Ann Testa, Current Guild Member, has passed away

Persimmons On A Tray

The Berkeley Potters Guild has lost a gifted member to The Other Side.
Ann Testa has passed away after a long illness. She will be missed.

Ann had a varied and versatile approach to her impeccable work, firing at high and low temperatures, in salt, soda and raku kilns, throwing on the wheel, altering forms by hand and decorating her surfaces with sometimes subtle, and sometimes vivid color. Her true passion was making raku fruits she would first throw on the wheel, then alter, bringing her magic to the form. She loved the spontaneity, uncertainty and vivid colors of raku.

Ann first found her love of clay in the mid ’70’s at UC Davis where she not only majored in ceramics, but also met her beloved husband, Bob. She was a founding co owner of Davis Clayworks Gallery, a member of the Association of California Clay & Glass Artists, the Potters Council, the Crafts Emergency Relief Fund, the Lafayette Gallery, and working studios in whichever part of the country she and Bob lived in. Ann was an excellent cook, and passionate world traveler.

Raku Lemons and Persimmons
Ann Testa