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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.


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

Website | Instagram



Kristen Angelos

Kristen Angelos (she/her/hers) is a ceramic artist, public educator, and Honk! musician located in the Providence area. She served as a special education paraprofessional, tutor and education coach for close to a decade and focuses on creating a positive, inclusive and accessible classroom. She obtained a BS in Music at Northeastern University, but spent much of her free time at the MFA, ICA and Boston Open Studios. She is very excited to be an Artist-in-Residence for the Worcester Center for Crafts for the 2021-22 year!

Her work considers the practical functionality and user experience and centers around meditative interaction, like slowly sipping tea or caring for plants. Her work urges the users to engage with the work in a way that they feel wonder, calm, contemplation and joy; encouraged to admire the tiny details. Her great fondness for tea drinking, organic textures and shapes, antique finds, houseplants, and color interaction all heavily influence her delicate, wheel-thrown tea bowls, mugs, and planters. She studies glaze recipes and chemistry to create unique glaze colors and textures that when layered create interactions and motion in both electric and gas kilns.

Kristen has studied ceramics under Mazin Adam and Mark Zellers at the Community College of Rhode Island. She has been invited to exhibit work in the staff show at Providence CityArts for Youth, the Fall 2020 Student Exhibition at CCRI, 119 Gallery, and at the Rhode Island Realtors Association. She has previously worked with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of MA, the Fitchburg Art Museum, 119 Gallery and  Providence CityArts for Youth. Follow her work on IG @rainbowhomestudios.


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.

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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.
Louis Garcia
Susan Getchell
Jeanne Kowal
Holly Lauer
Brendan Lyons
Lori Mader Lori Mader


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

    Online Work

  • Carol Martens
    Robin McGoff
    Steve McGrath
    Reed McLaren
    Miryana Mihaylova

    "A decade changes mountains and streams might be the right saying for my transition from functional ceramics to sculpture. I paint, draw and hand-build dark branches, wavy coil structures, flames out of shadows, shrubs, and silhouettes.

    The objects that I create cast shadows out of which subdued hues of rainbow emerge in the sunlight. Air flows through the forms. The time is passing by, and we are changing with it."

    Check out Miryana's Instagram page here.

    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

    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.”
    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



    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.

  • The Sprinkler Factory and Expanding Continuum September 2012

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  • Jennifer Swan Jennifer Swan received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She teaches at the Worcester Center for Crafts, the Worcester Art Museum, and offers various classes throughout the community. Foremost, she ia a landscape and mural artist, however, she enjoys working with diverse media in her classes.
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    Sharon Webb

    Sharon Webb is an artist who works across a variety of mediums from drawing and painting to metal working and ceramics, where she is versed in hand building and slip casting. Sharon holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas, Denton, where she first starting working in ceramics as a means to create three dimensional canvases. Sharon has been a Ceramics Studio Assistant and Associate Artist at the Worcester Center for Crafts since 2020 and her ceramic works continue to combine her love of painting and three dimensional form as she has further developed her vision as a hand builder.

    Check our Sharon's instagram page here.

    Benton Webb

    I make functional pottery for the interaction with the object and the user. The use of line in my work is intended to carry the viewers eyes throughout the vessel. Texture and pattern are used promote exploration by creating a visual and sometimes tactile experience. The creation of pattern is very meditative for me and I want to have that pass on to the viewer through the exploration of the designs. Doing this on a functional object means that it will be used and interacted with, promoting the exploration of the object. The geometric patterning and line work are meant to contrast the rounded and bellied forms. This also allows me to point to the viewer and guide them to certain points and locations on the forms. This is how the patterning and line are used complement each other in a visually appealing way.

    Together the use of line and pattern are both things that I utilize to draw in the user and have them explore and interact with the work.

    Check out Benton's Instagram page here.