Furniture News

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Janet Vail

Barbara Holmes: CCA Furniture Program Faculty Member Highlight

The genre-defying art of Furniture professor Barbara Holmes is wide ranging in both materials and style.

She makes lively installations from pieces of reclaimed wooden lath that spiral around doorways and tree trunks. She cuts open discarded hollow-core doors, exposing the support structure within, and remakes the pieces into scaled-down architectural forms, sometimes lit from within.

And she has made prints from 100-year-old tree stumps in the Sierra Nevada.

No matter the material or technique, Holmes is interested in our past and the things we’ve discarded and moved beyond. “It's a theme that runs through all of my work, and using reclaimed materials, past histories, and lost knowledge is all a part of my process,” she says.

Holmes’s artwork has a playful quality that, combined with its positive message of reclamation and transformation, hits a chord for the modern viewer. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Recology.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Jim Norrena

(l-r) President Stephen Beal, Furniture faculty Donald Fortescue, Stephen Moore, Dean of Design Leslie Roberts, Furniture chair Russell Baldon

CCA student Stephen Moore (Furniture 2017) has been awarded a 2016 Bill Moggridge Award, which affords $10,000 to a selected design student to use toward his or her work and development. Moore was selected based on his display of design innovation, design excellence, design craft, and the overall strength of his vision.

The annual design awards program is sponsored by Techmer PM, IDEO, and the Bill Moggridge Awards Sustaining Committee, and in 2016 CCA was added as one of three new institutions at which Bill Moggridge had a significant impact. Moggridge received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2012.

(The Royal College of Art in London, where Moggridge was a visiting professor in interaction design and Stanford d. School, where he was an associate professor, are the other two institutions.)

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

Roeper quite literally combines European traditions with Californian sensibilities. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, he trained at California College of the Arts (CCA) and counts as his inspirations the furniture of Asian, Craftsman, Art Deco, Biedermeier and Bauhaus traditions. He established Studio Roeper in 2003 and his work has since been acquired by leading local designers as well as talents around the globe, from Peter Marino in New York to Veer Grenney in London.

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design recently announced CCA Ceramics senior Katharine Payne and Furniture senior Stacy Motte were each awarded a 2016 Windgate Fellowship Award, bringing to eight the total number of CCA students to date who've earned this distinction since the award program launched.

Now in its 11th year, the recognition continues to be one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for emerging craft artists in the United States.

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 95 Windgate Fellowship applicants from 63 universities and 18 Windgate Project Grant applicants to select the 2016 Fellows and Project Grant recipients on the basis of artistic merit.

They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

Each year more than 100 universities from across the country are invited to nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill to apply for a fellowship award of $15,000 to support a project that will further their careers and contribute to the advancement of the field. Ten fellowships are awarded each year.

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

Artist, designer and craftswoman Hannah Beatrice Quinn was one such student. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 2014, Quinn became a member of the Hunt Projects community. She works primarily in wood and metal, crafting ‘things that are useful as well as beautiful.’ Her work straddles the line between craft and fine art, from small furniture to brooms, bowls and wooden utensils. ‘I use all of the big equipment in the shop,’ says Quinn.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Moran is the only local contestant who also learned her craft at Oakland's California College of the Arts. Torres, a native of Mexico, attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and Yale, from Cincinnati, went to the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When I first spotted these artfully-made brooms at a California College of the Arts craft fair a few weeks ago, I fell in love. Who knew sweeping could look so good? (Snow White and her animal friends, that’s who.) Quinn designed the bevel-handled, straw-bristled brooms at the Workshop Residence, working with Duane Penner, a third-generation broom maker from Dinuba, CA. They come in American walnut and cherry with black bristles, which looks especially witchy.

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

He shares a fabrication and metal working space with other artists on the Alameda naval base since graduating from California College of the Arts. When starting out after college, he lived with his parents, but after his first show at the Oakland Museum of California, he began getting pieces commissioned by private collectors as well as places such as the San Francisco International Airport, where some of his sculptures are shown today, and he now lives independently as a full-time maker.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Hannah Beatrice Quinn, a recent graduate of the furniture design program at California College of the Arts, is fascinated by ordinary household goods; for her 2014 thesis, she fabricated a series of domestic essentials, including brooms, dustpans, and ironing boards. "I strive to understand what makes an object precious in the eyes of an individual," she says.

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by Jim Norrena

CCA's spring School to Market course is offered as part of the interdisciplinary craft curriculum initiative and is cotaught by David Cole (Jewelry / Metal Arts Program) and Anne Wolf (Textiles Program).

Now in its fifth year, the School to Market workshop represents a partnership between CCA and the American Craft Council to help bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to young makers working in craft media.

American Craft Council Show

Over the course of the semester, the faculty members guide students through the process of producing, displaying, and then exhibiting their their fine craft works and that of their peers at the prestigious American Craft Council Show held July 31 through August 2 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco.