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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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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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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA alumnus Guido Gerliz (MFA 2004) is a visiting instructor in the Glass Program during the fall 2012-spring 2013 term, filling a space left open by Glass chair Clifford Rainey, who is on sabbatical until fall 2013.

Gerliz has taught workshops and intensives at California College of the Arts, Bay Area Glass Institute, and Public Glass. He has international glass-blowing experience working at ICET in Venezuela and with Maestro Pino Signoretto in Murano, Italy.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Kaii Tu's innovative design process has him in the spotlight. (Photo: Clint Bowers, Interiors & Sources)View slideshow 

Windgate Fellow

To say CCA alumnus Kaii Tu (BFA Individualized Major 2012) is on the right path toward career success is probably the understatement of the year. That's because Tu, who graduated with high distinction, was recently awarded a 2012 Windgate Fellowship by UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD).

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The $15,000 fellowship, for which more than 120 universities across the United States nominate two graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft, is one of the largest awards in art and design in the nation.

Tu graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies, but he's also one of the youngest persons to reach the level of brand manager at Procter & Gamble, his employer from 2005 to 2009 in Cincinnati, where he worked in product design, brand architecture, and business management.

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Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

The other week I had the opportunity to visit Slow Burn Glass, the West Oakland studio of artist Bryan Goldenberg. He's been blowing glass since 1995, and after graduating from the California College of the Arts in 2002 and with experience around the country and the world, he created the Slow Burn studio in 2006.

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