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Cali Almy

Cali Almy

Artist Statement:

After years of teaching art in Providence, RI I decided to recommit to my own artistic practice in clay, and I am currently in my second year as an Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Like many artists my work is inspired by nature. Time walking in the woods, along the shore, or through the marsh provide me time and space for growth and insight. I am especially drawn to the patterns, colors, forms and contrasts in the landscape. My collection of work is an homage to place and my deep connection and love of being with nature. All my pieces are wheel thrown, hand decorated and glazed, and whether you hold a piece in your hand or see one on a shelf, meant to share that love of place.

BIO:

Cali holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont and an MFA from UMass, Amherst. She has been teaching in high school and community art spaces for over 2 decades, and most recently completed a first year as an Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. She has exhibited her ceramics at a variety of arts festivals and galleries and her work has been collected around the world. She has also worked in and supported a number of arts, educational, and social justice organizations over the years and brings a lens of community and connection to her work.

Online Work

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Hailey Angione Hailey Angione is a jeweler and ceramicist who grew up in New Hampshire. She received a dual degree in Ceramics and Metalsmithing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2019. She graduated summa cum laude, has won two awards from the Annual Jewelry Design Competition held by the International Precious Metals Institute, and was a finalist for the 2019 Windgate Fellowship Award.

Hailey makes work inspired by books, old architecture, and history. Using a combination of metal and ceramic she makes vessels and wearable objects. Hailey enjoys experimenting with materials, sharing ideas and techniques, and finding creative solutions to creative problems. She finds joy in helping others make their best work.


View Hailey's work at: haileyangione.com
Sarah Bartolotta
Hanna Brown Hanna Brown

Education

Massachusetts College of Art and Design- BFA in Fine Art 3D and Glass


Awards
  • 2015 Book Award, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • 2014 Mark Ferguson Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • 2014 Partner Scholarship with Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design


  • Artist Statement

    Meditative planning, constant transformations, and unforeseeable outcomes are paramount to the creation of my glass sculptures. I find myself attracted to a form at first rather than a concept. Often times I am able to find the overall context of the piece through the information given by its structure. Shapes and textures that are normally found in and on the earth inform the way I make art. Abrasive rough textures alongside smooth surfaces guide my newest series of landscapes. I use glass as a medium to be able to achieve earthly contrasting textures and to provoke certain moods through light and transparency.

    I gather a substantial amount of inspiration from my own experiences and environment. I strive to create work from my own personal connections and memories in the hope that viewers will be able to connect my work to relatable or familiar forms they have encountered within their surroundings. My goal through my work is to break down and explore the fascination I have with memory, association, and nature.


    Exhibitions
  • 2015 Massart Senior Show, Paine Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2015 All School Show, Presidents Gallery, Boston, MA (Curator)
  • 2014 Reflective Glass, South Crackatorium, Boston, MA
  • 2013 Ess- Eye- Ohtew, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA


  • Online Work

    Website


    Julian De La Garza
    Louis Garcia
    Jon Glabus
    Glass Studio Faculty
    Michelle Grey
    Katherine Judd

    My name is Katherine, and my goal in this life is to rock your world with beautiful photography. Whether I am shooting in the studio with a slew of lighting equipment or out in the field with just my vintage film camera, I strive to infuse an insane level of fun and passion into every shot I take.

    I started taking photos at age 13 and since then a camera has never been too far out of my reach. I studied photography at both the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT and the New England School of Photography in Boston, MA. I currently live and work in Boston, and while I am a Boston girl at heart, I would love to travel.

    Aside from photography, I enjoy baking an obscene amount of cupcakes, spending time with my pugs, and admiring the everyday beauty of this crazy world we live in.

     

    Katherine Mae Judd Photography

     

     

    Kristen Kieffer

    Kristen Kieffer

    Kristen Kieffer is a studio potter based outside of Worcester, MA and originally from Louisville, KY. She has been a full-time studio potter since 2003, workshop presenter since 2002, and instructor at the Worcester Center for Crafts since 2001.

