Memory Monday: Hicks Album, Week 7

For 24 years, the juried international ceramics art show known as Feats of Clay arrived every March inside the Gladding McBean terra cotta factory in Lincoln, California. Things changed in 2012, however; the event disappeared, and when it returned in 2013, it had a new organizer, a new location, and a new name: America’s ClayFest.

For 2022, the month-long art show and competition has returned as Small Feats of Clay. The venue now is the Art League of Lincoln’s gallery on Sixth Street rather than at Gladding McBean, but it’s hard to forget the long connection to the factory. I’m very sorry I missed the opportunity to see the inside of these historic buildings (for a closer look, check out Huell Howser’s visit to the site which I featured back in 2017). For the next few weeks Memory Monday will feature images from the 2010 edition of Feats of Clay. And see below for a wonderful short video I discovered online, showing another perspective on the art show in its previous venue — a 140-year-old factory that is still busy producing quality decorative and practical pieces every day.


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