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Abraham, Kerstin (b. 1956, East-Berlin, lives in Germany) Working in clay just felt natural after Ms. Abraham discovered Gertraud Möhwald's sculptures in the late seventies. Her ideal is to work with the clay as one would sketch, totally free, with little planned creation. Her major interest are sculptural installations within a cultural context.  After teaching at the University of the Arts Berlin, and Academy of Fine Arts and Design Halle Burg Giebichenstein, she has directed the program for fine arts and ceramics at Muthesius Academy of Art Kiel since1994. Her current works question the social significance of the development of machine made replacing the hand made.  Abraham has worked in Florence/Italy, at the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, at the Dutch ECWC, and has taught in China (2000), United States (1997,2002) and Norway (2006).

Adams, Dean S. (b. 1966, San Francisco, California, lives in Bozeman, Montana) Mr. Adams grew up marching in feminist protests and actively protesting nuclear weapons in Montana.  He also contested for the Montana State legislature at the age of seventeen but lost that election while studying with Rudy Autio in Missoula. His work is connected to his life, and art allows him to be socially and politically active in a subversive manner. It also allows him to pretend to be a scientist, lawyer, politician, negotiator, counselor, preacher, cowboy, dentist, etc.

Adler, Anna (b. 1983, Moscow, Russia, lives in NYC) Raised in a dacha in the country and an apartment overlooking the wide and busy Leninsky Prospect, Adler immigrated to the US at the age of seven, where she was introduced to clay through a tile making workshop in inner city Birmingham. Memories of the old Moscow apartment, the dacha, birches, and pines were replaced with southern pines, magnolias, cicadas, Crayola crayons, Elmer's glue, Barbie, McDonalds: America at its best and worst.  Her figures made of porcelain, fabric, cotton stuffing, wire, hair, bones, and insects reflect a pressing sense of nostalgia, a gravitation towards stained and yellowed materials affected by time, a conscious compassion for the wear of an object, material, or living creature - its deterioration and descent back into the earth. Through installations composed of objects found and fabricated, and an attempt at a balance between the abject and the beautiful, Adler creates environments for these figures to inhabit. She crafts a world that both exposes and hides that which we wish to see and that which we wish to keep inside - a world that toys with and reverses desires.

Agee, Ann (b. 1959, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in Brooklyn, New York) Agee received a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in New Haven.  She has had several one-person shows in the US.  Additionally, her work has been included in many group exhibitions between 1991 and 2006 - including "On the Wall" at the RISD Art Museum and "Family Ties" at the Peabody Essex Museum, both in 2003, " Domestic Transformations" at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999, "Color and Fire" at the Los Angeles County Museum in 2000, and "Bad Girls" at the New Museum in1993.  Agee has received several awards including: Artists invite Artists Residency at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in 2006; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in1997; the New York Foundation for the Arts Felissimo Design Award in 1997; and the New York Foundation for the Art Fellowship in 1997.  Agee also spent two years at the Kohler Ceramic Factory as resident artist. To see work on the web click here.

Allen, Daniel (b. 1973, Sheffield, England, lives in Cardiff, Wales) Allen works in self-portraiture, producing large-scale figures that act out the complex and often bizarre aspects of his alter ego. Many of the figures interact with props or are immersed in rich imagery he likens to a disguise - a public persona - that can be adapted as strange, alluring, or just plain daft. The figures are always posing, conscious of the onlooker's gaze and are rich in metaphor and narrative. The notion of multiple roles resonates strongly with Allen's diverse professional life: he is a senior lecturer at the University of Glamorgan, a school with a rapidly growing reputation in the ceramics field. He is also chairman of Fireworks, a co-operative ceramics studio he set up in 1995.  Allen is a member of Contemporary Applied Arts in London shows his work in exhibitions around the world. To see work on the web click here.

Alvarez, Claudia (b. 1969, Neuvo Leon, Mexico, lives in Nebraska and California) Ms. Alvarez creates paintings and life-size sculptures of children that are indisputably sweet, gentle and delicate. Wide eyes, dainty features, slight limbs, pale pink tones, and soft lines prevail, but these are no sentimental portraits of "Precious Moments." Alvarez's innocence has an edge, and through her figures' unflinching gazes and strong body language, she communicates both the fragility and strength inherent in the human condition. For Alvarez, a former ambulance driver who worked with terminally ill patients, particularly children, the child serves as a point of departure, a vehicle used to explore complex emotions such as joy and grief, hope and despair. To see work on the web click here.

Anderegg, Wesley (b. 1958, Phoenix, Arizona, lives in Lompoc, California) Anderegg has been a studio artist for the past 24 years. His early pieces blended sculptural and functional ceramics, and his most recent ventures deal with social and personal issues.  Expressiveness and introspection in his work are his distinguishing factors. To see work on the web click here.

Anderson, Ian C. (b. 1973, Martinsville, Virgina, lives in Portland, Maine) Being born in a southern textile town in the Bible Belt formed the backbone of Anderson's cultural and political interests. He received a BA in Political & Social Thought and a BA in Anthropology at The University of Virginia and an MFA from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He is a designer, potter, sculptor, and prankster. His ceramic work is noted for its wide variety of print techniques. He has been obsessed with narrative for the length of his career, and is particularly interested in the metaphorical intersection between interpersonal and geopolitical power struggles. To see work on the web click here.

Araki, Takako (b. 1921, Nishinomiya, Japan, d. 2005, Sanda, Japan )  Also skilled in glass blowing and painting, Ms. Araki later took to clay and studied at the Examination Room of Industrial Arts, Kyoto as well as the Art Students League, NY. For over 20 years, she used the image of the Bible to explore life, death, doubt, and faith. Her work is included in major museums across the world, and she became an elected member of IAC in 1980.

Arneson, Robert (b. 1932, Benicia, California, d. 1992, San Francisco, California. One of the most prolific, varied, inventive, and entertainingly creative object makers who became a major figure of the California Funk movement. His expressive, candid, unabashed, and often irreverent portraits satirized society and himself where he often depicted common, everyday situations combining visual and verbal punning in such a way that situations became exposed, and exaggerated. He used intellectual interplays between the object and its title providing expanded insights and understanding about the events or object being examined while demonstrating a wry and delightful sense of humor. A true satirist, his surface puns persistently and thoroughly explored the ambiguities of his materials, processes and rationales of artistic activity itself.
 He received a BA studying Art Education at the California College of Arts and Crafts (1954),and an MFA from Mills College (1958, and honorary doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute.  He taught at UC Davis for 29 years. To see work on the web click here.

Arpad-Cotta, Tori (b. 1965, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, lives in Miami, Florida) Ms. Arpad-Cotta studied water in the Sonoran Desert while while working on an MFA in Studio Art at the University of Arizona. Place and the situation of the body within place direct Arpad-Cotta's art.  She received a Florida State Cultural Council Individual Artist's Fellowship, was recognized by NCECA with an Emerging Artist Award, and teaches installation art and ceramics at Florida International University.  She has exhibited in South Korea and Japan.

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Bailey, Clayton G. (b.1939, Antigo, Wisconsin, lives in Port Costa, California) Bailey received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1963, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1979 and 1990. He has been a Fellow of NCECA since 1982.  Often associated with the California Funk Art group, his work has been influenced by art, science, education and entertainment, and his studio is a museum of his life's work. His work often runs counter to the "political correctness" that stifles freedom of thought, and he confronts religious fundamentalism and anti-science with humor and skepticism. He holds U.S. Patent #4440390 for a "cup that squirts in your face," and his work includes numerous other entrepreneurial art ventures, jokes, frauds and hoaxes involving ceramics. He offers to "improve your life with ceramics...be careful if you feel your leg is being pulled." To see work on the web click here.

Baron, Ron (b. 1957, Springfield, Massachusetts, lives in Brooklyn, New York) Baron began working with "found ceramics" while studying with Robert Arneson at UC Davis in the late 80s. His early work combined found ceramic bric-a-brac that he re-fired in blocks of unfired clay, creating sculptures that resembled archaeological excavations. Over the past twenty years Baron has continued to explore accumulations of found objects collected from garage sales and thrift shops. His ceramic work deals with stacking and layering varying diameter dishes and crockery to create traditional vessel shapes and pedestals. The sculptures become reliquaries of contemporary cultural artifacts that both conceal and reveal.  Baron has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and honors. Highlights include:  an NEA, 2 Pollock-Krasner Grants, 6 Yaddo residencies, and a New York Foundation Grant in Sculpture. Commission highlights include the MTA, Public Art Fund, Dept. of Cultural Affairs-NYC, and the University of Oregon. His ceramic work has been widely exhibited including shows at the Garth Clark Gallery, NYC, Mint Museum, NC, Anna Kustera Gallery, NYC, Brooklyn Museum, NY and Museum Het Kruithaus in the Netherlands.

Bartel, Tom (b. 1969, Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky) Bartel is known for his disturbing yet humorous fragmented figures that take cues from a shotgun blast of influences ranging from antiquity to popular culture. Currently an assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University, he has also taught at Allegheny College and Viterbo University. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, and he has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Pennsylvania and Kentucky Arts Councils. He has numerous publications to his credit as well as an extensive exhibition record, including 20 solo shows.  He has participated in exhibitions in Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan and has conducted many artist lectures and workshops.  He is represented by the Gallerie Hertz, Louisville, KY, and Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH. To see work on the web click here.

Barton, Andrew (b. 1970, England, lives in Oslo, Norway) Male fertility, non-loving sex, and cannibalism are reoccurring themes in Barton's work from the 90s.  His present work deals with inner change and movements on the subconscious level. Typical in his sculptures are the torso or body fragment in combination with a foreign object or abstract shape.To see work on the web click here.

Batura, Tanya (b. 1974, Hartford, Connecticut, lives in Los Angeles, California) Batura received her MFA from UCLA in 2003, where she studied with Adrian Saxe. She shares her home studio with two cats and potter husband Marc Digeros and teaches ceramics part-time at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. At first glance, Batura's work can repel the viewer. On deeper inspection, one discovers a psychological rabbit hole of vulnerability and latent sensuality that mirrors the desires and fears of the viewer. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by Western Project Gallery in Los Angeles.

Bertozzi, Gian Paolo (b. 1957, Tossignano, Bologna, Italy) and Casoni, Stefano Dalmonte (b. 1961, Lugo di Romagna, Ravenna) met each other during their student years at the Ceramic Art College of Faenza and immediately decided to work towards an artistic collaboration in which every work was the outcome of interaction and communication between individuals.  In 1980, they founded "Bertozzi & Casoni s.n.c."  They created an art laboratory, which they called the "opificio" (an Italian word simply meaning a place where things are made). The firm's logo is a brand symbolizing a precise choice.  They work with many different ceramic materials, employing art-manufacturing methods and uniting tradition and experimentation, in a continuous and "contradictory" attempt to go beyond, to free themselves from conventionality.

Biles, Russel (b. 1959, Concord, North Carolina, lives in Greenville, South Carolina) Biles has lived continuously in the South close to his family. Art came to him halfway through life, therefore, art evolved around life rather than life evolving around art. His

artistic direction follows the philosophy of Lenny Bruce: "The truth is what is and what should be is a fantasy; life isn't what should be, it's what is happening." Leslie Ferrin Gallery

Blair, Nikki (b. 1972, St. Louis, Missouri, lives in Greensboro, North Carolina) Blair received her MFA from Ohio University in 2000 and her BFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She joined The University of North Carolina's Art Department in the Fall of 2001. Her work includes non-traditional ceramic sculpture, mixed media, and installation.  She has exhibited in museums and galleries across the country including The Kendall Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI, The Harbor Gallery in Boston, MA, The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Baltimore Clay Works in Baltimore, MD, and Spaces in Cleveland, OH. She has also been an artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME, and at the Galeria Estudio in Barcelona, Spain.

Blair-Neff, Tenille (b. 1978, Wichita, Kansas, lives in Bronx, New York) Blair-Neff works from her home studio along with her husband, ceramic artist, Joel Neff.  While earlier work focused primarily on the visceral world of inner experience, her recent work retains the idea of a psychological self-portrait and examines how social issues impact the psychological experience of the individual. With cold surface, she creates dark, dreamlike sculptures that are often inspired by her experience as an art therapist working with mentally ill adults.

Bole, Mary Jo (b. 1956, Cleveland, Ohio, lives in Columbus, Ohio) Recently, Bole had her first solo exhibition in Europe, "Terse, Tender," at Feinkunst Kruger Gallery in Hamburg, Germany. This followed her 1995 solo exhibition, "Dear Little Twist of Fate," retrospective of 13 years of work. Recent residencies include Belden Brick Company, the Dedouch Monument Plaque Company, The Headlands Center for the Arts, as well as the Greater Columbus artist exchange in Dresden, Germany, where Bole worked for three months in 1994. This resulted in her fourth and most recent artist book, "MJ'S Daily Spy History," which she handmade at Knust Press, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  Bole has received numerous Ohio Arts Council Grants in Sculpture, as well as an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant through the Woman's Studio Workshop.  Bole is a professor at The Ohio State University.

Bothwell, Christina (b. 1960, NYC, lives in Stillwater, Pennsylvania) Bothwell taught art to children of the rich and famous in NYC for seven years at a private school before she became nature deprived in 1995 and moved to a farm in rural PA.  She discovered an old clay kiln at an auction and taught herself to work with pit-fired clay in 1995.  In 1999 she took a workshop at Corning Museum in glass casting and began incorporating glass into her clay work, along with sewn materials and found objects.  Her earlier clay work dealt with doll imagery and the processes of birth and death and the possibility of soul transmutation.  Her recent work deals with renewal and metamorphosis and relies on imagery that involves figures seen through other figures on a diminishing scale.  She has received grants from the Midatlantic Arts Foundation - PA Council for the Arts (2003), the Greenshields Foundation (2002 and 1985), the Elizabeth Foundation (1996), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1994). She is represented by Heller Gallery in NYC and the Habatat Gallery in Chicago.