    Kristen attended Montgomery College in Rockville, MD receiving her Associates degree in Studio Arts majoring in Ceramics (1993), her BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, Alfred, NY (1995), and MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University, Athens, OH (2001). She has also been in intern at the Henry Ford Museum’s Greenfield Village (MI), and an Artist-in-Residence at John Glick’s Plum Tree Pottery Studio (MI), the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts (TN), Guldagergård Museum of International Ceramic Art (Denmark), and the Worcester Center for Crafts (MA).

    Her work is in numerous private and public collections including the Taipei County Yingee Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, the Guldagergård Museum of International Ceramic Art in Skælskør, Denmark, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, TX.

    Artist Statement

    I make pottery that brings elegance, sophistication, and merriment. I have a diverse range of influences, and seek to marry the splendor of past eras with a modern desire for beauty and utility. My influences for these Victorian modern porcelain vessels range from 18th century silver service pieces to couture clothing, and from Art Nouveau illustrations to cake fondant. Such diversity combined with my own personality as a maker culminates into a unique style. Graceful forms, refined patterns, and lively colors convey a design that is elegant and joyful.


    Awards
    2014 Best of Function Award, State of Clay Biennial, Lexington, MA
    2013 Director's Award, Fifth Annual Beyond the Brickyard, Archie Bray Foundation
    2012 Museum Purchase, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
    2012 Merit Award, 19th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition
    2010 Best of Show Award, Contemporary Clay Biennial, Western Colorado Ctr. for the Arts
    2009 NCECA Purchase Award, NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition
    2007 Museum Purchase, Fort Wayne Museum  of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
    2005 Museum Purchase, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
    2005 Corporate Award, Bailey's Pottery Equipment, Visions in Clay
    2003 Tradition of Excellence Purchase Award, NCECA Clay National Exhibition
    2002 Tradition of Excellence Purchase Award, NCECA Clay National Exhibition
    2000 Professional Development Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council
    1997 Tuition Assistantships for Graduate study, Ohio University
    1996 Juror/Merchandise Award, 5th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National

    Online Work

    Website | Online Shop | Facebook  | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter



     

    Jeanne Kowal
    Lisa Kramer
    Brendan Lyons
    Lori Mader Lori Mader

    Education

  • Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine July 2014
  • Beginning with a class at the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1989, She continued her education in clay at UMASS-Amherst and attended clay classes and workshops at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

    Achievements

  • She's been an instructor at the Worcester Center for Crafts since 2004
  • participated in juried arts festivals throughout southern New England, New York and Pennsylvania since 2000
  • She currently owns and operates Cedar Swamp Pottery in Wilbraham, MA.

    Artist Statement

  • I hand make my work from porcelain and stoneware clay. They are fired in a wood burning kiln in 14 to 18 hour firings. The glazes used are modern adaptations of ancient Asian recipes of celadon, shino, and tenmoku iron glazes, safe for use with food and beverages. It is a quietly contemplative, multi-stage process inspired by history, hard work, and the beauty of nature.

    Exhibitions

  • Multiple WCC faculty exhibitions including WCC Bowl and Cup Shows
  • Paradise City Arts Festival, Northhampton, MA May 2013, October 2013.

    Online Work

    Website
  • Carol Martens
    Steve McGrath
    Claudia Montez
    Tom O'Malley

    Tom O'Malley began studying ceramics in high school and received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1985. He received his MFA, with honors, from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. O'Malley has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning numerous awards. He received an LCC Grant in 1998 and his pottery was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the 2002 Strictly Functional Pottery National.

    His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lark Books 500 Tiles, and is slated to appear in the forthcoming publication 21st Century Ceramics. He has taught at RISD, Rhode Island College, Becker College, Worcester State University and the Worcester Center for Crafts, and has presented a variety of workshops and lectures throughout New England. He has been a board member of The Studio Potter since 2005 and currently is the Studio Liaison and Program Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts.

    View Tom's Latest Work and Profile: Tom O'Malley Ceramics

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    Elizabeth Ryan-Belton Elizabeth Ryan-Belton studied jewelry and metal smithing at the Universary of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mass Art in 2005. After graduation Elizabeth worked as a production / bench jeweler for a local artisan before she started her own jewelry business, Looka Jewelry, in 2011. Her jewelry has been exhibited throughout the United States at fine art galleries and in juried exhibitions including The Paine Gallery, Providence Art Club, Michele Mercaldo Contemporary Jewelry, Paradise City, Artrider Fine Craft Shows and sold at Don Muller Gallery in Northampton, MA, The Boulder Arts and Crafts Co-Op in Boulder,CO , The Clever Hand Gallery in Wellesley, MA and the Worcester Center for the Crafts gallery and Holiday Festival.


