The California Clay Conference has returned to Davis! Here’s what I’m showing at Logos Books (with the UCD Craft Center) and at the Pence Gallery Gift Store. Hours are Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, 2022, from 10-6. Pop-up exhibits all over town will be showcasing work by faculty and students from 17 Northern California colleges. You can get a gallery map from Natsoulos Gallery.
I have a little bit of everything in this year’s Pence Gallery Holiday Market: bowls, mugs, bottles, and even bird feeders! Market runs from Nov. 12-Dec. 24, 2021; gallery hours are 11:30-5 daily. Pence is located at 212 D Street in downtown Davis.
This stoneware bottle set is my contribution to this year’s Pence Gallery Auction. Bottles are 9″, 7″ and 5″ tall. The gallery is open to visitors Sun-Tues but bidding is online. Auction closes Sept. 25.
My small vases and bird feeders will be at the Pence Gallery Art in the Garden Sale Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
You can find my soap dishes at the Davis Food Coop, 620 G Street, Davis. They’re displayed next the specialty soaps in the Wellness Dept.
Cloud Forest Cafe Featuring My Mugs and Bowls, 222 D Street, Davis
My Succulent Pots Now at Redwood Barn Nursery, 1607 5th St, Davis. I make the designs by impressing stamps I have created, pictured here. Shopping at Redwood Barn is open-air and safe! Don Shor has a fabulous selection of succulents. You can select a plant and he will pot it up for you.
The Pence Gallery Holiday Market 2020 is now in full swing.
Stop by 212 D Street in Downtown Davis 11:30-5 p.m. to see my latest work – everything from pitchers and platters to pasta bowls, mugs and vases. If you are a senior or immunocompromised you can come early, between 10:30-11:30; just email gallery manager Eileen Hendren at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll meet you at the door. Masks and social distancing are enforced for everyone’s safety.
Pence Gallery Annual Auction 2020
My contribution to this year’s auction is this stoneware pasta dinner set. All bidding is online this year at https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=pencegallery but you can drop by the gallery at 212 D St. in Davis to see all 180 works “in person.” Auction ends 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26.
Pence Gallery Holiday Market 2019
Some new work this year: small vases inspired by pieces I saw this summer in the pottery village of Tamba-Sasayama, Japan, along with small bowls with Japanese-inspired stamp designs and my latest mugs. The Pence is located at 212 D Street, Davis, and is open daily from 11:30-5.
Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday, November 23, 10-4
I will have my latest bowls, mugs, plates, pitchers and vases at The Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fair will feature works by 18 local artisans, as well as live music and free refreshments. Admission is free. Location: Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East in Davis.
Pence Gallery Holiday Market 2018
This year I am bringing back my mix-and-match breakfast pottery in warm, earthy blues, browns and yellows, but am adding a new mug design that I am very happy with. The Holiday Market runs from November 11-December 24. The Pence is located at 212 D Street in Downtown Davis and is open daily 11:30-5.
10th Annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair
I’ll have my latest work at the Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair this coming Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10-4 (2661 Portage Bay East in West Davis). Seventeen other artists and crafters from the community will be joining me with a lovely array of wares. There will be live music and free hot cider. Please come on by!
Pence Gallery Annual Art Auction (Sept. 1-15, 2018)
My ramen dinner set is among a diverse array of works by local & regional artists featured in this year’s silent auction at the Pence Gallery, located at 212 D Street in Davis. The pieces in this set are made of red stoneware glazed in a special mottled blue glaze that reacts with the iron in the clay to create a deep, variegated surface color; they are microwave safe and dishwasher safe. The silent auction runs from Sept. 1-15 and you can bid any time during the Pence’s open hours, Tues.-Sun. 11:30-5. This is a great way to support the mission & programs of this wonderful nonprofit.
Three Ladies Cafe
Located at 130 G Street in Downtown Davis, this sweet, homey cafe is now carrying my bowls, cups and plates, along with an array of handcrafted items by other local artists.