Bova, Joe (b. 1941, Houston, Texas, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico) His work in ceramics uses animal imagery first inspired by the realities of hunting and fishing trips, and later inspired by their power as symbols, surrogates and totems.  He taught at and contributed significantly to the programs of Louisiana State University in the 70s and 80s and Ohio University beginning in 1990.  Later work continues an underlying eroticism inspired by Moche pottery in addition to an increased sense of socio-political content.  He is a Fellow of NCECA and received the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.  A decades- long association with Penland includes a term as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Bowes, George (b. 1961, Toledo, Ohio, lives in Galveston, Texas) Bowes graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA, 1984) and the University of California, Davis, (MFA 2001).  He received multiple Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, and an Arts Midwest /NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award. His works reside in public and private collections that include the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Joseph Schein International Museum of Ceramic Art. Bowes imbues both functional vessels and sculptural objects with bold pronouncements on the many ironies of humanity, society and politics. Quick-witted and occasionally biting, the sentiments always elicit lively reactions. His distinctive use of bold color and vivid pattern on vessels for home use speak of his ideas of beauty and vitality and live as a refreshing island in the landscape of functional art.

Breschi, Karen (b. 1941, Oakland, California, lives in San Francisco, California) Taught at San Francisco State University, The San Francisco Art Institute, The Univerisity of California at Davis and other colleges and universities. Main influences include psychology (she has a PhD in psychological research) and her interests in comparative religion, psychic experiences, other cultures, education, politics, antiques, computers, and history. Breschi is a psychic who works with hand-built, ceramic parts and mixed media that she then paints with acrylic. She uses images that come to her in dreams, psychic visions, or from images that she sees in the clay or combinations of objects.  Although she does not consciously start with an intellectual idea, her work usually develops into social or political commentary on life in the 21st century. In her most recent work, she uses mosaics and found ceramic objects, but the content and inspiration remain the same.

Breth, Charles (b. 1946, NYC, lives in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada) Breth was raised on a dairy farm in the Catskills. In 1964 he became a freshman at Berkeley, where two years later he met Peter Voulkos and changed his major from architecture to sculpture. In 1972 he moved to Alberta, Canada and built his first kiln and made pots. In 1988 he began to focus on the figure, and in 1994 he moved to BC where he lives and works today.

Briggs, Jason (b. 1972, Wausau, Wisconsin, lives in Watertown, Tennesee)  After receiving his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jason served three years as artist-in-residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN. Since 1999 he has run the ceramics department for Belmont University in Nashville, learning first-hand what it means to be cheap, adjunct labor.  Deep down, a part of Briggs has always wanted to make art in a vacuum.  Knowing that he wanted one foot hidden from the art/ceramics community, he decided to head for the hills, where his work is influenced more by Skyy Vodka than by what the hipsters are doing. Here, Briggs and his wife Meagan Kieffer keep two horses, four goats, their studio, and "all their marbles."

Buonagurio, Toby ( b. 1947 Bronx, New York, lives in Bronx)  For nearly four decades Buonagurio has created a unique brand of high octane, flamboyant ceramic sculpture. Inspired by popular culture, her rhinestoned, glittered, hybrid images include stiletto-heeled shoes, souped-up hotrods, quasi-religious shrines, mechanistic bionics, ironic hunting trophies, and fantastically altered self- portraits.  Buonagurio has had numerous solo shows and has been included in over 200 group exhibitions internationally. Her latest project is an installation in the Times Square/42 Street subway station in the heart of New York City. A professor in the Art Department at Stony Brook University,  Stony Brook, New York, Buonagurio has been Head of Ceramics since 1976. She is currently the Director of Studio Programs for the Art Department and is married to the painter,
Edgar Buonagurio. 

Byrd, John (b. 1973, Hendersonville, North Carolina, lives in Florida) In 2000, Byrd finished his graduate studies at the University of Washington.  He was a Myhre Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2001.  In 2004 Byrd joined Ryan Berg to teach at the University of South Florida, a school known for its progressive and non-media specific program.  Formally, Byrd primarily focuses on animals, and is known for his mixed-media ceramics, often including taxidermy and cast plastics.

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Carlos, Gary (b.1972, Stockton, California, lives in San Leandro, California).  Raised in an immigrant family in California's agricultural Central Valley, Carlos' work is influenced by the rapid transformation of both landscape and culture.  Intersecting interests in painting, ceramics, and public art led him to work in ceramic tile. His recent wall pieces deal with issues related to land use practices, militarism, and consumerism.  His work was included in the 2006 NCECA Invitational Exhibition and in the book "Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl," published by the San Jose Museum of Art.

Caruso, Andrea (b. 1965, Rome, lives in Rome, Italy) While his sculptural career largely focuses in clay, Caruso has often integrated it with other materials such as iron and resin.  Exposed to the ceramic world and community from a very early age, his childhood in Rome, with its unique history and art, as well as traveling and experiencing other cultures - all greatly influenced him.  He earned his BFA at the Wimbledon School of Art in London and was a member of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in NYC, where he lived for five years.  Presently based in Rome, he frequently spends time in New York, his wife's native home.

Cavener Stichter, Beth (b. 1972, Pasadena, California. lives in Portage, Ohio) Growing up the daughter of a molecular biologist and an art teacher, she spent most of her early education pursuing both science and sculpture until finding a way to merge both interests. Her current work focuses on human psychology stripped of context and rationalization and articulated through animal forms. She relies on animal body language as a metaphor for underlying patterns, transforming animal subjects into human psychological portraits. Something conscious and knowing is captured in their gestures and expressions - both an invitation and a rebuke. She received the first place Virginia Groot Foundation Award in 2005.

Caxigueiro, Daniel Río (b. Mondońedo, lives in Galicia, Spain) Caxiguero studied arts, specializing in Ceramics, and took part in the seminar of ceramic studies of Galicia, Sargadelos.  His earlier work is characterized by its intuitive nature, and his first individual exhibition was in 1980.  From 1990 his interest in narrative and installation with social content (antimilitarism, minority cultures, etc.) has centered his creative process.  The chromatic restriction of the materials, the fusion of different languages, the play among the light, the matter, and the emptiness gives his projects a certain  atmosphere that inspires reflection and a dialogue with the spectator.

Cecula, Marek (b. 1944, Kielce, Poland, lives in NYC and Poland) In 1985, Cecula established the ceramic design program at Parsons School of Design, NYC, which he headed until 2004.  He currently teaches at the National Collage of Art and Design in Bergen Norway.  In 2004 he was a curator of The Third Biennale for Israeli Ceramics, 2004 and was chosen to curate the major exhibition "Industrial Ceramics" for Toronto's Gardiner Museum in (2008). Always curious about the roll ceramic plays in our lives and the esthetical values it carries, Cecula experiments with the physical and conceptual representation of ceramic objects.  He is an observer and an anthropologist discovering how we form relationships with these objects and their function. Cecula is affiliated with Garth Clark Gallery in NYC and Modernism Gallery in San Francisco.

Cherubini, Nicole (b. 1970, Boston, Massachusetts, lives in Brooklyn, New York) With a BFA from RISD in ceramics and an MFA from NYU, Nicole Cherubini has worked as an artist in New York for the past seven years. She has been a participant in numerous residencies (Skowhegan, Watershed, Henry Street Settlement) and is known for her national and international exhibition record. In 2005, she was featured in the "Make it Now: New Sculpture in New York" exhibition at The Sculpture Center. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in and around the United States (Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York; Samson Projects, Boston; Greenwich House Pottery).  She was a recipient of an NEA Travel Grant in 1994 and spent the year in Mexico studying figurative folk ceramics.

Choi, MyungJin (b. 1972, Hongsung, South Korea, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Choi received  her MFA from SUNY, New Paltz and her BFA from Kangnam U. in South Korea. She taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and received awards in the 2nd and 3rd World Ceramic Biennale in Korea. Her work is based on scientific theories of Fractal, Chaos, and Complexity. She is the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship recipient for 2005-2006.

Choi, Jiman ( b. 1970, Seoul, lives in Icheon, South Korea) Choi holds MFA degrees in Ceramics from both Ohio State University and Hongik University in his native Korea. In his earlier work, he experimented with the emotional nature of sculpture by choosing to work blindfolded. Recently, he expanded his interest to social concerns and the irony of historical issues between the past and the present. He received the Taunt Fellowship in 2001 from The Archie Bray Foundation.

Consentino, Cynthia (b. Lawrence, Massachusetts, lives in Northampton, Massachusetts) Consentino received an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA and a BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY. Her work uses the figure to explore gender, familial and societal roles, and cultural mores.  Borrowing from myth and cultural iconography, her sculptures blend the absurd or fantastic with the familiar or mundane.  Consentino teaches part-time at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA.  She currently shows work at Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA; William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA; Dubhe Carreńo Gallery, Chicago, IL and Santa Fe Clay, NM and has been the recipient of the Blanche E. Colman, Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Finalist, American Craft Council Artist, and The Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Awards.  She has been an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Kohler, WI; Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan; and La Napoule Art Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program in Mandelieu-La Napoule, France.

Cordell, Linda (b. 1963, Norman, Oklahoma, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Self-described as socially awkward and full of repressed anger, Cordell anesthetizes herself spending mindless hours carving detailed texture on humorous and/or uncomfortable animal sculptures. A child of the revisionist era, her work reinterprets the figurine and enables animals to break the chains of cuteness and noble savagery. An appreciation of the ridiculous, a love of beauty and skilled craftsmanship, and the belief that domestic objects are social propaganda all contribute to her work. She received the Evelyn Shapiro fellowship in 1998 and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2003.

Cordova, Cristina (b. 1976, Boston, Massachusetts, lives in Penland, North Carolina).  Cordova grew up in Puerto Rico, surrounded by vibrant Caribbean color, primitive forms, and a deeply spiritual history. In 1998 she moved to New York to study at Alfred University's ceramics program, where she perfected her animal and human figures. At once refined and grotesque, her totemic heads and melancholy people recombine gender, culture, and time to grasp raw human intuition and archived memory. In addition to lecturing at several ceramics workshops in the United States and Puerto Rico, Cordova received a three-year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in 2002, a 2003 American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant, and a 2005 North Carolina Artist Fellowship. With growing exhibitions throughout the nation, her sculptures continue to captivate viewers through alluring partial narratives and exquisite craft.

Crane, Adrianne (b.1973, Houston, Texas, lives in Oakland, California) Crane is a recent graduate of California College of Arts and Crafts (2006). Relatively a late bloomer politically and artistically, nevertheless, she has gained recognition in the ceramic field for her political commentary on our society at war. Recently included in the 2005 Visions in Clay, she has also participated in several other juried, group, and solo exhibitions within the last three years. Her work deals with her sentiments towards our country's political reign of terror, but it expands to all generations of countries struggling between war and peace. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree at The University of California, Berkeley.

Crawford, Cameron (b. 1959, Dayton, Ohio, lives in Chico, California) Crawford enjoys working with students at California State University, Chico, where he is a Professor in the Department of Art & Art History.  Imagery in his current studio work unites disparate fragments to evoke themes of renewal, resiliency and perseverance.  He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, Watershed, the Banff Centre, and the Taller Cultural in Santiago, Cuba.  NCECA recognized him as an "Emerging Artist" in 2000.

Creed, Nuala (b. 1954, Ireland, lives in Petaluma, California) Creed's artwork addresses social issues relating to gender, childhood, values, the environment, and war. She has been featured in The Family of Clay, CCA Ceramics 1950 - 2005 at California College for the Arts in Oakland, CA, as well as the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Creed's work is included in the book 500 Figures in Clay and various Art magazines such as Ceramics Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and American Art Collector. Creed is an artist in residence in a public school in San Francisco, and she has completed four public ceramic murals, one funded by the Energy Department that she used to educate children about alternative energy.  In 2002, the White House invited her to make an ornament for their Christmas Tree, and the invitation acted as a catalyst for her "Babes in Arms" series.  Her gallery affiliations include The Quicksilver Mine Co. and the Buckeye Sculpture Park in CA.

Creten, Johan (b. 1963, Sint-Truiden, Flanders, Belgium, lives nomadically) Creten was thirsty from birth for books, antiquities, and art in a bone-dry small provincial town. Although trained as a painter and a sculptor, his main interest is the world of clay.  Sometimes called "the clay gypsy" because of his frequent studio hopping, he constantly hunts for new adventures, new studios, and new materials.  Among other locations, he has lived and worked in Rome (Rome prize - Villa Medici), Mexico (Monterrey), Miami (Bass-Museum), New York, Wisconsin (Kohler Foundation), and Paris.  He now sleeps in a small room above his studio in the Manufacture Nationale de Sčvres waiting for his next benefactor.  Under the cover of seductive, beautiful art making, he makes biting, sometimes-bitter social comments: against the extreme right, for gay rights and immigration and sexual politics. He is represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York, Riva Yares Gallery Santa Fe, and Transit Gallery Belgium.

Curneen, Claire (b.1968, Tralee, Ireland, lives in Cardiff, Wales) One of Britain's young figurative ceramic artists with a growing international reputation, Curneen's work explores themes of alienation, femininity, the combination of bodily flesh and  spiritualism.  Fusing technical skill, aesthetic sensibility, and humanity, her work can be found in pre-eminent collections in the UK, Europe, and Korea.  She is a member of the IAC and is a Senior Lecturer in Ceramics, UWIC, Wales.  Her work is represented by Cervini Haas,Scottdale, and Adrian Sassoon, London.