    Elizabeth's contemporary art jewelry has been published in the following publications:

    • 2010 21st Century Jewelry, The Best of the 500 Series, Marthe Le Van, Larks Crafts
    • 2008 Compendium of Contemporary Jewelers, Andy Lim, Darling Publications, Germany
    • 2007 Lark Books, 500 Pendants and Lockets
    • Her production jewelry has been featured in several local magazines including Preview Massachusetts and Worcester Living Magazine.

    Elizabeth enjoys teaching the craft of metal smithing to students of all ages and her favorite techniques include hand-piercing (often with a tiny sawblade), hand fabrication and soldering.

    Online Work
    Website | Facebook


     

     

    Tomo Sakai
    Tomo graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, with a specialization in glass, and went on study glass engraving and coldworking in the Czech Republic. She was an artist-in-residence at Worcester Center for Crafts from 2012-2014, and now has her own studio in Worcester. She teaches regularly at the Worcester Center for Crafts, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Corning Museum of Glass.

    Instagram: @cruzesakai 

    Education

  • 2012-2014 Artist-in-Residence, Worcester Center for Crafts
  • 2004
  • SUPSS Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic
  • 2003-2004 VOSS Novy Bor, Czech Republic
  • 2002 Dominik Biman School, Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic
  • 1998-2002 BFA in glass, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

    Artist Statement

    "My journey as an artist has been informed by my experience growing up in Japan - the nexus of a profound, traditional past in co-existence and interaction with an energetic, hyper-modern future. My choice of glass as a medium reflects my experience: it is both rooted in traditional techniques while at the same time projecting a modern materiality. I want to capture this reality in my work, balancing the old and the new, honoring tradition and innovation, exploring past and future."

    Exhibitions

  • The Krikorian Gallery, Worcester MA/Eight Elements - 2014
  • The Krikorian Gallery, Worcester MA/Opposing Directions - 2013
  • Imago Gallery, Warren RI/December Invitational Show - 2013
  • Cafe Siesta, Gifu, Japan/Bar Akadama - 2008
  • Gallery Tamamiseum, Nagoya, Japan/Arts & Crafts - 2007
  • Decin Museum, Czech Republic/Senovske Sklo Plne Zivota - 2005
  • Kamenicky Senov Museum, Czech Republic/The exhibition of 4th International Symposium of Engraved Glass - 2005
  • Koganezaki Crystal Park, Nishi Izu, Japan/Vessels - Exhibition of Contemporary Glass - 2003
  • Spiral Garden, Aoyama, Japan/Department of Ceramic, Glass and Metal Graduation Works Exhibition - 2002


  • Riley Strong
    Joshua Swalec Education and Experience

  • Graduate of Worcester Vocational Technical High School: study of all welding processes, mechanical drawing, and certified in stick metal arc welding of mild steel in all positions 1998
  • Blacksmithing course: Touchstone School of Crafts 1998
  • Jewelery making I and II: Worcester Center for Crafts 1999-2000
  • 18 years experience in blacksmithing, welding, metal fabrication, landscape design and construction.
  • Active member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America and New England Blacksmiths

    Awards and Achievements

  • Awarded Massachusetts Cultural Coalition grant for public art in partnership with the Higgins Armory Museum.
  • Award winning: Fitchburg Forge-In (regional blacksmithing competition), Intermediate division champion 2000
  • Professional division champion 2008, and 1st Place- Decorative Trellis Panel 2009.

    Artist Statement

    I strive to make art which is functional, and which leaves people wondering how it was made. As a blacksmith, I integrate ancient and modern technologies to produce effective and beautiful tools and products.
    I value making a tool to make a tool to make a part to a finished piece rather than buying an inferior part at the store.

    Exhibitions
  • The Sprinkler Factory and Expanding Continuum September 2012

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  • Toby Walters
    Benton Webb