Christa Assad

"Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, I was strongly influenced by the Steel City’s dying industry and the grit of its abandoned sites, often tagged with graffiti. More than decoration, I see my surfaces as textural detail, finishes that are reminiscent of familiar building materials such as concrete, weathered paint, or galvanized steel. Whether strictly formal or more conceptual in its examination, the reinterpretation and re-contextualization of an object allows for the viewer’s participation to add layers of meaning. I focus in on visual cues that trigger feelings of nostalgia or other sensory memories. In this way, the experience one has with my work is uniquely personal, as individual associations are carried into the viewing of it." -Christa Assad
 
Listing 25 Works   |   Viewing 1 - 25

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Christa  Assad GAS MASK I stoneware christa assad
GAS MASK I
9 x 7 x 9.5 in
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Christa  Assad GAS MASK II stoneware
GAS MASK II
8 x 10 x 8 in
SOLD
Christa  Assad CARNEGIE BLAST FURNACES (right)
Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramics
HAND GRENADES
5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramics
CRUSHED GOLD SPRAY CAN
9 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramic
HAND GRENADE
5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramic
HAND GRENADE
5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramic
PINT PAINT BUCKETS
5 x 4.5 x 4.5 in
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Christa  Assad ANIMAL INSTINCT christa assad porcelain gas mask
ANIMAL INSTINCT
10.5 x 10 x 13 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramic
HAND GRENADE
5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad HAND GRENADE_ BRIGHT GOLD christa assad porcelain oxides steel
HAND GRENADE: BRIGHT GOLD
6 x 4 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad HAND GRENADE_ BRONZE christa assad oxides steel porcelain
HAND GRENADE: BRONZE
6 x 4 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad INVALUABLE christa assad porcelain underglaze
INVALUABLE
11 x 12 x 13 in
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Christa  Assad PIGEON (PAINT CAN) christa assad porcelain underglaze glaze
PIGEON (PAINT CAN)
4 x 4.5 x 4.5 in
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Christa  Assad SOLDIER christa assad stoneware underglaze glaze
SOLDIER
5 x 10 x 4 in
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Christa  Assad 025
025
8.5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramic
ALLSTON TRACKS
8.5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Jessica Hess Christa Assad ceramic painting
CENTRAL SPRAY II
8.5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad CRUSHING ON FELIX
CRUSHING ON FELIX
8.5 x 3 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad FAIREY WEATHER
FAIREY WEATHER
8.5 x 3 x 3 in
SOLD
Christa  Assad HAND GRENADE_ BRONZE christa assad porcelain oxides steel
HAND GRENADE: BRONZE
6 x 4 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad HAND GRENADE_ SATIN BLACK christa assad porcelain oxides steel
HAND GRENADE: SATIN BLACK
5.5 x 4 x 3 in
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Christa  Assad Christa Assad ceramic
PINEAPPLE GRENADE TEAPOT I
12 x 6.5 x 6 in
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Christa  Assad SPRAY CAN_ DENTED BRIGHT GOLD christa assad porcelain glaze

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Christa  Assad

Christa Assad

Christa Assad Resumé


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Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1970
Resides: Berkeley, California

 

Education:
2000
West Virginia University – Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China

1999
MFA, Ceramics - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1993-1994
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada

1992
BA, Art History Minor - Pennsylvania State University, PA

1989-1990
The University of Leeds, England

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2013
Proceed with Caution, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA

Forward and Back, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO

2012
ReObjectification, Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art, Seattle, WA

2010
Artist Solo at SOFA, SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Vestigial Tales, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

2008
Actual Objects in a Virtual World, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO

2007
Maker and Collector: The Poetics of Pottery, Xiem Clay Center, Pasadena, CA

2006
Forge On: New Work in Clay by Christa Assad, The Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, WV

2005
Letters to a Young Potter, Oakland Museum of California Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA

1994
Form Forum, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2013
NCECA 2013 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

2009
Teapots: Interpretations, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

Teapots: Functional, Formal, Narrative, Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, WI

