ARTIST BIO:

David Zdrazil (pronounced DRAY-zel) makes a variety of ceramic objects that blend historic and contemporary aesthetics while crossing boundaries between art and craft. His work is often wood fired and makes use of locally found materials.

Originally from St. Croix County Wisconsin, he studied art at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and earned an M.F.A. at the University of North Texas. He has designed and built wood fired, natural gas, hybrid and hydrogen ceramic kilns. His work has been exhibited and published internationally and he has given presentations at international ceramics conferences.

Zdrazil currently lives and works in Eureka, California where he teaches at College of the Redwoods and shares a home studio with his wife Shannon Sullivan.


ARTIST RESUME:
 

Education
2005      MFA, Ceramics, Sculpture Minor, College of Visual Arts and Design at University of North Texas, Denton. 
                    *Outstanding Graduate Student in Studio Art 2004-2005
2002      Bachelor of Arts, Emphasis in Ceramics, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
1997        Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, New Richmond, WI
 

Selected Exhibitions - Juried/Invitational/Solo

2017   "Morphic Structures," Third Street Gallery, Eureka, CA (two person exhibition with Shannon Sullivan)                                                                                                                                                  "Turned and Burned," Shipwreck! Portland, OR (solo, in conjunction with NCECA)

2016   10th Annual Simple Cup Show, KOBO Gallery, Seattle Washington
           Holiday Invitational Exhibit, Humboldt State University Third Street Gallery, Eureka CA

