Ceramics News

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

Since 1970, when she enrolled in the California College of Arts and Crafts, Carnwath has lived in Oakland. She confesses to still missing the cold and occasionally cranking up the air conditioning so she can walk around in her winter coat. But she has found mentors, friends and a community that has supported her work.

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Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

When most people look at the streets of the Tenderloin district in downtown San Francisco they see drugs, crime, and homelessness. But Michael Swaine sees it differently.

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Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

Swaine is an instructor at the California College of the Arts, where he teaches ceramics. However, it isn’t his pottery talents that he is putting to use for the people in San Francisco’sTenderloin District; notoriously gripped with poverty and crime. Instead, for the last 12 years, he’s been using an old-fashioned treadle sewing machine mounted onto an ice cream cart and dedicating the 15th of every month to patching up clothes for whoever wants to use his services—free of charge.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by Laura Braun

Perry left Hawaii in 1982 to study at California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts), studying ceramics with renowned ceramic sculptor Viola Frey. Around 1999—2000, he began working with wood. Perry received an MFA from the CCAC, and is currently Director of Installation and Conservation at Runnymede Sculpture Farm. His career includes multiple solo exhibitions, most recently at St. Mary's College in Moraga and Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco.

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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Em Meine

Ceramics alumnus Luke Shalan was recently profiled on CFile, a leading resource on contemporary ceramics and clay online.

Luke has been building contraptions to drop porcelain slabs over common household objects and tools since he was a student at CCA, and has continued to refine his mechanisms since graduating and moving to LA. In the profile, Justin Crowe writes: 

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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

Shauna majored in ceramics at San Francisco’s California College of Arts and Crafts, which seems at first glance an unlikely prerequisite to winemaking.

“Most people don’t realize that in order to major in ceramics, you have to take two semesters of chemistry to understand what can and cannot be heated up to 3,000 degrees,” she said.

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Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 by Em Meine

Changing Tides, Marilyn da Silva. (Courtesy of the artist)

Jewelry / Metal Arts chair Marilyn da Silva was recently selected by The Maloof Foundation and Craft in America as one of 12 "core artists" to exhibit her work and nominate other artists working in craft-based fields for California Handmade: State of the Arts

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Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Em Meine

Nathan Lynch, THE PERFECT CUP. Photo courtesy of THE THING Quarterly.

Nathan Lynch, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Program, has created a new edition of THE PERFECT CUP for THE THING Quarterly, a San Francisco periodical. The cups are shaped and glazed by hand, making each one earnest, unique, and lumpy in all the right ways. Are you one of those people still drinking out of a paper cup?

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

After she graduated, she headed to the California College of the Arts to study illustration and ceramics. In 1990, she returned to Hong Kong to teach at the Museum of Art and the Art School. "I was one of the few people bringing back the American perspective to Hong Kong, [things such as] ceramics with a sculptural edge," she reminisces. "I was trained in the West Coast Bay, where everything was possible."

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Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Previously a student at Oakland’s California College of the Arts (see her whimsical sculptures at the tasting bar), Shauna believes “wine is ephemeral art,” so the transition from art to winemaking was easy for her. For Rock Wall’s 2008 vintage, she and her dad created wines with 60 tons of grapes. This year, they’ll do close to 400. But Shauna doesn’t always follow precisely in her dad’s footsteps.

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