Design and Craft News

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Erik Adigard is a trailblazing digital-media designer who first made a splash back in the early 1990s with a series of visual essays for Wired. In more recent years, his work has taken a turn away from the web to focus on installations on the border of art and design.

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Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 by Elin Christopherson

Studio Glass – 50 years in California – a symposium

Sunday, February 24, 2013
1:00 – 4:00 pm at the James Moore Theater, Oakland Museum of California
Introduction by Julie Muniz
Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts at OMCA

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Elin Christopherson

Craft Department Students and Faculty (Yuki Uchimura and Takashi Ito) from Osaka University of the Arts in Japan will visit CCA Glass Department on February 26, 27, and 28.

CCA Glass Interim Chair Pamina Traylor was a visiting faculty at Osaka University of the Arts in Fall 2007. While there, Pamina forged bonds with the Glass Community at Osaka. This year, they will visit CCA while on a Craft tour of the United States West Coast.

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 Friday, February 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

In summer 2012, the artwork of alumna Mia Christopher (Painting/Drawing 2012) was exhibited in a high-profile shop window on Market Street . . . but not in its original form. As part of a collaboration with the major clothing brand Anthropologie, Christopher’s two-dimensional paintings had been transformed into prints on dresses, blouses, and jumpers.

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

When blacksmithing is depicted in popular culture, the image tends to be one of brute strength rather than finesse: A male of Wagnerian proportions wields a hammer overhead as veins bulge and sweat drops from his protuberant brow.

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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 by Jim Norrena

It's been 100 years since instructor Harry Dixon taught the first jewelry and metal arts course at what was then called California School of Arts and Crafts in 1912. One hundred years later, the Jewelry / Metal Arts Program, housed on the historic Oakland campus of California College of the Arts, is one of the oldest and most recognized in the field.

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

We head to San Francisco for this month’s Designer Dailies to visit with Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming of Yield Design. The co-founders met at California College of the Arts, where Gant studied Industrial Design and Deming studied Design Strategy. Gant leads us through a day as they prepare for their first product launch—the Yield Picnic Bag, a nifty bag that unfolds into a picnic blanket.

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Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

Interior Design today announced its 2012 inductees into the Hall of Fame, which include Alexandra Champalimaud, Patrick Jouin, Jim Olson and Tom Kundig, and Michael Vanderbyl.
“I’m tremendously excited by this year’s stellar lineup,” said Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design, which will formally induct the group during the 28th annual Hall of Fame event on November 28th at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. “This group designs the full spectrum and, most importantly, positively impacts lives all over the world.”

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Allison Byers

Yield Design Co. Picnic Bag

More and more, the talented and driven creatives of the CCA community are turning to Kickstarter -- a funding platform for creative projects. We’ve seen more than 20 successful projects on the CCA Kickstarter page, and even more are out there, achieving their goals.