S.F. Open Studios This Weekend

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SAN FRANCISCO — Weekend 3 of SF Open Studios 2013 will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in SOMA (South of Market), Tenderloin, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview, Portola and Excelsior.

Soba set by Joyce Fujiwara

Soba set by Joyce Fujiwara

Among the studios open to the public will be San Francisco’s new ceramics workspace, sfclayworks, 2240 Palou Ave., which will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Featured artists are Lucia Bogatay, Sarah Cruz, Joyce Fujiwara, Takashi Fukuda, Chris Lewis, Beth Ozarow and Nina Saltman.

Sfclayworks was started in 2011 by a group of clay artists from the former San Francisco art space, The Clay Studio. The 2,800-square-foot facility offers classes, community space, and private studios to the public.

Fujiwara studied pottery in Sacramento and Mashiko, Japan. After a 16-year break from working with clay, she took classes at The Clay Studio in San Francisco and later taught there until its closure in 2011. She focuses her attention on making beautiful handmade utilitarian ceramics that enhance our daily lives and is always striving to achieve excellence with every piece that she creates.

"Hall 1" by Takashi Fukuda

“Hall 1” by Takashi Fukuda

A native of San Francisco, Fukuda have been interested in photography since his father introduced him to it. He has been capturing images throughout his travels but feels lucky to have so many opportunities to practice the art here in the Bay Area. Although a more recent endeavor, he has become just as passionate about ceramic arts and is fortunate to have found a group of people to work with and continually learn from.

For more information, call (415) 647-CLAY (2529) or visit www.sfclayworks.com.

Other artists participating in SF Open Studios this weekend include:

Keiko Fujimoto, SOMA Artists Studios, 689 Bryant St., Studio 07. http://keikosf.com

Tenkai Kariya, Cataclysmic Megashear Ranch, 1433 Van Dyke Ave., Studio 69. http://theastralvoyage.com

Katherine Hisako Kodama, Francisco Studios, 2377 San Jose Ave., Studio 28. http://www.khkodama.com

Priscilla Otani, Arc Studios & Gallery, 1246 Folsom St., Studio 207. www.mrpotani.com

Momoko Sudo, Misho Gallery, 680 8th St., #230. http://linescaping.com

Kim Uno, SOMA Artists Studios, 689 Bryant St., Studio 27. http://kimunoart.com

SF Open Studios is the oldest and largest open studios program in the country, featuring an annual, month-long art event in October that showcases over 900 emerging and established artists in their studios. Each weekend, art patrons, admirers, and collectors venture out on self-guided tours to see as many SF Open Studios artists and their artworks as possible, in the hopes of finding their next true art love. The event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and a glimpse into the life of the working artist; SF Open Studios simultaneously helps artists build their mailing lists, gain new admirers, and ultimately sustain a living making art.

The event concludes on Nov. 9 and 10. For more information, visit www.artspan.org/sfopenstudios.

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