Ceramics News

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Edith Garcia with Viola Frey's sculpture Woman with Elbow on Raised Knee (1994) at the Oakland Museum of California

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce artist and visual critic Edith Garcia is the 2015–16 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor. Garcia is a sculptor, installation artist, and author noted for her innovative use of clay and haunting forms that reinterpret the figure. She has shown throughout the United States, Mexico, and Italy.

This fall she will teach Craft Theory and other courses; she will also give a free public lecture, “My Life in Sculpture,” at Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus on October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Garcia is engaged in scholarship around “the absence and presence of human form” in figurative ceramics. As visiting professor she will have full access to the Viola Frey Archives at Artists’ Legacy Foundation in Oakland, a resource for scholars, curators, and the general public. Garcia plans to research a not widely known period of Frey’s work produced in the late 1970s.        

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).

Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.

American Craft Council Show

Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

During a visit to a sister in California in 1963, she met George Seka, an Austrian-born lawyer. They married, she stayed, and they have stayed married. Seka studied ceramics at the California College of Arts and Crafts under the paradigm-shifting Viola Frey, who took ceramics from craft to art.

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Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Alan Christopher Chin is a contemporary American artist. He lives and maintains a studio in Downey, working in variety of traditional and experimental mediums including, painting, photography, sculpture, film, and performance. He received his BFA in Ceramics and Painting (2010) at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.

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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.

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.

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.

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: 

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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