Coco Costigan was born in Santa Monica, California on January 8th, 1971. Coco’s love of art developed early and it lead to an award for “Best Female Artist” in the Senior Art Exhibition in 1989 at Santa Monica High School. In 1990 She studied Art History in London. The influences that surrounded her helped to solidify her desire to become a Fine Arts Major. Coco Graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 1996. Coco exhibited at Cal. St. Univ. of Long Beach in 1997 and was invited to the “Ink & Clay” exhibit at Cal. St. Univ. Poly Pomona. In 1997 Coco began teaching at the Corinth Ceramics Studio in West Los Angeles, CA. Coco established Santa Monica Mudd in 2000, teaching ceramic classes as well as private lessons to those with special needs. (those with mental and/or physical disabilities). Santa Monica Mudd Studio was also a gallery where Coco would host exhibitions, inviting other local Artists to show their work. IN 2011, Coco relocated her studio to her home in Malibu – becoming Malibu Mudd. Between 2013 – 2017 Coco’s work was exhibited throughout Southern C.A. including; Santa Barbara, Venice, Malibu and Palm Dessert. Her work has also shown nationally, in juried shows at the National Council of Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in 2016, 2017, and 2018 as well as The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. in 2018 and 2019.
Coco currently resides in Santa Monica where she continues to create work, teach classes and raise her family.
Coco’s passion for clay goes beyond its ability to function as well as its decorative capabilities. Coco recreates inanimate objects from her family’s history and brings them to life by sculpting them out of clay. Blending her passion for clay with the appreciation she has for heirlooms from a past, Coco captures a sense of beauty in these everyday objects and embraces the quality in which these objects were made.
Coco pays homage to utilitarian objects that continue to do their job. “Hand crafted during a time when quality succeeded quantity. I am hopeful that this idealism will find its way back.” These objects become past memories of an era that people can relate to, as well as reflect upon.
2019 Archie Bray Foundation – Brick Yard Festival – Helena, MT
2018 Archie Bray Foundation – Brick Yard Festival – Helena, MT
2018 NCECA Nation Council of Education for Ceramics Artists – Pittsberg, Penn.
2017 NCECA Nation Council of Education for Ceramics Artists – Portland, OR
2016 NCECA Nation Council of Education for Ceramics Artists – Kansas City, MI
2015 Austin Art Projects – Palm Desert, CA
2014 Charles Arnoldi Studio/Gallery – Venice, CA
2013 Private Residence – Santa Barbara, CA
2013 Gus Harper Studio/Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2000-2016 Santa Monica/Malibu Mudd Studio Gallery – Santa Monica and Malibu, CA
1997-2000 Corinth Ceramics Studio/Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
1997 Ink & Clay, California State University Poly Pomona – Pamona, CA
1997 California State University Long Beach – Long Beach, CA