About the San Francisco Ceramic Circle

The San Francisco Ceramic Circle, now in its 40th 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.

There are useful links at the bottom of this page

San Francisco Ceramic Circle 2012 Lecture Program (activate date link for details)



Lecture title

Sunday 1/15/2012

Patricia Knight, Antique Dealer, SFCC member, Collector, and dedicated gardener

"The Botanical Obsession: Prints and Porcelain"

Sunday 2/19/2012

Fred M. Daniels, Collector, SFCC member and Board Member of Haviland Collectors International

"Haviland Limoges: French Aesthetics for the American Table"

Sunday 3/18/2012

Meredith Chilton, Independent Art Historian, Quebec, Canada

"Fired by Passion: Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius du Paquier"

Sunday 4/15/2012
9.30 - 11.30AM

Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, Curator, Russian Porcelain Collection, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

"The Glamorous Age of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna and Early Russian Porcelain"

Saturday 5/5 and Sunday 5/6/2012 SFCC SEMINAR

Anton Gabszewicz, Maurice Hillis, J.V.G. Mallet and Errol Manners

San Francisco Ceramic Circle 40th anniversary seminar "Stirring the Pots: 25 Years of Change in the Understanding and Attribution of English Porcelain" ( Click to link to more program information ) As of 3/29 seminar space is still available but only 11 tour spaces are still open ( note tour requirements on page 7 )

Saturday 6/23/2012

Thomas Rogers

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

Thursday 7/19/2012

SFCC Members "Pot Night"

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

 Sunday 8/12/2012

William R. Sargent, Independent curator, former curator of Asian export art, Peabody Essex Museum

"New Research and Connoisseurship on Chinese Export Ceramics"

Sunday 9/16/2012

Richard Baron Cohen, Collector and member of the American Ceramic Circle

"Royal Porcelain in the Twinight Collection 1800 - 1850""

Sunday 10/14/2012

Sebastian Kuhn, Senior Specialist,Bonhams, London

"Collecting Culture: Historical Porelain Collections"

10/25/2012 through 10/28/2012

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, Festival Pavillion, Fort Mason,San Francisco The San Francisco Ceramic Circle is a Cultural Partner for San Francisco's Premier Antique Show. You can reach the show's web site for more information by clicking on the date link

Sunday 11/18/2012

Loren Zeller, Independent Researcher, Collector, President, Transferware Collectors Club.

"Animals on Printed Pots:  Understanding the Role Animals Played in Early British Printed Wares, c. 1790-1820"

 2013 Program

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: 2011 : 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

Links to other ceramic interest organizations

Patrician Antiques home page : Porcelain index : Pottery index