Cutting Edge Cutting


Tue - Fri, Jan 19 to Jan 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm



Laser cutter engraving a plank of wood with the letters, A, R, T.

January 19- 21, 2021 

Spend Wintersession 2021 with the ArtLab, learning how to design and fabricate on a laser cutter. This workshop will consist of a required 6 hours of instruction on January 19 & 20 and two optional days of an open studio on January 21 & 22. 

The ArtLab’s Kat Nakaji and guest artist Atma Khalsa will guide you through the design and fabrication process; no prior experience is needed. Your bespoke design will then be fabricated in the ArtLab workshop while you watch, via live-stream. The ArtLab will mail the finished project to you and keep a second copy for display in the ArtLab's workshop.

Register here with your Harvard University email. This workshop will be taught remotely and is limited to Harvard College undergraduates.

Kat Nakaji standing behind a work bench

Kat Nakaji, ArtLab Production, and Technical Supervisor will be the instructor of Cutting Edge Cutting. Kat is a craftsperson with an extensive background working in theater and the arts. Kat is a champion for diversity, and access, making sure all people are welcome and can participate. They have previously worked for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), the Huntington Theater, and ArtsEmerson. Kat earned their BFA in Theatre Design/Technology at Emerson College. Outside of work, Kat’s passions are complicated board games, fiber arts, and birding.

Headshot of Atma Khalsa, Art Director for Allied Experiential

Atma Khalsa, the guest artist, is an Art Director for Allied Experiential, a marketing agency that designs and builds interactive customer experiences for brands. She held the same position at Lovepop, a company that makes 3D pop-up cards using the laser cutter. She has also managed and taught laser cutting workshops has been an active member at multiple other local makerspaces. Her passion lies in the intersection between digital design and fabrication -- and how technology can enable creatives to reach more people and support themselves.

The ArtLab is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations, please email