Pence Gallery Holiday Market
This year I am featuring mix-and-match breakfast pottery in warm, earthy blues, browns and yellows. The Pence is located at 212 D Street in Downtown Davis and is open daily 11:30-5 through December 24. Learn more about the Pence and this year’s Holiday Market at https://pencegallery.org/Exhibits_2017/11-Nov/Holiday%20Market.html
Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. Nov. 18, 2017
Here is just a sampling of the work I will be featuring on Nov. 18 at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East (off Russell Blvd.) in West Davis. There will be free hot cider and live music for you to enjoy while you browse. Please come on by!
Pence Gallery Annual Art Auction (Sept. 1-16, 2017)
My stoneware pitcher & tumbler set is among 175 works by local & regional artists. Silent auction benefits the mission & programs of this wonderful nonprofit. Located at 212 D Street, Davis; open Tues-Sun 11:30-5.
Pence Gallery Holiday Market (through December 24, 2016)
This year at the Pence I am featuring some bowls and cups from my new line of adaptive ceramics – designed especially for those hand disabilities and those who seek pottery for every day use that is comfortable to hold and feels good in the hand. The Pence is located at 212 D Street in Downtown Davis and is open daily 11:30-5 through December 24.
Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair Sat. Nov. 19
I will have my latest pottery at the 8th Annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair this Saturday, November 19 from 10-4 in the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East (off Russell Blvd.) in West Davis. We will have free hot cider and live music for you to enjoy while you browse. Please come on by!
Show & Presentation at Davis Senior Center, October 2016
My adaptive pottery collection is now on exhibit at the Davis Senior Center, located at 646 A Street, Davis, CA. Paul Knott, who initiated the idea for the adaptive pottery project, will be speaking with me at the Senior Center on Wednesday, October 19 at 1:30. Write up in the Davis Enterprise: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/learn-more-about-davis-artists-adaptive-ceramics-and-try-them-out/
Pence Gallery Art Auction 2016
My “Coffee & Dessert for Two” sets will be among the 150 works of art by top local and regional artists. Exhibit preview & silent bidding: September 2-17. Auction Gala Event: Sept. 17 (purchase tickets @pencegallery.org).
The Pence Gallery is located at 212 D Street in Davis. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 11:30-5:00.
My solo show at the UC Davis Craft Center Gallery runs from May 1-June 3, 2016:
Strictly Functional: Access Ceramics by Jill Van Zanten
Featuring adaptive pottery created in collaboration with individuals with hand dexterity issues and movement disorders.
The Craft Center, accessible from Hutchison Dr., is located in the South Silo. Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:30–10 p.m., Friday 12:30–7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (closed May 28-30).
Artist’s reception Sunday, May 15, 2-4 p.m.
UC Davis Dateline Magazine gives the back story to the project at https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/craft-center-gallery-show-features-ceramics-made-accessible.
Launching my new line of adaptive pottery. Designed with the help of my engineering-minded neighbor Paul Knott and also the generous folks at the East Bay Essential Tremor Support Group (EBET), which meets in San Ramon, CA. The mugs are stamped and indented for easy two-handed gripping and the plates have ridges and walls to keep errant rice & peas from escaping off the edge. See more at jillvz.etsy.com.
The Holiday Market at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. Davis, is in full swing. Right next to the nifty woolly hats on your left, you’ll find my bowls. The large serving bowls & platters have all sold but there remains a nice selection of medium (soup/cereal size), small (dessert) and tiny (condiment) bowls, all microwave safe, dishwasher safe stoneware.
Thanks to all who turned out for the 7th Annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair on Nov. 21, 2015, and especially for the support of so many return customers. It was our best year yet!
Coming up this weekend: Please visit the Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday Nov. 21, 10-4 in the Village Homes Community Center, located at 2661 Portage Bay East in Davis.
