Saturday, September 7, 2019

Artist John Finger on site Sept. 28

Artist John Finger will be painting on site at the Ironstone Concourse d 'Elegance on Saturday, September 28th.  

“There is so much to see and interpret.
Each time the light changes, so does the world.”

San Francisco Bay Area artist John Finger grew up in Lafayette, CA and graduated from the California College of the Arts in Oakland in 1977. 

John is best known for his watercolor and oil paintings, both en plein air and studio works. When John is not out painting, he can be found working in his Walnut Creek studio. Although John is best known for his California landscapes, his painting subjects include the figure, animals, and anything else that inspires him. His work is becoming more and more sought after as collectors are adding his work to their collections.

John taught painting workshops at the Mendocino Art Center for many years and watercolor at Walnut Creek Civic Arts since 1990 and plein air painting through Orinda Recreation. He has also taught design and illustration classes at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill and at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He was president of the California Watercolor Society and on the board of the San Francisco Society of Illustrators. He was an artist in the United States Air Force Art program.

He is an avid runner, photographer and reader. His work can be seen in galleries around California and on his studio paintings website is

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

In Coming! Grapes that is....

Ironstone's first grapes coming in!  This year Ironstone has brought the mechanical harvester up from Lodi to have some fun in the foothills.  Caught between fields, this bright yellow monster can harvest cleaner and faster than the old hand picking style.

Today the Muscat came in off the vines, tomorrow comes the Verdello.  Stay tuned for more photos as they come in.

There is actually a great video on youtube by BioNetwork's NC Community Colleges on how the picker actually works. See the link below:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ceramic Artist June Vaughn Meet 'n Greet Demo

Mark your calendars!  Ironstone is excited to announce that Saturday, September 28th. Ceramic Artist June Vaughn will be on site!  From 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, June will be in Ironstone's Heritage Museum for carving demonstration along with Meet n' Greet.

Internationally known Vaughn Pottery has had the distinction of representing American Ceramic Artists at the International Ceramic Exhibition for many years. Known for their distinctive hand thrown vases intricately carved and decorated by June Vaughn, Vaughn Pottery draws collectors from around the world to Ironstone's Heritage Museum.  Here, they have found their one of a kind Vaughn masterpieces from our outstanding collection. 

June Vaughn will be collaborating with Murphys own Quyle Kilns, demonstrating her carving & decorating techniques on a vase provided by Quyle Kilns.   Do make a point to stop in to visit with June that Saturday.