Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!  

Rachael says Merry New Years too!
She is ready to party!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas

The Kautz Family and staff of Ironstone Vineyards wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

Museum Maggie is Santa's helper this year 
and wants you all to have a Woof'n Holiday!

Ironstone will be closed Christmas day so we can all enjoy the Holiday with our families. See you Thursday!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

New Vaughn Pottery piece arrives

Just in!  Here at Ironstone's Heritage Museum we are celebrating the newest arrival from Artist June Vaughn.  

This beautiful piece is thrown on the potters wheel with Brooklyn red which is a heavily iron saturated clay. Carved with spaces for the four beautiful cabochon stones the wet clay lends itself easily to June's careful and artist touch.  

This piece is graced with 4 valuable polished stones which include an ocean jasper, poppy jasper, crazylace agate and a dendrite agate. 

After the bisque and glaze firings the pot is painted and the stones are set in place.. the artwork carving, painting and design is done by June Vaughn . The throwing is done by Rob Sorrin.   

This piece is available for purchase at Ironstone Heritage Museum, listed at $585.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Dec. 22nd.  Ironstone Vineyards will be hosting the Suzuki School of Northern California Music School's rendetition of "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" with 2 performances. One at 4 pm, the other at 7 pm.  

These performances are open to the public at no charge. Expect standing room only as this is an annual event drawing "seats full" spectators. 

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through lively readings and music that epitomizes hope, goodwill and joy.  This performance will include adult & children's Violin and Choral.

Ironstone Vineyards and Ironstone's Heritage Museum will both be open Sunday evening till 8:00 pm, featuring exclusive discounts on jewelry & gift items.

A special "Intermission Menu" will be available as well.

Do stop by, enjoy the show and get a bit of last minute shopping done.

If you would like more information on the Suzuki School, please click on the link below.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Red Shouldered hawk visits Ironstone Museum

We had a visitor yesterday that caused quite a stir.  After chasing a small bird into the area outside the Museum entrance, he became somewhat disoriented when the small bird flittered out through one of the small openings between the outdoor canvas weather walls leaving him trapped in the near enclosed area. He soon found his way out after we raised one of the panels giving him a very large opening to fly through.  Beautiful Red-shoulder Hawk. 

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Red-shouldered hawk near Blue Cypress Lake, Florida.
Red-Shoulder hawk call
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Buteo
B. lineatus
Binomial name
Buteo lineatus
(Gmelin, 1788)
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Range of B. lineatus      Breeding range     Year-round range     Wintering range
The red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) is a medium-sized hawk. Its breeding range spans eastern North America and along the coast of California and northern to northeastern-central Mexico. Red-shouldered hawks are permanent residents throughout most of their range, though northern birds do migrate, mostly to central Mexico. The main conservation threat to the widespread species is deforestation.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving where ever you are from all of us here at Ironstone

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Call to Artists!

Entry Forms for Ironstone’s 23rd Annual Spring Art Show & Competition

Theme Division due Jan. 10, 2020

Open Division due Feb. 1, 2020
download from pages above or enter online at

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Antique Auction

 Here in Ironstone's Heritage Museum, we are often asked as to our source for some of the outstanding artifacts on display.  Well, now is your chance to find treasures for your own collections.

Holabird Americana has an auction coming up in a couple of days for all you antique collectors.  Fred Holabird has been an integral part of Ironstone's Heritage Museum collection working with owner, John Kautz recommending outstanding artifacts that have fit well in our collection.

Follow the link below to take a look at some of the wonderful items coming up for auction starting October 4. 

Two interesting pieces are the railroad lamp you see here along with a very unusual tin can which looks to be totally recycled with a different brand and product on the inside walls. 

Take a look for yourself and enjoy.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Meet Artist Victor Marcelli Sat. 28th.

Meet Concourse Artist, Victor Marcelli . Victor will be painting on site this Saturday at the Ironstone Concourse d 'Elegance.

Victor Ottavio Marcelli, oil painter

Victor displayed artistic talent at a young age and it has served him well throughout his life, contributing to successful careers in illustration, graphic design and art direction as well as fine art.  Commercially, he has created award-winning art and design for diverse clientele and products, from supersonic aircraft to super burgers and finally medical products. As a fine art painter, Victor is devoted to capturing the mood and character of genre figure and landscape subjects in oil paint, preferably from life or on site en plein air. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C.L.A. and resides in Santa Rosa, CA.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Meet n Greet! Pottery Artist June Vaughn

Saturday only!  Pottery Artist June Vaughn will be visiting Ironstone's Heritage Museum, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 from 11:00 - 3:00.