2008
Ceram A Rama: Soul on Fire, Ceramics Research Center, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

2007
Style & Function: National Ceramics Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC

90 Teapots that Pour, Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2006
Ceram A Rama: California Dreamin’, Ceramics Research Center, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

100 Teapots, The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Honorable Mention

Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

2005
Chris Staley and Penn State Alumni, Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Functional Ceramics: Transcending Utilitarian Concerns, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

2004
San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX

2004
The Big Show, Four Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

2003
11th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA        

2002
Craft Showcase, The Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA

2000
California Clay XI, The Artery, Davis, CA

1999
Clayfest XI, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN

1998
Anderson Ranch Artists, Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth, TX

1998
Artists on Their Own, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

1997
Lotsa Clay VII: On the Fringe, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Walter Ostrom: The Advocacy of Pottery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Canada

Container/Containment, NSAL Visual Arts Exhibition, The Clay Place, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Selected Honors/Awards:
2013
Distinguished Alumni Award, Riverview High School, Oakmont, PA

2012
Ceramic Artist of the Year, Ceramics Monthly Magazine and Pottery Making Illustrated

2010
AIDASHED International Exchange Scholar, Givat-Haviva, Israel, Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME

1993
J. William Fulbright Research and Travel Grant, USA and Canada Reciprocal Exchange

 

Selected Publications:

“Christa Assad: Proceed with Caution”, review by Matthew Kangas for Visual Art Source, Dec. 2013.

“War & Clay: Christa Assad | Reobjectification”, by Matt Gonzalez, Ceramics: Art & Perception, #91, pp. 3-7, photos pp 3-7.

“Ceramic Artist of the Year: Christa Assad”, Ceramic Arts 2013 Yearbook, pp. 8-11, photos pp. 4, 8-11.

Review: “Christa Assad at Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art”, by Matthew Kangas, Ceramics Monthly, Vol. 60, no. 9, November 2012, pp. 45-47, photos pp. 45-47.

“Two Sides to Every Coin”, The Studio Potter, Vol. 38, No. 1, January 2010.

“Christa Assad: A Life Made From Mud”, by Molly Hatch, American Craft, Vol. 68, No. 05, Oct./Nov. 2008, pp. 68-77, photos pp. 10, 68-77, cover.

The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, by Timothy Anglin Burgard, Karin Breuer, and Jill D-Alessandro, exhibition catalogue, “The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, A Gift to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco”, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young, San Francisco, CA (photo, p. 19).

“Foreward”, by Christa Assad, Searching For Beauty, by Richard Jacobs, Kestrel Books, Wales, UK, 2007, pp. V-VII.

“What it Takes: Working Potters”, Ceramics Monthly, Vol. 55, No. 6, June/July 2007, pp. 32-47, (photos pp. 34-35).

Shards: Garth Clark on Ceramic Art, ed., John Pagliaro, CAF: Ceramic Arts Foundation and DAP: Distributed Art Publications, 2003, (photo p. 406).

“Profile: Throwing Stoneware”, by Chloe Harris, California Home and Design, August 2005, p. 74, (photos pp. 32, 74).

“Letters to a Young Potter,” by Dr. Richard Jacobs with introduction by Christa Assad, edited by Mary Barringer, The Studio Potter, June 2004, Volume 32, No. 2.

“Form Feeds Function: Ceramist trades aerospace engineering for playing in mud”, by Angelica Pence, San Francisco Chronicle, Vol. 167, Cover of Home & Garden section (article and photos pp. F1 and F4).

“Emerging Artists 2002”, Ceramics Monthly, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2002, pp. 54-63 (photo p. 58).

The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, by Kevin A. Hluch, Krause Publications, 2001 (photos pp. 27, 94, 129).

“Walter Ostrom: The Advocacy of Pottery”, exhibition catalogue, Gabhart, Ann; Higby, Wayne and West, Anne: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 1996, pp. 5, 40 (photos pp. 13, 24).

 

Public Collections:
The Cafesjian Center for the Arts, The Cafesjian Foundation, Yerevan, Armenia

Ceramics Monthly/The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, OH

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Kamm Collection, Sparta, NC

Ceramic Research Center, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

The Penn State Fulbright Scholar Collection, University Park, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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