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Davis, Adam (b. 1974, Chicago, Illinois, lives in Lousiana) Davis' work explores politics of the body through sculpture, video, printmaking, and photography.  He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and since graduating in 1999, has lived and taught in Southern California, Chicago, and Georgia.  Over the course of his career, Adam has found himself working and teaching in such varied environments as AIR programs in the states and abroad, a 6 to 6 program, a correctional facility, a wayward home for pregnant teens, community colleges, and a public liberal arts college in the rural south. Adam is currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College.

De Fazio, John (b. 1959, Reading, Pennsylvania, lives in San Francisco, California) De Fazio earned a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1981 and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1984, studying with Richard Shaw. In the Bay Area he absorbed the aesthetics of the Beat, Funk, Psychedelic, Punk and Gay countercultures, then moved to New York in 1985. By juggling commercial jobs with teaching and art sales, he was able to support a clay studio in Manhattan for two decades and produced a body of work characterized by a subversive contextualizing of Pop Culture icons. De Fazio has taught classes at NYU, UC Berkeley, UNLV Las Vegas, MSU Bozeman, OSU Columbus and is currently visiting faculty at CA College of the Arts in Oakland and his alma mater SFAI.  His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in NYC at Artist Space, White Columns, Garth Clark, Grey Art Gallery, Henry Urbach, Matthew Marks, and most notably in the Venice Biennial in Italy and twice at the World Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2001 & 2003. His work is in the museum collections of the Whitney, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Shigaraki in Japan, and Banff Art Center in Canada. He was awarded an NEA grant in 1986 and a NY Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 1991.

De Mits, Trees (b. 1951, Sleidinge, Belgium, lives and works in Ghent, Belgium) De Mits teaches Ceramics and Glass at the Department of Fine Arts at the University College Saint Luke Ghent. She is Chairman of Cluster Matter and Image.  Her work is a process of probing and interpreting the reality of the body, and it examines anatomy and the medical and sensorial world.  The porcelain objects are organic and biomorphic - referring to life - they are influences treated personally of the human being and its pathologies. She exhibits internationally and has received several bursaries from the Ministry of Culture of the Flemish Community to work as an artist in residence in Europe, USA, Canada and Japan.

Dickey, Kim (b. 1964, White Plains, New York, lives in Longmont, Clorado) Dickey has taught at the University of Colorado in Boulder since 1999.  Previously, she taught at Bennington College and RISD, ran Hunter College's ceramics program from 1994-96, and was the Director of Greenwich House Pottery, NYC, from 1991-94.  Her work explores the relationship between object and audience, considering roles in shaping experience through sculptural forms and vessels abstractly reminiscent of plants and bodies. Dickey was the youngest artist ever represented by the Garth Clark Gallery, with various shows from 1988 until 1997. Other galleries include Bronwyn Keenan, Jack Tilton, Pierogi 2000, Thomas Healy, and White Columns.  She has exhibited in numerous museums, including Mass MOCA, the Everson Museum (Syracuse), the American Craft Museum (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Honolulu.

Dixon, Stephen (b. 1957, Peterlee, Co. Durham, UK, lives in Manchester, UK) studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1986. His early exhibitions in London with Contemporary Applied Arts and the Crafts Council established Dixon's reputation for figurative ceramics with a biting political and social satire. Anatol Orient introduced Dixon's work to the US in the early 1990s, resulting in solo exhibitions at Pro-Art, St. Louis; Garth Clark Gallery, NYC; and Nancy Margolis Gallery, NYC.  His work is featured in numerous public and private collections, including the British Crafts Council; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; and Manchester Art Gallery. In 2000 he received an Arts Council "Year of the Artist" award for a collaborative project with Amnesty International and Kosovan refugees.  Since 1998 Dixon has been engaged as Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University, investigating political narrative and the contemporary printed image.

Duchamp, Marcel (b. 1887, Blainville, France, d. 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) Before his participation in the New York Dada group, Duchamp studied painting at Académie Julian until 1905.  In 1912, frustrated with "retinal" art, he introduced his first readymades, with which he hoped to engage the mind of the viewer instead of merely the eye. He painted his last painting in 1918 and continued to work with readymades, which acknowledged the viewer's participation and sought to inspire new thoughts from familiar objects.  For a number of years, he gave up all art to pursue his lifelong passion for chess.  In December 2004, 500 top-ranked British art critics deemed his Fountain the 20th century's most influential artwork.

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Elozua, Raymon (b. 1947, Stuttgart, Germany, lives in Mountaindale, New York) From 1965-1969 Elozua studied political science, sculpture and theatre at the University of Chicago.  He was consultant and curator for the Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection from 1979-99. In the 80s, he received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for his ceramic industrial landscapes and steel mill paintings. He has taught at New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt School of Design and Louisiana State University. He presently works in computer-generated art, photography, music, and the internet (www.lostlabor.com, which documents American laborers from 1900-80 whose jobs no longer exist; and www.stoveburner.com).  In May of 2003, the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design presented a 30-year retrospective of his sculptures, paintings, photography, and digital works.

Erickson, Michelle (b. 1960, Hampton, Virginia, lives in Hampton, Virginia) Erickson has been strongly influenced by the anonymous artisans of the past who labored worldwide in factories producing ceramic wares of international repute. She incorporates a mastery of these techniques (Staffordshire, Frechen, Sevres, Faenza and Yi-Hsing, among others) in the fabrication of objects of social significance. When pieced together, the vessels and techniques of the past form a mosaic of humanity.  In this timeless community, exclusivity is not in the resultant object but in the labor of its making - the intimacy only gained through collective experience, compelled through the integration of material and form.  Erickson's work is in numerous collections, such as the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Long Beach Museum, CA, the Museum of & Design, NY and the Mint Museum, North Carolina.  She shows work through the Garth Clark Gallery, NY and has designed and produced ceramics for several period films.

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Farley, Janice (b. 1950, Brooklyn, lives in Brooklyn, New York) After graduating from Marymount College in 1972, she worked for years at The Pot Shop in Vermont.  In 1977 she moved to Tribeca, New York City, in to the then urban wilderness.  She received her MFA from Pratt Institute in 1982, went to Crete, Greece in 1983 to study ancient art, leter briefly attended the Institute of Archeology at University of London, and retuned to NYC to open her design and production ceramics business.  After teaching at Pratt and Parsons School of Design, she became a professor at Kingsborough Community College in 1992, where she is today.  Solo shows include Ceres Gallery, NYC; Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont; and the Univeristy of Puerto Rico. 

Fekete, Laszlo (b. 1949, Budapest, lives in Budapest, Hungary) After his degree in 1974 from the Academy of Applied Art, Fekete concentrated on conservative works inspired by the variety and beauty of nature.  He slowly became interested in finding ways to speak about controversial changes occurring in Eastern-Central Europe.  In the 1990s, ecological concerns pushed his work toward a very explicit and enhanced radicalism in style and spirit. In 1993 he was represented by the Garth Clark Gallery,NY and his works are in many private and public collections.

Ferrari, Gerard Justin (b. 1969, Gallipolis, Ohio, lives in La Crescent, Minnesota) Ferrari is an Assistant Professor of Art at Viterbo University. He holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and a BFA from Berea College in KY. He is a member of the College Art Association, American Craft Council and an active member of NCECA. His art has been included in over 70 exhibits throughout the country, and he has received a variety of awards.  His work is represented in several publications, most notably, Artful Jesters: Innovators of Visual Wit and Humor, by Nicholas A. Roukes.  Ferrari is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago IL. 

Fields, Marko (b. 1954, Wichita, Kansas, lies in Minneapolis, Minnesota) Fields received a BFA from the University of Kansas and an MFA from Kansas State University and is the Resident Artist at Concordia University. A frequent exhibitor, his work has been featured in numerous books and periodicals and can be seen in private, corporate and public collections, including: The Ceramics Research Center, Arizona State University; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (The DeYoung); and the Copia Museum, Napa, California.

Fitz Gibbon, Linda S. (b. 1958, NYC, lives in Davis, California) Fitz Gibbon is a graduate of Yale University. Inspired by art historical, musical, literary sources, and local fresh produce, her hand built sculptures are still life representations of the human condition.  Jim Melchert writes, "As much as Fitz Gibbon's surreal commentaries owe a certain look to California ceramics, her gift for introducing internal rhymes, rhythms, and counter-rhythms ties her more strongly to older traditions and artists such as Carpaccio." Her work is in the collections of The Crocker Art Museum and the Di Rosa Art Preserve, CA; the Arizona State University Museum; the Butler Institute of American Art, OH; and the Yale University Art Gallery, CT.

Flaherty, Michael (b. 1978, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, lives in Regina, Canada) Flaherty's involvement with sociopolitical subject matter and dystopic imagery has led to him being humorously described as a Ceramic Fundamentalist.  A graduate of NSCAD University (BFA) and University of Regina (MFA), he has also spent time as a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, as a ceramics studio coordinator and instructor in St. John's, Newfoundland, and as an apprentice potter in Perth, Ontario.  Outside of ceramics, a keen interest in intervention and performance art as well as an anti-car pro-environment position lead Flaherty to conceive of hisnomadic bicycling lifestyle as an art project.

Flowers, R. Bruce (b. 1947, Woodstock, Ontario, lives in London, Ontario, Canada) After ten years teaching, he pursued his dream of sculpting, graduating from New York's Pratt Institute in '84 with his MFA in Sculpture. His proudest achievement is that he was an "out" gay activist in the educational system.  Part of that responsibility was to found in 1992 the London Pride Art Exhibit, now in its fifteenth year.  As a longtime curator, his impetus as a sculptor/educator/activist has been Queer youth's need for celebratory resources.  Having loved, his sculptures reflect the eternal that can be found in one person's arms.  Elected Member: Sculptors Society of Canada, Society of Canadian Artists.

Flynn, Michael (b. 1947, Wuppertal, Germany, lives in Cardiff, Wales and Stegen, Germany) Flynn painted for ten years before turning to ceramics as his principal medium of expression. He became well known in Britain during the 1980s for his innovative raku figure sculptures, and in the 1990s, he began working principally with porcelain, reviving the tradition of the figurine in entirely modern terms. He has worked at an international level for many years, constantly traveling, exhibiting, and occasionally teaching. His work focuses on cultural/historical issues, often relating to the particular location he is in at the time.  He uses a variety of clay bodies and techniques, again appropriate to the particular circumstances in which he works. He is a member of the IAC.

Fontaine, Jean (b.1952, Macon, France, lives in Davayé, France) He studied at the Ecole des Beauz-Arts in Macon and at the Sorbonne in Paris.  He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Faenza Biennial.  He has also had a number of one-person shows, starting in 1991 and continuing to the present. As he indicates: "In French, the word for earth and clay are the same: "terre."  What we do on terre?  What we do with terre?

Foss, Timothy (b. 1973, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lives in Seattle, Washington) Foss' low-fire work is characterized by a delicate layering of natural and urban imagery onto elegant wheel-thrown vessels. By etching contemporary political themes into terra-sigilata - a surface shared by ancient Romans and Native Americans alike - he his white-colonialist ancestry with the indigenous traditions of his birthplace. He is represented by the Pacini/Lubel Gallery in Seattle and is also well known for his workshops and creative teaching style. His pieces can be found in the permanent collections of The University of Washington, The Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, Deyoung, The Ceramics Department of Arizona State University, and The Contemporary Craft Museum of Portland, Oregon.

Foulem, Léopold L. (b. 1945, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada, lives in Montréal) Fouelm taught ceramics at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (1973-1994) and in 1994 he transferred to teach at Cégep de Saint-Laurent. His eccentric and provocative ceramics have exhibited internationally since 1964, and he has lectured and written on diverse aspects of the autonomy of ceramics as an art form. He is also an internationally recognized scholar on the ceramics of Pablo Picasso.

Fowler, Gena Louise (b. 1971, Denver, Colorado, lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico) Fowler received a BFA from the University of New Mexico in painting and drawing, and her interest in ceramics was sparked during one of her numerous attempts at graduate school.  Her work, regardless of the medium, is usually autobiographical and as she says, is often a blatant confession of her neuroses.  Humor plays an important role as it helps her to laugh at herself.

Fox, Judy (b. 1957, New Jersey, lives in NYC) Since the 1980's Fox has championed the reemergence of figurative sculpture, revisiting the statuary tradition with a sharp contemporary eye.  She studied sculpture as an undergraduate at Yale University and has graduate degrees in Art History and Conservation.  Her training reflects the intimate marriage of concept, history, and craft.  Her life-sized ceramic figures are both imbued with an inner spirit and informed by ironic contrivance, and play to both figurative traditionalists and the contemporary scene.  Ms. Fox started showing in 1985 and has since participated in numerous private and public exhibitions around the US and Europe.  She is a 2006 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  She has received awards from the National Academy of Design, NYC (2004), The American Academy of Arts and Letters (2002), the Anonymous Was a Woman foundation (1999), and National Endowment for the Arts (1994, 1988).

Fried, Nancy (b. 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in NYC) Fried's work is autobiographical, a visual journal which often deals with loss and regeneration.  A major issue in her work is, though we age, develop wrinkles and scars and lose our hot 20-year old bodies, we must accept who we are and stand proud and tall.  Recent work, influenced by the artifacts of the Cuban culture, deals with bodily scarification as a body landscape of memory. Her work has received an NEA, NYFA grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and two Pollack-Krasner grants.  Her work is in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

Frimkess, Michael (b. 1937, Los Angeles, California, lives in Venice, California) A student of Peter Voulkos at the Otis Institute, Frimkess has focused primarily on the vessel throughout his career.  After moving to New York in 1963, he worked at the Italian Bronze factory in Queens.  He acquired his knowledge and skill at a commercial pottery in Pennsylvania and studied ancient ceramics at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He developed a unique throwing style, no doubt used by the Greeks for their large, complicated amphorae forms. Frimkess focuses on these Greek forms as well as Chinese ginger jar as vessels which he decorates using a unique social vocabulary.  He often collaborates with his wife, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, whose intuitive painted imagery covers his vessels.

