Ceramics News

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 by Allison Byers

The recently released episode focuses on Oakland-based ceramicists, Atelier Dion. Owners Jay and Rie Dion are a husband and wife duo who met in 2008 while attending graduate school at California College of the Arts. After graduation, the couple realized that they could use their skills as ceramic artists to create a business focused on custom fabrication. In this episode, they discuss the ins and outs of starting a business and the sacrifices and compromises they have made to get their vision off the ground.

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Allison Byers

Oakland-based Atelier Dion has been in operation for less than 2 years, but has already built up an impressive list of clients and is on its way to becoming a successful ceramics production house. Owners Jay and Rie Dion are a husband and wife duo who met in 2008 while attending graduate school at California College of the Arts. After graduation, the couple realized they could use their skills as ceramic artists to create a business focused on custom fabrication.

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Alumnus Neil Grimmer in Times Square after opening the New York Stock Exchange

Neil Grimmer (BFA Sculpture 1995) epitomizes success.

He’s an accomplished conceptual artist and designer (with past exhibitions at Catharine Clark Gallery, New Langton Arts, Southern Exposure, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others) and today serves as CEO of Plum Inc. (formerly Nest Collective), a pioneer and global provider of premium, nutritious organic baby food with brand name Plum Organics, which Forbes magazine named #19 on its 2013 list of "America's Most Promising Companies."

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Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

California artist Ann Weber began her career making large ceramic pottery. She studied with Viola Frey at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, whose totemic clay figures inspired the scale of Weber's own work.

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Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

On the 15th of every month, Michael Swaine trundles into San Francisco’s Tenderloin district with a cart-mounted sewing machine—the old-fashioned kind, which you can only operate by means of a treadle.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Peter St. Lawrence is a codirector of Oakland's FM gallery

CCA alumnus Peter St. Lawrence (BFA Ceramics 2001) is an East Bay-based artist, designer, and entrepreneur who has been an active member of Oakland’s lively arts community for more than a decade.

The 35-year-old artist is adept at experimenting with new concepts, collaborating with artists, transitioning his career path, and reinventing himself as needed. In short, he's an entrepreneur who is making his career happen, rather than waiting for it to happen.

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Jim Norrena

The next time you butter your bread or pinch some salt or add crème fraîche to your coffee while dining at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, the world-renowned eatery known for using local, organic foods and credited as the inspiration for the style of cooking known as California cuisine, you'll likely be holding a piece of art made by CCA ceramicist Travis McFlynn (Sculpture 2013).

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Erin Wheeler

On December 15 and 16, four CCA students and one recent alumna will showcase and sell their work at the 4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in San Francisco.

Inspired by the students who took part in the American Craft Council exhibition and the CCA coursework linking craft to entrepreneurship, CCA’s Career Development Office offered students a free shared booth.

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

(photo by Zach McCaffree)

A year ago Derek Weisberg (Ceramics 2005) moved to New York to take a full-time job at Greenwich House Pottery, where he is a studio technician and teacher. His art has been included in recent exhibitions at POW WOW Hawaii in Honolulu, the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, and Greenwich House Pottery.

Having recently returned from completing the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, he took a moment to give us the scoop on his current projects, life after graduation, and exactly how many jobs you should expect to work when you call yourself a full-time artist!

(Derek Weisberg on Flickr)

What is Greenwich House, and what exactly is your job there?

My job involves teaching a hand-building sculpture class and helping the ceramic studio function smoothly and properly. Greenwich House was founded in 1902 as a settlement house to help New York's immigrant population adjust to life in the U.S. Today they have various programs in social services, arts, and education that are open to the public.

What are you working on now in your personal work?

One current project is a group of canopic jars. The idea comes from ancient Egyptian burial practices and beliefs about the afterlife. I am taking this very old ritual and bringing it into the present by replacing the gods with portraits of rappers who have passed away. This series tests my "chops" as a sculptor, and deals with themes I am interested in such as life, death, the afterlife. It is also about a culture I have been involved in almost my whole life.

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Ace Lehner

From August 3 to 5, approximately 30 students will present their work at CCA's "School to Market" booth at the American Craft Council Show at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

With more than 230 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home-decor artists from across the country, this is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies, providing an unparalleled opportunity for students to exhibit their fine art and functional craft works in a high-profile venue.

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