2021 Presenter ProfilesJac Wynn2021-03-06T07:14:06+00:00
|Adam Chau is an artist in Cold Spring, NY. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his research blends digital manufacturing with traditional studio techniques. In 2018 he received the NCECA Emerging Artist Award and in 2019 he became a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.|
|Adam Posnak (b. 1973) grew up in Macon, Georgia. His great- grandfathers were blacksmiths, his grandfather a woodworker, and his mother is a studio potter. Posnak holds an MFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a BA from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. Posnak is an Instructor of Ceramics and Foundations at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.|
|Adrienne Spinozzi is an Assistant Research Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Met where she specializes in ceramics and 19th and 20th-century decorative arts. She is currently organizing two exhibitions: one is of 20th and 21st century ceramics from pioneering collector, Robert A. Ellison Jr.; the other is of 19th-century stoneware from Old Edgefield District, South Carolina, the American Wing’s first exhibition to highlight the work of enslaved African American artisans.|
|Ahna Skop is a geneticist, artist, science communicator, and champion for the underrepresented in science. Her lab studies how cells divide. Cell division is highly dependent on visual data, which dovetails perfectly with one of her other passions, art. Ahna has several scientific art installations on the UW-Madison campus and she has also curated, and created several traveling science art exhibitions. Ahna majored in biology and minored in ceramics at Syracuse University, obtained her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at UW-Madison, and her post-doctoral work at UC-Berkeley. Ahna is a Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and an affiliate faculty member in Life Sciences Communication and the Division of the Arts at the UW-Madison.|
|Allison Moore is a scholar, curator and critic of contemporary art, contemporary African art and photography, and critical theory. She has published in Artforum, Afterimage, and ’Even as well as in scholarly journals and exhibition catalogs.|
|Andrea is a full time studio potter in Floyd, Virginia. She completed her MFA at Syracuse University, BFA at West Virginia University, and worked as an apprentice for Silvie Granatelli. Her current body of work is made with a grolleg porcelain clay body, underglaze inlay, and layered transparent glazes.|
|Born and raised in rural south Florida, selling mangos roadside 2/quarter. Built treehouses. Headed to NYC alone in a VWbug with a hammock and $200, age 19. Found a job. NYU art school. Made art. Found love. Made babies. Found clay. SUNY New Paltz MA. Important mentors. Still learning.|
|As a full time self employed ceramic artist in Cleveland, Ohio, Angelica Pozo divides her time between public art commissions, studio work, writing how to books, teaching ceramic workshops, and artist teaching in K-12 schools, often serving as an artist-in-residence on large participatory tile/mosaic projects in school and community settings.|
|Anne Beyer is a wood fire specialist who is currently setting up a studio and building a wood kiln in the countryside of Paducah Kentucky. She recently completed an MFA from Indiana University and works part-time as an Adjunct Instructor at the Paducah School of Art and Design.
|April Felipe received her B.F.A from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A from Ohio University. April lives in Albany, Ohio working from home studio. She is an Organizer For The Color Network, and teaches outreach at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.
Audrey is currently an MFA candidate at Penn State University. She received her BFA from Alfred University and studied at Colorado State University as a post-baccalaureate student. Her studio practices question – how to hybridize digital technologies to ceramic creativity from the perspective of ‘convergence’, which could be cultural, technological, dimensional, or interdisciplinary.
Austin Bradshaw is a conservationist, and artist who uses experiences in the outdoors as a material. He incorporates analog and digital processes in producing his work. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2017 with a BFA and attends Pennsylvania State University as a graduate student.
|Ayumi Horie is a studio potter based in Maine, who co-founded The Democratic Cup, Pots In Action, Portland Brick, Obamaware and Handmade For Japan. She is a Distinguished Fellow in Craft at United States Artists and is a trustee at the American Craft Council and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
|Ben Owen III is an American potter born and raised in Seagrove, NC who uses wood firing techniques for making functional and decorative pottery. A sixth-generation potter learning from his family, BFA in Ceramics at East Carolina University, Fellowship in Japan, visiting artist in Jingdezhen, China. He continues to work in the family business, Ben Owen Pottery, established by his grandfather, Ben Owen Sr.