Funk, Verne (b. 1932 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lives in San Antonio, Texas) Funk was one of the first clay artists in the Midwest to produce work that closely aligned with the California Funk movement.  His work can be seen as a continuum that celebrates an interest in the human figure and human condition, whether satirical or serious.  In earlier work, human elements appeared first with machine-like forms that became a pun on man-made objects.  A strong interest in drawing in underglaze pencil makes much of his later and recent work a play between the two and three dimensions, the visual illusion and physical reality.  His work is represented by Coda Gallery (CA, NY, and UT) and Goldesberry Gallery (Houston, TX).

Furman, David (b. 1945, Seattle, Washington. lives in Laverne, California) Furman is Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he occupies the Peter and Gloria Gold Chair. He has had 41 one-person exhibitions, and his work has been included in such venues at the Whitney Museum in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In 2005 his artwork received the Silver Medal at the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, Korea, and it was his second piece acquired by the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and three Fulbrights (most recently to Peru in 2000, where he was involved in a tile mural service-learning project with an impoverished immigrant community on the edge of Lima). He believes that part of being a good teacher is being an active artist, and as such, he tries to lend himself as a role model for his students. 

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Garcia, Edith (b. 1975, LA, California, lives in London, England) Garcia's work draws the viewer into an alluring world of installation and sculpture. She focuses on the daily onslaught of emotional extortion we endure and the minimal occurrences that transpire each day, and she grafts them into site-specific installations and objects that exhibit intensely unsettling qualities. Her body of work has been exhibited throughout North America, Mexico and Italy, in spaces such as the Northern Clay Center, MN; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City; and is included in the permanent Sculpture Garden of the Archie Bray Foundation, Montana.  Her work has recently been featured in Ceramic Review, Ceramic Monthly, American Craft Magazine, and exhibited at Ceramic Art London and AAF in 2006.

Geszler-Garzuly, Mária (b. 1941, Budapest, lives in Szombathely, Hungary) Raised in a family of musicians, she took her ceramic artist diploma in 1965 at the Hungarian Academy of Craft and Designs, where she studied under Árpád Csekovszky.  She worked in the Hódmez Vásárhely Majolica Factory for a year, and later at Magyarszombatfa's Ceramic Factory as a designer (1966-1980). During the 1970s she turned East to study abroad in Buhara, Samarkand, Georgia, Armenia, China, and later in Japan, where she discovered the old woodcut masters and recognized their similarities with 20th century art's concepts and its joy of multiplication.  She is a member of the Association of Hungarian Artists, Society of Ceramists, Hungarian Art Fund, Hungarian Academy of Arts, IAC, "Hot Off The Press" artists group (Great Britain), and "TERRA" artist's group (Hungary).  She founded the Bosen Ceramic Group (Saarland, Germany) and organized the Geras Monastery Ceramic Group (Austria).  Since the foundation of the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemét she has been a member of the artistic council and has managed numerous symposiums with its director, János Probstner.

Gingras, Micheline (b. 1947 ,Quebec City, Canada, lives in Mountaindale, New York) graduated from L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Quebec with a Visual Arts M.F.A. in 1969 and moved to NYC in 1971. She has appeared in numerous group shows and has had major solo shows at Le Musee du Quebec and Le Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris for her "Mechanical Hand" paintings, and at Le Musee d'Art Contemporain of Montreal and the Canadian Cultural Center in London for her "White on White" paintings. She received two fellowships from the Council of the Arts of the Canadian government as well as a grant from the Minister of Cultural Affairs in Quebec during the 1970s.  Since 1981 she has enjoyed teaching art to 4th & 5th graders and figure drawing at St. Ann's, a private school in Brooklyn, NY.

González, Arthur (b. 1954, Sacramento, California, lives in Alameda, California) González graduated in 1981 with an MFA at the University of California at Davis under Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri.  Soon after, he established his career as a young artist in NYC as a member of the East Village art scene in the '80s.  In spite of his Funk and Graffiti roots, González's wall sculptures have always been influenced by the diversity of world art as well as the theological myths and the stories that repeat from one culture to another. His work concerns human interaction and the quietude of internal thoughts, and he believes that social commentary occurs when the artist truly speaks about personal experience and observations.  His current work deals with the traditions of iconographic postures combined with our fear of the unknown.  He is a two-time recipient of the Virginia Groot Award  (first and second place) as well as being a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts for an unprecedented four times within a ten year period.  For the past ten years, he has chaired the ceramics program at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and taught with Viola Frey.

Gormley, Antony (b. 1950, London, lives in London, England) Upon completing a degree in archaeology, anthropology and the history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, Gormley travelled to India, returning to London three years later to study at the Central School of Art, Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Art.  Over the last 25 years Gormley has investigated the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool, and material.  Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other in large-scale installations.  Gormley's work has been exhibited extensively, with solo shows throughout the UK in venues such as the Whitechapel, Tate and Hayward Galleries, the British Museum and White Cube, and internationally at museums including the Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Germany.  He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, and was made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997.

Gourfain, Peter (b. 20th Century, Chicago, lives in Brooklyn, New York) It's a good thing that "socially relevant" culture is being liberated, on occasion, after 60 years in the doghouse.  He venerates the conscience and the courage of Harold Pinter, the English playwright, who, in his Nobel Prize address, spoke out against the war in Iraq. His heroes are Representative Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Vincent van Gogh, Bill Traylor, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and others.  Currently he is working on a wood-carving and a series of prints about Sophie Scholl, who gave her life at the age of 22 to oppose another War of Conquest and another dictator.

Green, Phyllis (b.1950, Minneapolis, MN, lives in Santa Monica, California) Raised in Canada, Green moved to California in 1978 to pursue graduate studies in art.  Her professional career began after she was awarded an MFA from UCLA in 1981.  She is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; and was among the first group of artists to be awarded a COLA grant in 1996. She has lectured in colleges and universities around the world, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Art Departments of Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, and USC. She was appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission in 2000 and elected Chair in 2004.  Though trained as a ceramic artist, Green produces mixed media sculpture that includes clay and other materials. Her enthusiasm to pursue a career in the arts was inspired by the Feminist Art Movement of the 1970's, and her practice continues to explore the territory of the domestic and the feminine.

Green, Julie (b. 1961, Japan, lives in Oregon) Green has moved many times throughout her life, which may be the reasons her work is small and can easily be carried.  With her husband, the painter Clay Lohmann, Green attempts to set up life in a way that attempts to make some sense of our world: art as questioning and meditation. Her paintings, videos, and installations have been included in over 50 group exhibitions.  As a Fellow at The Center for the Humanities, Green is currently completing an essay on the ritual of the final meal for US death row inmates.  Since 2000, solo exhibitions include Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado; Living Arts of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Hunter Museum of American in Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; The Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, California; and University of Liverpool Art Museum, Liverpool, England.

Gregory, Waylande (b. 1905, Baxter Springs, Kansas, d. 1971, Elizabeth, New Jersey) Gregory trained through the State Manual Training Normal, Kansas; Kansas State Teacher's College; Kansas City Art Institute; Chicago Art Institute; and the University of Kansas City, where he studied chemistry, geology, and mineralogy to further his material knowledge.  He later worked with Lorado Taft; apprenticed at Midland Architectural Terra Cotta Company in Chicago; and designed functional ware in the Deco style for Cowan Pottery in Cleveland.  After an 18-month residency at The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, he built his own studio in Bound Brook, New Jersey inside a terra cotta factory, so that he would have access to their industrial kilns to accommodate his monumental ceramic works.  Not only a prolific public sculptor in ceramics and metals, Gregory also lectured and wrote for newspapers and art journals and appeared on numerous occasions on NBC's "Creative Arts" program.

Groemminger, Dana (b. 1967, Rochester, New York, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana) Currently she is an Assistant Professor at IUPUI Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis. Her figurative work speaks about the unseen things that make people tick and exposes the psychological filters we all fabricate to protect us. The most recent ball figures depict a lack of control over direction and destiny.  She was a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient in 2003, and an Emerging Talent Presenter at the 1998 NCECA Conference.

Gronski, Julia  (b.1974, Marburg, Germany, lives in upstate New York) Gronski was trained as a production thrower in a traditional family pottery in Germany and developed her skills by working with various ceramicists in Germany, Canada, and the United States.  She has studied with Michael Flynn and Jochen Brandt at the Institut fuer Kuenstlerische Keramik und Glas in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, living and taking part in this thriving German ceramic community.  Her recent work uses the human figure as a conduit for the narrative, addressing issues such as home, belonging, solitude and leaving.

Grossman, Lauren (b. 1960, Tucson, AZ, lives in Seattle, WA) A graduate of the University of Washington ceramics program, Grossman has worked in and out of ceramics throughout her career.  Her provocative mixed media installations and objects wrestle with the ever shifting meanings of Judeo/Christian imagery in contemporary culture-poking historical themes for signs of life as well as reexamining the roots of images still in common use.  Mining the borders between beautiful and grotesque, as well as sacred and profane, her work is known for its elegance and wry humor. Lauren received a 2005/2006 Flintridge Foundation Award, a Seattle Artists 1997 Award, and was a Kohler Arts/Industry resident in 1990 and 2005.  She is represented by Howard House Gallery in Seattle.

Guillermo, Rosario (b. 1950, Yucatán, Mexico, lives in Mexico City) Reared in a traditional middle-class family, she was nevertheless educated in the modern tendencies of the revolutionary regime. Thanks to her mother, a teacher who believed and worked for the transformation of her social environment, Guillermo, while living at her parent's home, developed along dual lines. On one hand she met the rigid expectation of her familial demands, being a socially conscientious school teacher; and, on her own, she decided to associate with the artistic world - drawing furiously whatever she deemed worth of appraising, as well as relating herself to the frantic theatrical scene.  She also engaged herself as a singing performer in Mexico City, which financed her studies at the National School of Arts.  She has exhibited internationally and taught at the National University of Mexico. Since 2005 she has been a member of the IAC.

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Harris, Rain (b. 1969, Oakland, California, lives in Columbus, Ohio) A sculptor and installation artist whose work stems from her interest and investigation of baroque and rococo objects and environments, Harris creates ironically elegant slip cast work that deliberately oscillates between good and bad taste.  She has received numerous grants and fellowships including an American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant.  Her work is in museum collections both nationally and internationally.

Hefetz, Magdalena (b. 1944, Berlin, Germany, lives in Jerusalem) As the chairperson of the "Ceramics Artists Association of Israel" from 1988 - 1995, Hefetz helped to popularize Israeli Ceramics in European countries and on the East Coast of the USA.  Today she is the chairperson of the Jerusalem Painter and Sculpture Association. Jerusalem is a very eccentric city; to her, the inhabitants and the political situation are illogical and frenetic, infusing daily life with high adrenalin. She is against aggression and dehumanization, working actively for tolerance and justice among all citizens. One project in which she participates is Artists without Walls: Israeli and Palestinian (West Bank) artists who prepare informative meetings and actions together to make the wall transparent. Some activities include concerts on both sides of the wall, or playing tennis over the wall, documenting each action by video.

Hendrix, Ingrid (b. 1969, Princeton, New Jersey lives in Portland, Oregon) Hendrix received a BFA in 1995 from Oklahoma State University and an MFA in 1999 from The University of Kansas.  Since then, she has worked as a studio artist producing animal/human sculptures which study the psyche and challenge society's stereotypical ideas of women.  Her work has been nationally recognized in publications such as 500 Figures in Clay, American Craft, and Ceramics Monthly, and is included in The Ceramics Research Center's ceramic collection in Tempe, AZ

Hepburn, Tony (b.1942, England, lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) Hepburn's work has migrated as he has, reflective of a changing life, from early conceptualism in England and New York to rural reflections in Alfred, NY, to Classicism at The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He has received a National Endowment Fellowship as well as two New York Arts Fellowships. His two most recent works of significance are "Bed" from 2004 and "Korea Gate" 2005 commissioned by the new Clay Arch Museum in Korea. Both pay homage to his late wife.

Heyerdahl, Marian (b. 1957, Oslo, Norway, lives in Oslo and Italy).  Like her world famous father, the anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, she has chosen an unconventional approach to art and life. She did not accept the parameters of contemporary ceramics and has for two decades worked with unfired clay projects in Europe and with architectural adobe installations in West Africa. Her conceptual work deals with issues of femininity, often inspired by abstract feminine genital shapes portrayed as portals of life communicating directly to the viewer's senses and memories. With studios in Italy, Norway, and Beijing, her international career has taken new venues. Together with her role as president of the Paraxo Cultural Centre in Italy she is committed to revitalizing the terracotta traditions of Italy within contemporary ceramic art.

Hill, Trey (b. 1976 Tampa, Florida, lives in Helena, Montana) Hill received a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from San Jose State University.  He has been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for two years, where he received the Taunt Fellowship for excellence in ceramics.  Currently his work deals with attraction, seduction, beauty, and grace.  Fishnet stockings, ram horns, and motorcycle tanks are only a few of the symbols used to lure the viewer into this exotic blend of form and surface.  He was recently invited to China to be a resident at the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum.

