The Kenneth Underwood Collection       

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ken underwood, Australian Potter, Shannon Garson & ASiF Owner, Amanda Paoletti

ken underwood, Australian Potter, Shannon Garson & ASiF Owner, Amanda Paoletti

The Kenneth Underwood collection features the works of over 400 National and International Ceramic Artists.

The Foothills Ceramic Art Museum (FCAM) made its home at the Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) in the summer of 2016. It will feature selections of the Kenneth Underwood permanent collection of internationally acclaimed ceramic artworks.

New and rotating FCAM exhibits will open approximately every three months, featuring new selections from the Underwood Permanent Collection, each with a focus on a particular style, region, genre or technique.

A PERSONAL JOURNEY, by Kenneth Underwood...

"FCAM is the first step toward my long-time dream of a ceramics museum in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. My collecting began in 1981 and reflects my roots in North Carolina, my working years in Southern California, my retirement years in Northern California, and my travels around the world. The collection is very eclectic, but is focused on functional and sculptural, 20th and 21st century studio pottery, i.e., handmade, one of a kind, artist work".

Many friends have visited my home to see the collection and watch it grow. But I have always wanted to make the collection accessible to more people, to share my joy of ceramics and build awareness for ceramic art and artists. I finally found a place to make that happen at ASiF.0

This is to be a collectors' museum: one that shares a personal experience of collecting both pottery and stories. The pots are beautiful objects in themselves, but they are also reminders of the artists I have met, the stories they tell, their experience and knowledge, their history and culture, and the land that is the very source of clay. I hope to take you on a journey of enjoyment and appreciation too.