the infinite school offers classes and programming to encourage alternative and experimental methods and voices. Started in 2014 by Julia Haft-Candell as an online platform to highlight exhibitions featuring ceramic art in Los Angeles, the infinite school has evolved into an in-person experimental space for ceramic education outside of the institution.
the infinite is a philosophy invented by Haft-Candell as a way to recontextualize our present moment. It provides a space to experimentally build new systems, both in artwork and pedagogy. Learning, analyzing, reevaluating and adapting are central to the infinite.
the infinite school aims to facilitate supportive networks, embraces cycles of endless learning and teaching, and pays homage to historical and contemporary models of ceramics education outside of the institution.
Core Values of the infinite school
demystifying the ceramic process
facilitating empowered communities of artists
quality art education outside of the traditional institution
building new ceramic histories
About our instructors:
Julia Haft-Candell lives and works in Los Angeles. From 2012-2015 she was the first Joan and David Lincoln Visiting Artist in Ceramics at Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University. Since then she has taught at several institutions across LA including CSU-Long Beach, UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, and most recently USC. In 2020, she presented solo exhibitions in New York with CANDICE MADEY, and in Los Angeles at Night Gallery. Over the years she has shown work at Parrasch Heijen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; Grand Central Art Center at California State University, Fullerton CA; the Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA; Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY; among others. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Surface Magazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She received an MFA from California State University Long Beach and BA in Studio Art and International Relations from University of California Davis.
Lizbeth Navarro was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, and lives and works in Los Angeles. She has taught at POT LA, Green and Bisque Clay House, Still Life Ceramics, Brentwood Art Center and Inner-City Arts, and given lectures at Glendale Community College, Long Beach Community College, and the first Undocuprofessionals Conference among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Craft Contemporary Museum in Los Angeles, Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, Irvine Fine Arts Center in Irvine, CA, and the Brea Gallery in Brea, CA. She holds a BFA from California State University Long Beach.
Karen Tepaz is a visual artist born in Los Angeles, CA. She has taught at Glendale Community College, the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Gasworks and BKLYN CLAY in Brooklyn. Tepaz’s sculptures, drawings and installations have been exhibited at venues throughout the US and Europe including Sardine Gallery, Thomas Hunter Projects, Underdonk, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles, Copyright Berlin, Fordham University, The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, BMCC, and 12.26 Gallery. She has attended residencies at the Yaddo Corporation in New York and Art Farm Nebraska. In 2018 Tepaz co-curated “Flat Touch” and “In Between the Lines” in the Steuben Gallery at Pratt Institute. Tepaz holds a BFA from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art.
the infinite school acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples, and we acknowledge the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands).