Former ACGA member Christa Assad and partner Kevin Wickham are the inventive minds behind the launch of  Taller de Terreno, an artists’ oasis currently under development in Todos Santos, Mexico. Taller de Terreno’s  mission is to deliver workshops and residency opportunities in the arts and wellness while also offering an opportunity to teach guests, through its architecture’s use as a case study, how to better integrate our built environment into the natural one.

Currently Assad and Wickham are at a critical stage of fundraising for the next phase of building.  The Amigos of Taller de Terreno Campaign is designed to help offset costs of studio equipment and materials required for the upcoming kiln construction, and to give scholarships for meals and course tuition to local, underserved members of the Baja Sur Community. You can read more about their ambitious project and contribute to the campaign through April 5th here. There are many perks and incentives to contributing, including ceramic pieces made by Assad.

Assad and Wickham are preparing for their final departure from the Bay Area and will be hosting a blow-out sale of ceramics, hand-crafted furniture, prints, and paintings at their Emeryville studio on Saturday, March 31, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Their kick-off workshop is scheduled for Jan. 7 – 18, 2019 and will give participants the opportunity to take part in the construction of TDT’s multiple-fuel ceramic kiln, led by Doug Casebeer of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Doug’s exclusive “V9” design will be the showboat of the kiln facility. By contributing $1500 to the campaign now, donors will receive full course tuition, studio and registration fees for the 2-week inaugural Kiln-Build Kickoff Workshop with Casebeer. Other upcoming workshops include courses with Chris Gustin and Tara Wilson. Find out more about Taller de Terreno at their website.