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

MaryAnne Carey
MaryAnne Carey

View of the front of the Café with MaryAnne.

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

raw recycled clay, found glass pie platter

Café Collab counter
Café Collab counter

with Rebecca Hanley (back right) as a participant

Cups
Cups

paper cups, relief stamp, ink

Working behind the counter
Working behind the counter

with MaryAnne Carey

Participants making  clay objects
Participants making clay objects

raw recycled clay

"Milkshakes" banner
"Milkshakes" banner

Made by Rebecca Laursen

Collaborative monument
Collaborative monument

In progress pedestal, raw recycled clay

Adding to the monument
Adding to the monument

View of street corner, Davis CA

Pouring a milkshake
Pouring a milkshake
Making milkshakes
Making milkshakes

with MaryAnne Carey

Around the monument
Around the monument

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

Café Collab public monument
Café Collab public monument

After a couple days of participation.

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Photos by Olivia Lawler