In 2009 a group of ceramics enthusiasts united to form the clay artist cooperative (co-op) known now as the Clay Artists at the Vineyard. Their vision was to work together to operate a studio where members could create ceramic art and further their artistic passions. This studio was, and is, located on the grounds of the Bernardo Winery.
Today there are over 35 members of two types: owner-members and contributing-members. Owner-members possess a stake in the co-op and have a say in its ownership and operations. Contributing members use and participate in operating the studio without having an ownership stake.
There are three main objectives for the Clay Artists at the Vineyard co-op:
Operate the studio for its members as intended by the founders,
Offer ceramics classes to promote the field of ceramic art, and
Sell ceramic art created at the studio to the public.
Like many co-ops, ours is based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of our founders, we believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. In this way we hope to provide an environment where the unique talents of our members can be amplified to create a community that is truly greater than the sum of its parts