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Cut and Construct Intensive
with Christa Assad
August 24–26, 2012

Explore the potential compositions of thrown and hand-built parts, and use these elements as building blocks with unlimited potential. Using the wheel as a springboard for ideas and process, participants in this three-day workshop will experiment with altering the round form, hand-building and other methods of construction to realize their artistic curiosities. Daily demonstrations will include throwing component parts, cutting and reassembling forms off the original axis, stacking and nesting pieces, glaze discussion and more.

Students will work with stoneware clays for their “tooth” and workability. Both functional and sculptural concerns will be addressed and there will be discussions on geometry, structure, ritual, design and earning a living from making pots.

The workshop is open to artists with all skill levels but basic centering and throwing skills are recommended.


Nesting Grenades,
stoneware, oxides, glaze
wheel-thrown and constructed
largest 12.5" x 11" x 11"

Transformer Teapot,
stoneware, oxides, glaze
wheel-thrown and constructed
14" x 11.5" x 4.25"

Christa Assad, a mid-career artist based in Berkeley, CA, is best known for her ReObjectification series—teapot designs based on objects and buildings from American industry.

A teacher, traveler and full-time ceramist with an MFA from Indiana University, Assad’s work is in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University Museum and the Penn State Fulbright Scholar Collection, among others. Assad is represented by Ferrin Gallery, Harvey Meadows Gallery and Fourth & Clay. She teaches and exhibits internationally, creating both useful and sculptural pieces that begin on the potter’s wheel, but move beyond the round.