2015   Naturally Occurring, Studio 424, Eureka, CA (two person exhibition with Shannon Sullivan)
           North Coast Open Studios, home studio, Eureka, CA
           Faculty Exhibit, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
2014   Looking At Fire, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA and Bunny Gunner Gallery, Claremont, CA (catalog)
           Monthly Featured Artist, Strawberry Rock Gallery, Trinidad, CA
           Faculty Exhibit, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
           Super Surprise, Art Bar, Milwaukee, WI
2013   The Mingei Pottery Show, Glenn Richards Gallery, Seattle, WA
           Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA (catalog)
           Presenters Exhibition, ScanCeram Conference, Hjørring Kommune , Denmark
           Modern American Ceramics, Hjørring Library, Denmark
           West Coast Wood Fire, Chehalem Cultural Arts Center, Newberg, OR    
           New Work, Roscoe Ceramics Gallery, Oakland, CA (solo)
           North Coast Open Studios, home studio, Eureka, CA
2012   Ceramics Annual of America, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
           Plates, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA (solo)
           Prototype, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
           West Coast Wood Fire, Fire Arts Center, Arcata, CA
           Invitational Exhibit, Alpha Fired Arts, Sacramento, CA
2011    Travel Size, Southwestern College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA
           Wood Fired Pottery, Almquist Fine Art Gallery, Arcata, CA (solo)
           Ceramics Annual of America, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
           Then and Now, Travelling Group Exhibit, Boulder Mountain Clay Works, Ketchum, ID and College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
           North Coast Open Studios, Home Studio, Eureka, CA
           Faculty Exhibit, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
2010   Holiday Invitational Exhibit, HSU First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA
           DIRECTions Native Clay Invitational Exhibit, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC (catalog)
           Wood Fire International, Invitational Exhibit, Gallery Klosterformat, Rostock, Germany
           Abstract Art, Art of Wine Gallery, Eureka, CA
           Ceramics x 5, UNT on the Square, Denton, TX
           European Wood Fire Conference Presenter Exhibit, Broellin, Germany
           The Humboldt Arts Project, Ironside Gallery, Arcata, CA
           Paperclay Today Symposium, Laguna Beach, CA
           New Ceramic Work, ASIS Gallery, Arts Alive! Garberville, CA (solo)
2009  Holiday Invitational Exhibit, HSU First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA
           The Family Show, Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, OR
           Muddy’s Wood Fire Classic, National Juried Exhibit, Myers Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
           Faculty Exhibit, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA    
2008  Pots From the Redwoods, The Space, New Richmond, WI (solo)
           Far Flung, Sturt Craft Center, Mittagong, Australia
           Delegates Exhibition, Sturt Craft Center, Mittagong, Australia
           Faculty Exhibit, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
           Elements: Earth, Water, Fire. , College of the Redwoods Art Gallery, Eureka, CA
2007  Celebrate Creativity, The Space, New Richmond, WI
           22ndAnnual Members Exhibition, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
           La Borne S’Enflamme Wood Firing Exhibit, La Borne, France
           Young International Wood Fire Association (YIWA), St. Eloy de Gy, France
           Made in Waco, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX(solo)
           AA Cup & Saucer Exhibition, Where I Fell in Love Gallery, Warwickshire, England               
           The Six Pack Show, Armadillo Glass Studio, Austin, TX
           UNT Ceramics Alumni Exhibition and Auction, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
           The National Juried Wood-Fired Exhibition, Thrown Together Gallery, Louisville, KY
           Protégé Exhibition, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX
           10th National Juried Art Exhibit, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, KS (catalog)
           Firescape, Mail Art Exhibit, Northcutt Steele Gallery, MSU-Billings, MT
2006  Coffee, Invitational Coffee-Themed Exhibit, Future Studio, Los Angeles, CA
           Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2006, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH (catalog)
           Art for Athletes, Invitational Exhibit and Benefit Auction, Park City, Utah
           Jersey Shore Clay National 2006, Juried Exhibition, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ
           Crafts National 40, National Juried Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA (catalog)
           1st Annual National Juried Cup Show, University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR
           The Six Pack Show, Coop Gallery, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
           49th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Rocky Mount, NC
           Feats of Clay XIX, International Juried Exhibition, Lincoln, CA
           Texas National 2006, National Juried Art Exhibition, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX (catalog)
           Protégé Exhibition, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX
           Faculty Art Exhibit, Fine Arts Building, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX
2005  Waco Area Invitational Exhibit, Waco Art Center, Waco, TX
           Faculty Art Exhibit, McLennan Community College Art Gallery, Waco, TX
           Leaving the Other Wall, Zeo Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
           20th Annual Members Exhibition, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
           Leaving the Wall, dual exhibit with Lesli Robertson, Sozo Gallery, Dallas, TX
           Art for Athletes, Invitational Exhibit and Benefit Auction, Park City, Utah
           Dinnerworks 2005,  Louisville Visual Art Center, Louisville, KY
2004  Dave Zdrazil, MFA, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas (solo)
           Trade Show,  Texas Tech University Art Gallery, Lubbock, TX
           Northern Invasion, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas
           Graduate Sculpture, Art Building Light well, University of North Texas
           Less than 5 Feet, Tarrant County College NE Campus, Hurst, TX
2003  Ceramics UNT, Union Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton
           Pressed & Fired, HARA Gallery, Denton, TX
           Invitational Exhibit, 500 X Gallery, Dallas, TX
           Group Exhibit, Uncommon Ground Café, Denton, TX     
2002  Kaolithic Activity, Group Exhibit, Union Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton
           Area Sculptors Invitational Exhibit, State Regional Art Center, Eau Claire, WI
           Clay For A Cause, State Regional Art Center, Eau Claire, WI
           Arts West, Juried Show, L.E. Philips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, WI
           NOTA Juried Exhibit, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Library
2001   Dave Zdrazil and John Lewis, Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls, WI
           Wood Fire Extravaganza, Cora Stafford Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton
           Chippewa Valley Fall Art Show, Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls, WI
           Savage’s Downtown Artists, Group Exhibit, Acoustic Café, Eau Claire, WI              

Publications as Author
“Stacking in the Stack,” The Log Book, Issue #62, 2015, p.3-7
“Rocket Man Kilns: The Next Generation,” The Log Book, Issue #50, 2012, p. 19-22
“Firing With Hydrogen,” Ceramics Technical, Issue #33, 2011
“A Hybrid Kiln for Hybrid Surfaces,” Ceramics Monthly, June/July 2006 p. 41-43

Teaching Experience
Associate Faculty, College of the Redwoods, Visual Arts Department, Eureka, CA, (Fall 2007- present)
Instructor, Fire Arts Center, Arcata, CA, (2011-present (periodically))
Adjunct Faculty, McLennan Community College, Visual Arts Department, Waco, TX, (2005-2007)
Adjunct Faculty, Stephen F. Austin State University, School of Art, Nacogdoches, TX, Summer 2006
Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of North Texas, School of Visual Arts, Denton, TX, 2004-2005
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of North Texas, School of Visual Arts, Denton, TX, 2002-2005

Kiln Building Experience
2016    Designed & rebuilt bourry box chamber kiln at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

