Caine College of the Arts
Graduate Student Teacher of the Year
Christopher Watt is an MFA candidate at USU. He received a BFA degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Canada and hols a three-year diploma in Art, Craft and Design from Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.His graduate research has involved an historic and autoethnographic analysis of the social, material and technical practices of atmospheric-fired stoneware and porcelain vessels, his work examines contemporary ceramic processes and how they are continuous with practices of historic traditions. Structured within a practice-based discipline, Christopher’s research involves the procedures of of wheel-thrown ceramics, atmospheric-firing conditions and locally sourced glazes. Examining the ceramic studio as a ground for material and ethnographic research, Christopher aims to better understand the social dimensions that support and produce atmospheric-fired ceramic practices in the 21st century. Selected accolades include artist residencies at the Centre for Ceramics Berlin (Germany) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada). In June 2017 Christopher presented his paper ‘Postwar Modernist British Columbia Ceramics: Canadian Apprentices of Bernard Leach and the ethos of American War-Resisters’in Farnham England for the International Society of Ceramic Art Education and Exchange.