Founded on March 22, 2003, in Pomona, California, the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) offers our guests a rich historical experience that covers the evolution of ceramic art in the United States. The popular Southern California cultural attraction features ceramic exhibitions and collections, as well as studio and community outreach programs.
The permanent collection at AMOCA includes more than 7,000 pieces of ceramic art. Visitors view factory and industrial ceramics, with an emphasis placed by museum curators on ancient ceramic vessels created deep within the heart of Central and South America. Priceless vessels from Asia and Europe round out the permanent ceramic collections at AMOCA. Robert D. and Collette D. Wilson are the benefactors of the Mettlach collection, which holds more than 3,000 Mettlach housewares that date from 1840 to 1915. It is considered the largest collection of Mettlach era pieces in the world.
Millard Sheets Mural
As one of the primary attractions of the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Millar Sheets Mural presents the history of the valley preceding the establishment of Pomona, CA as a Southern California city. Commissioned by Pomona native Millard Sheets, the mural depicts what life was like for the Spaniards who traveled around the area during the last two decades of the 18th century. Sheets created more than 30 murals, including award-winning oil and watercolor paintings hanging in other museums located throughout the United States.
Patsy Cox: Mouthpiece
On January 13, 2018, from 6 until 9 pm, Patsy Clark hosts a reception that opens the Mouthpiece exhibit created by the renowned artist. The Mouthpiece exhibit, which runs until April 29, 2018, features Cox’s artistic vision of “shock, confusion, and contradiction.” Cox has stated the artwork goes against the conventional wisdom of the meaning that defines American freedom. Mouthpiece represents the members of the media who have to present difficult news stories during a time of rapidly changing public sentiments. The design of the ceramic piece is a dozen of mouths biting lips, without voice or sound allowed to vent frustration at the American government. Publicity in advance of the thought-provoking exhibit should generate above average attendance for the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
Located at 399 North Garey Avenue in Pomona, California, the American Museum of Ceramic Art opens its doors at noon every Wednesday through Sunday. The museum closes at 5 pm to the public each day, with private tours and receptions available for groups after operating hours. For more information on booking a private group tour and reception, contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The noon opening time is perfect for our guests, as the roads and highways around greater LA reach the lowest volume of traffic during daylight hours. To avoid congestion on Interstate 10, make the 25-mile trip to AMOCA by taking Interstate 5 south and then California State Route 134 east. The 134 eventually merges with Interstate 210, which you drive east on until you reach California State Route 57 south. The 57 meets Interstate 10 heading east for the short drive to North Garey Avenue.