2014     Designed and built wood fired kiln and Olsen kit kiln, Molokai Arts Center, Molokai, HI                                                                                                                                                          
2011      Designed and built two chamber wood kiln, Eureka, CA
2010     Designed and built two chamber wood /soda kiln at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
2008    Designed and built Anagama style wood fired kiln at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA
             Consultation for construction and operation wood fired and gas fired kilns, Puebla State, Mexico
             Designed and built hydrogen diffusion burner and hydrogen fired kiln, Eureka, CA
2007    Designed and built cross draft gas fired soda kiln, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX
2005    Designed and built Anagama style wood fired kiln with Mike Maguire at McClennan Community College, Waco, TX.
             Designed and built Raku kiln at McClennan Community College, Waco, TX.
             Designed and built Hybrid Natural Gas/Wood fired cross-draft salt kiln and wood fired barrel-arch cross-draft kiln at University of North Texas
2004    Olsen updraft gas kiln assembly, University of North Texas
2003    Designed and built Hybrid Gas/Wood fired burry-box cross-draft salt kiln, University of North Texas
2001     Assistant to Mike Weber in wood fired kiln construction, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
             Designed and built anagama wood fired kiln, New Richmond, WI

Related Experience
Wholesale wheel thrown ceramic planters, Pierson Garden Shop, Eureka, CA, 2011 - current
Wholesale wheel thrown ceramic planters, Mad River Gardens, Arcata, CA, 2011-current
Wholesale wheel thrown ceramic planters, Garden Gate, Arcata, CA, 2013-current
Lead Curator & organizer of “West Coast Wood Fire” exhibits & symposium, Eureka/Arcata, CA, 2012
Pottery Demonstration Organizer, Humboldt Arts Festival, Arcata, CA 2010-2012
Wildflowers, New Richmond, WI, wholesale ceramic birdhouses and planters, 2007-2009
Empty Bowls Charity Event coordinator, Waco, TX, 2007
Bronze casting assistant for Dan Brook, Waco, TX, 2006-2007
Peer review of text: Design Basics, 6th Edition, by David Lauer and Stephen Pentak
Juror, Central Texas Art Association Exhibit, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX, 2006
Juror, Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE), Region IV East, Texas Art Ed. Association, China Spring, TX, 2006    
Juror, Divisional Art Contest, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), Waco, TX, 2006
Commission of Terra Cotta light-fixtures for restaurants in Texas, Kansas and Florida, Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Dallas, TX 2004-2005
Area Assistant, University of North Texas Ceramics Department, 2002, 2004
Area Assistant, Ceramics, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2002
Coordinator/Curator, Empty Bowls Charity Event and Exhibition Eau Claire, WI, 2001

Workshops / Lectures

2015    Anagama wood firing workshop, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
2014    Anagama wood firing workshop, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
            Gas and Wood Kiln building/firing workshop, Molokai Art Center, Molokai, HI
            Pottery Demonstration, Humboldt Arts Festival, Arcata, CA
2013    Fire Arts members Wood Firing Workshop, personal studio, Eureka, CA
2012    “Art Talk Sundays,” guest artist lecture, Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA
            Fire Arts members Wood Firing Workshop, personal studio, Eureka, CA
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
            Pottery Demonstration Organizer, Humboldt Arts Festival, Arcata, CA
 2011    Guest Artist Lecture and Demonstration, Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA
            Panel member, “Conversation: A Ceramics Exchange, CCACA,” John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
            Fire Arts members Wood Firing Workshop, personal studio, Eureka, CA
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2010   Co-Demonstration with Daniel Johnston: “East Coast / West Coast” Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
            Co-Lecture with Shannon Sullivan: “A Survey of Wood-firing at U.S. Academic Institutions,” First European Wood Fire Conference, Broellin, Germany
            Co-Lecture and Demonstration with Shannon Sullivan, Verona Area High School, Verona, WI
            Lecture & Discussion: “Firing With Hydrogen, NCECA, Philadelphia Convention Center, PA
            Artist Lecture, Paperclay TODAY International Symposium, Laguna Beach, CA
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2009   Guest Artist Lecture, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA, 2009
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2008   Co-lecture with Michael Maguire “Using Native Slips for Color in Wood-Firing,” Sturt Woodfire, Mittagong, Australia
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
            Guest Artist, Herbster Wood Firing Workshop with Mike Weber, Herbster, WI
2007   Guest Artist, Young International Woodfirers Association (YIWA) Symposium, St. Eloy de Gy, France
            Guest Artist, Herbster Wood Firing Workshop with Mike Weber, Herbster, WI
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2006   Lecture and Demonstration, Collin County Community College, Spring Creek Campus, Plano, TX
            Pottery Demonstration with Michael Maguire, Paul McCoy and John Oliver Lewis, Waco Cultural Art Festival, Waco, TX
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
            Lecture and Demonstration, Tarrant County Community College, Northeast Campus, Hurst, TX
            Lecture and Demonstration, Eastfield College, Dallas, TX
2005   Pottery Demonstration with Michael Maguire and Paul McCoy, Waco Cultural Arts Festival, Waco, TX
            Lecture and Demonstration, McLennan Community College (prior to employment)
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2004   Lecture and Demonstration, North Central Texas College, Gainesville, TX
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2003   Lecture and Workshop, “Raku,” Art Education Classes, University of North Texas
            Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2002   Throwing Demonstration, Empty Bowls Charity Event, Eau Claire, WI
             Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
2001     Assistant Presenter, Wood Fire Extravaganza, University of North Texas, Denton                                                                                                                                                                                  Anagama kiln firing workshop, New Richmond, WI
             

