Dave Zdrazil, Associate Art Faculty, Eureka Campus
What do you love most about teaching at CR?
I really enjoy the community and the direct involvement CR has with it. We are also very fortunate to have great facilities, students and faculty. These things, combined with the beautiful campus and environment at College of The Redwoods really allows students to realize their full potential.
What do you love most about your discipline?
I like helping students achieve their goals in education and in life outside of college. It's great to see people succeed and explore new opportunities. One of the most rewarding things about teaching is how much I learn from my students.
David is a clay artist whose work encompasses a wide variety of wheel-thrown, hand-built and slip-cast forms, and shares a home studio with his wife Shannon Sullivan. Zdrazil was raised in Somerset, Wisconsin, received his MFA at the University of North Texas and his BA at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He has taught at several institutions in addition to giving guest lectures, workshops, and consultations related to ceramics and kiln building. Zdrazil built his first anagama style wood fired kiln in Wisconsin in 2001, and has designed and built several unique kilns since, including hybrid and hydrogen-fueled kilns. He has presented at the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts in the U.S. as well as conferences in France, Australia, and Germany. His work has been featured in many publications, including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Technical and The Log Book. His current ceramic work can be seen at the Sewell Gallery in Eureka, CA and Orientations in Monterey, CA.
You can view his work at www.davezdrazil.com