Scott Parady

Contemplative Teapots

July 25th & 26th, 2020

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Scott Parady began making pots in 1991 and built one of the first anagama kilns in California in 1995. Scott will demonstrate how he both handbuilds and throws teapots using a variety of techniques including pinching, coiling, soft slabs, and the wheel. Surface treatments including texture, stamping, and mishima(slip inlay), will also be demonstrated. You’ll have a chance to try these techniques in this hands-on workshop. The workshop will also include a digital presentation of Scott’s work, including the Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project which offers artist in residence opportunities that marry sustainable living practices, forest stewardship, and art making.


Scott Parady is a ceramic artist who has worked with clay for the last twenty-five years at his Burton Creek Studio in Pope Valley, CA, where he fired a large anagama wood kiln built in 1995.  He is currently a Full Professor of Ceramics at California State University, Sacramento, where he began teaching in 2003. In 2014 Scott began building the Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project, an artist residency program on the 80 acre property where he lives with his family. The residency includes opportunities for short and long term stays and accommodates artists at all stages in their development. The facility includes private studios, electric, gas, and woodfired kilns, gallery, and space to practice sustainable living. He has also taught many workshops around the country and abroad at various universities and art centers.

Scott exhibits his work widely in the US and is internationally recognized for his contributions to contemporary wood-fired ceramics. He has presented his work at three international woodfire conferences and has work in many important collections including the Di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve. His work can be found at the Trax Ceramic gallery, B Sakata Garo, Lacoste Gallery, and Spun Smoke where he has assisted in the curating of ceramic exhibitions. His body of ceramic work also includes functional ware created for four of Michelin Star chef Michael Mina’s restaurants

After attending Napa Valley College, Scott received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, followed by an MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 1998.

Scott was born and raised in St. Helena, CA and now lives and works on Cobb Mountain CA, North of Calistoga. Other pursuits include spending time with his wife Lori, three children Elliott, Haley, and Sierra as well as being a steward of his forest property.