|Ben Carter is a ceramic artist and educator based in Farmingdale, NJ. He received his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida in 2010. He maintains a studio, teaches workshops and exhibits internationally. He is the creator and host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast.
|Bethann Gerstein- is the Executive Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA. Gerstein holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI and a BFA from Edinboro University, PA. She serves on the Board of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, ME.
|Bethany Benson holds an M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL and a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA. She is Professor of Art and Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.
|Bobby Silverman is an artist and designer who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in such collections as the Museum of Art and Design, New York City, and the Renwick Gallery /Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington ,DC.
|Brad Bachmeier is a recipient of 45+ national/international grants and awards in ceramics and education. His work resides in all 50 states and many prestigious collections. One of 19 brick sculptors in the U.S. He lives with his family in Fargo, ND, and is a tenured professor at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.|
|Brenda Hornsby Heindl is an independent scholar and a potter, using her studio, Liberty Stoneware, as an outlet for historic ceramics research. In 2012, she built a wood-firing, salt-glaze kiln. She is a graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and an alumna of Berea College Ceramics Apprenticeship Program.|
|Brett Beasley is a ceramic artist and the Studio Manager at Clayworks, a nonprofit community studio located in Charlotte, NC. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his master’s degree from East Carolina University. Beasley exhibits his artwork at both the national and regional levels.|
|Cathy Lu is a ceramics based artist that manipulates traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to deconstruct the assumptions we have about Chinese identity and cultural authenticity. By creating ceramic based sculptures and installations, she explores what it means to be both Asian and American, while not being entirely accepted as either. Unpacking how experiences of immigration, cultural hybridity, and cultural assimilation become part of American identity is central to her work.|
|Penn State (BA); Indiana University (MFA). Christa Assad maintained a ceramics studio for 17 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, has traveled the world in pursuit of pottery — yet nowhere stokes her senses like Baja Sur California, Mexico, where she now resides with the co-founder of “Taller de Terreno,” Kevin Wickham.|
|Cindy Leung received her BFA from Queens College and is an MFA candidate at the University of Florida. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Clay Art Center and the Morean Arts Center. Leung was awarded a 3D ceramic printing teaching assistantship at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China.|
|Clare Twomey is a British artist, researcher, and curator (b 1968). Twomey is a leading figure in the applied arts; she is an advocate for craft as commensurable to the wider visual arts. Her practice can be understood as ‘post-studio ceramics’, as her work engages with clay yet often at a critical distance. Twomey’s work negotiates the realms of performance, serial production, and transience, and often involves site-specific installations.|
|Colby Parsons, MFA, is a Professor, and Interim Chair of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where he teaches Ceramics and Digital Craft. Parsons’ work applies aspects of traditional media approaches to digital-based processes, working in a range of media and formats.|
|Coreen Abbott holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Colorado. She has been adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley, Nanjing University of the Arts, China; Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China. She has given numerous workshops in the US, India, Malta, Italy, and China.|
|Corrie Bain is a ceramic sculptor from the UK. She studied Ceramics and Applied Arts at Edinburgh College of Art and Alfred University. As a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, she exhibits her work worldwide. She owns an International Ceramics School in Barcelona, where she runs 3-month intensive courses, and artists residencies.|
|Michigan based ceramic artist and painter, Corrin Grooms’ art focuses on Black femininity, using a surreal expression to confront mental health in the Black community. She earned her BA from Saginaw Valley State University in 2018 and is an active exhibiting artist.|
|Daniel Alejandro Trejo is a visual artist based out of Stockton, California working in ceramic sculpture. He received his BA in Art Studio and Art History from UC Davis. Currently, Trejo is a resident at Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, California where he maintains his studio practice.|
|David Smith is the Associate Professor of Ceramics at Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD). He has also taught Ceramics and 3D Design at the University of Arkansas (Little Rock, AR), Flathead Valley Community College (Kalispell, MT), and Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA). He also owns ‘Little Lane Pottery’ with his wife Paula.|
