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A Terra Cotta That Grows

June 19 - 24, 2022

Xia Zhang  ·  xiayzhang.com

Workshop at a glance

Make your own chia form using terra cotta.


  • Handbuilding
  • Maquette construction


  • Terra cotta
  • Chia seeds


  • Medium-large scale ceramic sculptural forms
  • A broader understanding of handbuilding and consideration of incorporating mixed media

Artist Bio

Xia Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist and assistant professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her MFA in 2015 and has completed residencies with Sonoma Ceramics, Vermont Studio Center, Arrowmont, and The Growlery. Zhang is interested in bridging contemporary and historical narratives to examine oppressive structures.
  • Xia Zhang
  • Xia Zhang
  • Xia Zhang

Workshop Description

During this workshop students will make their own chia form using terra cotta. By learning and sharing tips and tricks in handbuilding, participants will be encouraged to create their own physical terra cotta form around the idea of their own mythology. During class you will discover that you are a complex creature and the sum of many things, including beliefs, visual culture and your surrounding environment. This class is for students with cross interests in clay, horticulture and experimentation. Intermediate experience level is necessary.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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