"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
Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1970
Resides: Berkeley, California
West Virginia University – Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
MFA, Ceramics - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada
BA, Art History Minor - Pennsylvania State University, PA
The University of Leeds, England
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Proceed with Caution, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Forward and Back, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO
ReObjectification, Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Artist Solo at SOFA, SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Vestigial Tales, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Actual Objects in a Virtual World, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Maker and Collector: The Poetics of Pottery, Xiem Clay Center, Pasadena, CA
Forge On: New Work in Clay by Christa Assad, The Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, WV
Letters to a Young Potter, Oakland Museum of California Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA
Form Forum, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Selected Group Exhibitions:
NCECA 2013 Biennial, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Teapots: Interpretations, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
Teapots: Functional, Formal, Narrative, Foster Gallery, Eau Claire, WI
Ceram A Rama: Soul on Fire, Ceramics Research Center, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Style & Function: National Ceramics Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
90 Teapots that Pour, Xen Gallery, St. Louis, MO
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
Chris Staley and Penn State Alumni, Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Contemporary Functional Ceramics: Transcending Utilitarian Concerns, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
The Big Show, Four Star Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
11th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, East Petersburg, PA
Craft Showcase, The Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
California Clay XI, The Artery, Davis, CA
Clayfest XI, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
Anderson Ranch Artists, Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth, TX
Artists on Their Own, Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
Lotsa Clay VII: On the Fringe, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
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
Distinguished Alumni Award, Riverview High School, Oakmont, PA
Ceramic Artist of the Year, Ceramics Monthly Magazine and Pottery Making Illustrated
AIDASHED International Exchange Scholar, Givat-Haviva, Israel, Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME
J. William Fulbright Research and Travel Grant, USA and Canada Reciprocal Exchange
“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).
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