Selected Bibliography
Harvey, Holly. “Give it Over To The Fire,” The North Coast Journal, June 2, 2013
“Art Talk Sunday features clay artist,” Eureka Times-Standard, Sept. 21, 2012, p.B3, Illustration
“Myrtletown Makers Open Their Studios,” Eureka Times-Standard, June 1, 2012,
Marak, Jason. “The Wildness of Natural Process,” The North Coast Journal, March 8, 2012
“Wood Fire exhibits open next week,” Eureka Times-Standard, Feb. 24, 2012, p. B3, Illustration
“North Coast Open Studios,” The Palette, Volume 26 #1, 2012, p.23, Illustration
“In the Alps,” Eureka Times-Standard, Oct. 28, 2011, Illustration
 “Somerset Grad Exhibits Ceramic Art,” New Richmond News, Oct. 12, 2011, Illustration
“CR ceramics staff show work in SF,” The Eureka Times-Standard, Oct. 10, 2011
“Arts Alive!” The North Coast Journal, May 5, 2011, Illustration
“Learning With Wood,” Ceramics Monthly, April 2011, p.32
Breeding, Lucinda, “In House Flavor,” Denton Record Chronicle, Sept. 9, 2010, Illustration
Michala Šmikmátorová, “Keramika Dave Zdrazil.” Magazine Golem, Czech Republic, 3/2010, p. 3-5
 “Going Abroad,” The Times Standard, Eureka, CA, August 22, 2010
Butler, Wendy.  Artwaves, Radio Interview “Shannon Sullivan and David Zdrazil,” KHSU 90.5 FM, originally aired August 24, 2010
KIEM-TV, NBC News Ch. 3, Eureka, “New Wood Fired Kiln at College of the Redwoods,” Jan. 11&14, 2008
Ritter, Tyson. “Heating Up,” The Eureka Reporter, Jan. 15, 2008
La Borne S’Enflamme, “Les Ceramistes Invites,” Illustration, 2007
American Art Collector, Juried, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA 2007, Vol. 3, Book 4, p. 232
Hoover, Carl. “Art in the forecast,” Waco Tribune-Herald, Sept. 28, 2006, p.1B, Illustration
“Exhibit includes former resident’s work.” New Richmond News, April 6, 2006, p. 6B, Illustration
American Art Collector, Juried, Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA 2006, Vol. 2, Book 4, p. 104
“Bowls for Dollars,” Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 18, 2002, p. 1A, 1B, Illustrations
Sargent, Nick. “Ceramists fired up about time intensive process.” Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Dec. 16, 2001, p. 1F, Illustration
NOTA, Biannual Creative Arts Juried Publication, Eau Claire, WI. Spring 2002, p. 15, inside back cover. Fall 2001, p. 21. Spring 2001, p. 15, 20. Fall 2000, p. 58

Current Galleries / Representation / Wholesale
Kobo Gallery, Seattle, WA (2015-present)
Orientations, Monterrey CA (2012-present)
Glenn Richards Gallery, Seattle, WA (2013-present)
Pierson Garden Shop, Eureka, CA wholesale ceramics planters, 2011 - present
Mad River Gardens, Arcata, CA wholesale ceramic planters, 2011-present
Garden Gate, Arcata, CA, wholesale ceramic planters, 2013-present