Neighborhood artists & crafts people will be presenting a whole array of fabulous handmade items, and I will be there with my latest pottery (those are some of my pieces on the right). Enjoy live music and free hot cocoa & cider while appreciating local art! To get there: head west on Russell Blvd, keeping to the left at the Arlington split, and turn right on Portage Bay East. You’llsee the Village Homes/Plumshire parking lot on your right. Admission is free.
Let Them Eat Cake! which is the little cupcake/coffee place at 310 C Street, Davis, across from Farmers’ Market, asked me if I could make “pour-overs.” I had never heard the term, but in any case, here is my first batch! Coffee snobs, please share your feedback.
The new owner of Cloud Forest, TH, has generously given me this sweet corner to display my work. He is also now serving his coffees in my mugs and latte cups.
6th Annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair Saturday November 22, 2014 Drop by any time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 22 at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East (off Russell Blvd) in Davis. Pictured with me are just a few of the other Village Homes artisans who will be showing their work: from left, Stephanie Thayer (with Priya McKinney), Charlene Schmid, Christopher Dewees, me, Anna Joy Thigpen Hunt, Derek Downey, Kevin Roddy and James Williams. The fair will feature ceramics, jewelry, Alpaca wool, cards, woodblock prints, paintings, beeswax candles, local honey, wildlife photography, baked goods, screen printed shirts, knitted hats, Japanese fish prints, mobiles and more. You can enjoy live music and free hot chocolate while you browse. Admission is free.
This year I am trying something new – thrown and altered tumblers in multiple colors and sizes. They are made on the wheel just like normal cylinders but then the walls pushed in and impressed with stamps to make them easy and comfortable to hold. Try picking one up and feel the difference! I also have my trademark mottled blue nesting bowls. The gallery is located at 212 D Street in Downtown Davis. Hours are 11:30-5:00 Tuesday through Sunday. Holiday Market runs through December 24.
I will have my latest ceramics at the “2nd Friday Art About” in Art-Is-Davis from 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Davis. The gallery is located at 222 D Street – it is the old restored wood-frame house next to Mustard Seed and Cloud Forest Café. I’ll have a variety of small and large ceramic items, including lidded tea mugs, serving bowls and platters, latte cups, little covered jars, yarn bowls, vases, soup bowls, sushi dishes and more. Please click on the pdf below for some photos! With me sharing their lovely water color and oil paintings will be local artists Joanne Andresen, Cynthia Kroener, Nancy LaBerge Muren and Jan Walker. The 2nd Friday ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at 32 different galleries, artists’ co-ops, and businesses in Davis. This free self-guided art walk includes complimentary refreshments, live music, art demos, and opportunities to converse with featured artists. For more information and an art walk map go to http://davisdowntown.com/2nd-friday-artabout/.
My stoneware bowl set is just one of over 150 works of art by top local and regional artists on display at the Pence Gallery through September 20, 2014. Silent bidding is open now and live bidding takes place Sat. Sept. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information: http://pencegallery.org/ArtAuction_2014_1.html
Just finished Clay Camp 2014!
Here are a few of my students’ creations (ages 7-13). The “desserts” are actually treasure boxes – the frosting on top lifts off.
I have recently been invited to show my work in Art-Is-Davis, at 222 D Street in Downtown Davis. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday 11-6 and Sunday 12-5. Here’s a little sampling of the serving bowls, vases, plates, sushi sets and latte cups I have there.
I will be at the Whole Earth Festival this Saturday, May 10, 9-4, with my latest ceramics! You can find me in the UC Davis Craft Center tent, located on the north end of the Quad near the MU/Coffee House. Below is a little sampling of what I’m bringing. Hope you can stop by!
My orchid pots are now being sold at Redwood Barn, 1607 5th Street in Davis, along with some new vases. It was owner Don Schor’s idea to make the orchid pots so these are a kind of experiment. Orchid people – let me know what you think!
