Café Collab 

 

CCACA (California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts) Davis, CA 2013.  

 

My collegue MaryAnne Carey and I operated Café Collab throughout the duration of the conference.  The Café was a sidewalk facing, outdoor milkshake stand where chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry milkshakes were offered to passers-by in exchange for their time.  Participants were instructed to "roll clay spheres and add them to the collaborative sculpture in the time it takes us to make you a milkshake."  (Deviating from 'spheres' was encouraged).  Over the course of three days, many milkshakes were enjoyed and a temporary, collaborative public monument was built and displayed in downtown Davis.  

Sandwich board sign
Sandwich board sign

wood panel, chalkboard paint, chalk

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MaryAnne Carey
MaryAnne Carey

View of the front of the Café with MaryAnne.

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Scooping ice cream
Scooping ice cream
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At the counter
At the counter
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Participant at the counter
Participant at the counter

raw recycled clay, found glass pie platter

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Café Collab counter
Café Collab counter

with Rebecca Hanley (back right) as a participant

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Cups
Cups

paper cups, relief stamp, ink

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Working behind the counter
Working behind the counter

with MaryAnne Carey

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Participants making  clay objects
Participants making clay objects

raw recycled clay

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"Milkshakes" banner
"Milkshakes" banner

Made by Rebecca Laursen

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Collaborative monument
Collaborative monument

In progress pedestal, raw recycled clay

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Adding to the monument
Adding to the monument

View of street corner, Davis CA

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Pouring a milkshake
Pouring a milkshake
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Making milkshakes
Making milkshakes

with MaryAnne Carey

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Around the monument
Around the monument

Participants enjoy the space while adding to the collaborative public monument.

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Café Collab public monument
Café Collab public monument

After a couple days of participation.

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Photos by Olivia Lawler