Patty Bilbro

PATTY BILBRO graduated from Haywood Community College Clay Production Program and completed her BA in Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Prior to relocating to Baltimore, Patty worked as a resident artist and instructor at the Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in NC from 2008-2010. Patty’s background in psychology combined with her love of illustration, subtlety, and humor provides an endless inspiration for her narrative functional pottery.

Rick Bisgyer

RICK BISGYER crafts porcelain pottery with curving sails as a central motif in many of his pieces. Inspired by his love of sailing and boats, Rick’s pottery is a reflection of his life on the Chesapeake Bay and his Eastern Shore studio, where he creates vessels, bowls, bottles, and other works in the blues and greens of seascapes. Rick started teaching pottery technique to his classmates after building the first pottery wheel at his High School in the 1970s. That love of teaching has carried through his life, earning him a Bachelor of Science in Education and teaching positions in a variety of settings including Baltimore Clayworks where he is starting his 4th season. Rick has been a full time ceramic artist working in porcelain for the past 12 years striving so that others may find pleasure in the beauty, harmony, and fluidity of his work.

Brad Blair

BRAD BLAIR is a Maryland native who recently earned his MFA from Florida State University in the spring of 2014. Prior to moving to Tallahassee, Florida, he gained a B.S. Degree in Fine Arts, with a focus in Ceramics, from Towson University in 2009. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Brad also interned, taught children's classes, and was the 2010 Summer Camp Coordinator at Baltimore Clayworks. His unworldly artwork stems from interests in the biological sciences, cryptozoology, the future of genetic engineering, and the unknown.

Jennifer Chua

JENNIFER CHUA received her MFA from the University of Hawaii in 2015. She holds an Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on Arts in Education, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). While she works primarily in clay, she often incorporates other time and labor-intensive craft mediums and techniques, such as knitting and crochet, to meditate upon memory, loss, and longing through tiny, repetitive actions. Her exhibition history includes juried and invitational shows in Hawaii, California, and New York City, and while studying towards her MFA, she received a curatorial graduate assistantship for the Art Galleries of the University of Hawaii, as well as a graduate teaching fellowship in ceramics. In March, she completed her term as Student Director at Large for The National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA).

Mary Cloonan

Mary K. Cloonan was born and raised in western New York state, receiving a BS in education from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She then went East to earn her MFA in ceramics from Syracuse University. She has since headed south to become a resident artist and teacher at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland. National and international art journals have published articles she has written, as well as those written about her own work. Her work has been exhibited around the country and is in many private collections. Most artists have a touchstone of artistic epiphany; she blames that salty Play-Doh.

Yvonne Creighton


Jim Dugan

Jim Dugan has been teaching a wide variety of classes on wheel thrown pottery and related topics for over 17 years. He has taught primarily at not for profit art centers including Touchstone Center for Crafts, The Vermont Clay Studio, Shelburne Craft School, and Baltimore Clayowrks. Jim focuses on functional pottery with an emphasis on craftsmanship and creativity. Over his many years Jim has introduced scores of students to the communal fun and magic of firing a 2-chamber noborigama style wood and salt kiln.

Ana Maria Economou


Ben Freund

L. Ben Freund is a sculptor and potter who joined the Clayworks community in 2012. Originally from Florida he has studied and taught ceramics across the country. Ben is an avid fan of the process of creating in clay and enjoys teaching that process and much as he does creating. His work is grounded in the thrill of discovery and often reflects mechanical and archeological forms. He has shown nationally and looks forward to showing in Baltimore.

Yoshi Fujii

YOSHI FUJII is currently a resident artist and was the recipient of the 2008–09 Lormina Salter Fellowship. Yoshi received his B.F.A from University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. His interest is in wheel-thrown porcelain utilitarian and sculptural work.

Christina Haines


Mia Halton


Danielle Hawk


Dominique Hellgeth


Matthew Hyleck

MATTHEW HYLECK received a BFA from Xavier University in 1997. He is currently an associate artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks whose outstanding functional pottery has earned recognition by the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship award in Craft in 2011, 2007 and 2005. He has completed visiting artist-residencies at Tainan National University for the Arts, Taiwan R.O.C. in 2005, Ohio University’s Woodfire Symposium in 2010 and Watershed Craft Center’s summer 2012 AIA residency. He serves as the education coordinator for Baltimore Clayworks Mt. Washington campus, a position he has held since October 2000

Emily Irvin

Emily Irvin was was born in 1992 in Chillicothe, Ohio. In 2015, she received her B.S. in health sciences, and in 2016 she received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the Ohio State University. Irvin's work reflects her interest and experiences in caring for individuals by featuring collages of ceramics in combination with found materials and fibers that record touch.

Matthew Katz

Matthew Katz is a ceramic artist, engineer, and all around ceramic materials nerd. Katz received his B.F.A. from Alfred University and his M.F.A. from The University of Colorado-Boulder, in ceramic art. Katz worked as a research scientist in the ceramic engineering department of Alfred University for 15 years, studying how ceramic science applies to artists. For the last 14 years Katz has taught glaze and clay science at Alfred University. When not out researching and teaching about glazes and clays or fixing the worlds glaze flaws, Katz enjoys flying commercial aircraft, calculating Pi out to the millionth place, being a free diving world champion, and dreaming about all the thing he would be doing instead of having another conversation with his four year old son about which is is favorite Dinosaur... It is the Ankylosaur, if you were wondering.

Kathy Lee

KATHERINE LEE received a B.F.A. from Arizona State University. She relocated to Baltimore to join Clayworks in 2013 as a studio intern where she has gained experience teaching both children’s and adult ceramics classes.

Elizabeth Lockett


Bianca Loscocco


Rachel Lundak

RACHEL LUNDAK was born in the mountains of North-East Arizona in the small town of Lakeside. She received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati – DAAP in April of 2014, specializing in ceramics and sculpture. In 2010 she received her BFA from Alfred University. Rachel has shown her work nationally and internationally and recently attended a prestigious ceramic residency in Jingdezhen, China. She is currently an active member of the art community in Baltimore and lives in White Marsh, MD with her husband and their dog.You may view her work at www.rachellundak.com

Herbert Massie

Herb Massie is a community artist, organizer, teacher, sculptor, mosaic artist and Director of Community Engagement at Baltimore Clayworks. Herb is self-taught, pulling from experiences having grown up in Baltimore, MD. Herb uses clay, spanning from individual projects to collaboratively designed and executed installations as a vehicle for healing, relationship development, advocacy and community building with a diverse pool of participants. Massie has worked to overcome stereotypes, prejudices, misconceptions and bring dignity, voice and strength to young people, teens, students with disabilities, senior adults and those who are experiencing addiction recovery through hands-on arts experiences in Maryland for over 25 years.

Sarah McCann

Sarah McCann is a Baltimore based community artist and independent curator. She partners with individuals and organizations to facilitate projects that use existing systems of behavior to form deeper human relationships and create opportunities for reflection and growth. She is currently the Executive Director at Baltimore Clayworks. She has taught arts programming with the Creative Alliance, Wide Angle Youth Media and the Youth Dreamers. Her most recent curatorial endeavor Putting the Pieces Together was exhibited at Baltimore Clayworks May - July, 2015. Sarah has facilitated public and collaborative projects and looks forward to continuing her work in Baltimore and other urban centers.

George McCauley

The sources and influences for my work are complex and varied. I grew up in a Greek-American home steeped in the mystical traditions of Greece, paralleled by life in the deep South. My first art course came during my freshman year in undergraduate school in 1967. Until that time I had not even seen a potter’s wheel. At that point my life took a most important turn. A class in ceramics set me on a path from which I have yet to deviate. I developed a strong work ethic and interest in process during my years supplementing my income as a third generation carpenter. These skills are an important component in whatever I do, whether making art, cooking, gardening, doing carpentry or just living a life. Most important, ritual, mysticism, the folk arts, my heritage as a Greek, and experiences from my travels have played an increasingly prominent roll in my work. Although I am primarily a ceramic artist I work in other materials as well usually wood and metal, and typically I combine these in some fashion. Without regard to media or object, my work is a personal narrative, an expression of my feelings. While not making social commentary in an overt way there is some message to be found. I am aware that this approach is specific and not always evident to the viewer. That is, however, not a deterrent to my process. With consideration of ceramic history, the folk arts, ritual and mythology I continue to rely on my own work for inspiration. I handle clay in a casual manner with the idea that anything is possible and OK as well, intuitively making work that I like. I am concerned with the immediacy of making, process, struggle and more interested trusting the flaws not the flawless.

Lynne Molner

LYNNE MOLNER has been a hands-on, art lover and teacher for over 30 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and Master’s in Science, majoring in Clinical Psychology, from Loyola University. Lynne started her ceramics education at Baltimore Clayworks, expanding her skill-set through a variety of workshops with master potters at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine) and Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina). Her current body of work combines intuitive, expressive and incised paintings of familiar imagery on to utilitarian ceramics. She strives to imbue a personal quality of playfulness on to pots made for everyday use. Her instruction focuses on knowledge of fundamentals and inspired craftsmanship. Lynne encourages her students with exploration and technique to be open to the possibilities of their own creativity.

Sara E. Morales-Morgan

Sara E. Morales-Morgan creates illustrative ceramic objects that explore how memory shapes her notions of home and identity. She received her Master's degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of South Alabama. She has been a resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts' Pentaculum, at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts as a Kiln God Award recipient, and she will soon be the 2016 - 2017 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist at Baltimore Clayworks.

Kristen Muscaro


Mario Mutis


Antoinette Nero

ANTOINETTE NERO received a B.F.A. in ceramic arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. She is an active artist living and working in Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited work in juried and invitational exhibitions in the Baltimore region. She is well versed on the potter’s wheel while exploring a diverse range of finishing techniques including but not limited to low temperature pit fire and saggar as well as high temperature wood-firing. Antoinette will be teaching both children’s and adult ceramics classes. Learn more about her work at http://cargocollective.com/antoinettenero

Shawna Pincus

SHAWNA PINCUS is a ceramic artist living in Baltimore Maryland with her husband Michael, daughter Amelia and their two cats. She grew up right outside of Philadelphia and attended school at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned a BFA in sculptural studies and continued on to Towson University earning her certification in Art Education. Shawna currently teaches for the Art Education department of Towson University in addition to exhibiting her pottery in various galleries and craft fairs across the country. In 2010 Shawna was awarded “Best of Baltimore” for “Best Locally Made Pottery” by Baltimore Magazine and has been featured in several publications and blogs nationwide.

Lynnette Rodgers


Kevin Rohde

Kevin Rohde received his BA from Keystone College, PA and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is an award winning artist/sculptor having received fellowships at Northern Clay Center, MN, and Baltimore Clayworks, where he is currently a Resident Artist. Most recently, he was an Artist in Residence at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He maintains a rigorous studio practice, exhibiting nationally, and was featured as a 2014 Emerging Artist in Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Kevin is currently an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Towson University in Towson, MD, as well as at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Volker Schoenfliess

VOLKER SCHOENFLIESS is one of the founding member artists of Baltimore Clayworks and he is a graduate of Towson University. In addition to being an instructor with Clayworks for 30+ years Volker is an instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the JCC at Owings Mills. His narrative figurative ceramic work illustrates a wry sense of humor and whimsical take on human nature.

