About the San Francisco
Ceramic Circle

The San Francisco Ceramic Circle was founded in 1972 and 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 on Sundays starting at 10.00 am with mini-exhibits 1/2 hour before the talks. Topics range from 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.

For further details and SFCC activities see the SFCC BROCHURE.

Visitors to the museum are welcome to attend the free SFCC lectures.       There are useful links at the bottom of this page

San Francisco Ceramic Circle 2013 Lecture Program



Lecture title

Sunday 1/20/2013

Patricia Knight, SFCC member and Antique Dealer

"Creative Tension, Melding Art Pottery and Commercial Design: the Life and Times of Frederick Hurten Rhead"

Sunday 2/17/2013

Elizabeth A. Williams, Rhode Island School of Design

"Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection"

Sunday 3/17/2013

Hyonjeong Kim Han
Associate Curator of Korean Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

First under Heaven: Korean Celadon in the Goryeo Dynasty

Sunday 4/21/2013
9.30 - 11.30AM

San Francisco Ceramic Circle Collectors

"Welcome to the Club: Collecting Ceramics for Beginners"

Sunday 5/12/2013
9.30 - 11.30AM

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

"Christopher Dresser:  Industry and Modernism in Ceramics"

Saturday 6/29/2013

To be announced

Summer Social. SFCC MEMBERS ( and their guests )

Thursday 7/18/2013

SFCC Members "Pot Night"

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

 Sunday 8/11/2013

David Hoexter, Past President, the Transferware Collectors Club & SFCC member

"The American Advertising Calendar Plate: a Window on America’s Rural Past"

Sunday 9/15/2013

Janice Paull, International Specialist dealer for English Ironstone China

"English Ironstone China 1790 - 1850 - Mason's Patent Ironstone China"

Sunday 10/13/2013

Ellen Denker, Independent researcher and Lennox archivist

"Flowers and Faces: Painting on Lennox China"

10/24/2013 through 10/27/2013

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


Sunday 11/17/2013

Jan Daniël van Dam, specialist consultant for European Ceramics (formerly Senior Curator Ceramics and Glass, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam )

"Dutch money, German know-how, and French taste: 60 years of Dutch porcelain (1759-1814)"

Sunday January 19, 2014



 Robert Aronson

"An Overview of Dutch Delft"

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the collection and appreciation of fine & antique porcelain or pottery.

Yearly membership dues are $60.00 for individuals and $95.00 for dual membership (two persons living at the same address)


For additional information about the S.F.C.C., to apply for membership or to attend a lecture as a guest write to:
San Francisco Ceramic Circle, P.O. Box 15163, San Francisco, California 94115, U.S.A. or phone (415) 750 - 3551

Links to Other Ceramic interest Organizations
SFCC member recommended Museums with Ceramic Collections

PRIOR SFCC PROGRAMS: 2012 : 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 & Gardens at Woodside CA : Oakland Museum of California :

Patrician Antiques Home page : Porcelain index : Pottery index