Hinoda, Takashi (b. 1968, Kobe, lives in Kobe-City, Japan) Majored in Ceramics at the Osaka University of Arts in 1991.  He has exhibited internationally and nationally since his first solo in 1992.  His most current exhibitions are "Contemporary Master Ceramists of Western Japan" at The Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, 2003; "The Art of Earth-Clay Works of the New Century" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2003; and "Human Form in Clay-the Minds Eye" at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and touring, 2006-2007. He has been teaching Ceramics at the Kyoto Saga University of Arts since 2002.

Ho, Sin-ying (b.1963, Hong Kong, lives in Canada and USA) received an MFA in 2001 from Louisiana State University and participated in an exchange program at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in Jingxi Province, China. Living and learning at the heart of the porcelain city impacted her creative process, both in technique and philosophy. In the mid '90s, her job as an interpreter and liaison between the East and West inspired an investigation into linguistic and visual language in relationship to signs, symbols, and iconography.  Ho has taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and Southeastern Louisiana State University. Currently, she is a visiting professor at Concordia University in Montreal. She has received numerous awards including a San Angelo National Ceramic Competition Merit Award and Canada Council Grant for the Canada Year of Asian Pacific.  Her work has been collected by museums in Calgary and Taipei.

Houston, Heather (b.1977, Panama City, Florida, lives in Pelham, New York) Houston is currently the Artist-In-Residence at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York.  She has also enjoyed shorter residencies at Haystack and Watershed.  Inspired by Outsider Art, she has used the figure to express the joy, sorrow, horror, and humor of human experience.  Recent work, inspired by sacred sites, has developed around found objects and installation and explores the surreal and the sublime.

Huff, Jason (b. 1972, White Plains, New York, lives in Seattle, Washington) Huff grew up in the comfortable suburbs of New York where he was free to watch hours of uninterrupted cable television.  After receiving a BFA at Alfred University, he moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington.  His years of dedicated television viewing developed his deep appreciation for heroic pop personalities.  The result is an expression of his wonder at our absurdity and a celebration of pop culture, which both feeds and mirrors that absurdity.

Hunt-Greninger, Chelsea (b.1976, Palo Alto, California, lives in Denver, Colorado) She currently is a lecturer at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.  Her earlier work consisted of ceramic and mixed media installation exploring the metaphorical parallels between human and animal courtship rituals. Taking advantage of her degree in psychology, she has explored the concept of memory and its deterioration. In a series of site-specific ceramic installations, she constructed tiny dollhouse-size environments in abandoned homes. These installations, created while attending the Archie Bray Foundation, earned her the Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship Award.

Hutchinson, Ruth (b. 1963, Melbourne, Australia, lives in Melbourne) Received a BA in Ceramics at La Trobe University in 1997.  In 2000 she was awarded an Australia Council Studio Residency in Tokyo.  Hutchinson's evocative, confrontational objects evoke a combination of eroticism and clinical precision.  Cast in bone china and glazed a matt white, they represent powerful challenges to the societal taboos usually associated with sexual subject matter.

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Inuzuka, Sadashi (b. 1951, Kyoto, Japan, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan) Inuzuka received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1987, and continues to push the physical and symbolic potential of clay.  He is known for his large installations that address the intersection of human society and the natural world; traditional and innovative processes; art and science.   He has exhibited, lectured and produced work in Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America. Inuzuka's work is widely recognized and his support includes the Pollack/Krasner Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Canada Council for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Michigan.

Isupov, Sergei (b. 1963, Stavrapole, Russia, lives in MA) Isupov graduated from the Art Institute of Talinn, Estonia in 1990 with a BA/MFA in Ceramics.  In 1994 he emigrated to the United States.  Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas), Mint Museum of Craft and Design (North Carolina), Racine Art Museum (Wisconsin) and Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Massachusetts).   His work has appeared in multiple publications, he has taught many workshops, and in 2001 was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award.  He works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques, and colorful stains and glazes contrast areas of intense black and white drawing.

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Janovec, Jared (b. 1973, Manhattan, Kansas, lives in Whitewater, Wisconsin) Since 2002, Janovec has taught ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and maintains a studio at his home. With his creation of ceramic portraiture fused with contrasted botanical and biological forms and surfaces, Janovec provides viewers with work that reports on and questions our link to the natural world. His interests as an artist stem from the observation that the dawn of agriculture was also the dawn of civilization in most cases and that our ongoing pursuit to tame that which is wild through the recent advents of bio and nano technologies is, in effect, driving us further from our connections to our natural surroundings.

Janusonis, Audrius (b. 1968, Alytus, lives in Alytus, Lithuania) Active in the artistic life of Lithuania, Janusonis graduated in 1994 from Vilnius Academy of Art where he studied ceramics.  His art emphasizes the narrative element; he frequently uses allegory and personification and resorts to a broad spectrum of cultural images. Deformed proportions of figures, spontaneous molding, expression of light and shadow in the "unfinished" surfaces - these are the means through which he communicates.  Thematically is subject matter is very diverse and embracse both social and emotional states; yet the search for the existential dimension, for the questions that will always remain unanswered, is inherent in them all.  His works have been featured in the book,  "Ceramic Figures: A Directory of Artist" by Michael Flynn, A&C Black (London) and the magazine, Neue Keramik (2003, No. 6).  He has participated in major exhibitions, including the Triennial of Applied Art in Tallinn where he was awarded one of three second prizes. As a recipient of the McKnight Residency Grant, he was Artist-In-Residence at the Northern Clay Center in Minnesota.  He currently teaches at Alytus Art School - the same school he studied at over twenty years ago.

Jianhua, Liu (b. 1962, Ji'an, Jiangxi Province, China, lives in Shanghai) Liu worked for eight years in the Manufacturing Section of the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain Sculpturing Factory, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, where he learned how to create traditionally sculpted figures.  In 1985 he won a place at the Fine Arts Department of the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain College, where he majored in Sculpture.  From 1989-2004 he was an Associate Professor of the Sculpture Department of the Yunnan Arts Institute, Kunming, Yunnan Province and is currently an Associate Professor of the Sculpture Department of the Fine Arts School of Shanghai University.

Johnson, Tsehai (b. 1966, Ethiopia, lives in Denver, Colorado) Johnson's ceramic objects and installations act as cultural and social documents transmitting information about the most intimate details of human life. Driving this inquiry are several converging interests: the realities and expectations of home life, the close juxtaposition of labor and pleasure in domestic space, and an exploration of the relative value conferred on the objects that populate our lives.   Her work achieves a blend of familiarity and associative malleability, inviting reflection upon the fabricated nature of beauty and the labors and pleasures of daily life. Johnson received a BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1989, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1993 and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999.  She was a recipient of the Colorado Council for the Arts Artist Fellowship in 2003.

Johnson, Garth (b. 1973, Lincoln, Nebraska, lives in Atlanta, Georgia) Maintains the website ExtremeCraft.com, which serves as a forum for exploration of anomalous, obsessive, and deviant craft.  Nearly every weekday, you will find a new posting about craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger.  Johnson received an MFA in ceramics from Alfred University in 2000, and continues to explore a fraught relationship with craft in his Atlanta studio.

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Katz, Matthew Eli (b.1978, Auburn Maine, lives in Alfred, New York) A young talent in contemporary ceramics, Katz has taught and lectured extensively as both ceramic artist and technician and has shown his work in various venues world wide. Throughout his career, Katz has developed a reputation of being a provocative thinker in both of his areas of expertise, refusing always to accept the Status Quo.

Keelan, Margaret (b. 1948, Saskatchewan, Canada, lives San Pablo, California) Keelan uses the female form as her main source of inspiration and clay as her primary media.  Inspired by Dolly Parton's words "It took a lot of money to make me look this cheap," she puts a lot of effort into making the surfaces of her work mimic the look of decaying wood and peeling paint.  Keelan has been the recipient of two Canada Council Awards and was invited to lecture at the 2005 NCECA.  Her sculpture can be seen in "500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form", "The Craft and Art of Clay" by Susan Peterson, as well as the Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, Washington, The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California, and the Lacoste Gallery, Concord Massachusetts.  Margaret is Associate Director and instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, a school that combines an academic figurative program with contemporary sculptural solutions.

Kell, Jeff (b. 1956, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, lives in Rush, New York) Kell came to clay after such widely ranging career explorations as ranch hand, construction worker, mill worker, barber supply salesman, and product designer. He has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts, Houghton College, SUNY Geneseo, and Wells College. He frequently collaborates with industry, designing brand name ceramic dinnerware and baking items. His work explores ecological, political, psychological and sexual themes. It incorporates both the graphic and linear qualities of intaglio prints while transforming the architecture of historical forms.

Kelly, Pamela Earnshaw (b. 1948, Binghamton, New York, lives in Montrose, Pennsylvania) Kelly explores the expressive possibilities of clay through animal imagery, manipulating textures that express the nature of the creature she is representing.  In earlier work she used iconic images of farm animals to explore man's complex psychological relationship to them.  Beyond stereotype, each beast seems to a have a soul.  Her more recent Great Ape Series is less iconic and more political, and still explores our fragile existence on the planet.

Kiley, Jason (b.1976, Sioux Falls, South Dakokta, lives in Edinboro, Pennsylvania)  Kiley recieved a BFA from Minnesota State University at  Mankato and finished a year of an MA program from the same institution.  He has attended residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, both as a resident and later as summer staff; Penland School of Crafts, as an assistant to James Tanner; and Hurricane Mountain Center for Earth Arts.  Currently he is a studio technician at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

King, Kathy (b. 1968, Alexandria, VA, lives in Atlanta, Georgia) Currently an Associate Professor at Georgia State University.  Her undergraduate work included the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and she received a BA in Studio Art with a major in Ceramics from Connecticut College in 1990.  She received an MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida in 1998.  Her vessels, tiled furniture and printmaking present narratives derive from a feminist point of view. Her ultimate objective is to translate her own experience, specifically as a contemporary woman, to social culture dealing with such issues as sexual orientation, reproduction and issues of the body and gender. Her imagery, reminiscent of an underground comic book style, uses satirical humor, irony and sarcasm to map her journey from pubescence to menopause.  Her exhibition record includes solo shows at a number of museums and galleries.  She was chosen as both an NCECA Emerging Artist in 1999 and a Demonstrator in 2002.  Her work has been featured in Sexpots by Paul Mathieu, The Art of Contemporary American Pottery by Kevin A. Hulch, Teapots Transformed by Leslie Ferrin, Handbuilt Tableware by Kathy Triplett and The Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson.   Her work can also be found in numerous periodicals including Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, Clay Times, Art Papers and Ceramics Monthly.

Kitade, Kenjiro (b. 1977, Tokyo, Japan, lives in NYC) was born in the suburb of Tokyo, Koganei-city, where he spent twelve-and-half years before his family moved to the US.  Since then, his life dramatically changed from a mono to a dual culture that later became the focus of his art making. As a student at New York University, he embraced clay and became fascinated by its possibilities.  While earlier works focused on human relationships - love, hate, conflict, and resolution - he gradually shifted to social, political, ecological, scientific, and historical issues that manifest themselves in the use of the sheep as metaphor for the human condition.  He is represented by the Chelsea hpgrp Gallery, New York.

Koons, Jeff (b. 1955, York, PA, lives in NYC) Koons received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1976 and also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a visiting student program.  Known as a quintessential pop artist, Koons has, for years, communicated issues about contemporary society, mostly by presenting ideas taken from the worlds of advertising, entertainment, and television. He has been both a ticket taker at MoMA and a Wall Street broker and now works as a painter, sculptor, and photographer. He is a major influence in fusing art, publicity, and money. Like mass media, he has a strong desire to communicate to as wide an audience as possible and does so by choosing subject matter that covers a full range of consumer goods, such as basketballs, floor polishers, Baccarat crystal, and other decorative accessories found in everyman's home. He is widely collected internationally and is in numerous public museums.  In the past few years, he has received many cultural awards and honors, most notably the "Art Start for Children Award" for educating children through the visual arts given by Learning Through Art / The Guggenheim Museum Children's Program.  In 2001, President Jacques Chirac of France appointed Koons to the rank of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his ongoing contributions in tightening the cultural between France and the United States. Most recently, he received the Creative Patronage Award from the The Cranbrook Academy of the Arts.

Kottler, Howard (b. 1930, Cleveland, Ohio, d. 1989, Seattle, Washington) Received a BA degree in biological sciences (1952) and an MA (1956) and Ph.D. in ceramics (1964) at The Ohio State University. He also studied with Maija Grotell at The Cranbook Academy of the Arts, where he earlier earned an MFA degree in 1957. That same year he earned a Fulbright to Finland, where he researched the decals that would characterize an important phase of his later work. Considered an artist ahead of his time, a "post- modernist" who appropriated art historical objects long before it became fashionable to do so, he simulated surfaces before Pattern and Decoration became popular styles, and mixed the hand-made, ready-made, and home-made in ways which both confused and irritated the craft world much as Duchamp had done several decades earlier. He was an influential teacher at the University of Washington for over twenty years and received an National Endowment for the Arts Craftsmen's Fellowship in 1975. He was an avid collector of art nouveau and art deco, focusing on the Japanese art deco ceramic lusterware of the 1920's and 30's made by the Noritake China Company. Before dying of lung cancer, no doubt from his continuous use of luster glazes, he set into place a series of generous gifts unprecedented in the craft world. He established endowments at the Renwick, Everson, American Craft and the Seattle Art museums to buy the art of emerging and mid-career ceramic artists. Establishing the Howard Kottler Testamentary Trust, his trustees have established residencies at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and numerous other grants and awards in honor of his accomplishments. He is represented by Paul Kotula Projects, in Huntington Woods, Michigan

Kovatch, Ron (b. 1953, South Bend, Indiana, lives in Urbana, Illinois)  Kovatch is the product of a blue collar, mid-western background.  He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and operated a studio pottery in southern Indiana for eight years.  Kovatch has taught Ceramics at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana since 1989 and considers the institution to be his patron; therefore, his artistic activities are rarely motivated by commercial concerns or trends in the art world.  Although clay has been a base for his artistic exploration for the last 30 years, Kovatch incorporates other materials and processes outside of ceramics into his studio practice.  Presently he is exploring figurative works on paper that respond to a variety of stimuli including physiology, emotional portraits, religion, art, humor, sexuality, and the preciousness and absurdity of life.

