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Kurt Anderson is originally from the Bay area in California. He attended undergrad at The University of Wyoming and the MFA program at Louisiana State University. He has been a resident at The Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. In 2009-2010 he was the Fergus Fellow at The Ohio State University. Kurt’s work is based on his interpretations of folk art and pottery traditions from throughout the world. He channels these traditions
through a prism of modern dissonance. He currently resides in Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Eliza Au is originally from Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Artist residencies she has attended include Greenwich House Pottery (NYC, NY), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), and the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY). She has taught in Canada, United States and internationally at various institutions including the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Alberta College of Art and Design, Monmouth College, The University of Iowa and the Alfred-CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) Program in Beijing, China. Au is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of North Texas.
Molly Anne Bishop
Born and raised in Virginia, Molly Anne Bishop graduated from the VCU Craft/Material Studies program in 2012. She currently lives in Chicago and works as an illustrator and ceramicist. She is inspired by pop culture, travel, and the natural world.
Marty Fielding became captivated by clay as an anthropology major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He continued his study of ceramics as a teaching assistant at Penland School of Crafts and received an M.F.A. from the University of Florida. Fielding’s work has been included in invitational and juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally such as Strictly Functional and The Zanesville Prize.
Fielding teaches at Florida State University. His teaching experience includes SUNY New Paltz, Florida Atlantic University, Ohio Northern University and Middlebury College and several community studios including Frog Hollow in Middlebury, Vermont where he was Resident Potter. He has taught workshops including Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, The Potter’s Council Workshop in San Diego, and Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod. His work has been published in several books as well as Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Clay Times.
Richard W. James
Richard W. James is currently an assistant professor of ceramics at Miami University of Oxford Ohio. Prior to this, he held artist in resident positions at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT (2017-2019), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (2016-2017) in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Zhenrutang (summer 2015) in Jingdezhen, China. Richard received his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2001 and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2016, where a portion of his thesis work received the 2016 Sculpture Magazine Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. He was the recipient of the James Renwick Alliance Chrysalis Award (2019) for emerging artist in contemporary craft as well as the Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Award (2018). He has also written for Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics: Technical and Ceramics Monthly. His work is featured in numerous private collections and has exhibited across the country, as well as China and Italy.
Matt Kelleher is associate professor of ceramics at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He joined the faculty in 2015 after a decade of working as a studio potter in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Matt has participated in residencies at Penland School of Crafts, Archie Bray Foundation, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. As Matt continues to investigate Cone 3 tableware, his studio practice has expanded to include larger sculptural ideas.
Gunyoung Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics from Kook-Min University in Korea in 2010 and her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2014 where she developed her studio practice and gained teaching experience. After graduate school, Gunyoung was the long-term ceramic artist-in-residence at Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, Kansas. She also completed short-term residencies at different places including Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and Red lodge clay center in Red lodge MT. Gunyoung was selected as one of the 2016 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artists and she received the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council in 2017.
Benjamin is currently an assistant professor of Art at Baldwin Wallace University, in Berea, OH where he teaches ceramics and sculpture. He lives in Berea with his wife and two kids. Benjamin grew up in the small, rural town of Greene, Maine, spending time exploring the woods and rivers around his home. In 2008, he received a B.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Southern Maine. Between schooling, he maintained an active studio practice in Portland, Maine. In 2010, he worked as a summer staff member at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, in Newcastle, Maine. He completed an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2015 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA. Ben has presented workshops at institutions including Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI, Touchstone Center for Crafts, the 2018 Michigan Mud Ceramics Conference, and Westminster College, S.L.C. UT. He has assisted artists during workshops at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and Arrowmont School of Art and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN. He was also an Artist-in-residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and in the second annual Arrowmont Pentaculum. He exhibits his work locally and nationally.
Shalya Marsh received a BFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz and an MFA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2016. She is currently a Service Assistant Professor and the Ceramics Technology & Production Facility Myers Foundation Ceramic Research Associate at West Virginia University and was named one of Ceramics Monthly’s 2018 Emerging Artists.
In addition to a rich exhibition record, Marsh has augmented her studio practice through participation in workshops and residencies, including at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, a Kiln God Residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Lormina Salter Fellowship at Baltimore Clayworks.
