Photo © Jean Cross
Event Dates: May 10, 2013 - June 01, 2013
January 2013, Gladding McBean made the business decision to close to the public ending the tours of the factory! For those of you that are interested, Huell Hauser made a California Gold episode at Gladding McBean and the Art League of Lincoln is in the process of making a "Virtual Tour" DVD of Gladding McBean and will be available through www.all4art.net.
The 2013 America's Clayfest Art Show will be held at Blue Line Gallery in Roseville from May 10 - June 1. There is a Public reception on May 18 from 7-9 PM.
We are leaving the event history details in place to tell all of some of the history of our community!
When Gladding, McBean first opened on May 1, 1875 little did founders Charles Gladding, Peter McBean, and George Chambers realize how significant pottery would be to Placer County, as well as the international architectural and art worlds.
During the mining of coal in Lincoln, California, a very fine high grade of Kaolin Clay was discovered. The very presence of this high grade of clay was of such importance that the news was published in the San Francisco newspapers.
In 1875 Charles Gladding, Peter McBean and George Chambers formed a partnership that became Gladding, McBean and Company. It soon became the preeminent West Coast producer of clay products.
The Architectural terra cotta sculptors produced fantastic beasts, gargoyles, cherubs and scrolls among other details that decorated buildings nationally and internationally. You can still drive around San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Honolulu, Tokyo and New York and view Gladding, McBean’s beautiful facades. The factory also grew into one of the United States' largest supplier of terra cotta pipe, Franciscan Ware, and Chimney pipe. Gladding, McBean is still a working factory using many of the same techniques used in the 1800s to manufacture pipe, architectural terra cotta restorations, as well as pottery, brick and roofing tile.
March 27, 2012, a NEW art association was created to continue the celebration of Lincoln's history and future of art . The Art League of Lincoln, will produce an International Ceramic Show called "America's ClayFest . This year’s show will be juried by nationally known artist and teacher, Richard Shaw. The reception will be April 20 at a site still to be determined. They plan to host many other exhibits of all art mediums as well at performing arts productions. They anticipate many educational opportunities in local classrooms as well as in their art center.
Unfortunately, the tours of Gladding McBean during America's ClayFest (formerly known as Feats of Clay) have been cancelled due to Gladding McBean's decision to close public access.
There will be presentations on the History and Art of Gladding McBean by former GMcB employee & sculptor, Jean Cross, offered through the Art League of Lincoln. Please contact them for more information.