Ceramics News

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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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

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?

Read and see more: http://www.thethingquarterly.com/projects/lynch-pc2.html

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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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Kari Marboe

True collaborations come easily, especially when they combine history and clay.

Ceramics faculty member Kari Marboe, Director of Alumni Relations Jessica Russell, Director of Libraries Annemarie Haar, and CCA alumnae Eve Steccati-Tanovitz (Graphic Design 1969) and Arlene Streich (Arts Education 1961; Painting 1966) worked together to reveal the history of the college’s archived woodblocks and incorporate these historical tools at the Ceramic Program’s Open House, which took place as part of CCA’s Alumni Weekend earlier this month.

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Story of the Woodblocks

In the late 1960s, Professor Emeritus Vincent Perez was teaching woodblock printing and drawing at what was then CCAC. An Alumni Office staff member in Treadwell Hall (now Macky Hall) asked Perez if he would like to take possession of the woodblocks.

The woodblocks had been previously used to print the college’s publications (course catalogs, newsletters, and diplomas) going back to its founding in 1907 and decades thereafter.

If Perez hadn’t wanted them, they would have been thrown away.

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

After graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Weisberg has worked as a full-time artist for the past 10 years and honed his skills under the late legendary sculptor Stephen De Staebler. Weisberg primarily creates figures, busts, masks, jars, hands, and wall reliefs—sometimes even reaching eight feet tall—all by hand. Themes such as death, vulnerability, human dysfunction, longing, and loss come through in his pieces.

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Molly Mitchell

CCA Ceramics chair Nathan Lynch and faculty member Kari Marboe had their new works exhibited in the group show Magical Thinking at Root Division, which ran from August 6 to 23.

Magical Thinking was co-curated by Kari Marboe and Erin Colleen Johnson, who met in UC Berkeley's MFA program. The artist-curators have been investigating modes of magical thinking within their collaborative and individual practices and had asked eight fellow artists to join them in considering this theme using a variety of strategies and materials.

The works ranged from sculptural installations to video projections to participation in past customs redesigned for today’s needs.