GACA is an informal network of ceramic artists working in the Austin area
who are committed to sharing a passion for clay and offering
opportunities for professional and artistic development.
GACA formed in May of 2003 from a group of Central Texas Clay Artists
whose common interest is their membership in TCAA.(Texas Clay Arts
Association) Prior to becoming GACA, the group had been meeting
informally once a month for about a year. The regular meeting place is
St Edward’s Univ. clay lab, courtesy of Ceramics Prof. Stan
Irvin. Meetings were focused on sharing information about clay and
networking with fellow clay artists. Local artists volunteered their
time and talent and did demonstrations, workshops, and slide
presentations for the group’s benefit.
Because there was no precedent or provision for an active group of members in
TCAA, the volunteer board members decided that they could not supervise
the activities of local groups of artists. They encouraged the Austin
based group to form an identity of their own while maintaining their
close ties with TCAA. Thus GACA was born.
Currently we are continuing to meet monthly for clay related
activities. GACA has a permanent booth available to its members at the
Austin Farmers Market. We have several Members' Shows and special
events throughout the year. Check the calendar for current information.
GACA is a volunteer organization. Decisions are made with direction
from the Steering Committee and general consensus of the membership.