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Alan Willoughby recently retired as the Executive Director of Perkins Center for the Arts. During his tenure at Perkins Center for the Arts, a community arts center with facilities in Moorestown and Collingswood, NJ, Alan developed innovative inter-disciplinary arts programs serving diverse audiences throughout southern New Jersey. Concurrently with Alan’s leadership at Perkins Center, he continued his work and explorations in ceramics, including the building of a Noborigama woodfire kiln.  Alan has an MFA in Ceramics from Clemson University and has been awarded two Artists Fellowships by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

See more at www.shustermanwilloughby.com

Bede Clarke has been a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri since 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa (1990) and a BFA from Eckerd College (1982). Bede’s work is found in collections in the U.S. and abroad, such as the: University of Northern Arizona, Ichon World Ceramic Center, Racine Art Museum, Bermuda National Gallery and Martin Museum of Art. Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he produces his ceramic artwork and continues to exhibit worldwide, recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; at the Yingge Ceramics Museum 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei; and at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.
He is a recipient of many distinguished awards.

Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark. From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, and was named 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.  He is the creator/host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast, where he interviews artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. He is also the author of articles featured in ceramic publications as well as a full-length book, Mastering the Potter’s Wheel, published by Voyageur Press in 2016.

See more at www.carterpottery.com

Cynthia Fisher has been a professional artist since 1989, first as a children’s book illustrator, and since the year 2000, creating mosaics. Her award winning mosaic art can be found in public and private collections nationwide. The artist lives in rural western Massachusetts.

See more at www.bigbangmosaics.com.

Linda Schultz has an MS in Art Education, a Certificate of Completion from the prestigious Art Farm Gallery for Studies in Chinese Brush Painting. She has studied with Professor I-Hsuing Ju and Leigh Wen for more than 20 years. She has further studied Chinese Brush Painting with master painters in the city of Jan Ying, China. Her work is in many private collections and galleries. Linda teaches Chinese Brush painting privately and has given numerous demonstrations publicly.  She has also given workshops and taught classes at Mohonk Mountain House, Millbrook School, Studio 28, the YWCA, the Mill Street Loft, Dutchess County Arts Camp, and the Byrdcliffe Summer Arts Camp.

Lisa Chicoyne has been working with clay for more than 20 years. Trained as a sculptor before coming to ceramics, she takes an interdisciplinary approach to art-making and teaches that, through a focused commitment to process, ideas take form.  In 2012, at the request of interested ceramic students, she began to teach classes in paperclay, which have become very popular. Lisa’s work is in numerous private collections throughout the United States and she has had solo exhibitions at  many venues. She earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro She has been Assistant Director at Greenwich House in NYC since 2010, and maintains a studio practice in NJ.

Lorna Meaden grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago.  She received a B.A. from Fort Lewis College in 1994, and an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University 2005. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Her work is represented in several national galleries. She has taught numerous workshops nationally and internationally, in addition to being featured as a demonstrator and lecturer at the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts, and Utilitarian Clay V: Celebrate the Object. Lorna is currently a studio potter in Durango, CO.

See more at www.lornameadenpottery.com

Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Bethel, Maine.  She attended Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. After a fifth year in ceramics at Syracuse University, Martha went on to receive her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  She was then awarded multiple important residencies and fellowships. Her work can be found at many galleries across the country. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases.  It was the cover feature of Ceramic Monthly’s May 2010 issue.

Randy Brodnax is currently teaching at Cedar Valley College, Dallas, TX. A dedicated teacher and storyteller, Brodnax is known to cook up a mean gumbo and an entertaining yarn while making beautiful pots. A master Raku potter for more than 50 years, he has been featured in countless books and magazines and has given hundreds of workshops.

Don Ellis is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at San Juan College in Farmington, NM and has been a ceramics educator since 1986. He is known as a master of Raku and Copper Matte glazes and has spent over 20 years mastering his special techniques. His work is featured in Alternative Kilns and Firing and Mastering Raku.

Richard Aerni is a full-time studio potter in Rochester, NY.  His focus has always been on the functional, with rich and subtle glaze effects.  Having worked primarily at cone 10 in reduction over the course of his 40 year career, lately he has been spending more and more time at cone 6 oxidation, utilizing his glazing approaches, which include spraying and the judicious use of wood ash, to bring these effects to life at that lower temperature. He delights in passing on the knowledge he has acquired to the willing and the eager.

See more at www.richardaerni.com

Susan Beecher is a nationally recognized studio potter whose work has appeared in more than 75 national juried and invitational shows over the past 25 years. She has taught workshops and weekly classes at art centers throughout the Northeast, Florida and California.  Her work has appeared in many articles and eight books. In the fall of 2005 a book exploring her work was released by Catskill Press: Susan Beecher: Wood Fired Pottery.

See more at www.susanbeecherpottery.com.

Susan Bogen is a Studio Potter maintaining studios in NJ as well as the Catskill Mountains. She has taught ceramics at The Art School at the Old Church, Demarest, NJ for over 12 years. Susan works in both porcelain and stoneware, firing to cone 10 in either her gas kiln or in Susan Beecher’s wood kiln.  She has exhibited in various national juried shows. Her work is currently in many galleries.