptures, wall hangings and fiber accessories.
Suki Diamond offers a home living collection of pottery, home accessories and garden sculpture, handcrafted by the artist in Sonoma County. She has a ceramic studio and sculpture garden in Sebastopol, California. Working in traditional majolica technique, she employs color stains on a white background, and paints each piece in clear colors with stylized animals, people or designs. “All reflect her joyful observations of the world at large.”
Susandra Spicer-Philpott is a Sonoma County artist of sculptures and abstract assemblages, using metal and mixed media.
T Barny creates elegant abstract sculpture in stone and bronze. His studio,
gallery and sculpture gardens are located in beautiful Alexander Valley, CA. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, T Barny takes his exploration of shape and form to a new level of science and design. By using ancient carving techniques alongside modern power tools, he creates visually stunning Mobius, curvilinear and super-ellipsoid designs in bronze, wood, water, steel and stone