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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

 

 

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.


View Hailey's work at: haileyangione.com
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!

 

 

Brittany Dias
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
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
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
    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


     

     

    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


  • 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
    Lillian Webster