Leslie Shellow

Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has exhibited in such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College, the King Street Art Gallery at Montgomery College, the National Institute of Health and the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD. In 2015, she was selected as a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist and exhibited her most recent installation at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Meyerhoff Gallery. Leslie was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2010 and 2013. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel and paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work. She currently teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland Baltimore County

Gary Slavinsky

Why do I make what I make? I’ve embraced the use of clay for a good part of my life and this question has resolved to have different meanings at different times. It is a means of self-discovery, an activity that connects me with humanity, a medium which is bound to community, relationships between people, a vehicle for the celebration of food and living aesthetics. Most importantly it serves as a grounding force in my life like no other I’ve ever experienced. It’s the dedicated connection to the making process that fuels me to the next idea, the next piece and next firing. It’s the, “Hey look at this, how did this awesome piece happen?” and in the same breath knowing that no matter how much experience I have no two pieces will ever be alike. My joy is about the never ending pool of possibilities, questions, choices of clay and wood interlaced with the complex elements of the firing process.

Staff


Missy Steele

MISSY STEELE joined Baltimore Clayworks in 2014-2015 as the 1st recipient of our Margie and Tom Pozefsky Fellowship. This new fellowship opportunity provides an artist: a studio, materials/living stipend, mentor and international travel for workshops. Missy completed a BFA in Ceramics from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. Beginning in 2006-2012 Missy gained extensive experience teaching and managing children’s ceramic programming for Shady Side Academy Camp Ren, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Boyd Community Center and Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Steele’s functional ceramics emphasize and celebrate function while providing a canvas for whimsical, humorous and despairingly dark carving based on observed social behavior.

James Tisdale

James’ personal iconography is rich with references to the cultural, social, political and religious experiences of growing up in Mississippi. His outlook is humorous, poignant, and sometimes confrontational, as he observes the world around him. The work draws upon both the beauty and the ugliness of this region. His works explore the concepts of what society ordains as acceptable or beautiful, as well as, what it condemns as being ugly and undesirable. Having grown up in the south, he discovered that many situations, events and people are a mixture of both definitions. For him, the intrigue lies not only within the borders of these interpretations but also in how these labels can influence a lifelong attitude.

Jeremy Wallace

JEREMY WALLACE is a current resident artist with Baltimore Clayworks and was the Lormina Salter Fellowship artist for 2014-2015 . He earned his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Superior in the fall of 2009. A native of Minnesota, he has recently worked as an artist-in-residence at St. Petersburg Clay Company for 2013-14 and instructor at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg FL. He began work as the Noborigama assistant with Baltimore Clayworks in 2011-2013. Jeremy’s functional and sculptural vessels explore expression through line, texture and movement.

Samuel Wallace

SAM WALLACE is a traditional Jamaican potter who became a resident artist and kiln technician for Baltimore Clayworks in 1993. His work has been featured in numerous regional and national exhibitions as well as being a featured demonstrator for the 1995 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts conference. Sam continues to teach and exhibit his work primarily through a wide range of artist residencies throughout Baltimore City, surrounding counties and the neighboring mid-Atlantic region including New Hampshire, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Sarah-Anne Winchester


Travis Winters

TRAVIS WINTERS joined Baltimore Clayworks as the 2015-16 Lormina Salter Fellowship Artist . Working primarily with animals and figures, he creates a visceral experience for the viewer by meticulously crafting characters that evoke narrative and the sense of touch. A MFA graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Winters exhibits work nationally and has shown at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, MD, The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, The Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, WA, The Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, and more. Travis was a Kiln God Summer Resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle, ME, a Short-Term Resident Artist at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT and resident artist at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, NC. Follow Travis at http://traviswinters.blogspot.com

Alison Emily Hatfield. Young

ALISON HATFIELD YOUNG received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute of Ceramic Arts. For three years Ali worked for Baltimore Clayworks as Childrens Program & Volunteer Coordinator and she currently works as the Volunteer Coordinator at Blue Water Baltimore. She has participated in artist-residencies at the Vallauris Institute of Art in France and C.R.E.T.A. Rome in Italy in the fall of 2013. Young has participated in national exhibitions including Workhouse Clay National in 2014 and Rights of Mankind at the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights in 2013. Her artwork resides in permanent collections in Italy, France and the U.S.