We had the good fortune of connecting with Gerald Epperson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gerald, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I worked as a consultant for the 12th District of the Federal Reserve Bank in California and was selling my Ceramics at a local craft shop. I had always wanted a place of my own. The craft shop was in a great old building in Crockett that originally housed a Nash car dealership. When the owner decided to sell the business in 1996, my wife Joanne and I decided to buy it. Joanne and I had owned a custom silver and leather shop in Amsterdam in the ‘70s and found we both loved having a retail business to pursue our creative endeavors, in this new space we would sell my work and the work of other local artists. In 2001 the building came up for sale and we decided to buy it. We converted the storage space into studios for artists and expanded the gallery space. The Epperson Gallery of Ceramic Arts as it is today has evolved over a period of 20 years.
What should our readers know about your business?
The Epperson Gallery of Ceramics Arts, is 4,000 sq ft, and is the largest privately owned, commercial Ceramic Arts Gallery in Northern California. We have a fully-equipped ceramics studio, glaze room and classroom where we host weekly workshops in Clay, and also invite Guests Artists/teachers for 2-day intensive workshops. We exhibit the best Ceramic Art being produced regionally and nationally through two national calls for art every year, with renown Jurors and ongoing themed invitational shows. In 2018 we shifted the focus of the Gallery to align with our passion for Clay, now the gallery exclusively shows Ceramic Art.
Prior to that, from 1996 to 2018, we represented artists of many disciplines
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Post-Covid, when things begin to open up, we could start with lunch at Mustard’s Grill in Napa. We could then head to the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in the Carneros Region to view the largest collection of Northern California Art originally collected by Rene di Rosa. We could experience the Farm to Table Dining that Sonoma is known for and wrap up the week with a weekend in Calistoga with mud baths and a massage at Indian Springs. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this to my wife Joanne Epperson, my partner of 50 years, in life, adventure and business. Joanne passed away on Easter Sunday 2020, right at the start of the Covid Crisis. I was one of many people who had to wait outside while their loved ones were being treated or who received their wife’s ashes in a parking lot. The mark she has left on the evolution of the Gallery and on this community of Artists is indelible. She is unforgettable and greatly missed. We were not able to gather and celebrate the life of my wife Joanne.
Here is a link to her memorial:
Jamie Valladao, Lia Cecaci