Krafft, Charles (b. 1947, Seattle, lives in Seattle, Washington) Krafft enjoyed a privileged upbringing in which ballroom dancing lessons were a prerequisite to driving lessons.  His entitlements did not serve him well at Edmond S. Meany Jr. High School, where he was prevailed upon by bullies of both sexes and forced to fight his way home almost daily.  Transferred to the exclusive Lakeside School by his concerned parents, he flunked out after three years, barely graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1965.  After being remanded back to Seattle from San Francisco, where he had run away to find his cousin Grace Slick, he attended Skagit Valley Community College for one year before dropping out in 1966 to commence his career as an artist.  Since then he has continued to exhibit regularly and travel widely.  Of his misspent youth Krafft opines, "I feel quite fortunate.  The only other really exciting time to be young in America was probably in the Roaring 20s."

Kralickova, Petra (b. 1976, Klobuky, Czechoslovakia, lives in Athens, Ohio) Kralickova received a BFA from Ohio University (2001) and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (2004). Her sculptural compositions are based on intensities and nuances of the human form. Currently, Kralickova divides her time and energy between creating her own artwork and fulfilling her position as Director of Exhibitions at Ohio University.

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LaCross, Curt (b. 1966, Alpena, MI, lives in Alma, MI) LaCross received his BFA from Central Michigan University and his MFA from Michigan State University. He taught at Alpena Community College and acted as Visiting Professor at Michigan State University and as Adjunct Professor at Central Michigan University. Currently, he is employed by Holt Public Schools as a Highly Qualified Middle School Art Teacher where he enlightens and educates young minds.  His life-size male sculptures explore the psychological polarities present in the human condition and offer a glimpse into our inner selves. LaCross is represented by the R. Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lang, Ron (b. 1949 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in Reedsville, Pennsylvania) Lang has headed the Ceramics program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore since 1979. His work is sculptural, with narrative themes that include the artist's ambivalent relationship to the Catholic Church. Shrine-like settings stage psychological or emotional scenarios that draw the observer into carefully orchestrated situations - forbidden places, places of temptation, places of great emotional strength as well as vulnerability.  His most recent work returns to the vessel, uniting it with a long-time fascination and nearly 25-year practice of the art of bonsai.  He organized and curated the groundbreaking exhibition "Bonsai inSites" that brought together the work of ceramic artists with bonsai artists. An exhibit in Washington, DC at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum of the U.S. National Arboretum in 2003 proved controversial to many traditionalists in this largely conservative community.

Launder, Richard (b. 1953, Derbyshire, UK, lives in NYC)  The vessel-sculptures of Launder's early career shifted in the mid 1990's to performance art. Often ongoing works-in-progress of social/cultural/political critiques, they invariably have an oblique, non-materialist, environmental agenda and an interactive/interventive dialogue. His practice is conceptual and interdisciplinary, often referencing ceramic material, process, and history. Professor at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, since the mid 1980s, he has taught and led projects internationally and is currently engaged in research for a book whose working title is: Paradigm Shift: Post Modernism is Dead- Long Live?? Taking the Pulse of Inclusive Pluralism in Ceramic Art, 1995 - Now.

Lawrence, Les (b. 1940, Corpus Christi, Texas, lives in Carefree, Arizona) Lawrence earned an AA degree in Art from Southplains College in Texas and a BA in Commercial Art in 1963 from Southwestern State University, Oklahoma. While doing graduate work at Texas Tech University, he discovered the three dimensional side of art and several years later received an MFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University (1970). He headed the ceramics department at Grossmont College and recently retired as Professor, having served there for 35 years. Always interested in technology, he was one of the early developers of photo silkscreen studio applications to ceramics and to experiment and develop the use of magnetic toner laser prints for ceramic decals. He shares a studio with his wife, artist Jaye Lawrence.

Le Dray, Charles (b. 1960, Seattle, Washington, lives in NYC) Le Dray's mother taught him to sew at age four; otherwise, he is largely self-taught as an artist.  He preciously, preposterously, and painstakingly recreates clothing, furniture, house wares, entirely in miniature, and at one time he considered becoming a toy-maker. He is represented in NYC by Sperone Westwater.

Levi, Daniel (b. 1959, Hertzliya, Israel, lives in Amsterdam) Levi studied at the famous Gerrit Rietveld Academy and has been invited to residences in Japan, Netherlands Antilles, and England.  He has received several international awards and prizes, among them several stipends from the Dutch "Fund for Fine Arts" as well as the prestigious INAX Design Prize for European ceramics artists.  Levi also participates in school projects to help young children explore their creativity.  Although Daniel Levi considers the tutoring of children to be an important part of his professional life, he derives his main inspiration from his passionate traveling to unknown regions of the world.

life in general (Brook, Rose, Cooper and Shepherd Le Van; live in Carbondale, Colorado) This family artist collaborative formed in 1990 following Brook LeVan's Fulbright research on the Gurunsi people's cosmology and physical products of earthen architecture and human settlement patterns in northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Prior to that time Brook Le Van gained his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University.  life in general's work has ranged from functional pottery to gallery object, museum installations, and more recently community-based public works that emphasize art as a social stimulant. The North American Legacies series operates as individual pieces and as a group installed in museum settings where the installation calls into question issues of representation. Brook taught at Pomona College, University of Connecticut, and James Madison University before co-founding, with his wife Rose, Sustainable Settings a non-profit organization in Carbondale, Colorado devoted to researching and demonstrating sustainable livelihood. Grants and fellowships include The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, and Art Matters.

Lighton, Linda (b.1948, Kansas City, lives in Kansas City, Missouri) Lighton and her art have followed an untraditional path through New York, Kansas, Haight Ashbury, the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, northern Idaho, and everywhere in between, where she has farmed, logged, taught Chanoyu (the Japanese tea ceremony), and produced an underground newspaper in addition to art making.  In the 1970s she went to the Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle, Washington to study painting and to study ceramics under Patti Warashina, David Furman, Anne Currier and Margaret Ford. In 1987, she graduated with honors from the Kansas City Art Institute. Lighton is currently a full time artist, an arts activist and oversees the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.   She has served on numerous art boards at the Kemper Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Young Audiences of Kansas City, Kansas City Clay Guild and the Kansas City Ballet. She has shown her work internationally, including ceramic biennales in Korea and Spain and has attended numerous international symposiums and residencies in Latvia, Lithuania, Japan, Hungary, and Israel.

Lipscher, Richard (b. 1951, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lives in Baltimore, Maryland) Lipscher studied ceramics with David DonTigny and Jim Stephenson at The Pennsylvania State University, and with Doug Baldwin and Lois Hennessy at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  He was exiled to Augusta, Montana in 1974 where he was a production potter at Martin Holt's Peerless Pottery.  On days when their clay froze, Holt and Lipscher were often the entertainment at the Lazy B Bar & Grill where they played guitars and sung lullabies to inebriated cowboys drinking red beer. He rarely shows work anymore.

Lislerud, Ole (b.1950 Greytown Rep. South Africa, lives in Norway and Italy) Lislerud has a studio in Oslo Norway, Beijing, China and Colla Micheri in Italy. As professor at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Lislerud's major contribution has been to change the curriculum from Scandinavian Design to conceptual and material within sculpture and architecture. His work concerns large-scale public art projects utilizing digital technology, photography, and ceramic silkscreen. The subject matter concerning his architectural projects and site specific work deals with issues of identity, often with a controversial edge, as in the collaboration with the Pritzker prize winning architect Sverre Fehn.

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Mansour, Suleiman (b. 1947, Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine, lives in Jerusalem) Mansour attended the College of Fine Art at Bezallel Academy, Jerusalem.  His art is a model for Palestinian art produced in what he considers an occupied Palestine.  His early poetic oil paintings dealing with the subject of Sumud (steadfastness) and land became icons in contemporary Palestinian and Arab culture.  His strong affiliation to these subjects led him during the beginning of the first Intifada (1988) to use mud (clay) as a medium which has deep roots in Palestinian culture and a direct symbol for the land, its people, and history.  This innovative use of the material and its symbolic meaning helped to develop Palestinian art and make it an important part of the international art movement that deals with the subjects of resistance and freedom.

Mariscal, Joe (b.1948, San Francisco, California, lives in Stockton, California) Mariscal teaches at San Joaquin Delta College.  He studied with Bruce Duke, whose program produced Viola Frey, Michael Lucero, and Bill Abright.  He has taught in diverse venues -  such as a school for developmentally-disabled adults, a state prison, the National School for the Arts in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and workshops in Brazil. He holds a BA in Art History from the UDLA in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico and an MFA from CSU, Sacramento. Mariscal's figurative work is derived and inspired from his travels, especially in Latin America, his personal feelings, interactions, reactions and connections to the world and the human condition. He is also a Vietnam Vet.

Martin, Nils E. (b.1969, East Kilbride, Scotland, lives in Oslo, Norway) Martin studied ceramics at The Collage of Applied Arts in Oslo where he received an MFA in 1994.  He has been a visiting artist at the Leedy/Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City and was presented at Sotheby's through the International Young Art 2001 exhibitions.  He is represented at the National Museums of Applied Arts and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Norway.  He is also a painter and drawer, for which he is a member of the Norwegian Drawing Federation where he frequently exhibits, and he uses his skills to produce three dimensional tromp l'oeil images which he applies to sculptural objects.  His subject matter shifts from social commentary to relationships, dilemmas of modern man, and the role of the artist.

Mathieu, Paul (b. 1954, Bouchette, Quebec, lives in Vancouver, Canada) began his artistic studies in Montreal in 1972. He then studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary as well as Stoke-on-Trent, England. He received a MA degree from San Francisco State University in 1984 and an MFA from UCLA in Los Angeles in 1987. He currently teaches at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada.  In 2000, Paul Mathieu received the Jean A. Chalmers National Craft Award, considered one of Canada's most prestigious visual arts prizes. Mathieu has also lectured on his work and on subjects related to ceramics all over the world and has participated in many international residencies, including, most recently, one in San Bao, Jingdezhen, China. He has written extensively about ceramics in major international publications and recently published Sexpots: Eroticism in Ceramics.

Mayer, Billy (b. 1953, St. Paul, Minnesota, lives in Holland, Michigan) Until very recently he served as chairperson of the Dept. of Art and Art History at Hope College near the shores of Lake Michigan where he has been on the faculty teaching and herding cats for 27 years. As a sculptor, he works in many materials besides clay, but most noteworthy are his lighting designs for Dozo and Arson Brand lamps.  He is married to Michel Conroy who teaches ceramics at Texas State University, and yes, it is a long distance relationship except in the summer when they co-habitate at their home in Michigan. Conroy served as exhibitions director for NCECA for seven years and is now a fellow of that organization.

Mayeri, Beverly (b. 1944 in NYC, lives in Mill Valley, California) is a full-time artist who explores human nature within social and environmental commentary.  Her refined, realistic portraits of torsos, figures, and heads are colored with washes of acrylic and carved with images that reflect the thoughts and feelings of the subjects.  Mayeri received two NEA grants in the 80's and has periodic solo shows in Chicago and New York.

McConnell, Walter (b. 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lives in Belmont, New York) McConnell began teaching Ceramic Art at Alfred University in 1997. His focus on mixed media sculpture and installation brought a renewed interest in these forms to Alfred's programmatic mix. His work is a meditation on culture and its relationship to the natural world. Since 1993 McConnell is best known for his encapsulated moist clay environments that suggest fragile, artificially sustained worlds of engrosssing beauty. McConnell has exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, Korea, Taiwan and China. His installations have been supported by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Constance Saltonstall Foundation. He has received Residency grants from the European Ceramic Work Center, the JM Kohler Arts Industry Program, and The Bemis Foundation.

McLaughlin, Laura Jean (b. 1965, Pittsburgh, lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was introduced to clay by Marc Leuthold in Chapel Hill, NC while working in a hospital as a Medical Technologist.  She then went on to receive an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University, focusing on the way in which Surrealist and Funk artists derived their imagery, and her thesis explored the social and political implications of uniting violence and innocence.   Laura Jean's work has been exhibited in over one hundred galleries and museums, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Delf Norona Museum, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art and the State Museum of Pennsylvania.  Sherrie Gallerie in Columbus, Ohio currently represents her work. She is a recipient of the Maggie Milono Memorial Award from the Carnegie Museum and three residencies from Kohler Company in Wisconsin. She received an NEA Grant to conduct a workshop at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as well as a Mid-Atlantic Fellowship at WVU. Her work is in the collection of Whole Foods Market, Kohler Art Center, Kohler Company and HBO in New York.  Laura Jean works full time in her mosaic covered building "The Clay Penn"  in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania and has recently been making large scale mosaic sculptures and building facades.

McNicoll, Carol (b. 1943, Birmingham, England, lives in London, England) When she was seventeen year old studying physics, her teacher said, "Your problem, Carol, is that you have an untidy mind."  The teacher was right, and eventually McNicholl gave up the vain attempt to impose order on the world as a scientist and instead heading towards of the visual arts. After dropping out of university and working as a wardrobe assistant in the theatre, she then went to college where she ended up studying Fine Art. Her inability to justify Art for Art's sake lead her to the world of ceramics where she has remained, making chaotic, and entertaining objects for use in the home.

