Welcome to Black Bean Ceramics Center

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center is membership-based and open 24/7 so you can experience the art of working with clay whenever you feel inspired!Black Bean Ceramic Center is a unique place to have fun and develop your creative side.
Call or stop by. 408-642-5757 :: 561 Emory Street San Jose, CA 95110.

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INDEPENDENCE :: COLLABORATION :: COMMUNITY

Our mission is to create a working studio environment so artists can experience creative independence and have the opportunity to collaborate with others and connect to the community.

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Creative Adventures

The Black Bean studio consists of a large open 4,000 sq. ft. work space with areas for wheel throwing, hand building, and glazing. Equipment includes 13 electric wheels, a slab roller, extruders, 6 electric kilns, a raku kiln and more.

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News

DREAM IT; MAKE IT!
Holiday ceramic sale

Opening Reception
Nov. 19th 2016 5pm - 9 pm
We hope to see you this Saturday, November 19 at Black Bean Ceramic Art Center Members' Holiday Sale with the opening reception from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come by and find original and one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. The sale will continue through December 18th, the Gallery will be open Monday-Friday from 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 4 pm or by Appointment.


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Our Memberships


Independant Artist Membership

$115.00 per month

24/7 access to facilities and  cone 6 glazes. Use any clay you want or buy from any vendor. We do not charge a fee for bring your own clay. Black Bean does sell clay but again you dont have to buy from us. You fire your own work and save money doing it.  (raku,pitfire,sawdust fire, any cone up to 10) If you've never fired a kiln we will teach you for free.


Technical Support Membership

$175.00 (2 hours of private lessons per month)

This membership works both for artist who are new to clay and those with prior experience who want to rediscover their ceramic skills. Beginning students get two hours of private lessons each month and 24-hr/7 days acess to the studio to practice.

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center offers each member full access to our well-equipped ceramic studio, with a stimulating enviroment and a wide range of opportunities to explore, Seasoned artist/owners Ruben Reyes and Will Johnson want all studio members to experience excellence, creativity and self-expression while expanding their technical skillls.

Black Bean offers the novice an intensive introduction to a varity of approaches to clay. Members will be able to acquire a solid understanding of core skills, which will enhance and lead to individual expression in ceramics.



Classes

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6 Week Wheel Pottery Class

ONE THREE HOUR CLASS PER WEEK
With John McGinley

Includes: Clay, Glaze, Firing and Use of Tools
Saturdays 10am - 1 pm :: 6 weeks
Cost $225.00
GIFT CERIFICATES AVAILABLE
Please call to reserve your space : 408-642-5757.

Gift certificates are available. Call us at 408-642-5757 for detail

Past Exhibitions

GO FIGURE 2016

Featuring: Donna Billick, Michelle Gregor, Pancho Jimenez, Julee Richardson, Danny Rosales, Karen Van Galder, Fred Yokel and Tiachina Rudman-Young.

The Art of Living Black 2016

The Art of Living Black, held each February to honor Black History Month, is celebrating its 19th annual exhibit.
The Richmond Art Center hosts the main exhibition this year with over 50 artist participating.

This Annual exhibition of art by artist of African American descent is also held in several sites including Oakland, Berkeley, San Pablo and Black Bean Ceramic Center in San Jose.

Will Johnson's, co-owner of the Black Bean Ceramic Art Center, intention is to extend The Art of Living Black to the South Bay. This is Black Bean's third South Bay Exhibition.

Members Holiday Show

Annual Holiday show and sale.

Benito Ortega Vargas 2015

Benito is a Mexican born sculptor and drws on centuries-old culture that give his work a universal appeal. A call for harmony, his sculptures, made primearily of wood, bronze and stone touch the heart - an expression of a sole singing through his hands and producing abundant beauty and poetry made tangible.
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The Art of Living Black 2015

The Art of Living Black, held each February to honor Black History Month, is celebrating its 19th annual exhibit. The Richmond Art Center hosts the main exhibition this year with over 50 artist participating.

This Annual exhibition of art by artist of African American descent is also held in several sites including Oakland, Berkeley, San Pablo and Black Bean Ceramic Center in San Jose.
Will Johnson's, co-owner of the Black Bean Ceramic Art Center, intention is to extend The Art of Living Black to the South Bay. This is Black Bean's third South Bay Exhibition.

