Carissa Potter

Available Work

Carissa Potter is a founding member of Colpa Press and founder of People I’ve Loved. Since 2010, she has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where she teaches letter­press. Carissa has worked with the ICA in Boston, BAM/PFA, SFMOMA, De Young Museum, CCA, The Body Shop, Anthropologie, The Color Factory, Facebook, Pinterest to name a few. People I’ve Loved has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Create Magazine, New York Times, The Lily, Cup of Jo, Teen Vogue, Real Simple, Happinez Magazine and more. She has also served as a mentor in Southern Exposure’s One-on-One Mentorship Program. Carissa finished her first book with Chronicle books in 2015 titled “I like you, I love you.” in 2016, Carissa was an artist in residence at Facebook. Currently she is working on being a better listener and just finished her second book with Chronicle books, titled “It’s Ok to Feel Things Deeply.”

Artist Statement

Carissa Potter lives and works in Oakland, California. Her prints and small – scale objects reflect her hopeless romanticism through their investigations into public and private intimacy. Speaking both humorously and poignantly to the human condition, Carissa’s work touches chords we all can relate to – exploring situations we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives and conveying messages we simply long to hear. Carissa received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Awards


   Google Art Fellowship


   Artist in Residence Facebook


   Alternative Exposure Grant

   Colpa Press for Edicola


   Artist in Residence Kala Art Institute

   Grabhorn Fellowship

   College Book Arts Association, Arion Press, 2010  


Recent Exhibitions 


   Home is Where the House is, duo exhibition with Danish artist Mie Mogensen, curated by Natalia Gutman,     Copenhagen

   Relative Distance, solos show, West Coast Craft Gallery

   With a Little Bit of Luck, duo exhibition with Danish artist Mie Mogensen, Bass & Rainer

   Love and Longing Choir, curated by Mel Day, Root Division, San Francsico, CA


   Low Maintenance Houseplants, solo show, Quirk Gallery Richmond VA

   Escape Routes, duo exhibition with Danish artist Mie Mogensen, Sim Residency Gallery, Iceland

   Comforting Thoughts, solo snow, Long Weekend Gallery, Oakland CA 


   Compatibility Tests, project with ICA Boston, MA  

   We Can Go There Together, Zughaus Gallery, Berkeley CA

   Hypnosis Docent Tours, collaboration with Cara Levine and Emily Gui, deYoung Museum. San   Francisco

   This That and Hours in the Sun, duo show with Leah Rosenberg, Legion Gallery, San Fran-cisco, CA