Grant Recipient

Rosa Novak

Windgate-Lamar Fellowship

2017

"The Windgate Fellowship will enable me to research the soil and clay geology of California and contextualize my work using local clays within the state’s craft traditions. I will explore raw material economies, ecological design, sustainable living systems, place-based materials, and land use, and how these ideas apply to making craft objects. This research will occur within two distinct landscapes: the Mojave Desert and the South Central Coast. In the Mojave, I will work with Andrea Zittel’s Studio at A-Z West and the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s Desert Research Station. I will then move to a piece of family-owned land dormant for generations in Templeton, CA, where I will set up a clay and dye studio in an existing structure and begin using material from the large clay deposit on site. While in Templeton, I will study with Dr. Cristina Lazcano and Dr. Gordon Rees at the Department of Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to develop a deep understanding of the ecology and geology of the land. This will allow me to establish a site-specific studio practice grounded in ecological design principles, knowledge of local clay geology, and sustainable craft. My fellowship will culminate with a series of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions that deliver my research and work on place-based ceramics to the craft field. The events will occur at Cal Poly, NCECA, California College of the Arts and Mills College."

Location

Oakland, CA

EDUCATION

SPECIALIZATION

HOst Institution

Grant amount

$15,000

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