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Bayda Asbridge
Rachel Benson
Clay Studio Faculty
Michael Coffey
Julian De La Garza

Artist Bio

Julian De La Garza was born in New York, and raised in Rhode Island. He received his BA in Jewelry/Metals from Rhode Island College and then went on to work in the industry. During this period he was a diamond setter for Tiffany & Co. and then a model maker for C & J Jewelry working on high-end jewelry brands such as David Yurman, Haverhill Leech, and Tiffany & Co. All while also continuing his personal studio practice and jewelry business.

Realizing he had always wanted to teach at the college level, he left the stagnancy of the industry and decided to go back to school to obtain his MFA at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Artisanry with a focus on Jewelry/Metals. During his stay at the university he has received high awards for his jewelry design skills through juried competitions and has also had opportunities to teach as well as assist advanced classes.

Check our Julian's website here and his Instagram page here!

 

 

Rachel Dubicki
Kate Egnaczak Kate Egnaczak is a conceptual eco-artist. She grew up on a 68 farm in the Berkshires and brings that experience into her process as a maker. Her hybrid artistic approach practice is at the intersections of design thinking, sculptural methods, and anthropological fieldwork. Centering circularity as a guiding principle, Kate explores the complex interdependence of all life forms and waste. The most prominent example of this body of work is her multi-year durational exploration of the mere ponds of Elm Park in Worcester, MA. In this project, she found and collected trash and other debris from her paddle board. She considers the garbage she finds as treasured art-making materials. The materials are transformed and re-interpreted into sculptures and collages.
Louis Garcia
Peter Grigg Peter Grigg

Education

  • PHD. Physiology. State University of NY Syracuse
  • MS. Syracuse University
  • BS. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Past work

  • Professor Emeritus U Mass Medical School

    Artist Statement

  • Even though I am a technician, I hope to enlighten my students by showing them the skills of enameling, using bold colors and durable product. I appreciate the many challenges that come with enameling.
  • Polly Marie Hansel www.pollyachiart.com
    Suzanne Head Suzanne Head is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She has developed a technique in which colored glass powder is sifted onto sheet glass and fired in a kiln. Over multiple firings, Suzanne creates imagery that looks similar to her paintings and drawings but is entirely made of glass. She was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in 2023. Her work is shown at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, the Penland Gallery in Penland, NC, and the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA.
    Renee Knowles Renee Knowles is a multimedia artist with a focus on photography, ceramics, and the art of storytelling. She is passionate about art education and finds herself happiest while teaching.
    Brianna Ko Brianna Ko, a second-year art teacher at Marshfield High School with a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, specializes in metalsmithing. Committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment, she encourages students to develop skills, techniques, and a lifelong appreciation for learning. In her personal work, Brianna explores nature, light, color, and storytelling through metalsmithing, drawing inspiration from art history. Beyond the classroom, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and engaging in the arts. Brianna looks forward to continuing her artistic and teaching journey, eager to learn from her students.
    Jeanne Kowal
    Margaret Larson Margaret Larson joins us as an Artist in Residence in ceramics,  from the Seagrove area of North Carolina, where she has been working as a studio potter and intern, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019, from Guilford College, with an emphasis on ceramics.

    Margaret states of her pottery: “My pots are how I indulge my need to create, while producing somebody’s favorite mug, dish, or jar. I explore themes of nature, play, whimsy, and movement by decorating meticulously thrown functional pots, either with imagery or non-representational compositions. I throw all my attention into my forms and decoration as a way to ground myself or escape reality. Every aspect of the ceramic process lets me process emotions and experiences, and each unique surface and pot I create feels like a little love note or
    journal entry - to myself or others. I can imbue all my care, love, and emotion into an individual piece, and the accessibility and daily interactivity of pottery allows me to share that with friends or strangers. My favorite moments are in the studio decorating, and making myself or others laugh with an idea…”

    Holly Lauer
    Caterina Maina
    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

    Jamie Rhode
    Jennifer Swan Jen Swan is a teaching artist and mural painter who shares her love of art with the diverse community of Worcester and its surrounding cities and towns. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she currently teaches classes for the Worcester Art Museum, Listening Wellness Center, The Overlook, LACI Homeschoolers and in many public and private schools as a Cultural Partner. Making connections between art and nature has also inspired collaborations with the Audubon and EcoTarium. Her recent paintings explore art and ecology as she portrays the web of interrelationships in our environment. Through plein air landscapes, botanical and wildlife studies, she wishes to creatively propose new possibilities for coexistence, sustainability and healing.
    Victoria Taft
    Ava Travers
    Rachel Tufts
    Beth Woodruff
    Liviah Yeaw Liviah is an interdisciplinary artist focused on sustainability and humor! She loves color and pattern clashing and funky relaxed aesthetics. She makes textiles, animations, music, interior spaces, and more. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and recently graduated from RISD in Film & Animation.