Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival

2015 marks the 23rd annual Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, held at the Palo Alto Art Center on July 11th and 12th.The largest show of its kind, this event includes 150 juried artists displaying a wide range of contemporary, traditional, fine and functional glass and clay works of art.

Perfect for art enthusiasts of all ages, this free, two-day event takes place from 10am to 5pm and is set among the beautiful garden backdrop of the Art Center. Juried by their ACGA peers, the festival’s artists are widely acclaimed and many are internationally recognized. In addition to artist’s booths, where you can meet and talk directly with the talent behind the creative works, there are also a variety of interactive projects and live demonstrations in both glass and clay mediums as well as delicious food and drinks from local eateries.

This event is hosted by the Association of Clay & Glass Artists of California (ACGA) in conjunction with the Palo Alto Art Center. The ACGA is dedicated to establishing and maintaining high standards of craftsmanship and design in clay and glass. The ACGA began as the Association of San Francisco Potters in 1945. According to their website, they have over 500 members including clay and glass artists, students, patrons and supporters, galleries, network organizations and corporate sponsors throughout California.

The ACGA is the nation’s largest nonprofit membership organization whose primary goal is providing opportunities for their members to exhibit and sell their work. The Association regularly presents museum and gallery exhibitions of clay and glass, including the annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival each July. Established in 1971, the Art Center serves as a place to discover, create and be inspired by art. It serves over 70,000 people annually through a variety of programs and classes.

The festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 11th and 12th from 10am to 5pm at the Palo Alto Art center located at 1313 Newell Road. Valet parking is available.