Ruby's legacy:
a community in clay

In her day, Ruby Baird O’Burke was called “the wizard of glazes in Northern California,” and “the patron saint of ceramicists,” but aside from the still-vibrant workshop she created for ceramic artists in 1962, her name is little remembered today. This is about to change.

This first major look at Ruby O’Burke’s life and influence on Bay Area ceramics was published March 1, 2022.


The first book on the American sculptor, ceramist, and teacher Mary Tuthill Lindheim (1912- 2004), who helped awaken the art world of 1950s San Francisco to the legitimacy and potential of clay as a fine art medium.   

"This ambitious introductory text . . . provides satisfying historical information while offering solid art historical context that step outside the focus of other larger-than-life ceramic practitioners of the day. It is both an advancement to understanding the history of Northern California ceramics and an homage to Mary Tuthill Lindheim. . . ."
 – Nancy M. Servis, curator, artist, former Executive Director, Richmond Art Center

Children's Books

Abby's illustrated Tosca the Cat series tells the whimsical story of a contemporary New York couple, Poire and Poireau, who live with their adopted cat, Tosca, in Manhattan. Bilingual, with French translations.

Tosca's Paris Adventure
Tosca's Manhattan Adventure
Tosca's Island Adventure

Praise, Vilification and Sexual Innuendo or, How to Be a Critic: The Selected Writings of John L. Wasserman, 1964-1979

Published by Chronicle Books in 1993, this compendium of John L. Wasserman's columns and reviews and narrative sections about his colorful and flamboyant life is a kaleidoscope of the '60s and '70s in San Francisco.


The Spirit of Oakland

Abby Wasserman worked at the Oakland Museum of California 14 years as a writer, editor and publicist. In 1999 she was asked to do a book on the history of Oakland.

Selecting a multicultural theme in keeping with Oakland's multicultural history, she hired 13 writers, most of them from Oakland.


For her first book, Abby interviewed 11 Native American artists who showed work at American Indian Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, and wrote lyrical stand-alone essays, which were printed as brochures and later published as Portfolio (1986). 

Now out of print, the imagery-rich book features painter R.E. (Rick) Bartow (1946-2016); sculptor Larry Beck (1938-1994); painter Charley Burns (b. 1960); mixed media artist Joe Feddersen (b. 1953), sculptor Leonard Harmon (1952-1989), sculptor John Hoover (1919-2011); sculptor Edna Davis Jackson (b. 1950); painter Jack Malotte (b. 1953); painter P.Y. Minthorn (b. 1960); ceramicist Lillian Pitt (b. 1944); wood sculptor/mask maker James Schoppert (1947-1992). AICA co-Director (with Janeen Antoine) Kenneth Banks wrote the Introduction. Since its publication these artists have become even more well-known. They are only a few of the Native American artists, many with MFAs, who incorporate traditional themes and subject matter into highly contemporary work. 

The book was designed by Ed Marquand, edited by William Henderson, and published by American Indian Contemporary Arts.