Vince Palacios


January 9 - February 13, 2021

Virtual exhibition

Vince Palacios

Pink and Orange No1014, 2020

Clay, Slip, Glaze, Various Flux

16 x 19 in.




The Future is Bright with Vince Palacios 


LaiSun Keane is pleased to present an exclusively online solo exhibition of California educator and artist Vince Palacios titled BRIGHT on view on our website and from January 9 through February 13, 2021.

We are excited to usher in the new year with Palacios’ vibrantly colored works to signify our outlook for the future. Perhaps it is not an understatement to posit that the entire world is ready to leave 2020 behind and look forward to a brighter 2021. Collectively as a society, we have grown and learned from one and another through the pandemic, issues of racial and social injustices and political differences. We cannot think of a better exhibition or artist to represent our hope for the future and to start 2021.

Vince Palacios was born in Flint, Michigan; he received his MFA at Alfred University, NY and has been the Ceramics Professor at El Camino State College, Torrance, CA for nearly 10 years. Palacios’ art philosophy is rooted in growth. Experiences real and imagined inform his work. He wrote. “The emotions and images evoked by memories, be they real or perceived, have begun to hold great interest to me. It has been my intent to somehow bring to light these images.”

The restrictions imposed by Covid19 for the most part of 2020 allowed the artist the opportunity to improvise and seek new ways to make art. Change and chance were embraced to allow the potential for new form and color. Most importantly, like a lot of us, humor was key to overcome challenges and look positively at the future. As Palacios bemused, “I have come to think of it as putting a pleasant face on the clown that can kill you.”

Please join us to celebrate the opening of this exhibition on Saturday January 9 at 5pm EST with Vince Palacios and friends via Zoom. Guest panelist will be announced soon. Email us at for the Zoom link and for further details.


In this current work, Palacios is exploring the relationship between color, form and surface.


Color: In this work, color is the result of heat, abrasion, and pressure. Color is laid down in multiple layers that are later excavated or abraded to reveal the form below. Although the colors are bright, there is a strong presence of Chiaroscuro or dark underpinning in this work. 


Form: Form is arrived at through the process of wrestling with the material body to body. My hand presses and the material presses back. Leaning in, making my body and its weight and presence know in the material. Leaving a record of my action and interaction, it is a confluence of body and material, intent and expression.


Surface: There’s nothing new about pinching and leaving your mark in earthen materials. Humans have been doing this from the very beginning; leaving the record or evidence of their existence, expression, and belief in any given material that they used. It is a form of narcissism: a belief that what you’re saying is worth preserving. In this work that I’ve been doing, there is an almost haptic quality. It’s a language not composed of words, rather a composition of marks and bumps and stretching and pressing. In the end a story is being told, a form emerges, a truth is expressed, and brightness is reveled. 


Vince Palacios has been working in the field of ceramic art since 1988. Palacios received his Masters of Ceramic Art from Alfred University and his BFA in ceramics at California State University at Long Beach. He now serves as Professor of the Ceramics Department at El Camino College in Torrance California. He came to El Camino College in 2011 after teaching for six years at Western Illinois University and ten years before that at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and is included in a number of important private collections as well as prominent museum collections. Palacios continues to exhibit his work and has developed a unique approach to the use of raw glass and ceramic materials as a means of crafting intricate narratives addressing geological process, pyroclastic interaction, and heat/chemical reactions. 




1994 New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, MFA

        California State University, Long Beach, BFA

1982 - 85 Studied Theology & Psychology at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

Teaching Appointments


2011 - Present     El Camino College, Torrance, California:  Ceramics Professor 

2005 - 2011         Western Illinois University, Macomb: Assistant Professor, Ceramics Department 

1996 - 2005         California State University, Long Beach: Lecturer, Ceramics Department 

2003                    University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles:  Lecturer, Ceramics Department 

2002 - 2005        Cerritos College, Norwalk, California: Lecturer, Ceramics Department 


