28th Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art

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CCACA 2016 brings the ultimate ceramic sculpture event to Davis, CA from April 29th 1 – May 1st.

Featuring James Tyler and Michael Lucero.

James Tyler is famous for his colossal Brickhead installations that are influenced by some of the world’s great ceramic heritages and reminiscent of the temple carvings of Angkor Wat or the great Toltec heads of Central America. While the heads of these cultures often symbolized their connections with the spirits they worshipped, Tyler chooses to represent all of humanity with his heads, outside of cultural considerations — they are meant to represent “everyman” and “everywoman.”

Born in Tracy, California, Michael Lucero earned a BA degree from Humboldt State University in 1975. In 1978, he earned an MFA at the University of Washington in Seattle. Soon after, he settled in New York when Minimalism was dominant in the art scene. Some of his work such as “Lizard Slayer,” reflects that movement. He taught briefly at New York University and the Parsons School of Design. In the late 1980s, he turned from polychrome clay to cast metal and then began to incorporate both mediums. Generally he sees his work as “reverence for high art, affection for folk art, nostalgia for nature, and curiousity about other cultures.”