About the San Francisco Ceramic Circle

The San Francisco Ceramic Circle, now in its 39th year, is among the oldest and most respected ceramic collectors organizations in the U.S.A. and is a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in antique ceramics or ceramic art.

The S.F.C.C. is affiliated with the San Francisco Museums of Fine Art and sponsors a series of lectures on various aspects of ceramics. These are usually held in the Florence Gould Theatre at the Palace of the Legion of Honor located in Lincoln Park, San Francisco unless otherwise noted below. Lectures are held on Sunday mornings starting at 10.00 am with mini-exhibits 1/2 hour before the talks. Topics range from the earliest Oriental pottery, through the great European factories of the 18th century to Modern Studio ceramics. Talks are given by museum curators, collectors, authors and dealers who are authorities in their fields. On occasions the S.F.C.C. also sponsors a 2 day seminar that attracts ceramic collectors from throughout the U.S.A. and beyond. The Circle also operates the S.F.C.C. Ceramics Study Center which includes a reference library adjacent to the porcelain gallery in the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Visitors to the museum are welcome to attend SFCC lectures.

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San Francisco Ceramic Circle 2011 Lecture Program (activate date link for details)



Lecture title

Sunday 1/16/2011

David Hoexter and Judie Siddall, Past Presidents, the Transferware Collectors Club & SFCC members

"Transfer-Printed Advertising on Pottery"

9.30AM Talk

1.00PM Talk

A joint SFCC & ADAF program of two lectures by Donald Carpentier, Director, Eastfield Village, N.Y. , Potter and Pottery Historian



Sunday 3/20/2011

Katharina Hantschmann, Oberkonservatorin für Keramik, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, Germany

"Court Dining in Baroque Vienna"

Sunday 4/17/2011
From 8.30AM

Field trip

Field trip to visit the ceramic collections at the New Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California
Please note: This is an SFCC member and guest only event with member priority through 3/1/2011

 Sunday 5/22/2011

Patricia Halfpenny, Author Ceramic Historian and Curatorial Advisor

Success to America: English Pottery for the Patriotic American Market

Saturday 6/25/2011

Thomas Rogers, Curator of Collections , Filoli, Woodside

SFCC MEMBERS ( and their guests ) ONLY EVENT. Summer Social and tour of the collection at Filoli

Thursday 7/21/2011

SFCC Members "Pot Night"

SFCC MEMBERS ( and their guests ) ONLY EVENT. Display and discussion of members' acquisitions

 Sunday 8/21/2011

Melissa Bennie, Vice President, Christies, NYC

When Imitation is not the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Fakes and Forgeries

Sunday 9/18/2011

Jeffrey Ruda, SFCC member, collector and Rennaisance Art Historian, U.C. Davis, California

Japonisme in Ceramics, 1866-1904

Sunday 10/16/2011

Bernard Drageso,Antique Dealer and Art Historian. Paris, France

From Rouen soft-paste to Paris hard-paste, a chronological journey through French porcelain, from the late 17th century to 1800

10/27/2011 through 10/30/2011

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, Festival Pavillion, Fort Mason,San Francisco  

Sunday 12/4/2011

Harold Nelson, Curator, American Decorative Art, Huntington Museum and Gardens

Ceramics at the House that Sam Built

SFCC 40th anniversary Seminar John Mallet, Errol Manners, Anton Gabszewicz and Maurice Hillis Stirring the Pots: 25 Years of Change in the Understanding of English Porcelain
 2012 Program
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Membership in the S.F.C.C. is open to anyone with an interest in the collection and appreciation of fine and antique porcelain or pottery or the ceramic arts. Yearly membership dues are $60.00 for individuals and $95.00 for dual membership (two persons living at the same address). Online membership Application Form. For additional information about the S.F.C.C., to apply for membership or to attend a lecture as welcome visitor write to: San Francisco Ceramic Circle, P.O. Box 15163, San Francisco, California 94115, U.S.A. or phone (415) 750 - 3551

PRIOR SFCC PROGRAMS 2010 :2009 : 2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1998 : 1997

USEFUL LINKS: San Francisco Museums of Fine Art (FAMSF) : Asian Art Museum of San Francisco : Filoli House and Gardens ( Woodside CA ) : Oakland Museum of California :

SFCC member recommended museums with ceramic collections : Spode Ceramics online exhibition

Links to other ceramic interest organizations

Patrician Antiques home page : Porcelain index : Pottery index