The 5th Annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair is this Saturday, 10-4, in the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay East in West Davis. I will be there with my latest ceramic creations, along with over twenty other talented artists & craftspeople from the Village Homes Community. I may be biased, but I think this is the loveliest craft fair in town. We’ll have live music and free hot cider for you to enjoy while you browse.
To get there: Village Homes is located west of Hwy 113 in “Far” West Davis. Take Russell Blvd. heading west, keeping to the left so as not to veer onto Arlington (which splits off to the right). Turn right on Portage Bay East. (If you come to Lake Blvd. you have gone too far.) Look for a sign on your right for Village Homes/Plumshire. From the parking lot, walk past the dance studio & restaurant toward the fenced pool area; just past that is the Village Homes Community Center, also known as Rivendell Nursery School.
New work at the Pence, 212 D St. in Downtown Daviw – plates, dipping dishes, lidded mugs, latte cup & saucer sets, all in a dark red clay with a very nice mottled blue glaze on top. Their annual Holiday Market has begun and runs through Dec. 24. Latest mug designs featured at Mishka’s Cafe, 610 2nd Street, next door to the Varsity Theater New latte mugs for Cloud Forest Cafe, 222 D Street Clay Camp 2013 I had another fabulous group of young artists this summer, and we were featured on the front page of the Friday, July 19 Davis Enterprise: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/neighbors-join-forces-to-create-awesome-art-for-kids/
Pence Gallery Holiday Sale This year I am featuring translucent blues and greens on white clay with incised & stamped designs. I have a range of pieces from lidded tea mugs (lid becomes a teabag plate), soup bowls, salad/dessert plates, dipping dishes, sushi plates, serving plates, and chopstick rests. Please stop on by if you are in downtown Davis: 212 D Street, Tuesday-Sunday, 11:30-5:00.
Coming up on Saturday, November 17: 4th Annual Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair Stop by the Village Homes Community Center, located at 2661 Portage Bay East (off Russell Blvd. in Far West Davis), between 10-4 on Saturday Nov. 17 to enjoy a wonderful array of arts & crafts, live music, and free hot cocoa while you browse. I will be there with my latest ceramic creations – mugs, plates, soup bowls, trays, serving bowls, spice dishes, pitchers and more. Hope to see you there!
Davis Art & Craft Fest Saturday June 23 I’ll be selling my latest functional pottery at the Davis Art & Craft Fest this coming Saturday, 10-5 in the E Street Plaza (200 block of E Street), Downtown Davis. I’ll be featuring mugs, bowls, dessert plates, serving plates, sushi dishes, soap dishes, pitchers, and more. Several other local artists and craftspeople will be there, with a nice range of handmade items – jewelry, textiles, ceramics and more. If you’re in town, stop on by!
Just out of the kiln: New work at the Pence Gallery Gift Shop 212 D Street in Downtown Davis The mottled blue glaze over Michael Haney’s dark red clay makes this lovely variegated color. That’s some of my other work on the top shelf – lidded tea mugs, vases, sugar-creamer sets in white clay with translucent blue and green glazes.
Summer Clay Camp Kids’ classes start June 11! I will have sessions for all ages again this summer, plus an evening class for grownups. Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested. The Artery “10 x 10” Show – April 5-17, 2012 “10 x 10” refers to the fact that all of the artists in this show had to submit a work that fits into a 10-inch square space. My stoneware tea set just fits (barely). This show, at the Artery, 207 G Street in downtown Davis, runs through April 17. If you are in downtown Davis, stop on by! Artists’ reception (with goodies) is Friday, April 13, 7-9 p.m., coinciding with the 2nd Friday ArtAbout. The teapot and tea cups are made of a dark red stoneware clay called “Death Valley” and glazed in a buttermilk glaze. In the oxygen-reduced atmosphere in the high-fired gas kiln, the glaze reacted with the iron in the clay, which is why you see the lovely speckled finish on the glaze.