|David Jones is a maker and author. His PhD is from Manchester Metropolitan University; his BA in Philosophy and Literature was from Warwick University, UK. He has been elected to the Governing Council of the International Academy of Ceramics and is a Fellow of the Crafts Potter Association of the UK.|
|David Stuempfle has worked and exhibited across US, Europe and Asia. He has been a US/Japan Creative Artists Fellowship recipient, and an NEA/Central and Eastern Europe Visual Arts Fellowship recipient. He has taught at Penland School of Crafts, the Bascom Center for Visual Arts and numerous universities and colleges. His work is included in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Museum (Japan), the NC Museum of History, the Asheville Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art, among others.|
|Dawn Holder is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks. She has received numerous accolades for her work, and has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. She earned an MFA in Ceramics from RISD and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia.|
|Dominique Ellis received her M.F.A. in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art in 2013. She was awarded a U.S. Fulbright student scholarship for Egypt, as well as an Arabic language grant for 2009-2010 and was based in Cairo, Egypt. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, from 2006-2008, working for the Moroccan Ministry of Handicrafts. She is currently the Grants Manager and Development Coordinator at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.|
|Dom Venzant is an biracial potter born in rural Wisconsin and raised in the Twin Cities. Dom earned an M.F.A. in ceramic sculpture from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. He wood fires with Glencoe Ceramics and currently serves as instructor of Fine Arts at Riverland Community College in Austin, MN.|
|Earline Green is an educator and ceramic artist with work in public/private collections. She is published in “500 Tiles, Image Transfer on Clay” and “Pottery Making Illustrated”. She is featured in Paragon Kilns Testimonial Advertisements, 2008-present; and as the “Potter” in the TD Jakes “Potter’s Touch” Television Ministry, 2007-08.|
|Eric Andre was born and raised in Akomadan, the Northern part of Ashanti Region, Ghana, and is currently MFA Student in Ceramics, School of Art, the University of Arkansas. Eric’s work is concerned with interior and exterior decor focusing on conceptual sculpture pieces and mixed-media artifacts.|
|Fawn Krieger is a NY-based artist, whose multi-genre works examine touch, ownership, and exchange. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, and Texte zur Kunst. She serves as Grants Officer at The Keith Haring Foundation and Adjunct Faculty at Adelphi University.|
|Fred Johnson began making pots by working as a production potter for many of the old Seagrove family potteries. He earned a BFA at Alfred University and a MFA at Penn State University. In 1996 he & his wife, Carol Gentithes established Johnson & Gentithes Studio in Seagrove, NC.|
|Writer, curator, and educator Garth Johnson is the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Johnson previously served as curator at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in Tempe, Arizona and at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.|
|Grace Han is a ceramic artist originally trained in South Korea. She received her BFA from Dankook University where she specialized in traditional Korean ceramic techniques and skills. She received her MFA from University of Manitoba in 2016 and has been pursuing her career as a ceramic artist in Canada.|
|A passionate educator, writer, and researcher as well as a maker, gwendolyn yoppolo is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Kutztown University. She has earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.|
|Inspired by Islamic architecture and human vulnerability, Toronto-based artist Habiba El-Sayed holds an Advanced Diploma from Sheridan College in Ceramics (2014) and a BFA in Ceramics from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2016). She recently completed a residency at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and her work has been shown across North America.|
|Hanna Selman is an artist living in Denton, Texas, where she attends Texas Woman’s University and works as a Graduate Research Assistant for Professor Colby Parsons. She received her BFA from Fort Hays State University. Her current work is an exploration of intuitive thought and its ability to process emotions.|
|Heather Nameth Bren is a studio artist who specializes in ceramic sculpture and installation. Conceptually based, Bren explores ideas of truth and perception through her ceramic and mixed media installations. She has worked with ceramic sculpture for over twenty years and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to Bren’s studio practice, she is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at Bethel University in Minnesota. She also serves on the executive board of trustees at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.|
|Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic sculptor and potter, arts journalist and curator who is dedicated to the craft of re-invigorating modernism in our times. Inspired by her mixed Indo-Trinidadian and Irish-American ethnicity, her work addresses issues of race, identit|