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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

Website | Instagram

 

 

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
Bayda Asbridge
Jennifer Carey
Lucy Cimini Lucy Cimini (E-RYT500hr, YACEP, C-IAYT) has been teaching yoga for over 35 years. She has
trained and certified yoga teachers across the world. She is the founder and director of Central
Mass Yoga and Wellness (established in 2000) www.centralmassyoga.com and founder of Yoga
Warriors International (established in 2005) www.yogawarriors.com

She is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and has been trained in Hatha Yoga, Senior Yoga, Yin
Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Health Coaching and Yoga Therapy (trauma-informed yoga).
Lucy’s program -Yoga Warriors International is a trauma-informed program for combat
veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families and those with PTS. She has developed
outreach yoga programs for corporate clients, recovering addicts and prison inmates. She has
integrated formal instruction on teaching trauma informed classes to yoga teachers across the
country and internationally. Lucy is the subject matter expert of the published Iraq study, (Jan.
2012; American Journal of Occupational Therapy) “The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Yoga on
Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel”.

Her work has been the subject of many local, national, and international yoga and news
articles.
Lucy presently teaches private lessons, in-person and virtual group classes and has been
teaching for McClean’s Hospital (Brigham and Woman’s) for over 20 years.
Clay Studio Faculty
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!

 

 

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
Sydney Goddard
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
    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.
    Patti Kelly
    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
    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
    Robin McGoff
    Metals Studio Faculty
    Kat O'Connor Kat O'Connor earned a Bachelor of Arts in drawing with highest honors from Montana State University in 1990 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1995. O'Connor was awarded a Mass Cultural Council Fellowship for her drawings in 2018, and is honored to have received a Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts 2021 Residency. She received an Arts Worcester Material Needs Grant in 2017 and 2021. She is a Copley Master in the Copley Society of Art in Boston, Massachusetts, and her work is included in many private and corporate collections. O'Connor has exhibited her work nationwide, including three solo shows at regional museums, and won numerous awards. O'Connor has shared her love of art with students at Southwest Texas State University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Worcester State University, Worcester Art Museum, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, Massachusetts. She has lead landscape painting workshops in Maine, New Hampshire, Cape Cod, New Mexico, Italy, and Greece. Her work can be viewed online at www.katopaints.com.
    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

    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.
    Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez

    Elizabeth Peña-Alvarez is a sculptor based in Cranston, Rhode Island. She received her BFA from Swain School of Design and has received multiple MFA Degrees in Ceramics, one from Rhode Island School of Design and recently University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her work is nationally exhibited, and she is the recipient of the Windgate Fellowship, from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Elizabeth has taught art and ceramics at institutions throughout the United States, including; Miami Dade College, UMass Dartmouth, New England Technical Institute. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where the abundant and varied vegetation's lasting impact continues to drive her studio work, as she joins the Worcester Center for Crafts as an Artist in Residence and faculty.

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    Ali Reid Instagram: @_a.reid_
    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


  • Amanda Santerre Instagram: @thegoldenfoxxe
    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.
    Rachel Tufts
    Bianca Turner
    MIKE VECCHI Michael Vecchi is a registered yoga teacher (RYT500) with Yoga Alliance, classical and traditional Raja
    Yoga, advanced yoga teacher training 500-hour certification, influences of Anusara, Kripalu, Iyengar
    Style, and Insight Meditation, completed level II gong training
    NINA VECCHI Certificated Sound Healing Therapist (400 hour certification), Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Therapeutic
    Music, CMP, Reiki II, Level IV VSM (vibrational sound massage)
    Acoutinics Level 3
    Jullian Valadares