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  • DEBORAH BEDWELL is one of the founding artists of Baltimore Clayworks and led the organization as the founding Executive Director from 1980-2011.  Beginning in 2012 Deborah was elected NCECA President Elect. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Berea College (KY), a master’s degree from Towson State University (MD), and studied arts management at U. Mass. Amherst. She has received much acclaim for her success in creating Clayworks’ community arts programs, which has made the arts accessible to underserved individuals throughout Baltimore and the region.  Her extensive knowledge of contemporary ceramics has taken her throughout the US and abroad where she has served as a panelist, curator, lecturer and workshop presenter.  In addition she is an accomplished potter who continues to exhibit her clay work both locally and nationally. In the 1st quarter of 2013 she worked as artist-in-residence at Tainan National University for the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan ROC.

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  • 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. Additional information and images of her current work are available at:  www.pattybilbrofoxfirepottery.com 

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  • RICK BISGYER was surrounded by the graceful curves of both fine ceramic art and sailboats in his youth, growing up with his parents’ collection of contemporary pottery, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. He finally got his hands in clay at Glen Echo Pottery, outside of Washington DC, and it was not long before he built the first pottery wheel at his high school and started teaching his classmates the basics. That love of teaching has carried through his life, earning him a Bachelor of Science in Education at Georgia State University, and teaching positions in a variety of settings. For the past 8 years Rick has been a full time ceramic artist working in porcelain, finding the beauty of curving sails rising as an inspiration in his work.

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  • 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. Brad's work is exhibited nation-wide and can be viewed at www.bradblairceramics.com.  

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  • AMY CARNAHAN holds a BA in Architecture and minor in Ceramic Arts from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Amy began teaching at Baltimore Clayworks in 2010 after moving to Baltimore from Little Rock, AR where she worked as an architect for 5 years. Her background in architecture has led to an exploration of space and volume within the context of ceramic vessel while employing drafting and modeling as techniques for working through concept.

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  • MARY 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.

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  • JIM DUGAN is a resident artist of Baltimore Clayworks where he also manages all resident artists in addition to working as the wood kiln manager since the summer of 2005. He has been working with clay since 1995 where he attended California University of PA. Since that time he has spent 4 years as the studio manager at Touchstone Center for Crafts and 5 years as the kiln technician at Vermont Clay Studio. Since his arrival at Clayworks Jim has taught a variety of classes and introduced scores of students to the communal fun and magic of firing a 2-chamber noborigama style wood and salt kiln.

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  • PEGGY FOWLER is one of the newest members of the Clayworks community, becoming a resident artist in the fall of 2007. Her small scale sculptural vessels are inspired by her observations of nature found in the Maryland landscape, her garden and the local farmer’s market. Her work has been featured in regional and national exhibitions and she recently received a purchase award in the 2008 International Orton Cone Box Show hosted by Baker University in Baldwin, KS.

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  • L. BEN FREUNDis a sculptor and potter who joined the Baltimore Clayworks artist residency 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.

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  • YOSHI FUJII was the Baltimore Clayworks 2008–09 Lormina Salter Fellow and remains a current artist-resident in addition to joining the Clayworks staff as Gallery Associate in August 2009. 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. In the Fall of 2010 he completed an artist-in-residence program at Tainan National University for the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan ROC. His interest is in wheel-thrown porcelain utilitarian and sculptural work. His current work and additional information is available at: www.yoshifujii.com

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  • MATT HYLECK received a BFA from Xavier University in 1997. He is a resident artist of Baltimore Clayworks whose outstanding functional pots earned him a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship award in Craft both in 2007 and 2005. He was identified in the May 2008 Ceramics Monthly as an “emerging artist” and his studio work has received multiple awards including the 2009 NCECA Biennial exhibition and 2009 Jersey Shore Clay National. In the summer of 2005 he completed an artist-in-residence program at Tainan National University for the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan ROC. He currently serves as the education director for adult programs at Baltimore Clayworks Mt. Washington campus. You may view his recent work at www.matthewhyleck.com

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  • SHIN-YEON JEON is a ceramic artist and writer, living in Cockeysville Maryland was born in Seoul Korea and came to America in 1996. Ms. Jeon received B.F.A. in Oriental Painting from Ewha Womans University in 1992, her graduate certificate in Ceramic Arts from Hood College in 2004 and earned her M.F.A. from Towson University in Maryland, 2007.  Since 2004, Shin-Yeon has authored over fifty articles published for the Ceramic Art Monthly in Korea, Ceramics: Art and Perception in Australia and Ceramics Technical in the U.S. introducing American ceramic art world and well known individual artists. This summer she was invited to present her talk “American Ceramics” at Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea.She has been actively working in Washington DC and Baltimore area for the past fourteen years and taught various Ceramics, Human Figure and Modeling: Concept & Process, 3D Process classes for the past eight years at Towson University. Her work can be seen at www.shinyeon.com .

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  • 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. 

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  • 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 and has worked to diversify her skill-set, attending workshops with master potters at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Maine) and Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina). Lynne’s functional ceramics tend toward painterly, colorful imagery. Her instruction focuses on knowledge of fundamentals and inspired craftsmanship that encourages the use of student’s creative imagination coupled with a light-hearted attitude to their creative endeavors.

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  • BRITT PETERSON SALEM received a B.A. in ceramics from the University of New Hampshire in 2009. Britt has remained active in the clay classroom, working as a teacher, program coordinator and studio technician in four New York City area studios – BrickHouse Ceramics, 92nd Street Y, The Mudpit and Mugi Studios. Her wheel thrown vessels feature a sensitive attention to line and graphic composition while remaining firmly grounded in utility.

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  • 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. You may visit her website for current exhibitions, publications and images: pinkkiss.etsy.com

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    is a resident artist with Baltimore Clayworks and recipient of the 2013-14 Lormina Salter Fellowship. Kevin received his B.A. from Keystone College in 2007 and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He recently completed a Fogelberg Fellowship at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN where he was the instructor of several figurative sculpting courses. Kevin’s figurative Sculpture addresses the individual’s relationship to culture though their postures, expressions, and surface applications. Images of his current work and additional information can be found at www.rohdeworks.com .

    Back to TopADAM SAMPSON graduated from Towson University with a BS in Art Education. He was a wood firing intern at the Clayworks during the summer of 2009, and currently teaches art and photography at Chesapeake High School in Essex, MD. His focus is on creating comfortably functional forms that work well with the wood firing atmosphere. Back to Top
  • 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 27 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.

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    GARY SLAVINSKY holds a BFA from Alfred University in New York and an MFA from MICA in Baltimore.  Gary has been a teacher at Clayworks since fall 2007 and continues to explore and refine his wheel thrown and hand-built ceramic expressions. His teaching experience ranges from college level ceramic foundations to working with pre-school age youngsters. He is currently working for Union Memorial Hospital leading online marketing efforts. You may review his work at: www.garyslavinsky.com

    JEREMY WALLACE joins Baltimore Clayworks as the 2014-2015 Lormina Salter Fellowship artist. 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.
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  • 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. He was a featured demonstrator for the 1995 National Council on Education for 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.

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    DINA WESTON completed her MFA at Syracuse University in 2007 and she holds a BFA from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, Towson University and Goucher College. Her figurative ceramic works confront the vulnerabilities of human interaction and relationships. Interested in social disparities and cultural differences, she places her figures into situations that call a response within the viewer.
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    ALISON HATFIELD YOUNG received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute of Ceramic Arts in 2013. 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. Alison has worked tirelessly to construct and manage Baltimore Clayworks summer camp programming for 2013 and 2014.

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