The Dumping Grounds

Seth Barnard (website)
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Advanced Studio
Faculty: Ron Rael (website)


For forty years, the Technical Porcelain and China Company (TEPCO) dumped ceramic by-products into San Francisco Bay, producing the crypto-geologic field of industrial debris that currently defines Tepco Beach. Adopting the site’s original filling technique, The Dumping Grounds uses gravity as a primary construction process to create space as archeological fragments fall into place at -9.81 m/s2. Made from the artificial ground, the ceramics center provides a space for the exhibition and evolution of this unnatural ecology. The Dumping Grounds takes one on a journey through the ceramic process from its beginning in the ground, to its end as a new ground.

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