Course Listing - by Instructor
Kelly Jean Conroy was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Growing up in New England and raised by an artist mother and engineer father, who both emphasized making and painting, led her to attaining her BFA from Syracuse University in Art Education and Painting in 2005. She completed her MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. She is currently teaching metalsmithing at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, and has previously taught at Massachusetts College of Art, Metalwerx, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Peter's Valley, Snow Farm, and the Worcester Center for Crafts. Her work focuses on life cycles in nature within a jewelry format. Her specialties are enameling, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, laser cutting, and casting. kellyjeanconroy.com
|Julian De La Garza||
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.
|Paul Dumanoski||Paul Dumanoski studied photography at the Worcester Center for Crafts under Peter Faulkner. The subject for his work is the environment, both natural and man-made. He has exhibited his photographs in juried shows throughout the region and recently won an award in Preservation Worcester's Architectural Images VI.|
|Peter Grigg||Peter Grigg
|Polly Marie Hansel||www.pollyachiart.com|
|Tomomi Haringa||I have been a professional designer at retail florists for over 20 years, and I am trained in traditional American styles, Ikebana (a Japanese style of arranging), and in using fresh, dried, and silk flowers. I'm originally from the Tokyo area of Japan, but I have been living in Massachusetts for 25 years.|
|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…”
|Bridey McGlynn||Bridey McGlynn is a multi-media artist from Northborough, Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Syracuse Univeristy. Bridey specializes in oil painting, screen print, and block printing.|
|Metals Studio Faculty|
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
|JOANN OPIELAWSKI||Internationally certified in Shamanic Life Coaching and Akashic Records reading. She is a
certified Reiki Master and through the teachings of Sandra Ingerman, Alberto Villoldo at the
Four Winds, and literary guidance from the Q’ero shamans of Peru she is trained in Shamanic
Art, Spirit Animal Guidance and Guided Meditation.
|Dahlia Popovits||Dahlia Popovits has been weaving creative cloth for 40 years. She designs and hand-weaves all the garments and accessories in her collection. The tactile aspect of the work also draws her in, as she encourages a visitor to feel the softness of a bamboo jacket. Bamboo has become a popular material for environmentally-conscious clothing designers because of its sustainability. “It’s an incredibly comfortable fiber that wicks away moisture and is comfortable year round.” Inspired by fashion, color, texture and nature, her clothing is comfortable, stylish and distinctive, with fans who know it when they see it on other women. “When somebody wears a Dahlia garment to a meeting or function and another woman says, ‘Oh, you’re wearing a Dahlia,’ it’s recognized, and that to me feels great.”|
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.
"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."
|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.|
|D Zeutas-Broer||D is an experienced and enthusiastic holistic health consultant, diversity trainer, and certified yoga teacher. She founded Pure Energy Yoga and Holistic Health Consulting over 20 years ago, to provide personal and small group sessions and classes to those seeking a more creative and balanced lifestyle. D is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and doctoral work in Human Services and Applied Behavioral Sciences including holistic therapies, the use of imagery in therapy, and social justice. She has specialized in enhancing mindfulness, and optimal stress response for athletes, clinicians, service providers, and trauma survivors of all ages. D is, also, a Level IV Reiki Master, a dancer, poet, and mixed media artist, who is inspired by cityscapes, nature and animals. She participated in improv workshops led by Academy Award winning actor, Alan Arkin, and thinks it’s all improv.|