DEB ALDO Deb Aldo began making mosaics in 1997 and has been teaching art for 22 years. Her education and background in art and landscape architecture led her to work on large scale pebble, stone and glass mosaics. She has completed both interior and exterior works for residential and commercial clients such as hospitals, boutique hotels and restaurants. She has received numerous awards for her art and her work is currently on exhibit at SAMA Mosaic Arts International exhibiting at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
LANETTE BARBER Lanette Barber holds a BFA in metals -State University of New York and a BS in Accting from Quinnipiac University. She has studied with such artists as Bob Ebendorf, Fred Woell and Jamie Bennett. Her teaching experience includes: 17 + years at GHC, Brookfield Craft Center, Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts workshop. State of Ct Visiting Artist Program. Also instructs classes in fiber. Recipient of several awards through the Society of Connecticut Crafts in metals and mixed media. Publications sampling include: Rosie Magazine, Hartford Courant, Woman's Weekly Magazine, Shoreline Times and Fairfield County weekly. Other media includes East Hartford Public TV and 'Live the Journey' with David Morris 88.7 radio. Former president of the Society for Connecticut Crafts. Many gallery show including NYC SOFA show 6-04 and CHICAGO SOFA 11-04
KAREN BARTONE Holds an M.F.A. from Western Connecticut State University and a B.F.A. from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Karen has taught at Eastern CT. State University and numerous schools throughout CT. She is the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards. Karen exhibits nationally.
MARION PEASE BERMAN Marnie is a working artist, exhibiting regionally with a teaching record in college, private art centers and public schools extending over the last 20 years. A mixed media artist with degrees in both painting and sculpture, her experimentation in new techniques is thoroughly grounded in art foundations. After many years teaching full and part time and working in plein air, she has returned to teaching in area art centers to complement an active studio concentration on her low-relief mixed media work in the studio inspired by plein air graphite and color sketches in the field.
ERIC BURRIS Lives and works in Silver Spring,MD. Participates in regional and national fine craft shows and art festivals. Eric has also been an educator for several years, teaching at the college level and conducting workshops on the Mokume Gane technique.
SUSAN CASLEY Guilford native Sue Casley discovered photography at a young age and purchased her first SLR camera with babysitting money. She has continued, throughout her adult life, to express herself artistically in both the film and digital mediums of photography in both the 35mm and medium formats. While practiced in most areas of photography she specializes in portraiture. She has studied photography through The New York Institute of Photography, Creative Arts Workshop and Paier College of Art. She edits and prints her own work and is proficient in Adobe Photoshop and the full Adobe Creative Suite, building upon her photographic background to segue into graphics arts and web design. She has exhibited her work locally.
ELIZABETH CHICHESTER is the owner of Woodside Pottery in Clinton. She teaches special programs in the Clinton School system and exhibits in the Northeast.
ALICE CHITTENDEN holds a BFA degree from the University of Hartford and a MALS from Wesleyan University. She has studied at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Penland School of Crafts and Alfred University. She maintains her own studio And for the past five years has participated in the Shoreline Arts Trail. Her work is in the collection of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China and private collections in the UK, Australia and the US. She exhibits throughout Connecticut.
LUCIENNE COIFMAN BS from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She teaches at CAW and Wesleyan Potters. Coifman has been published in Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. Coifman exhibits nationally.
JEREMY DAVIS Holds a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Received a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and has been awarded numerous times through competitions and exhibitions. He currently teaches at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited nationally.
KRISTIN DICARLO holds a Master's in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a BA from Easter Connecticut State University. Kristin is a middle school art teacher at the Walsh Intermediate School in Branford, CT.
LINDA EDWARDS MFA and BFA in metals, and a BS from Kansas State University. She has taught at Wesleyan Potters, Creative Arts Workshop, Albertus Magnus, Southern Connecticut State University, and Kansas State University. She exhibits nationally.
DAVID FERREIRA holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art. He has pursued a career in freelance illustration, teaching and fine art. He's had work published by The New Hampshire Telegraph, Sam Adams Brewing Co., EMCParadigm Publishing and Olivia Kent. He recently received a first place New Hampshire Press Association award for his "Catch a Wish" illustration. David believes it is an artists' nature and duty to challenge themselves, as well as others, on how they perceive their work.
