Glass News

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 by Em Meine

Untitled (from the "Heroes" Series 2012) by Martin Janecky

Renowned glass artists Martin Janecky and Charlie Parriott (BFA 1976) will join forces to visit CCA's glass classrooms this Spring, giving students an inside look at their techniques and approach to the material. 

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Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 by Em Meine

Changing Tides, Marilyn da Silva. (Courtesy of the artist)

Jewelry / Metal Arts chair Marilyn da Silva was recently selected by The Maloof Foundation and Craft in America as one of 12 "core artists" to exhibit her work and nominate other artists working in craft-based fields for California Handmade: State of the Arts

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Art & Public Life (The Center) and the MBA in Design Strategy program, both at California College of the Arts, last month co-organized TechRaking 7, an annual hackathon series put on by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which focused on the intersection of journalism and design.

TechRaking 7, the first within the series to work exclusively with college students (and CCA as its official partner), had CIR CEO Joaquín Alvarado reaching out to CCA to pose the question: How can we rethink human interaction around the news within our communities?

CIR enlisted colleagues from two of its local media partners -- Bruce Koon of KQED and Martin Reynolds of the Bay Area News Group (BANG) -- to challenge CCA students with some of their toughest community-engagement issues. For example, how might:

CIR create new ways for people to communicate about the role of guns in their neighborhoods?
BANG offer a more participatory model that empowers residents to share overlooked topics?
KQED develop cross-regional tools to communicate better the personal effects of the growing technology industry?

Far be it for anyone at CCA to turn away a challenge, thought leaders at The Center decided to enlist the help of CCA students -- working in small teams representing a wide range of disciplines -- to collectively come up with innovative solutions that could encourage greater public participation in today's changing news gathering and distribution policies and procedures.

In short, TechRaking 7 challenged students to give the concept of the traditional newsstand a much-needed facelift.

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Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Jim Norrena

"Things Fall Apart. Sore Head – No. 2," 2013 glass, wood, gesso, and flashlight, 31 x 28 x 18 in. [Photo: M. Endo]

In the Beginning Was Black is the title of CCA Glass chair Clifford Rainey's current exhibition at Bullseye Glass Resource Center Bay Area in Emeryville, which runs through July 12, 2014.

Autobiographical Work

Following a catastrophic year of upheaval and personal loss, Bay Area artist Rainey mounts a solo exhibition of sculptural work made predominantly of black glass.

Although the work often features popular and classical iconography, Rainey admits that all of his work is somewhat autobiographical.

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Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Rachel Walther

Gregory Kloen with a work in progress [photo: Rachel Walther]

Gregory Kloehn (Glass 1998) is working hard to build a better community -- literally. At his West Oakland live-work space, he is engaged in an ongoing project to build mobile shelters for the homeless residents of his neighborhood.

His efforts have attracted attention from all over the world, and from all types, from off-the-grid survivalists to the media (he’s been featured on Inside Edition, Rachel, and many other shows) to green-minded micro-home design enthusiasts.

Read the San Jose Mercury News and KQED features on Gregory Kloehn.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Allison Byers

Watson, 37, has a master's degree in glass from the California College of the Arts in Oakland. He's also executive director of Public Glass, a nonprofit glassblowing workshop in San Francisco's Bayview district - a more expensive program than the one at S.F. State.

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Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Jim Norrena

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announced in April that Hilary Sanders and Michael Esteban, two recent Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni, both were awarded a 2013 Windgate Fellowship, bringing to five the total number to date of Windgate Fellowships awarded to CCA students since the award's inception.

The fellowship selection process presents a “rare opportunity to survey the best and brightest emerging makers in the field of craft.” It also gives these emerging artists both the validation and financial resources to pursue their dreams.

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Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Allison Byers

Born and raised in Santa Cruz County's Boulder Creek, Kvinsland studied fine art at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland - now the CCA.

He spent several years entrenched in Seattle's studio art glass movement before settling in Mendocino to raise a family. After contemplating how to make a living without stifling his creativity, Kvinsland realized that, "the front door could be its own art piece. It could satisfy my need to work with many media, be fully artistic, and functional to boot.

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Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

Powers received her ikebana teaching certificate after graduating from high school in June of 2012, which gives her the potential to teach her own classes. Right now, however, Powers is focusing most of her time studying glass blowing at the California College of the Arts.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Zak Timan (Glass 2009)

I make floating sculpture. Using buoyant materials such as cork, blown glass, hollow metal forms, and bird's eggshells, I create compositions that float in clear, oil-filled glass vessels. The compositions' elements are tethered to the vessel bottom with line or chain, suspending them in liquid space.

My Richmond studio is my lab. Inside various testing tanks, including a six-foot-tall glass column, I perform buoyancy and materials experiments. I have tools for glass flameworking and sculpture fabrication, and a computer for 3-D modeling. It’s a little unusual to build glass parts to such precise dimensions, but I enjoy working in this way.

The human parts of my studio are my two remarkable shop-mates: one an LED engineer, and the other a pyrotechnics expert. Both are artists as well. We share a collection of machine and hand tools: a mill, a lathe, a CNC-plasma cutter, and many more.

I love being around such wizards of science, engineering, and light. Every day they are working on something fresh and awe-inspiring.

Photography by Andria Lo

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