Ceramics News

Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 by Clay Walsh

Untitled, mid-1960's: "I think mystery is more interesting than explanation, so let's leave this as a mystery." Louise Bourgeois

French-born American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) passed away Monday at age 98. The artist first studied painting at École du Louvre, then at École des Beaux-Arts. She was an assistant to Fernand Léger, a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, before moving to New York in 1938, where she continued displaying her work until the end of her life.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Alumna Ann Weber (MFA Ceramics 1987) finds inspiration in all kinds of places and things: geometric shapes such as the cone, sphere, and cylinder; the work of architect Frank Gehry; and the botanical world of pods, seeds, and gourds.

Yet one place you might be surprised to find her looking for inspiration is at the local dumpster.

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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Diana in her studioView slideshow 

CCA alumna and ceramicist Diana Fayt (Ceramics 1992) works out of a sunny studio in San Francisco's Bayview / Hunters Point district. Born in Sunnyvale, California, to a Hungarian family of craftspeople and circus performers, Diana is the first person in her family to attend college.

Always open to new opportunities, her path to success has been winding and filled with good friends and fortune.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 by Brenda Tucker

Sanjit Sethi will head ENGAGE at CCAView slideshow 

In 2010, students at California College of the Arts (CCA) will design furniture for Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland; help improve communications and systems for seniors at Bethany Center, San Francisco; create protective nesting modules for seabirds on Año Nuevo Island, off the Northern California coast; and work with high school students to publish an anthology of personal essays at 826 Valencia Book Project, San Francisco. These and several other projects are part of ENGAGE at CCA, an innovative initiative that will launch January 11, 2010.

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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 by Sarah Owens

Students meet Adelaide, Pie Ranch's cow.

An interdisciplinary group of CCA students gathered this summer to connect with a rural community and get their hands dirty. Pie Ranch, a local nonprofit organization and farm that teaches about sustainable farming practices, served as their classroom. It is located near Pescadero, a coastal town about 70 miles south of San Francisco.

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Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 by Brenda Tucker

Team California, the only competitor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon hailing from the West Coast, is out to prove that aesthetics and engineering can work together to create an amazing living space. Combining the latest developments in green technology with their own high-end craft and artisanal skills, and taking into account California’s incredible climate, the students are designing and building an 800-square-foot home that they hope will bring home first prize.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 by Jim Norrena

Student-designed lampshades will be auctioned at the gala
(photo by Zakary Zide)

Heads turned Wednesday, September 17, 2008, when Gump's—a purveyor of fine arts and crafts—hosted an over-the-top arts benefit: Made in the Shade. The gala paved the way for Gump's to give back to artists, with proceeds benefiting CCA in the form of an endowed scholarship.

Made in the Shade featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on custom-designed lampshades. While that in and of itself is a glowing idea, it gets brighter: several of the lampshades were designed by CCA students. Yet what's absolutely brilliant is that in order to illuminate the designs, models wore the one-of-kind lampshades atop their heads while on the catwalk! (Yes, it takes . . . gumption to pull off the old lampshade-on-the-head routine!)

Even if you didn't make the gala, you can continue to bid on 10 lampshades by visiting Clothes Off Your Back, but only until Friday, September 26. Don't miss your chance to wear a custom-designed lampshade on your head (or not) and help support the CCA scholarship that Gump's has so generously extended.

Several of the CCA participants were on hand mixing and mingling with supporters and answering questions about their designs.

Made in the Shade was an illuminating and inspired evening of high fashion (literally!) where once again those who wore the lampshades on their heads were the life of the party. The benefit gala was all in the name of art—only at this gala the familiar name was Gump's.

Event details:

Gump's San Francisco at 135 Post Street
Event starts at 6 p.m. (with cocktails & hors d'oeuvres)
Silent auction begins (ends at 9 p.m.)
Fashion show and live auction begin at 8 p.m.
Cost: $100 per ticket

For questions, please call Carmen Roberson at 415.984.9297.

CCA Participants

Kim Anno, Curtis Arima, Kelly Ball, David Cole, Jack da Silva, Marilyn da Silva, John de Fazio, Mark Eanes, Sally Elesby, Tony Esola, Chris Finley, Linda Geary, Camellia George, James Gobel, Katie Lewis, Deborah Lozier, Nathan Lynch, Nate Mahoney, Kari Marboe, KC Rosenberg, Marta Salas-Porras, Bryan Keith Thomas, Mariana Tocornal, Chano Uribe, Alison Yates, Zakary Zide, John Zurier

Remember, ask not what your lampshade can do for you, but rather what you can do with your lampshade.

—Anonymous

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