Melas, Eva (b. 1961, NYC, lives in NYC) Melas has worked with actors and writers in performance pieces, has done window installations in public spaces, made videos using her work as props, shown her photography intermingled with her ceramic work, and has used found objects and mixed media along with her ceramic sculptures in alter-like female figures and installations framed in black humor and a contemporary surrealism.  Her work has always been feminist in nature, which she presently combines with an environmentalism agenda, for she believes that the two are intertwined.  Over the past ten years she has exhibited in many shows in the United States and abroad, including Frederieke Taylor/TZ'art Gallery, White Columns, and the Armory SOFA show, all in NYC.  Her awards include the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, and an Empire State Crafts Alliance Grant. She has taught at Rutgers University and Greenwich House Pottery.  She attended Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts (BFA) and has a MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Melchert, James (b. 1930, New Bremen, Ohio, lives in Oakland, California) Melchert was 27 when Peter Voulkos introduced him to clay as an aesthetic medium and a way of affirming life that made room for all that lay ahead.  He taught sculpture and new genres at the University of California at Berkeley from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s except for extended leaves of absence given him to hold administrative posts in Washington, DC and Rome.  His work is best described as investigations of phenomena or situations that he discovers, often while working.  What he finds most amazing about clay as a partner is its ability to let him go places he hasn't been before.

Milette, Richard (b. 1960, L'Assomption, QC, Canada, lives in Montréal, Canada) Milette received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1983. He taught ceramics at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal (1985-1992) and at the Saidye Bronfman Centre (1992-1994), after which he became a fulltime artist.  He has exhibited internationally since 1982 with twelve solo and more than one hundred group exhibitions to his credit.

Mishima, Kimiyo (b. 1932, Osaka, lives in Osaka, Japan) In the 1950s Mishima was absorbed in making collage works on canvas board with paint and printed matter (newspaper, leaflet, magazine, etc).  In the 1970s, she switched mediums and transformed her printed collages onto ceramics.  Her slightly humorous information-based pieces are made from a unique blend of compound clay, which is created by combining the molten glass that results from daily household waste being burned in an incinerator at 1400 C and then quickly cooled in water, with discarded clay from tile factories. Recent awards include: in 2001, "The Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition Japan," The Museum of Art Yamaguchi Prize and "The Citizen Prize;" in 2002, "Japan Contemporary Ceramic 100th Year," from the Contemporary Ceramic Museum of Art; and in 2003, "The Art of Earth-Clay Work of the New Century" The National of Art Osaka.  She works between two studios, one in Osaka and the other in Toki City, Gifu Prefecture.

Mongrain, Jeffrey (b.1956, Int'l Falls, Minnesota, lives in NYC)  Mongrain taught at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland for eight years until 1995 when he began his current position as Head of Ceramics at Hunter College in New York.  He creates both gallery and site-specific ceramic sculptures that are reductive and reference iconic forms. There is a compelling oblique narrative suggested by his works that also reflects an autobiographical politic. He has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture, The London Times, World Sculpture, and American Ceramics. Beginning February of 2007 Mongrain will have a touring mid-career survey exhibition originating at the Daum Museum in Sedalia, Missouri.

Monteagudo, Mariana (b. 1976, Caracas, lives in Caracas, Venezuela) Monteagudo's work is autobiographical and based on personal experiences: a voice that demands freedom.  Her workplace is a refuge where she can speak without being afraid of offending anyone, and her creations reflect herself without boundaries.  Any influence is correct if it allows her to work well.  These influences include punk rockers, Medieval armor, designers like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, mummies from Egypt, Barbies, and Japanese Manga. She incorporates these references and characters into a series of images that are united in some way, that are familiar and yet foreign.

Montgomery, Steven (b. 1954, Detroit, Michigan, lives in NYC) received a Bachelor Of Philosophy degree from Grand Valley State University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University. He has been awarded grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Gold Prizes for ceramic sculpture at international exhibitions in Korea and Taiwan. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian's American Museum of Art in Washington DC, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY and numerous other public and private collections throughout the US and abroad. He has lived and worked in NYC for the last 25 years and is represented there by the OK Harris Gallery.

Moonelis, Judy (b. 1953, Queens, New York, lives in NYC) Bases her work in mixed media, which is characterized by its emotive visual poetry. Recent solo exhibitions include Temple Gallery, Rome, Groot Foundation Exhibition Space, Chicago, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; recent group exhibition includes the 9th International Frankfurt Triennial. Her work has been represented by John Elder Gallery, NYC and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco. Artist grants include NEA Fellowships, NYFA Fellowships and the Virginia A. Groot Grant. Major public collections include the Smithsonian Institutions' Renwick Gallery, DC; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; High Museum, Atlanta; Everson Museum, Syracuse; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, LA. She currently teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ.

Musasama, Sana (b.1957, NYC, lives in Queens, New York)  Musasama received a BA from City College of New York, NY (1973), an MFA from Alfred (1988), and studied at Mende Pottery, Sierra Leone (1974-75).  Feeling undereducated by her public school education, Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place.  Clay was a geographic catalyst that brought her first to West Africa, venturing later to Japan, China, and South America.  She has continued her quest, expanding her interests to tribal adornment practices in various indigenous cultures.  She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity, and the "purification" of the female body.  She teaches at Hunter College, NYC; the 92 Street Y, NYC; and through CASES, a program which offers an alternative to incarceration.

Mydland, Anne Helen (b. 1971, Skien, Norway, lives in Bergen, Norway) Mydland is an assistant professor of ceramics in the Department of Specialized Art at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, where she also received a Master's, specializing in ceramics.  She has also since worked as artist and curator, co-founding the art-based group TEMP.  Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and has been purchased by the leading institutions  and collections in Norway. Mydland works with installation, sculpture, print, and site-specific projects, specialized in the use of ready-mades and object culture. The object as storyteller has been a recurring feature, and she focuses in particular on the stories behind figurines and ready-mades (china in particular) used in everyday settings.  She explores the object's narrative potential with combinations of concepts and theory, mainly religious: the symbols of the sacred, souvenirs and fetishism.  She also has collaborative work with industry, e.g. Bratsberg Teglverk (a brick factory) and Porsgrunn Porcelain Factory.

Myers, Gifford (b. 1948, lives Altadena, California) Obtained a BFA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley (1970) and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine.  Myers received an artist's fellowship from the NEA and has been an artist-in-residence at the Cuban National Institute of Art; the Seto Museum, Japan; and several times at the Italian Institute of Art, Faenza, Italy.  His solo exhibitions include museums of art in Moscow, Trinidad, Cuba, Seto, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Faenze, Albisola, and Florence.  Since 1980 he has taught as Professor of Studio Art (Sculpture) at the UC at Irvine.  He has been an architect, a contractor, a dreamer, and a traveler of the world.  His work comes from his reflections of where and when "he is."  His influences direct what materials and fabrication techniques he uses.  Sometimes ceramics, and its techniques when appropriate.

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Naitoh, Megumi (b. 1972, Tokyo, Japan, lives in Boston, Massachusetts) Naitoh teaches full-time at Emmanuel College as well as part-time at Massachusetts College of Art, where she has developed a course in digital screen printing processes for clay. She continues to address effects of technological advancement in our society and was a recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Grant in 2003, and she had a solo exhibition awarded to her at the Clay Studio in 2004.

Nakamura, Kimpei (b. 1935, Kanazawa, Japan, lives in Tokyo, Japan) The third generation heir to a kiln of the Kutani-ware tradition, he was raised in a center for traditional craft with a cultural history that rivals that of Nara and Kyoto. In 1969, he spent a year in California and New York as a J.D. Rockefeller III Grant fellow. The intertwining and conflicting experiences of being born into a traditional environment, witnessing Japan's ideological metamorphosis after the war, and visiting America at a time when the contemporary ceramics movement was flourishing all contributed to his self-formation.  His exhibitions include the solo shows "An Exploration of Japanese Taste" in 1988 and "Exploring the Present Tokyo Ware with Meta-Ceramics " in 1993. He has collaborated with architects for works at the Sony Building, Tokyo and the Japan Pavilion at the Montreal Expo. He has also curated several exhibitions, including "Thinking Touching Drinking Cup International" and "Art and/or Craft: Decoration Today." As an educator, Nakamura designed and developed the ceramic department at Tama Art University, and in 2006 published a collection of his artwork and writings entitled, Tokyo Ware: My Work, My Theory: Born of the Struggle between Japanese Culture and Western Modernism.

Natsoulas, Anthony (b. 1959, Ann Arbor, Michigan, lives in Sacramento, California) received an MFA from the University of California at Davis in 1985 and studied with Robert Arneson, Wayne Thibaud, Manuel Neri, and Roy de Forrest. His work focuses on larger-than-life busts and figures which humorously and colorful deal with personal and social issues and nostalgic pop culture, using friends and loved ones for his models. His artwork was represented in the first figurative ceramic show ever held in Japan in 2006, called "Human Form in Clay - the Mind's Eye."  Natsoulas has shown and taught ceramics at various international institutions such as Penland, the Stanford Museum of Art in Palo Alto CA, the Shigaraki Ceramic Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the San Jose Art Museum, and NCECA.

Netzer, Sylvia (b. 1944, NYC, lives in NYC) Netzer received an MFA in Sculpture at the Columbia University School of the Arts.  She heads the Ceramics Program at The City College of New York.  Netzer is known for large-scale ceramic installations and the use of encaustic (pigmented wax) to achieve sensuous surfaces. She has explored issues of body morphology and gender identity using both dense carved brick and delicate casting slip.  Netzer is also an art critic and curator whose writings have appeared in Sculpture, Neues Glas, The New Art Examiner, Glass, and American Ceramics magazines. She has curated shows at Gallery 128 and AIR Gallery as well as other group and solo exhibitions. 

Nishigawara, Nobuhito (b. 1974, Nagoya, Japan, lives in Southern California)  Nishigawara teaches ceramics at California State University, Fullerton.  His work is inspired by the asking "What is beautiful?" and he uses abstracted female forms to push the boundaries of the traditional answer to this question.  Nishigawar's work is shown throughout the United States and is part of the permanent collection of the Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center.

Nishimura, Yohei (b. 1947, Kyoto, Japan, lives in Chiba) Nishimura taught at the Chiba School for the Blind for 23 years (until l998).  Under his guidance, visually impaired students created many wonderful and inspiring clay works.  He received the highest prize in the Clay Work Field on the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition in 1977.  His current clay works is inspired by its ability to be enjoyed through hearing and touch by disabled peoples.  He also often conducts workshops both home and abroad for the visually impaired.

Nolen, Matt (b. 1960, Key West, Florida, lives in NYC) Trained as a painter and architect, Nolen's current body of work is comprised of sculptural objects and architectural installations in clay.  His has exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous private and public collections including:  The Garth Clark Gallery, NYC; The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum(Smithsonian), NYC; The Newark Museum, NJ; The Everson Museum of Art, NY; The Racine Art Museum, WI.  Nolen's work has been featured in and reviewed by:  House and Garden, American Ceramics, Metropolis, The New York Times, and his public restroom commission for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI is featured on the Travel Channel's The World's Greatest Bathrooms and was named the Best Restroom in America 2004 by the Cintas Corp. Other awards include:  New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow (1995) and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow (NEA) 1995.  He is an adjunct instructor of art at New York University and Pratt Institute. 

Notkin, Richard (b. 1948, Chicago, IL, lives in Helena, Montana) As a full-time studio artist, Notkin's teapots, ceramic sculptures and tile murals are visual explorations into social and political commentary.  Through the '1960s, '70s and '80s, when large scale abstract expressionist vessels and gestural ceramic sculptures were the rage in contemporary American ceramics, Notkin worked with a tightly controlled, high degree of craftsmanship, creating works which were often criticized as being too small, too tight and too precious.  He took this as a compliment.  Perhaps most known for his series of unglazed stoneware teapots, inspired by the remarkable Yixing wares of China, he consciously maintains a separate cultural identity, "reflecting the current dilemmas of our contemporary human civilization."  For over three and a half decades, his work has been exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;  Los Angeles County Museum of Art;  Victoria and Albert Museum, London;  and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan.  Notkin's awards include three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

Novak, Justin (b. 1962, Kansas City, Missouri, lives in Eugene, Oregon)  After a ten-year career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in NYC, Novak received an MFA degree in Ceramics at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  He has since exhibited widely and lectured as a visiting artist across the country and at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen and Brighton University in the UK.  Novak currently serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon in Eugene and is represented by the Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York.

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Ostrom, Walter (b. 1944, Binghamton, New York, lives in Nova Scotia, Canada) Committed to education, he is Professor of Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax; Honorary Professor Ceramics at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China; and received both the Joan Chalmers Award for Excellence in Art, 1999; and the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award for Outstanding Creativity in Craft in 2003.  He is regarded internationally as a technical and academic expert in low-fire ceramics and has championed the role of fine utilitarian craft within the visual arts.  In the span of his career, Ostrom has explored history and the social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic, elements that contribute to the content of pottery.

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Packer, David (b. 1960, Amersham, England, lives in NYC) David has worked as an artist in the USA for twenty years, first in Washington DC and Miami before moving to NYC in 1994.  Never confined to a single style, his work over the years has utilized a variety of media including ceramics, concrete, cardboard, metal, photography, and drawing.  Early work was primarily 2D clay and photo based and explored nature and industry.  Since 2000, his work has expanded into sculptures that express larger political themes, specifically the environment, technology and warfare.  Packer has exhibited at several galleries nationally and internationally, including Garth Clark Gallery and Exit Art in New York.   His work is in the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Carnegie Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.  A recipient of the 2006 Kohler Arts/Industry residency in Wisconsin, he maintains a studio in Long Island City, NY.

