Firing Imagination: Contemporary Ceramics & Glass is a juried exhibition intended to highlight the demanding technical aspects and the wide variety of creative exploration possible in these challenging media. Works in any glass or ceramic technique, including mixed media works that feature glass or ceramic elements, were considered eligible for the show. During the winter, entries were accepted from throughout the Western United States. The show was juried by well-known artists Susannah Israel and Otto Rigan in early March, with 51 works by 26 artists selected for the exhibition.


Unfortunately, due to the public health situation, and the limitations on travel and personal contact directed by the State of California, the Carnegie Arts Center was not able to gather the works and open the exhibition in April as planned. The cancellation of the show has saddened our staff, our board of directors, our volunteers, and our jurors. We are sorry to have let down our audience and so many talented artists. And we are especially disappointed not to have been able to welcome the more than 1,200 elementary school students who were scheduled to visit the exhibition on field trips in April and May.


While no prizes were awarded (judging for awards would have taken place once the artworks were gathered in the gallery), we have decided to showcase the 51 pieces that were originally accepted for the show. We illustrate them here with the images submitted for jurying by the artists (with detail views when provided). We have arranged them by category and in alphabetical order. Click on the artist’s name in the list below to be directed to their website (if any).


We want to thank the artists for their patience and understanding as we worked through this process.  We hope you will enjoy this virtual exhibition. We look forward to seeing you at the Carnegie when we are finally able to re-open our doors!

List of participating artists:

Ann Bailey, Turlock, CA

Dana Bilello-Barrow, Foresthill, CA

Vicky Boese, Modesto, CA

Noah Breuer, Berkeley, CA

Annie Campbell, Opelika, AK

Randall Crimmel, Modesto, CA

Sandy Frank, Sebastopol, CA

Susanne French, Merced, CA

Barbara Gill, Modesto, CA

Don Hall, Turlock, CA

Jack Halpern, West Hills, CA

Jaymz  Harkey, Merced, CA

Hilary Harrison, Gloucester, MA

Kristin Kessey, Ahwahnee, CA

Karen Lopez, Laughlin, NV

Amy Morgan, Clovis, CA

Larry & Kathy Myatt, Merced, CA

Emily Orth, Modesto, CA

Anne Pinkowski, San Leandro, CA

Emilie Righetti, Auburn, CA

Elizabeth Saltos, Oakhurst, CA

Marisa Segovia, Chico, CA

JC Strote, Lodi, CA

Nic Webber, Modesto, CA

Kathy White, Stockton, CA

Sean Yang, West Hollywood, CA

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