June will be demonstrating her carving into clay techniques and answering your questions.  Stop by Ironstone's Heritage Museum for a casual meet n greet with June.  See her newest designs

Vaughn Pottery

June Vaughn is a native of Sonora California who has recently relocated to Wisconsin. She has over 50 years of experience as a ceramic artist. June Vaughn’s unique style of pottery includes carving, tribal like painting and the addition of found objects such as stones, wood, shells and antler.  She and her late husband are emeritus members of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California.  Their work is also in the AMOCA permanent collection of ceramic art.  June is now a member of the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council and is looking forward to starting a new direction in her work.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Meet Artist Anthony Pooler this Saturday!

Artist Anthony Pooler will be on site at Ironstone's Concourse d 'Elegance this Saturday. 

Anthony Pooler, Painter
I have painted all my life except for about fifty years when I decided to make a living. Art instruction at UC Berkeley and Cal State Hayward gave me the artistic fundamentals. Upon my retirement I rekindled my interest in creating images. I started with classic cars, but rather quickly expanded to landscapes, seascapes, and abstract works. During my time in the world of business I was lucky enough to have opportunities to travel (sometimes on business, sometimes for fun) but I always traveled with a sketchbook and a camera. My wife, Peni and I still travel, and I still collect material for my paintings. In addition, our valley and surroundings are rich with subject matter.

I usually paint in my studio because I have more tools at my disposal. But I find there is a singular joy in plein air painting.

I paint in a variety of media, watercolor, oil, acrylic, and “other”.

I paint to please myself. I find almost every painting evokes a moment, and an emotion associated with that moment. My hope is that you enjoy my work and share the joy of my moments.

Meet Artist Brad Stone this Saturday!

Meet Artist Brad Stone.  Brad will be painting on site this Saturday for the Concourse d ‘Elegance.  

Bradford L Stone​                                          ​

Valley Springs, California  (​​) (209) 581 2047

I always had an interest in Art and Painting I enjoy playing with light and color and capturing the beauty that life has to offer us. 

I studied at  Delta College  exploring the arts and ceramics.  I also minored in art at Sacramento State College learning about art and figure drawing, along with earning my degree, and my teacher’s credentials. 

 After college I explored my art interest under Susan Sarback at her School of light and Color.

 As I am retired now from teaching High School my goal is to become a Master Artist. 

My achievements in art, going back to winning The Bank America Pop Art in High School. Calaveras County Fair (Best of Show and first in fine art) 2017.  Participated in California State Fair Expo Plein Air exhibit. Not wining, but selling my painting that day. Also, participated in the Plein Air painting with Concourse D 'Elegance Car Show.  Participated in Ironstone Winery Fine Arts Obsession art competition.  Also, Ironstone Vineyard 21​st​ Annual Spring Obsession Art Show and recognize in their Family Merit Award. Over the years selling some of my pieces, hoping they bring joy in their homes​.  

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Meet Artist Linda Abbott. Linda will be painting on location here at Ironstone, Sat. Sept. 28 for the Concourse d ‘Elegance.

Exhibition Resume Linda R. Abbott


Local Color (group show), The Ansel Adams Gallery – Yosemite, April


Yosemite Renaissance XVI, national, juried

Spring Obsession 2001, Ironstone Winery, juried,

California Art Club Fall Exhibition, Women's Club of Pasadena, juried

 Arts For The Parks Top 100, national, juried, Jackson Hole, WY


Spring Obsession 2002, Ironstone Winery, juried, Juror's Award

Yosemite Renaissance XVII, national, Honorable Mention, cash award

Carmel Art Festival, national, juried

Cal Expo, Sacramento CA, juried, award

Sonoma Plein Aire 2002, juried participant,

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, group exhibition

American Impressionist Society, 4th Annual National Exhibit, award


Mountainscapes, California Art Club, Pasadena Women's Club, juried

Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA, juried, award

Plein Air Bienniel for Northern California, Napa, CA, juried


Oil Painters of America, Western Region, juried, Portland, OR

Yosemite Renaissance, XIX, national, juried

California Art Club exhibition, juried, Pasadena Women's Club


American Impressionist Society, National Exhibit, Taos, NM

Northern Views-Plein Air Biennial for Northern California, Napa, CA, juried

Yosemite Renaissance XX, national, juried


Glacier National Park with the Montana Painters Alliance, invited artist, Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT

