The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) is a museum dedicated to telling the story of a single material – clay, one of the oldest materials in the world a fundamental part of everyone’s life. Clay – both in its natural form and when converted into ceramic form when fired – is a versatile, ancient medium that is still being explored and studied by today’s artists, scientists, and historians. AMOCA champions the art, history, creation and technology of clay and ceramics.
AMOCA serves as steward to one of the foremost ceramic art collections in the world which includes industrial, factory and hand-made or studio ceramics ranging from Pre-Columbian to contemporary pieces and from functional work to sculptural fine art. AMOCA is a dynamic institution that actively collects, preserves, educates and shares the experience of clay.
Their 51,000 sq. ft. facility includes 15,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space for a 7,000 piece permanent collection and rotating exhibitions. The facility also includes a 12,000 sq. ft. ceramics studio that features extensive working space, several kinds of kilns, an Artist’s Gallery, and 16 private and semi-private artist workspaces. The studio offers a range of classes in wheel throwing, hand building, and advanced techniques along with workshops offered by acclaimed ceramists.