Jack Ford was a printer for Crown Point Press (when it was located in Berkeley), spent two years in printmaking at the University of California, Davis, and has been teaching printmaking at CCA since 1969.
Besides printmaking, his other passion is collecting. He has made five trips to Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia and has an extensive collection of tapa cloths, storyboards, war clubs, and other artifacts. He also has a large collection of vintage aloha shirts and a complete history of ukulele making in Hawaii. He has acquired an extensive array of examples of old-stone lithography (tobacco and fruit crate labels, preproduction beer trays, shellfish trade cards. and bill heads). He finds it very rewarding to show his diverse collections to his students.
He is presently working on a book about his flat figural and pictorial bottle openers, which he hopes will be published in 2008.