Oil Painters of America, Western Regional, juried, Lee Youngman Gallery, Calistoga, CA


Oil Painters of America, national exhibition, juried, Fredricksburg, TX

Northern Views Plein Air, Napa Valley, CA

American Women Artists,  national, juried


Yosemite Renaissance, XXIII, national, juried

Solo Exhibit, Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MT


Spring Obsession, Ironstone Winery, juried, Murphys, CA

Northern Views Plein Air Biennial, juried, Napa, CA

Carmel Arts Festival, national, juried

Capital Plein Air, Sacramento, Grand Prize


Carmel Arts Festival, national, juried

Cal Expo Plein Air, juried


Stockton Art League Exhibition, national, juried

Chartreuse Muse Gallery, Modesto, CA, 2-person exhibit

Bozeman (MT) Discovery Map, first place/cover


Celebrating Agriculture With Art, Madera County, CA, national, juried, second place award,

Honorable Mention

Carmel Arts Festival, national, juried

Solo Exhibition, Merced County Arts Center, “Merced in Plein Air


Pacific Art League, juried, Palo Alto, CA

Celebrating Agriculture with Art, Madera County, CA, national, juried, first prize

Bozeman (MT) Discovery Map, cover

Sierra Art Trails, Mariposa, CA


First Street Gallery/Turlock, 2-person exhibit

Carmel Arts Festival, national, juried

Celebrating Agriculture with Art, Madera County, CA, juried, Honorable Mention

KVIE (Sacramento, CA) Art Auction, Juror's Award

Sierra Art Trails, Mariposa, CA


Solo Exhibit, Gallatin River Gallery, Big Sky, MT, “Landscape Interpretations”

Celebrating Agriculture with Art, Madera Co, CA, juried, First Place, Second Place

Childhood Memories” Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock, CA, juried


Yosemite Rennaisance 32, juried, national, Honorable Mention

Central California Art Showcase, juried

Celebrating Agriculture with Art, Madera County, juried, Honorable Mention (2)

KVIE (Sacramento, CA) Art Auction, juried

Mendocino Outdoor Paint Out (MOPO), cash award


            Spring Obsession, Ironstone Winery, juried

            Farm and Fields, group exhibition, Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock

            Stockton Art League 60th Exhibition, national, juried, Honorable Mention, Cash Award

            Central California Art Showcase, juried, Honorable Mention, Cash Award

            Celebrating Agriculture With Art, Madera County, juried

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. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

New Trio joins the Heritage Museum team

Meet Fu Lu Shou, our new trio joining us in the Heritage Museum.

Fu Lu Shou - The Three Star Gods represent happiness & Prosperity, status and authority, and health and longevity. The Chinese term is San Xing. San means three in Chinese and Xing means star.  They are referred to collectively as Fu Lu Shou.

If you are into Feng Shui, these three are considered lucky symbols.

Shou, often called the "Old man of the South Pole", is the star god of longevity. Images of Shou Xing are often found in birthday cards as it is said he has the power to fix the date of every person's death.  I guess that equates to a long and happy life?

Shou Zing
Next in line is Lu Zing. Lu is dedicated to the sixth star of the Wen Chang cluster, in the West known as Urs Majoris. To receive Lu is to receive wealth and Social status.  It is said Lu Xing might originally have been the Prince of Fen-yang Wang, a most honored General. He died in 781 AD at the age of 84.  (in this photo he has forgotten to put on the wings of his headdress. They are very impressive)

Last but not least, if Fu Xing.  The star of Fu is dedicated to Jupiter which is considered very auspicious. Fu has proven to bring happiness, prosperity and good luck to those who need it the most.

This ceramic deities are 36" tall. As legend states they must be in proper order and at eye level. One should never look down on them. So, here they are, looking you in the eye making promises we hope they keep!

They are actually extremely detailed and stunning to look at.  Two of the Xing's carry children that have very distinctive features.  Even if you are not into Feng Shue, you would find these interesting to observe.  Stop on by and have a look. 
They are also available for purchase should you need all the happiness, wealth and longevity they are proposed to offer.