DAVID FRANK BA from Goddard College and studied at Wesleyan University. He teaches at Creative Arts Workshop and Wesleyan Potters as well as in outreach programs in the Guilford and Madison school systems. Frank exhibits nationally.
CRISPINA FFRENCH Crispina has been creatively recycling wool sweaters since 1987 and is a published author of The Sweater Chopshop by Storey Publishing. She ran a wholesale manufacturing company for 21 years, CRiSPiNA Designs, Inc., supplying 350 accounts with blankets, rugs, and clothing all made from recycled clothing. Crispina has strong teaching skills, is inspiring, encouraging and welcoming. Her unmatched style imparts a sense of enthusiasm and confidence.
VIOLA GALETTA Native of Budapest Hungary, teaches jewelry making and beading. She is a textile designer by trade, custom designer of sportswear and neckwear; freelance artist; sells unique jewelry.
JUSTIN GERACE Justin graduated with honors from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2008 receiving his BFA; Justin also received his art education teaching license in 2010. Justin has been making ceramics for 8 years; he works predominantly with the potters wheel making vessels of various forms and scales. Justin managed Wesleyan Potters in 2008 and 2009, and has exhibited and sold his work nationwide. Justin works with two LLC's, Behind the Wheel Pottery llc which he is co-owner and One of Twenty an artist collective, his work can be found online at www.oneoftwenty.com.
NAOMI KANTROW has been a high school art teacher for 35 years. She has taught a variety of fine and commercial arts courses, including studio arts and portfolio preparation, graphic design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. She holds an MFA from Yale University.
NANCY KARPEL holds a BS from Albertus Magnus, and PMC Certification from the PMC Guild. Karpel has exhibited widely, published and been a professional jewelry artist for more than 32 years. She has taught classes and workshops at CAW, Guilford Art Center,, Hopkins, SCSU and Albertus Magnus at her studio, N. Karpel Studio, LLC, where she also produces a line of contemporary jewelry.
JAIME KRIKSCIUN has been working in the medium of stained glass for over a decade; incorporating tradition with her own experimental style. Having a background and schooling in the arts has contributed to Jaime's exploratory style, integrating the acts of drawing, painting and sculpture into her stained glass work in an ever evolving, never predictable, body of work which continues to progress over time.
MARCY LA BELLA is an artist who works in the mediums of sculptural ceramics and metal smithing. She is a youth art instructor for the Middletown School System S.W.A.G. program, the Middlesex County YMCA and is a faculty youth instructor at Wesleyan Potters where she is also a key member in ceramics and metal smithing. She studied art at SCSU.
DEBORAH STAUB LUFT is a long-time teacher and studio potter specializing in wheel-thrown domestic pottery. She has earned an M. S. in Reading /Language Arts from Central Connecticut State University, an M.Ed. from Goucher College, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College, and in addition to GAC, teaches at Wesleyan Potters and Gateway Community College.
STEPHANIE MADDALENA Has conducted workshops at Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art and Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. She has been published in La Vie Claire magazine and sells her work at the Park Avenue Armory in NY and through her website.
ANDREW MAGLATHLIN Teaches at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. He has also taught at the Community College of Rhode Island and Salve Regina University. Andrew received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Illinois, he completed a Post-Baccalaureate program in ceramics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Although he is trained in the traditional discipline of functional ceramics, Andrew is influenced by the modern era of abstract art and is dedicated to experimenting with ceramics as a sculptural medium. Andrews's work has been shown in galleries and exhibits nationally.
DODIE MARCHESE BFA from Pratt Institute. She studied at the Brooklyn Museum School and the Institute de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Work in collections of Slater Museum, Yale Nursing School and privately owned in USA and Germany. Arts facilitator for Hospice and SARAH, Inc.
CLAUDIA MATHISON BS from Kutztown University in Art Education. Claudia conducts workshops on Early American and Multicultural arts and crafts with Young Audiences of CT and with the Southern Connecticut Library Council traveling to schools, museums and libraries throughout CT. She teaches outreach programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Claudia sews one of a kind quilts using vintage fabric and embellishments.
