Ceramics News

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

The California College of the Arts (CCA) is proud to offer a slate of Global Climate Action Summit affiliated events and contribute expertise regarding the intersection of environmental responsibility and the arts.

In September, the city of San Francisco will host the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS)—a high-profile occasion that will bring leaders, organizations, and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” This important moment will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, and citizens with respect to climate action, while also serving as a platform to launch deeper discussions about the future.

Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 by Emily Viemeister

CCA Ceramics Department and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge Working on Año Nuevo Island

Ceramics Professor and Chair Nathan Lynch and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their Seabird Nest Program. The project, originally brought together with Matthew Passmore at MoreLab, focuses on designing and fabricating ceramic nesting modules for seabirds around the world who are at risk from habitat degradation and predation. You can watch videos of Nathan and CCA students' work on California's remote Año Nuevo Island on

Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017 by Laura Braun

It seemed that de Fazio could speak with sensitivity and intelligence on practically any subject. It was no surprise to learn that his pair of hands had strapped Axl Rose into a straitjacket, as he designed props and sets for the “Welcome to the Jungle” music video, or that he had created so many of the twisted toys on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Yet, however incredible John’s work in the commercial realm, his knowledge and passion for the ceramic medium was mind boggling, culminating in surreal visions.

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by Laura Braun

Calling Peter Voulkos a ceramist is a bit like calling Jimi Hendrix a guitarist. The charismatic, rebellious sculptor and teacher was a genuine rock star of his medium, a trained potter who went on to violate every rule of pot-making — often before a live audience. His sculptures started out clearly enough as polite, wheel-thrown vessels but evolved into nervy and transgressive abstract paintings, looming behemoths fired in industrial-size kilns, precarious assemblages and live-wire performances (no ritual immolation but lots of smashing and dropping of plates and vases).

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Del Harrow lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is an associate professor at Colorado State University, where he teaches sculpture, digital fabrication, and ceramics. He has exhibited in the US and internationally, including most recently at Milwaukee Art Museum, Denver Art Museum,
and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is included in the permanent collections
of Archie Bray Foundation and Contemporary Craft Museum. Harrow is represented by Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.

He earned his BS at University of Oregon and his MFA at Alfred University.

San Francisco, Calif., September 12, 2016 -- California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce that artist Del Harrow is the 2016–17 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Harrow is a ceramic sculptor who explores issues of production and mechanization. His multidisciplinary art practice spans sculpture and design, elegantly integrating work made by the hand with digital modeling software and computer-controlled machines. Ceramics authority and critic Glen R. Brown, in Ceramics Art and Perception, said Harrow’s large-scale mixed media art and installations invite “a profound consideration of what it means to be a contemporary sculptor in clay.”

This fall Harrow will teach Craft Theory and other courses. He will give a free public lecture at Nahl Hall on CCA's Oakland campus on September 21 at 7:30 p.m. He will also present a solo exhibition, Equivalent Volumes, at the College Avenue Galleries on the Oakland campus September 20 – October 1.

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Chris Bliss

New Architecture faculty Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río

California College of the Arts (CCA) is pleased to welcome new tenure-track faculty, visiting faculty, dean of Fine Arts, and program chairs for the academic year 2016–17.

New Tenure-Track Faculty

Meghana Bisineer joins the Animation faculty. She comes to CCA from the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she was teaching in the School of Creative Technologies. Her film Dog won the East West Arts Award for Animation in 2014 (London). She holds an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art in London.

The Architecture division welcomes three new tenure-track faculty members: Lorena del Rio, Janette Kim, and Clark Thenhaus.

Lorena del Río holds a master of architecture from Escuela Téchnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where she is currently pursuing her PhD. Her research concentrates on materiality in architecture. She has taught at Cornell University and is the cofounder of RICA*Studio, a design practice based in Madrid and New York.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Moving beyond the constraints of the functional, Bengston advanced to art, studying ceramics at the California College of the Arts and the Otis College of Art and Design, where he was taught, inspired, and challenged by the likes of Richard Diebenkorn, Saburo Hasegawa, and Peter Voulkos. “Voulkos! Ultimately I figured out I couldn’t be as good [a ceramicist] as Voulkos,” he admits. “But I thought, I can paint better than Voulkos!” So Bengston switched media.

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design recently announced CCA Ceramics senior Katharine Payne and Furniture senior Stacy Motte were each awarded a 2016 Windgate Fellowship Award, bringing to eight the total number of CCA students to date who've earned this distinction since the award program launched.http://indiraallegra.com/home.html

Now in its 11th year, the recognition continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States.

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 95 Windgate Fellowship applicants from 63 universities and 18 Windgate Project Grant applicants to select the 2016 Fellows and Project Grant recipients on the basis of artistic merit.

They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.

Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

At California College of the Arts (CCA) we take the West Coast tradition of rule breaking seriously, crafting a distinctive ceramics program that is often more experimental, interdisciplinary and performative than others. As the most intellectually promiscuous program at the college, we will partner or collaborate with everyone—the painters, sculptors, social-practicers, architects, designers, geologists and writers. We welcome them all into the studio to pinch and tell stories and reframe the field.