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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.

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Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Christina Linden

In the past year, Orfeo Quagliata (Wood/Furniture 1999) has designed: exterior vinyl graphics for an Aeromexico 767 airplane; sets for Mexico's massively popular annual 24-hour-long television and radio broadcast benefit Teletón; glass tiles for architectural interiors and exteriors; jewelry; window displays for Barneys New York; hotel lobbies; coffee tables; whiskey glasses; and garden features for millionaires' homes.

Quagliata was born and raised in the Bay Area; today his studio is based in Mexico City, and the world is his oyster. It is extremely unusual for a designer to operate in so many media and at so many scales of production, from a tiny piece of jewelry to an airplane exterior, but maintaining a robust and diverse practice keeps his creative energies high . . . and ensures that his design work will be in demand no matter whether the global economy is ebbing or flowing.

His schedule is typically jam-packed; when we spoke for this piece, he was getting ready to catch a plane for a new overseas commission: "I'm going to Taiwan to work on an installation on the grounds of new high-rise residential towers. The work is two reflecting pools with these big, faceted, blinged-out, illuminated glass sculptural forms. These kinds of huge commissions are always fun and overwhelming at the same time."

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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
 

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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.

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Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 by Elin Christopherson

The AP Art class from Piedmont High School visited CCA Glass Department this past Fall for a hands on field trip. Led by PHS Instructor Gillian Bailey, the students made glass paperweights in the Hot Shop and fired painted imagery onto glass drinking cups with glass enamels.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Molly Mitchell

CCA Glass Alumni Michelle Knox (BFA Glass 2000) and Mary B. White (MFA Glass 1982, BFA Ceramics 1970) are organizing a two-day California Glass Exchange to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Studio Glass movement and contributions of California artists who have worked with glass. All events take place November 10–11, 2012 at The Crucible in west Oakland.

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