Ceramics News

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.

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 by Laura Braun

Erik Scollon is an artist and educator based in San Francisco, California. Scollon was recently the artist in residence at Albion College, MI and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. In 2008 Scollon was selected to participate in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Bay Area Now 5 show. His work has been exhibited and seen in venues as diverse as galleries, craft fairs, museum shows, and gay biker bars. He teaches at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley.

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 by Em Meine

CCA Ceramics major Josh Reyes (a.k.a. Sioux) will show his work as part of a multiplatform exhibition, titled Across the Table, Across the Land, at the 50th annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference, taking place in March in Kansas City, Missouri.

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Em Meine

Student Liuchengxi Liu tests the buoyancy of a piece for WILL IT FLOAT?! with faculty Denise Newman and Kari Marboe


Kari Marboe and Denise Newman 

Based on David Letterman's classic sketch Will It Float?!, this collaboration between Denise Newman's First Year Writer's Workshop and Kari Marboe's Intro to Ceramics: Push/Pull had students break into teams tasked with creating stories and buoyant sculptures based on a verb from Richard Serra.

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Em Meine

Data Slabs

DATA SLABS: AICAD Symposium Exhibition

Faculty members Kari Marboe and Megan Werner, with Ben Cirgin (Teaching Assistant, CCA MFA candidate)

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

One such moment came in 2007, after McFlynn moved to the Bay Area to attend California College of the Arts.

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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.