Resume: Randy Au, ceramic artist

February 1, 2015       Randy Au

Randall Au / Flying Cup Clay -short Biography/ Resume

Born and raised in the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Oahu, artist Randy Au came to Southern California for the good weather and to pursue a fine art career. Studies include Biola University with Grant Logan and California State Fullerton with Jerry Rothman and John Stokesbury where he earned a B.A. in Fine Art. He established the Flying Cup Clay studio in 1987 and became a fulltime studio artist in 1992. He presently splits his time between the studio; being the ceramics instructor and Assistant Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California since 2002; and other various teaching and workshop opportunities.

He was a contributing member of the Santa Ana, Artists' Village Taskforce in 1993 as well as the "Mayor's Art Strategic Plan" and the Santa Ana Council of Arts and Culture. As a guest curator for the Santa Ana, John Wayne Airport, he organized "Orange County Contemporary Clay" (2007-2008); an exhibit of 28 local ceramic artists. He was featured as the guest artist with the California Japanese Ceramic Guild at the 2012 Nisei Week celebration in Little Tokyo; invited to show at the "Ceramic Biennale" in 2013 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona; and "Pedagogic Clay 2015" at the Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa.


Punahou High School; Honolulu, Hawaii 1974

Biola University; La Mirada, California 1975-1978

California State University Fullerton; B.A 1979


Part-time Teacher; Biola University, La Mirada, CA. Fall 1980

Potter; The Pottery Shack, Laguna Beach, CA. 1983-1985

Artist/owner; Flying Cup Clay studio, Santa Ana, CA. 1987 to present

Artists' Village TaskForce; Santa Ana, CA. 1991-1993

Guest curator, "Orange County Contemporary Clay" for the John Wayne Airport Concourse Gallery, Santa Ana, CA. 2007-8

Teacher/ Assistant Director; Orange County School of the Arts; Visual Arts Conservatory. 2002-present

Advisory Board; American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA. 2012- present



Oppenheimer Group; Westwood, CA.

Long Beach World Trade Center; Long Beach, CA.

Gallery Eight "Cup Collection"; La Jolla, CA.

Waterfront Hilton; Huntington Beach, CA.

"Contemporary Crafts Collection"; Nelson Museum of Art at ASU, Tempe, AZ.

 EXHIBITONS: one person/ featured artist

"Arches and Pools"; one person show, Gallery Eight, La Jolla, CA. 1987

"a Private Vision" one person show; Rancho Santiago Jr. College, Santa Ana, CA. 1989

"Ladies in Wading", one person show; Pacific Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. 1992

Featured artist; LA County Fair, Fairplex Pomona, Pomona, CA.1997

One Person show; Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA. 1998

Featured Artist, Orange County Fair; OC Marketplace & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA. 2005

"Earth, Spirit, & Fire" Featured Artist; California Japanese Ceramic Guild, Nisei week, Japanese Cultural Center, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA. 2012



"Clay in Orange County"; Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Orange, CA. 1983

"Art Offerings"; Art Connection 1984, Orange County Art Alliance in conjunction with the Olympic Arts Festival, Laguna Beach, CA. 1984

"For the Eye, By the Hand, From the Heart"; Elizalde Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. 1984

"Low Fire Show", The American Hand, Georgetown, Washington D.C. 1984

"Ceramic Forms - Living Sculptures"; Exotica Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. 1985

Two Person Show; The American Hand, Georgetown, Washington D.C. 1985

Three Person Show; Madrona Gallery, San Pedro, CA. 1988

"Teapot & Cups " show; New Stoneage gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 1989

"Artists Market", First place ceramics; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA. 1992

"Discovery Award 1993"; Gold Medal award in Fine Crafts, Art in California magazine, Napa, CA. 1993

"Dinner Works" invitational; Louisville Visual Art Association, Water Tower Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky. 1994

"Clay Today: Contemporary Orange County Ceramics"; Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA. 1995

"Feast on Art" event; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. 1998

"Tea and Fantasy"; Alianza Gallery, Boston, MA. 1999

"Form & Function: Design for the Next Generation" Alumni show; Biola University, La Mirada, CA. 2008

"Paper and Clay"; Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, CO. 2008

"Clay in California"; Muckenthaler Cultural Museum, Fullerton, CA. 2008

"Arthropoloy"; Art Rush, Pepperdine University , Malibu, CA. 2010

"Clay Today; a Re-Visit" Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA. 2011

"Reflections; a Journey of Ceramic and Photography"; Lynn J. Gallery, Buena Park, CA. September 2012

" Ceramic Biennale" American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA July 2013

"Pedagogic Clay 2015" Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. January 2015

AMOCA Biennale 2013 (2)



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