Pence Gallery If you are in Downtown Davis, stop by the Pence Gallery Holiday Market to see some of my latest work – lidded tea mugs, bowls, plates, soap dishes and condiment trays, all in lovely translucent blues and greens. The Pence is located at 212 D Street. 10th Annual UC Davis Craft Center Staff Show My shino mugs, pictured here, are in the 10th Annual UC Davis Craft Center Staff Show which culminates with an auction on Friday December 2 from 6-8 p.m. The Craft Center is located in the South Silo off Hutchison. Short-term metered parking is available right next to the building on Hutchison. Lots of wonderful ceramics, textiles, glasswork and more are to be had for very reasonable prices. All of the art is donated by Craft Center staff and all of the proceeds go to support Craft Center programs. I’ll have my latest work at the upcoming Village Homes Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please stop by if you are in the neighborhood. Enjoy a free cup of hot cocoa or cider while you browse. We’ll have live music too. Directions: the Village Homes Community Center (a.k.a. Rivendell Nursery School) is our venue, located at 2661 Portage Bay East. Take Russell Blvd. west, past Hwy 113, past Arlington (veer left to stay on Russell), and take a right on Portage Bay East. Turn right into the parking lot for Village Homes/Plumshire. Walk toward the back of the parking lot, past the fenced pool area, and you’ll see the Community Center ahead on your right.
Several local independent businesses are now selling my work! Stop by and have a look next time you are out and about in Davis: Mishka’s Cafe, 610 2nd Street, next door to the Varsity Theater, Sutter Davis Hospital Gallery, Cloud Forest Cafe, 222 D Street and Redwood Barn Nursery, 1607 5th Street
Recent Article: I was recently profiled in the Davis Food Coop Newsletter, at http://www.daviscoop.com/newsletter/dfcnews6-11.pdf
Summer Clay Classes I am offering summer clay camps for kids in the following age ranges: 4-7, 8-10, 11-13 the first three weeks of summer vacation, hours 9:30-11:30. I have just a few openings left – let me know if you’re interested. If there is sufficient interest I will add a fourth week for older teens.
Featured Artist – Davis Second Friday ArtAbout – Davis Food Coop Friday, May 13, 6-8 p.m. Where: Davis Food Coop (Conference Room, behind the Deli), 620 G Street, Davis What: I will be showing my recent Cone 5 pottery, both white stoneware and red stoneware, glazed in a palette of deep blues and greens. Different: Unlike my exhibit at the California Clay Conference last weekend, my pieces at the ArtAbout will all be for sale. Also happening: At the same time, in the same room, the Davis Food Coop will also be hosting a Zinfandel wine tasting and will be serving refreshments. If you decide to participate in the wine tasting, it is $1 per taste. The proceeds go to support the Acme Theatre Company, a non-profit community theater group for teens. I asked, and it is okay to bring kids. Hope to see you there!
California Clay Conference this weekend! This weekend (Friday April 29 through Sunday May 1) I am participating with Solano College in the California Clay Conference here in Davis. I will be showing my latest Shino stoneware work as part of an exhibit with other Solano College artists. Shino is a traditional Japanese glaze that traps carbon when fired to high temperatures in an oxygen-reduction atmosphere. Painting over the glaze with wax before firing interrupts the carbon trapping process and often leaves a reddish-goldish design. The final surface results with this kind of shino glazing are unpredictable and can be quite beautiful. I would be honored if you could stop by my exhibit sometime this coming Friday, Saturday or Sunday at 912 5th St. (right next to the RR tracks). Over 30 California colleges will be exhibiting their work at venues all over downtown Davis. You can pick up a gallery map at Natsoulos Gallery (1st & E) or you can just wander, following the signs. If you go on Friday evening there will be refreshments pretty much everywhere you go. Hope you can make it! Exhibit Hours: Friday 9am-9pm Saturday 9am-7pm Sunday 9am-1pm