LADY McCRADY Lady McCrady is a painter, MFA City University of New York Hunter College, BFA Syracuse University School of Art, Sir John Cass School of Art, London. Recipient of grants from Connecticut Commission on the Arts, New York University-National Endowment for the Arts, Smith College. Performance artist in Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2012 residency with Michael Clark Co, UK. Current and past exhibitions include universities, museums and galleries. She owns a collection of Shirret geometric art carpets.
MATT PARKINSON Self-taught blacksmith and sword maker; graduated from the manufacturing technologies program at Vinal R.V.T.S. where he learned forming, machining, fabricating metal, heat treating and metallurgy; His studio, Falling Hammer Productions, produces custom knives and swords, high-end railings, furniture, and hardware.
ROBERT PARROTT BA from the University of New Hampshire. He has been a full time potter since 1971, working in domestic stoneware and numerous forms of architectural ceramics. Has taught at Creative Arts Workshop, Wesleyan Potters, Brookfield Craft Center, Horizons and Pratt Institute in NYC. He exhibits and sells internationally.
AMY PETERS Is an author and illustrator who lives in Madison. She teaches at GAC and the Eli Whitney Museum. She studied art history at Bryn Mawr College.
DARRELL PETIT BA from Brown and an MA from University of Iowa.Visiting artist at Yale, Eastern CT, NYU, Brown and Wesleyan. Recipient of numerous awards, including the Albers Foundation, CT Commission on the Arts, he exhibits throughout the US, Canada, Europe, UK, and Japan.
STEPHEN RODRIGUEZ studied ceramics at Alfred University under Val Cushing, Robert Turner and Wayne Higby. His work in stoneware and porcelain is inspired by and reflects classic forms in the history of ceramics. He is a founding member of Gallery 12, a cooperative crafts gallery in Guilford. Rodriguez has taught at Wesleyan Potters and the 92nd Street Y in NY. He is the Head of the Pottery Department at CAW and exhibits widely.
JULIA ROGOFF has taught at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and art classes privately. She has had numerous recent solo exhibitions in CT and Hawaii. BA from Princeton University; certificate in Painting and Drawing from the New York Studio School. For many years, she was the head draftsman at the San Francisco Opera, and later worked as an interior designer in New York. Julia also had an earlier professional training in ballet at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet. Please see www.juliarogoff.com.
SAM SALVATI Sam Salvati is a classically trained Blacksmith, who's passions cover almost all traditions of working steel including tool making and Bladesmithing. Sam has a background in architectural iron work building gates, fences, railings, and one of a kind artistic pieces for both indoor and outdoor, private and public clients. He owns his own shop in upstate NY.
ROBERT SEGALL Robert Segall studied pottery at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He studied ancient Pueblo Indian pottery techniques at Idyllwild School of Music and Art, an affiliate of University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He earned his Masters of Arts in sculpture from Hunter College in New York City, with his thesis on "Aspects of the Module in the Work of Donald Judd and Carl Andre." He lives in upstate New York where he makes pottery, writes poetry and consults for a major Wall Street firm.
RENEE SOARES holds a BA from Brown University in English and Theatre Arts. She is a visual artist who works with polymer clay, glass beads, textiles, and mixed media to create unique, one of a kind, beaded clay masks. Her work has been exhibited at fine art galleries throughout New England and can be found in many public venues and private collections. She has taught creative workshops for the City of Hartford's Department of Cultural Affairs, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the CT Historical Society, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Milford Public Schools and is presently a visiting teaching artist at Oddfellows Theater in Middletown.
CHRISTOPHER UMINGA BS from SCSU. He is a professional comic book illustrator and co-owner of the independent comic book company Fi$hStiX CoMics. Uminga is an award-winning artist who exhibits throughout the state and has work in many private collections.
MACE VITALE is a Bladesmith/Blacksmith as well as a coppersmith. Mace has a background in architectural pre-cast concrete. He is a Journeyman smith with the American Bladesmith Society.
JENNIFER WHEELER holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University, and a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. She teaches Fine Art Studio courses at University of Connecticut, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and Three Rivers Community College, and she exhibits her award winning paintings nationally.