Special Exhibitions

Our curriculum is embedded with special exhibitions and projects that expose students to unique experiences and shape their learning.

Writing and Literature students create the Slab Map around the SF campus.


Ceramics faculty member Kari Marboe designed the idea of the Slab Map for a visiting artist session with Denise Newman’s course Poems Off the Page (Writing and Literature Program).

Students had to first consider the function of maps, the materials they are made out of, their audiences, and lifespans. Then, using circular slabs of clay, they mapped the four streets surrounding CCA’s San Francisco campus.

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Make Words was based on an activity sheet Kari Marboe and Erik Scollon created for Christine Wong Yap’s project Make Things (Happen), shown at Interface Gallery in 2015 that featured over 40 artist-created activity sheets intended to guide participants in either making things or making things happen.

Students from both Marboe’s Push/Pull course (CCA) and Scollon’s Art 14: Ceramics course (UC Berkeley) participated in the project. 

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Make Words
Exquisite Corpse Reimagined


Surrealists of the early 1900s developed a chance-based drawing game they called Exquisite Corpse, in which each artist adds to a collaborative effort in sequence without knowing what had been created on the paper, or other material, beforehand.

Exquisite Corpse combined the efforts of two Ceramics students who, without knowing the other’s designs or intentions, collaborated on an overall pattern to complete one ceramic clear-glazed plate. 

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This project was a national search performed by Michael Swaine’s Intro to Ceramics course to find the ugliest cup ever made. Students collected, categorized, and produced ugly cups in an effort to identify the ugliest cup in America. 

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Ugliest cup in America
Bringing Sexy Back


Bringing Sexy Back was a collaborative, three-week project in the ICEBOX Gallery organized by Ceramics faculty member Erik Scollon.

Ceramics Program majors, staff, faculty, and outside artists were invited to create functional vessels in the gallery, which turned into a studio for the duration of the project. 

All participants were asked to dress in some form of “sexy” and were accompanied by a soundtrack, lighting, and disco ball during their time in glass-walled space.

After the work was bisqued and glazed, it was sold at TRAX Gallery as a fundraiser for the CCA Ceramic Guild.

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