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.
Posted on Monday, November 9, 2015 by Laura Braun
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.
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Laura Braun
This rack is specifically designed to hold bar clamps and can help with productivity, organization, and can be easily built to your shop’s needs. This design was borrowed from the clamp rack in the shop at California College of the Arts where I go to school, but I made some tweaks to the design to make it more aesthetically pleasing, as I’m a furniture maker by trade. Bar clamps are commonly used in making furniture, and thus I’ve relied on them heavily over the years. It was nice to finally get a chance to build a nice home for them.
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 by Em Meine
Changing Tides, Marilyn da Silva. (Courtesy of the artist)
Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Laura Braun
Splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Managua, Nicaragua, Aaron Poritz designs and creates furniture and accessories that are meant to endure. His architecture studies at the California College of the Arts instilled in him the principles of sustainability, which continues to inform Poritz’s designs today. Many of his designs are made from hurricane-felled lumber and local materials from Nicaragua.
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Laura Braun
We asked four local design experts to pick their favorite statement chairs. Their selections prove that there are designs for a range of aesthetics (from Old World to rustic to contemporary) and budgets (although if you’re going to have one showstopper in the house, it may be worth saving up for and splurging on).
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Laura Braun
Roeper does commissioned pieces for residential use as well as for boutique hotels and other companies within the hospitality industry. A graduate of the California College of the Arts, Roeper learned some of his craft through an apprenticeship with a local first-generation California craftsman who focused on custom entry doors. Since then Roeper has evolved his style to create furniture and art that reflects his German background, and he seeks inspiration from design and art from all over the world, including pieces from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Before going to Nicaragua, Poritz had designed furniture only as a hobby, but he was so impressed with the country’s local craftsmen that he decided to start his own furniture company.
The resulting 30-piece wood furniture collection has garnered important recognition from Forbes magazine, who put him on a recent Forbes “30 under 30” list. In 2013 the Red Hen, a highly popular Washington DC restaurant, commissioned Poritz to source and fabricate all of its custom chairs and bar stools, tables, benches, plank flooring, ceiling, and even baby bar stools. Each piece has expressive twists and geometric connections.
All of Poritz’s work emphasizes strength, comfort, sustainability, quality, and design. These principles, he says, were instilled in him at CCA. While a student, he participated in the design of Refract House for the 2009 Solar Decathlon.
He was recently asked to be an artist in residence at the the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and designed a sitting stool for their gallery, He currently divides his time between New York and Managua.
Article by Steffie Guan
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Laura Braun
While visiting a friend in Nicaragua, Poritz stumbled on a supply of beautiful old growth wood uprooted by Hurricane Felix. Trained as an architect, he used the wood to create a line of furniture inspired by the minimalism and simplicity of Bauhaus designers like Marcel Breuer. His stools, chairs, tables, beds, sofas have no screws; they are fixed by unique joinery designed by Poritz.