George Metropoulos McCauley
George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has had 31 solo shows and 400 exhibitions, has taught and conducted workshops internationally. The recipient of 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, his work is included in collections in 12 countries. Among the books and periodicals to feature his work are: Teapots, 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, The Best of Pottery (editions 1 and 2), Contemporary Ceramics, Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques , Glazes: Materials, Recipes and Techniques, The International Teapot Exhibition in Shanghai, 500 Vases and 500 Platters, 500 Teapots . Ceramics Monthly, The Chinese Potter’s Newsletter, Ceramics Monthly of Korea, Ceramics: Art and Perception. McCauley continues a busy workshop /exhibition schedule and produce his own local television show,” George’s House of Interesting Things” on HCTV , and “GHOC Wednesday Night Videos on the internet. He has 2 films to his credit, “Archie C. Bray, Life at the Brickyard” 2008 and “Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects” 2013. McCauley has been working with the low income and disabled community for 50 years. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots, high temperature wood firing, earthenware wood firing and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, Formula 4 Racecar mechanic and driver, full time cowboy/horse trainer, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter.
Robert “Boomer” Moore
Robert “Boomer” Moore, born in Fargo, North Dakota received his BA from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana in 1995. Mr. Moore received his MFA from Utah State University in 1999. Upon completion of his MFA, Boomer held the position of Studio Coordinator/Instructor for nine years at Ohio University
in Athens, OH. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Art at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
Boomer is a fellow of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, and Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. He has presented numerous workshops at schools and institutions across the nation. Mr. Moore’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, in such venues as 2003 NCECA Clay National in San Diego, CA, 2016 Coast to Coast in Bucharest, Romania, 1998 The Fletcher Challenge in Auckland New Zealand. His work can be viewed in many publications such as, The Ceramic Design Book, The Ceramic Glaze Handbook, and most recently in CAST: Art and Objects. In 2004 he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council – Individual Artist Grant.
David C. Robinson
I grew up in the 1960’s in a small town in the Mississippi Delta, an area which has been described as “the most southern place on earth” because of its unique racial and cultural history. On one hand, the rural south was idyllic and pastoral, with pristine woods, bodies of water, and open fields to navigate and explore. On the other hand, it was also a time rife with racism, overt homophobia and the ubiquitous hand of Christianity. These conditions and experiences contributed greatly to my role as a person and artist. For me, art became a vehicle of escape, exploration and personal acceptance. Although I have studied and worked in a variety of media, it is the tactile nature of clay and the expansiveness of its materiality that I have found the most rewarding and the best fit for me in expressing myself.
Tim Rowan was born in 1967 in New York City and grew up in Connecticut along the shore of Long Island Sound. His art education began during college, receiving a BFA from The State University of New York at New Paltz before journeying to Japan for 2 years to apprentice with ceramic artist Ryuichi Kakurezaki. Upon his return he worked briefly in studios in Massachusetts and New York before receiving his MFA from The Pennsylvania State University.
He established his kiln and studio deep in the woods of the Hudson Valley in 2000 where he lives with his wife and son. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions internationally most recently having solo shows at Cavin- Morris Gallery in New York, Yufuku Gallery in Tokyo, and Lacoste Gallery in Massachusetts.
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alaska in 2002. I worked for studio potters in the Anchorage area, which gave her a strong foundation to spring from. Following that, I focused on glazes for a year of independent study at San Diego State University; after which I completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Penn State in 2005. Since then I have taught at institutions such as: Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Washington, and University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. I have also worked nationally and internationally at places such as the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), The Clay Studio (PA), Pottery Northwest (WA), Watershed (ME), Sanbao in Jingdezhen, China, and the Residency for Ceramics-Berlin, Germany. Since 2002, I have taught over eighty in-person workshops, 30 online workshops, and exhibited work locally and abroad. In 2009 I moved back to Seattle and bought a house/studio in 2013. Rat City Studios has grown and thrived.
Linda Sikora resides with her family near Alfred NY where she has a studio practice and is a professor in Ceramic Art at Alfred University. Formal study and degrees were completed at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (BFA) and University of Minnesota–Minneapolis (MFA). Professional activities are national and international. Residencies include: Archie Bray Foundation; Chunkang College of Cultural Industry, Korea; Tainan National College of The Arts, Taiwan; Clay Edge, Australia. Collections include: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Racine Art Museum; Alfred Ceramic Art Museum; LA County Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; Everson Museum; Huntington Museum of Art; Fuller Craft Museum; Gardiner Museum, Canada; National Museum of Sweden and Smithsonian American Art Museum (pending). Linda Sikora is a United States Artist 2020 Fellowship recipient.
Jamie Bates Slone
Jamie Bates Slone is currently an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MFA from the University of Kansas and her BFA from the University of Central Missouri. Her current work uses self-reflection to further explore themes like anxiety, depression, sexuality, and womanhood.
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