Frederick Hurten Rhead

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, November 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. for the double feature lecture :  “George and Martha Washington:  A Ceramic Biography”, and “’Keep it in the Home of Washington’:  The Ongoing Restoration of George Washington’s Mount Vernon”, given by  Adam T. Erby, Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Lectures are at 11:00 and 1:30 respectively, in person and at the Gunn Theater.  Co-sponsored with the FAMSF curatorial support group the American Design and Arts Forum.