Meet your Monitors
This is a series of articles that will introduce you to our monitors, without whose help we could not have open studio time.. Just click on any of the monitor names to be introduced to them.
"Ever since I was small, I enjoyed my father's beautiful ceramics pieces from well- known Japanese ceramics masters," Betty explained. "I thought it would be nice if someday I could take ceramics lessons."
Kathy Minard is the studio monitor on Tuesdays from 4 to 7pm. She is a remarkable, educated new potter who has many interests, skills and accomplishments that make her a welcome and potentially valuable member of our guild (and she has a website).
Although ceramics originally seemed like a detour from her jewelry, her time at the studio has brought her full circle, enabling her to create jewelry that blends ceramics, beads, and textiles. Her latest jewelry pieces are a series of felted wool bracelets, each highlighted with a Raku disk and usually decorated with threaded beads.
Clarice, like all of us, feels fortunate to work in such a terrific studio space with a congenial and cooperative group. She enjoys being a Monitor and the satisfaction of contributing to the accessibility of the studio for the membership.
Come by the studio on Wednesday afternoons, and you’ll meet monitor Michele Ostrie. Michele, a sculptor, has been a member of the Clay Arts Guild for 22 years, since she and her husband Barry moved to Alamo from Long Island in 1984.
Many CAG members already know Sandy as the friendly lady with the full head of straw-blonde hair, big smile, and great stories. She is already popular because she volunteers as a monitor on Friday afternoons, splitting that shift with Michelle Ostrie. If that isn't enough, she is one of those rare people who do it all—handbuilding, sculpture, and throwing.
Joe Pagni "Pino"
Joe was born in nearby Crockett, attended local schools, and still lives in Crockett today. His friends call him “Pino.” If you show up at the ceramics studio on a late Friday afternoon, you’ll probably be greeted with an enthusiastic “How ya doin!” from monitor Joe Pagni.
Learning new skills, producing useful items and marveling at what comes out of the kilns are all special in Betty's mind, but she commented, "The best part of coming here is the people I have met and the friends I have made."
Tom grew up in Boston attending several noted Universities in Massachusetts before traveling west to visit friends who were part of the software/dot.com gold rush. Leaving Boston's 20 degree weather, Tom arrived on a typical, balmy, 65 degree San Francisco winter's day.
List of monitors who have helped us in the past.