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Ceramic Holiday Sale & Open House

Members Show 2014

Each November our members come together to celebrate a year of creating ceramics. We kick the holiday season off with a party and hold an open house throughout the week

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Karen Van Galder

inner Reflections

Exhibit runs Oct.3 to November 1 2014

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Danny Rosales

Observations and Orientations

Opening Reception July 11th, 2014

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The Art of Living Black 2014

The Art of Living Black, held each February to honor Black History Month, is celebrating its 19th annual exhibit. The Richmond Art Center hosts the main exhibition this year with over 50 artist participating.

This Annual exhibition of art by artist of African American descent is also held in several sites including Oakland, Berkeley, San Pablo and Black Bean Ceramic Center in San Jose.
Will Johnson's, co-owner of the Black Bean Ceramic Art Center, intention is to extend The Art of Living Black to the South Bay. This is Black Bean's third South Bay Exhibition.

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James Wayne and James Lovera

Season of Excellence 2014

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Ceramic Holiday Sale & Open House

Members Show 2013

Each November our members come together to celebrate a year of creating ceramics. We kick the holiday season off with a party and hold an open house throughout the week

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The Art of Living Black 2013

The Art of Living Black, held each February to honor Black History Month, is celebrating its 19th annual exhibit. The Richmond Art Center hosts the main exhibition this year with over 50 artist participating.

This Annual exhibition of art by artist of African American descent is also held in several sites including Oakland, Berkeley, San Pablo and Black Bean Ceramic Center in San Jose.
Will Johnson's, co-owner of the Black Bean Ceramic Art Center, intention is to extend The Art of Living Black to the South Bay. This is Black Bean's third South Bay Exhibition.

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Feeding the Fire 2013

A Fundraiser Silent Ary Auction for Catalyst for Youth.

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Holiday Sale and Show 2012

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Susannah Israel 2011

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Las Cadre 2011

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Bill Heiderich

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Jim Cabral

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Who We Are?

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center opened its doors to Bay area artisit in 2009 by co-owners Ruben Reyes and Will Johnson. Our location is 561 Emory Street. San Jose, CA 95110. Phone 408-642-5757.

Since its inception seven years ago, Black Bean Ceramic Art Center has provided a fully equipped studio that supports artist of all skill levels. It supports and encourages those who want to explore, create and produce their imaginations. Instruction and guidance is available upon request. The studio is accessible to member's every day, all hours in order to suit personal schedules. Membership fees remain reasonable.

At Black Bean we teach the basic tenets of art: there are many ways to see and interpret the world, problems may have more than one answer, ceramics enables us to experience thinking through and within a material by which we make images become real.

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center also maintains a viewing gallery that features the work of visiting artist, as well as studio members.

The art center is located in 5,100 square foot building with easy access to all major freeways. Black Bean Art Center is membership-based with 24/7 access to its members. You can experience working with clay whenever you fell inspired. The center provides all equipment, wheels, kiln, slab rollers, extruders and individual shelf for your work. Members have the freedom to load and fire their peices as well as buy and use clays of their choice.

Stop by for a visit!

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RUBEN REYES
Ruben is a ceramic artist and master potter. His practice spans over 40 years; his work is exceptional. He received his BA and MA in Ceramic Arts from San Jose State University. He now works to help others achieve mastery of their goals. In 2004 Ruben was a consultant on the Smithsonian project: Rediscovering the Ceramic History of the Alta California Frontier, where he lead the team in replicating vessel forms and fabricating the requisite materials. Ruben understands the technical and specialization process necessary for archaeological ceramic replication. Ruben enjoys teaching and has created his own teaching methods to facilitate the process of learning ceramics; throwing on the potter’s wheel, helping students develop a relationship with clay, and how to lose the fear of kilns. He teaches the total process from how to mix glazes to firing kilns, in short, the comprehensive process in order to attain independence.

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Will Johnson

Will Johnson received his M.A degree from San Jose State University. While working on my M.A. in ceramics, I was offered a teaching position at Mt. Pleasant H.S where I taught a couple of ceramics classes. Most of my teaching career was spent in the Social Studies Department. After spending 28 years at MPHS I am now enjoying a new career as Co-owner of Black Bean Ceramic Art Center.

Studio Philosophy

Our mission is to create a working studio environment so artists can experience creative independence and have the opportunity to collaborate with others and connect to the community. Black Bean Ceramic Art Center is membership-based and open 24/7 so you can experience the art of working with clay whenever you feel inspired!

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408-641-5757

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561 Emory Street San Jose, CA 95110.

408-642-5757