Allied Ceramic Art Institute (ACAI)

Allied Ceramics Art Institute

7425 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

916 966-2453

As a community non-profit organization, we are dedicated to inspiring the community by encouraging creativity through ceramic arts.

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Kate's work is all drawn from life either portraiture or animals. Although my work is figurative and has its roots in living animals it is not objective but is my attempt to share with the viewer my feelings about these beings with which we share this world.

The vibrance of acrylic color excites Dee’s creativity, and her beginnings in watercolor influence technique. Abstraction and texture are significant characteristics of her work. The stamping of patterns is also used as a means of texture. The contrast of texture and smooth surface are reminiscent of the joys and difficulties encountered in life and the surprises along the way. She hopes through color to express the emotions and experiences she feels at the time of a painting. Understanding her work is revealed in her appreciation of nature, cultures and her faith.

To Erick form is most important. I strive for perfection in the forms I create. I prefer bold simple shapes. I want people to want to touch or run their hands over my work.Each piece is hand thrown on the potter's wheel using clay bodies that I formulated.Most of my work lately is pit-fired, the most ancient of firing methods.

Pieces are thrown then burnished and carefully placed in a pit. The pieces are surrounded with wood and other organic and inorganic elements to produce color in the pieces. The pit is then lit on fire. As the fire burns the flames and smoke kiss the pieces to create swirls and flashes.Giving my art to the flame can be a very rewarding or disappointing experience but one that never lacks surprise.

 Gallery Hours:

Wed. and Friday 12PM-4PM,

Thursday 12:00PM- 7:00PM ,

Saturday 11AM-3PM.

2016 Clay Camps

Register Early - Space Limited 

Ceramics Classes

  • Beginning Hand Building For Everyone - Saturday 10 - 12
    ( age 12 & older)
  • Fundamentals and Intermediat Wheel Throwing
    Saturday 10:00- 12:00 or Saturday 1:00pm - 3:00
  • Adult Open Studio - Monday & Wednesday 
    Afternoons 1:00 - 3:00
  • Adult Evening Pottery Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00
  • Youth After School Ceramics Thursday 2:00- 4:00
  • Parent Child Pottery Thursdays 6:30 to 7:00 
  • Individual Lessons by appointment
    Call 966-2453 to arrange a time.

ACAI is committed to overcoming the increasing gaps in art education and art resources in the Sacramento region; including Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Carmichael, Gold River &  Rancho Cordova.