Selected Exhibitions

2020                   Featured artist at the ALAC Art Fair, Los Angeles with Odd Ark LA Gallery

                            Solo Exhibition, Odd Ark Gallery, Highland Park, Los Angeles 

                            Featured artist at SOFA, Intersect Chicago with Odd Ark LA Gallery

2019                     LUSH, Lighthouse Art Center, Juror: Alex Zablocki, Tequesta, florida

                            Layers: Drawing On Clay, Hudgens Art Center, Curator: Tyler Nicholson, Duluth, GA

                            Juried National V, Red Lodge Clay Center, Juror: Mike Helke, Curator’s Choice Award

                            Domestic Dining, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

2018                     Living With Clay, Nicholas and Lee Begovich Gallery, California State University, Fullerton Curator: Rody                                Lopez

2017                    CraftForms 2017 International Exhibition, Juror:  Nora Atkinson, Wayne Art

                            Center, Wayne PA (Catalog)

                            NCECA Portland, Oregon, Duncan Glaze Booth

                            Heat Treatment Small Group Exhibition, Pierce College, Woodland Hills, CA

2016                     Transformed by Fire, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

                            The Figure in Clay, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

                            The 13th Annual Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA

2015                     Beyond the Brickyard 2015 7th International Exhibition, Juror:  Mark Hewitt

                            Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana (Catalog)

                            California Handmade:  State of the Arts, Maloof foundation, Jacobs Education Center

                            Gallery Alta Loma, CA (Catalog)

                            The figurative in Clay, Craft in America Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                            American Museum of Ceramic Art, Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

                            Curated by Jo Lauria, Pomona, CA



Selected Visiting Artist – Workshops and Invited Lectures


Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, Il

Cortona, Italy, via University of Georgia, Athens, GA

USC, Los Angeles, CA

Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA

El Camino College, Los Angeles, CA

Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea

California State University, Long Beach

Duncan glaze catalog project January 2016

Duncan glaze project for metallic glaze 2016

Torrance art center workshop Torrance, CA April 2016

Reedley College Clay Workshop Reedley, CA April 2016

University of the Permian Basin, Odessa TX 2018


Residencies & Honors


2011 2011NICHE Awards Finalist, The Rosen Group, Inc.

  Finalist for the 2009 Leap Award given by The Society for Contemporary Craft

2007 Western Illinois University Summer Stipend Research Grant

Guest Faculty, Cortona, Italy, via University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

     5Th Annual JINRO Ceramics International Artist Workshop, Seoul, Korea

Contemporary American Ceramics Panel Discussion, Hong-Ik University

Seoul, Korea





Alfred University Art Museum, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Dee Roy & Mary M. Jones Collection, California

Garth Clark private collection, New York

Hal Nelson collection, Los Angeles, CA

JINRO Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Kapfenberg Cultural Center, Kapfenberg, Austria

Kamm Teapot Foundation, North Carolina

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Allan Chasanoff Collection, North Carolina

Richard A. Oelschlaeger Collection, Long Beach, California

City Museum of Varazdin, Croatia

Selected Bibliography

Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, Schiffer Publishing Ltd. Pg. 139,240

Ceramics Monthly, Upfront Exhibitions and Reviews, April 2010, Pg. 19

Lark Books:  500 Ceramic Sculptures, Pg. 43, 283

Scripps College 61st Annual Ceramics Exhibition Catalogue, 2005

Ceramic Review UK, Six American Sculptures Are Put into Perspective, Sept/Oct 2005

Pg. 48-51

Andy Brumer, Where Clay gets a Chance to Make a Big Impression, Los Angeles

Times, Jan. 27th 2005, E21

NCECA Clay National Catalog, 2003

Ceramics Monthly, Emerging Artists 2003, May 2003, Pg. 70-77

    Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection Catalog, Mint Museum of Craft and Design

Ceramics Monthly, Korea’s International Ceramics Workshop, April 1996

Pg. 50-52 

    JICA Exhibition in Belgium, Catalog 1996

JICA,  JINRO Cultural foundation, Seoul Korea, Catalog 1995