The San Francisco Ceramic Circle brings ceramics enthusiasts together with people broadly interested in visual arts. Our topics range from earthenware to porcelain, from traditional handcrafts to art studios to industrial production, and from antiquity to the present—everything on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and beyond. We emphasize Europe and North America, but many areas of historic and contemporary ceramics appear in our programs.
As an affiliate of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the SFCC sponsors public lectures at the Gunn Theater of the Legion of Honor. Speakers include curators, academic and independent scholars, artists, and collectors. Topics range from design and technique to social history.
SFCC’s annual business meeting is “Pot Night,” in the ceramic sense. Members bring recent acquisitions, old favorites, and mystery items from their collections. Our Summer Social takes us to a different locale in the Bay Area each year. We help each other with research, we have a ceramics library at the Legion of Honor, and we support acquisitions at the Fine Arts Museums.
Our next event: Please join us on Sunday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gunn Theater of the Legion of Honor, for the next talk in our lecture series. Click our Newsletter link at the top of this page for details of current and upcoming events. Click on SFCC Collections for some of our own ceramics, including the ones on this page. Click on Ceramics Q&A for ceramics discussions. Researchers can request the high-resolution originals of our own photos and, in many cases, additional views. The Members link, for SFCC members only, has our official records, a discussion forum, and a private blog. More generously illustrated than the public blog posts (like the lecture-background essays in our Newsletters), the private blog features our own views of museum ceramics, as well as photos from other sources.