I am very excited to share my newest works focusing on the Syrian Civil War. Please join me in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art for the opening of Proceed With Caution. Exhibition may be extended through mid-January, 2014, so drop by the gallery if you’re in town! If you can make it on Dec. 5, please say hello ~ I will be venturing up to Seattle with a truck-load of work and staying the week!
November 25, 2013
August 12, 2013
July 16, 2013
Five Days of Unadulterated Prototype Construction
August 5 – 9, 2013
Tuition $525 Lab Fee $50
This hands-on workshop will focus on creating prototype models and generating ideas for experimentation to enliven any studio practice. Geared toward creative expansion, students of all levels will use the wheel to create component parts such as vessels, spouts, lids, handles which, when combined, offer a mind-bending multitude of compositional possibilities. Brainstorming, spontaneity, in-process critiques and problem-solving will be stressed as methods for bringing fresh concepts into your ceramic work. Stoneware clay will be used. Dry work can be bisqued after the workshop.
Basic centering and throwing skills recommended.
For registration information visit: http://www.santafeclay.com/registration.html
June 5, 2013
Happy summer to all of you. I head to Idyllwild Arts in SoCal in a week to teach my “Pottery Component Mash-Up” course (space still available, you last minute types!), followed by a week at Santa Fe Clay in August. In between, I will be working away in my studio on my newest ideas (still top secret ~ stay tuned). What I will say is this: either the work is getting BIGGER, or my studio is getting smaller…
May 16, 2013
Streetwise 2013, a Collaboration
Jessica Hess (hand painted acrylic) and Christa Assad (wheel-thrown porcelain)
Represented by: Abmeyer + Wood , artMRKT booth #623
First trained as a studio potter, Assad currently uses the wheel to generate “blanks” of identifiable objects from the urban landscape. Collaborating with other artists using the exquisite corpse concept, in which one artist responds in a call and response to the other, her porcelain blanks are the beginnings of lively visual dialogues and social commentary. Glamorizing an ordinary object, the spray can, led her to collaborate with San Francisco-based painter, Jessica Hess. “Our shared vision is to recreate urban street scenes in trompe l’oeil realism, involving faux found objects of ceramic and painted surfaces, stenciled “sidewalks”, and “tagged” gallery walls. I create the objects and Hess paints their surfaces. As visual documentarians, we are working to bring street art indoors to archive and make permanent these otherwise transitory public works.”
Working independently in the Bay Area, Assad in Berkeley and Hess in downtown San Francisco, each artist is firmly established in their respective careers with work in numerous private and public collections. Assad received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University in 2000 and has taught throughout the US and internationally while maintaining an active showing schedule from her home base. Hess received her BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. She moved to San Francisco from Boston to exhibit and participate in the west coast art scene that combines street art with fine art based in illustration.
April 28, 2013
April 15, 2013
April 8, 2013
Spaces are still available in my week-long, hands-on course, “Pottery Component Mash-Up”, this June 16-22, 2013, at Idyllwild Arts, in glorious SoCal. It promises to be as kooky (yet informative) as the name implies: we will experiment, reinterpret, recycle it, and HAVE FUN!
See the poster for more information:
February 27, 2013
The National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts meets once again for its annual conference, this March 20-23, in Houston, TX. I’m excited to have my GIANT GOLD GRENADE (pictured here) included in the Biennial Exhibition, hosted by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
In addition to the conference activities and fabulous Biennial, I’ll be showing a new series of functional pots at the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. (I also snuck in a few ceramic “hand grenades”!) If you’re in Houston, stop by the Convention Center and visit me — I’ll be working plenty of shifts at the trailer!
Last, and certainly not least: spaces are still available in my demonstration workshop with Ryan McKerley – don’t miss out! We’ll be rocking and rolling in Austin, TX, along with the South By Southwest Music Festival….AND firing a soda kiln…AND demonstrating our fun and frivolous techniques! Hope to see you there!