The L.H. Horton Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton presents the 20th annual Visions In Clay Exhibition and Awards Competition, the largest exhibition of ceramic works in the San Joaquin Valley.
The exhibition runs through Friday, Sept. 27. Admission to the Gallery exhibition is free and open to the public. Delta College is at 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton.
Founded by the San Joaquin Potters Guild in 2002, Visions In Clay was turned over to the Horton Gallery in 2010. The exceptional show of craftsmanship and diverse style has been featured several times in the national magazine Ceramics Monthly.
Sarah Millfelt, executive director of Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was this year’s guest juror. She selected the works and awards for the exhibition. The selection was based on quality of craftsmanship, unique content and form, and technical skill.
This year’s exhibit features 57 works by 51 artists from around the country, including local artists Joe Mariscal, retired Delta College ceramics professor; Kayla King, 2017 Delta College graduate and 2019 San Francisco State graduate; and Tricia Hand from Tracy.
Award sponsors were Laguna Clay and San Joaquin Potters Guild. To view the exhibition online and link to the artists’ websites, visit gallery.deltacollege.edu and go to Current Exhibitions.
Exhibition Juror Sarah Millfelt was born to act, yet never bought her Greyhound ticket to Hollywood. Instead, she opted to pursue studies at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, where she earned her bachelor’s of fine arts in ceramics and photography. After 10 years of managing a casual wedding photography business, while simultaneously climbing the ranks within Northern Clay Center as a staff member in various capacities, Millfelt became the Center’s youngest executive director in October of 2011.
Visions in Clay Awards presented for this year’s competition were: Kazuma Sambe, Best of Show, $800; Lauren Clay, Second Place, $600; James Klueg, Third Place, $400; Ryan Schulz, San Joaquin Potters Guild Founders Award, $300; and Dan Molyneux, Artist Classroom Demonstration Award, $400.