Visionary arts patrons Gordon and Jane Herr bought the 160-acre Walker Ranch above Guerneville in 1939 with the idea of establishing a Bauhaus-inspired art colony that would, as they said, be a “sustainable sanctuary for artists away from a world gone amok.” Two years earlier they had met Wildenhain and her husband, Frans, on a recruiting trip. As things heated up in 1940, Wildenhain immigrated, leaving behind Frans, who was forced into the German Army. She taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then made her way to what would be called Pond Farm.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 by Jim Norrena
Ghetto Goldilocks is part of the 25th Street Collective in downtown Oakland
It used to be when an article of clothing became outworn you either gave it away or you threw it away. Those were the options.
Yet today's artists are using their arts education to revisit, rethink, and ultimately repurpose how to use discarded materials in ways that are socially rewarding, environmentally sustainable, and downright eye-catching!
Briget Campbell (BFA Ceramics 2005) is the proprietor of Ghetto Goldilocks, which is part of the 25th Street Collective located at 477 25th Street in downtown Oakland. Artist-merchants within the collective are producing works that not only attract art consumers but also those consumers who are looking for sustainable products.
In Campbell's case, she has ingeniously repurposed recycled and discarded clothing pieces to re-create new fashion pieces that are unique, stylish, comfortable . . . and literally built to last. She takes yesterday's forgotten mediocrity and makes today's stunningly memorable fashion statements.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 by Laura Braun
Pondering the Bay Area now, ceramic sculptor Nathan Lynch had rising sea levels and rents in mind when he began making the three large and striking glazed-clay and redwood buoys - one of them 15 feet tall - viewers will encounter at Yerba Buena. Each sits on a giant doughnut made of redwood chunks that Lynch picked up near his West Marin home. One is stacked with hazard-yellow doughnut, vessel and Y shapes. Another is made of loopy satellite-like forms glazed a gleaming silver-metal. The third is made with blobby off-white forms that suggest breasts or a pile of frosting, as he put it.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Laura Braun
But the pair graduated from California College of the Arts in 2010, when full-time employment was hard to come by. They needed that kiln to create jobs for themselves.
"We were working out of our apartment's tiny, 150-square-foot garage, with the goal of doing pottery full time," says Jay. "It was our best idea." And a lucky one.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Matthew Kelly
Dario Robleto and the spring 2014 Materialist Poetry Advanced Sculpture Workshop
The Sculpture Program invited Dario Robleto to join the CCA faculty as the 2013-14 Viola Frey Distinguished Visiting Professor. His time was divided between the undergraduate and graduate programs where he worked with students on self-defined "materialist poetry."
Robleto creates most of his work by using embedded histories in his materials to build narratives of love and time. He often uses audiotape or vinyl to hint at a forgotten history.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
500 Figures in Clay
Lark Crafts, 2014
Paperback, 420 pages, $27.95
The second volume of 500 Figures in Clay features seven CCA alumni. Congratulations to Shalene Valenzuela (MFA 1997), Nuala Creed (Ceramics 1999), Derek Weisberg (Ceramics 2005), Crystal Morey (Ceramics 2006), Joe Kowalczyk (Individualized Major 2006), Yeon Joo Lee (Ceramics 2012), and Victoria Jang (MFA 2014). The book features works by new and emerging ceramicists who chronicle the ongoing exploration of the human form. Amazon says: “From rustic creations to postmodern designs, from realistic to abstract, these pieces embody the diversity, imagination, and excellence of today's finest ceramic art.”Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
Saving | Face is the first commercial gallery solo exhibition from California transplant Derek Weisberg. Weisberg has been making sculpture in ceramics for over 20 years, and earned a BFA in ceramics, at California College of Arts and Crafts, in 2005. Weisberg spent the early part of his career cutting his teeth on the Left Coast. Now living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Weisberg molds sculptures that are in the vein of psychological portraiture, but are creatively warped and askew.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock
Hairy Fish Press, 2013
Hardcover, 78 pages
Wicky Sticket (Ceramics 1995) is the pen name of the author, illustrator, and publisher of Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock. The author says:
“These events happened while racing my sailboat.
Every character and poem was created in clay.
The sand came from Baker Beach in Sausalito, California.
Buoy X is an actual buoy off San Francisco city front.
Sailor's also race around Red Rock, found in our bay.
The water was carefully tested for color, transparency, opacity, and harmony.
It’s a rhyming fiesta, with exotic foods included.
Along with a racing storyline, intrusions of kitchenware and possible seafood incidents, among many other issues arise.
A bit of a giggle fest can ensue, for the young and elderly alike.
Email email@example.com for pricing and to order.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Jim Norrena
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announced in April that Hilary Sanders and Michael Esteban, two recent Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni, both were awarded a 2013 Windgate Fellowship, bringing to five the total number to date of Windgate Fellowships awarded to CCA students since the award's inception.
The fellowship selection process presents a “rare opportunity to survey the best and brightest emerging makers in the field of craft.” It also gives these emerging artists both the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Allison Byers
Sculptural works by Nathan Lynch, who chairs the ceramics department at California College of the Arts, are highly enjoyable. They consist of piles: one of wood pieces, their ends painted so they resemble giant matchsticks; others of brilliantly colored clay or glazed porcelain bulbs as visually enticing as they are unsettlingly organic-looking (larvae come to mind).Read the rest