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Bayda Asbridge
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.

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Rachel Dubicki
Polly Marie Hansel
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
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

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
Bianca Turner
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.