Parsons, Rick (b. 1969, Galveston Island, Texas, currently in Snowmass, Colorado)
Parsons holds a BFA in Art from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MFA in Sculptural Ceramics from the University of Dallas.  He is currently the Studio Manager of Sculpture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was recently featured in a solo show in the Charles and Dorothy Clark Gallery at the University of Texas - Pan America. In 2003 Rick was the cover artist for the American Literary Review.

Paul, Adelaide (b. 1961, Berwyn, Pennsylvania, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Paul currently teaches ceramics and freshman foundations at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.  She also teaches gross anatomy to first year veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. Her mixed media work, comprised largely of taxidermist forms, leather and porcelain, deals with the domestic animal as fetish, commodity and, ultimately, as a mirror of what is best and worst about ourselves. She is represented by the Garth Clark Gallery in NYC.

Perrigo, Anne (b. 1953, Newfoundland, Canada, lives in Portland, Oregon) Perrigo received a BFA from the University of Washington (1976), where she studied with Howard Kottler and Patti Warashina.  She received an MFA from the University of California at Davis (1978), where she studied with Robert Arneson.  In addition to workshops and demonstrations, her university teaching includes numerous visiting artist positions, including Rhode Island School of Design, University of Florida, and Alfred University, as well as four years as Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso.  She has shown work through John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA; NCECA; the Memorial Union Art Gallery; and the Everson Museum of Ceramic Art, Syracuse, NY.

Perry, Grayson (b. 1960, Chelmsford, England, lives in London, England) Perry studied at Braintree College of Further Education and received a BA in Fine Art from the Portsmouth Polytechnic. In the early 1980s Perry was a member of the Neo-Naturist group and participated in performance and film works. He has continued to create work in a variety of media that includes embroidery and photography but is best known for his ceramic works. His work incorporates art history and the art world, consumer culture, scenarios of kinky sex and allusions to violence as well as images of himself, his family, and his transvestite alter ego Claire. Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003 and will have a major solo exhibition at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan in 2007.

Persson, Britt-Ingrid (Bip) ) (b. 1938, Gunnarn, Sweden, lives in Stockholm, Sweden)  Interested in the mental blueprints lying behind and before physical reality, Bip has tried to find a sculptural expression for ideas which do not already have an obvious physical metaphor.  When trying to speak about powers, which are not so easy to physically portray, her work was initially sometimes called surrealistic though she viewed herself as a realist.  She often used texts as a starting point and gave them an abruptly displaced form colliding against their previous context.

Podlesny, Czeslaw (b. 1959, Rybnik, lives in Zakopane, Poland) Podlesny studied at the School of Art in Gdansk and the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, where he received his diploma in the Department of Sculpture.  His sculptures, which incorporate ceramics and non-traditional materials, were not acceptable during the regime time. Due to their socially charged content, he exhibited in "private places" independent from government.  Always including live music, they became something of a performance, of theater or a happening.  Many people attended the events to feel free, to exist outside of canons and stereotypes, to cross the barriers of politics - to touch the artist's soul.

Püschel, Judith (b. 1955, Berlin, lives in Berlin, Germany) Püschel and her husband, Jürgen Steinau, were both born in Berlin in 1955, and they met, along with many other life-long friends, in the Art Institute in Halle, Germany.  At that time she also had her first cat!  With their diplomas they returned to Berlin, where her "Berlin-Mentality" is the main inspiration for her sometimes rather strange ceramics.  Now, five cats and 30 years later, after exhibits here and there, teaching here and there, she and her husband are still building their workshop in Berlin, among the asters and hedgehogs.

Pütz, Gabriele (b. 1949, Alfter near Bonn, lives in Bad Honnef, Germany). A member of the IAC since 1986, she studied sculpture and ceramic at the Fachhochschule für Kunst und Design Köln, with Eduardo Paolozzi and Hans Karl Burgeff. She won the 2004 Rheinischer Kunstpreis (Rhineland Art Prize) and was honored with a 2006 exhibition in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn with an accompanying catalogue ("Gabriele Pütz - The Danger of Words").  She is known for integrating complex philosophical concepts with everyday objects and experiences.

Quinn, Jeanne (b. 1966, Lemore, California, lives in Boulder, Colorado and Brooklyn, New York) Quinn received an undergraduate degree cum laude in art history from Oberlin College and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington. She has exhibited her work at Foster/White Gallery, Seattle; Robischon Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark; Formargruppen Gallery and Sculpturens Hus, Sweden; and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan.  She has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, the Kahla Porcelain Factory and the Ceramic Center-Berlin in Germany, the International Ceramic Center in Denmark, and the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana.  Her work is included in the books The Artful Teapot by Garth Clark; Postmodern Ceramics by Mark Del Vecchio; Sex Pots, by Paul Matthieu; and A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence, by Peter Held.  Her current work transcends the boundaries of ceramics traditions, while still formally referencing the history of the decorative arts.  She makes use of ceramic phenomenology as subject matter, primarily in examining the dialectical nature of ceramics.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado.

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Radochonski, Louise (b. Chicago, Illinois, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Radochonski earned an undergraduate degree in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MFA from Tyler School of Arts. Her drawings and sculpture respond to current social events and use psychological expression to shape the human figure, employing expressive naturalism to probe the very nature of what is "real."  She is currently a full-time studio artist, who teaches and exhibits nationally, including shows at the Hodges Taylor Gallery (NC), Garth Clark Gallery (NYC), Lucy Lacoste Gallery (MA), Santa Fe Clay Gallery (NM), Baltimore Clayworks (MD), The Society for Contemporary Craft (PA), The Ohio Craft Museum (OH). In addition, Radochonski has participated in residencies at the Penland School of Crafts (NC), The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts (ME) and The Philadelphia Clay Studio (PA).

Ring, Susanne (b. 1966, Mainz, Germany, lives in Berlin, Germany) Ring graduated from the University of Fine Arts (UdK) Berlin, Germany under Prof. Dieter Appelt and Prof. Christiane Möbus.  Her work focuses on the everyday human relationships in her private environment. It is also inspired by studies of autobiographies. Her work formally visualizes the dynamic aspect of human relationships in new and different contexts - the subjects as protagonists.  She teaches at the Bauhaus-University Weimar and is represented by Galerie Röhr+Ripken.

Roda, Tim (b.1977, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, lives in NYC). Roda's art career began at the University of Washington's MFA program, where he began his work that travels within arenas of installation, photography, clay and performance. The props or devices he includes in the images are made of paper, wood, tape, and clay, largely for their disposability or reusability. He uses photography, not for the love of the technical aspects of the medium, but because of its properties, both abstract and physical, which best depict his vision of life, art, and time.  Roda is represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA.  Other representation includes:  Gasser & Grunert Inc. in NYC; Art Agents in Hamburg, Germany; Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Texas' and the Jamie Angell Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Rosenbaum, Allan (b. 1955, St. Louis, Missouri, lives in Richmond, Virginia) Rosenbaum is a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. His longstanding interest in the figure has expanded over the past several years to include representative objects of contemporary American life.  His work explores security, stability, and sustenance, and questions who we are and what we do as a society. A rich material presence serves the socially charged concepts that underlie his sculptures.

Royster Lamb, Kathleen (b. 1958, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lives in Denver, Colorado).  After fifteen years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, Royster Lamb began her career as an artist. Her earlier work is personal and intimate, comprised of birds, thorns, leaves and pears, and speaks of pain, pleasure, and vulnerability. Her recent work examines the sex industry from a feminist perspective. After teaching at Scripps College from 1997-2000, she is now the Coordinator of Ceramics at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has served as Guest Curator at the 55th Scripps Ceramic Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, California, CA; and as Board Member for NCECA, 92-94. She is represented by Ferrin Gallery and the Butters Gallery.

Ruegg, Francis (b. 1954, Brussels, Belgium, lives in Geneva, Switzerland) Ruegg teaches in the Ceramic Deparment of the Decorative Arts School of Geneva.  He is a member of the Swiss Ceramists Association ACS - ASK and the IAC.  He has placed first at the 1989 15th Swiss Ceramics Biennal, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland; the 2003 International Biennale of Contemporary Tile, Buenos Aires; and the 2005 Third Biennale of Ceramics in El Vendrell, Spain.

Rush, Katy (b. 1976, Belvidere, IL, lives in Gainesville, Florida) Rush received a BFA in Crafts from the University of Illinois and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida. She is known for slip-cast porcelain figurines with a feminist edge. In 2005 she received NCECA's Emerging Artist Award. She is a 2006 Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Recipient, and has served funded residencies at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic arts and the Walbrzych Porcelain Factory, Walbrzych, Poland. Rush teaches at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL and is currently represented by Ferrin Gallery, NY.

Rylander, Kjell (b.1964, Nyköping, Sweden, lives in Stockholm, Sweden)  For ten years Rylander worked as a carpenter before studying ceramics.  Rylander usually works with found objects and ceramic readymades. Since he left University in 2000, he been given several years artist work scholarships from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Visual Arts Foundation.

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Salvi, Fausto (b.1965, Italy, lives in Italy and around) Salvi works with majolica, often in large scale or installation, looking to dialogue between old and contemporary styles. Trying to find some way to express social and political characteristics of contemporary
society, he researches and evolves, sometimes through other mediums but usually with ceramics. Two years ago he left his studio and began working in different countries, schools, and private studios, open to new styles and ways to interpret ceramic art.

Sanguino, Reinaldo (b. 1973, Caracas, Venezuela, lives in NYC) Sanguino relocated to NYC, from Venezuela, in his early 20,s. He has attended the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts multiple times, where he has been granted scholarships and studio assistant positions. In addition, he maintains a private studio in NYC, where he works as a full time artist. His earlier work was based on the phenomenon of graffiti art and the influence of pop culture in society. His current series "Gods & Designers" continues to explore the pop culture influence and the current culture of consumerism of the 21st century. His work is part of many private and public collections including the Mint Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Sato,Takumi (b. 1962, Kyoto, lives in Kyoto, Japan) Sato has made figural pieces since the 1980s and has taught at Kyoto Saga University of the Arts since 1986. He has exhibited regularly in Japan and undertaken two Artist Residencies in the US, as well as participating in group shows in Australia, Korea, Japan, and the US. He received senior Asian Artist Scholarship from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 2000, and received an MFA 2001.

Schimert, Katy (b. Grand Island, New York, lives in NYC) Recent work in sculpture, drawings, short films, and text pieces evoke images of war and comment on classical sculpture and statuary. Past projects have included such subjects as the moon, the sun, and the World Trade Center. Schimert received her a from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Yale University. Her work was included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial and the 1996 Săo Paulo Biennial. Her solo exhibitions include David Zwirner, NYC (her current representation); the University Art Museum at University of California, Berkeley; and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. She has taught at Yale University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, New York University and Harvard. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Schlanger, Jeff (b.1937, NYC, lives in NYC) Schlanger has developed public projects on three interrelated subjects: Peace, Resistance to War, and Music.  Maija PEACE Shrine, named for Maija Grotell, his teacher at Cranbrook, is a dedicated, site-specific building in glazed brick, concrete and steel, hung with bells and gongs from around the world.  CHILE NEW YORK, a black wall of 400 glazed stoneware Faces, Figures and Monumental Jars, has been shown in 40 public spaces across the country. A total installation with sound environment was shown at the City University of New York Graduate Center on 42nd Street in 1980. JARA / Last Song is one component of this ensemble.  musicWitness® consists of an extended series of paintings of cutting-edge jazz musicians in live performance together with a growing ceramic army of  contemporary musicians with their instruments, the Peace Guardians. A major installation of this project as a charged space for new live musical improvisation was held at the CUE Art Foundation in New York City in 2005.

Schofield, Stephen (b.1952, Toronto, Canada, lives in Montreal, Canada) Schofield has been teaching at l'Université du Québec ŕ Montréal. His work with clay runs parallel to his work with fabrics, both being a body-centered practice.  Although his work oscillates between realistic renderings of human and animal subjects and almost abstract representations of body fragments, it remains centered on a psychological reading of gender and sexuality.  He concentrates on the expressive potential of fired and unfired clay in their different states as well as their relationship to different materials.   In 2004 he received the Montreal Arts Award for a mid-career artist.

Schrammel, Imre (b. 1933 Szombathely, Hungary, lives in Budapest, Hungary) Schrammel studied at the Hungarian University of Crafts and Design, Budapes, in the departments of sculpture and ceramics, where he is a professor. He is one of the initiators of the Middle-European Symposium Movement and is  a member of IAC. Inquiring and challenging, his work is characterized by the revolt against dictatorship.  The effective art of one with a unique body of knowledge makes him an exemplar of the Hungarian heritage and European culture.

Schreckengost, Viktor (b. 1906, Sebring, Ohio, lives Cleveland Heights, Ohio) Schreckengost is a prolific artist and industrial designer who holds over 100 patents for various creations from tableware to repositioning the engine of trucks under the cab.  He trained as an artist and ceramist at the Art Institute in Vienna after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1929, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. A product designer during the Art Deco period, he left his impression on generations of products and highly influenced the field and was able to "bridge the worlds of art, design, and craft, more than any other industrial designers of the time," as quoted from George H. Marcus, Professor of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in Masters of Modern Design (Monacelli, 2005).  He is most known for the Jazz Bowl, 1930, the Metal Lawn Chair, 1941, Free Form Tableware, 1955, a relief at the Cleveland Zoo, 1956, and a steer-able children's wagon, 1961, and is fondly known as "the Henry Ford of children's toys."  In 2003, The Viktor Schreckengost Foundation was founded to celebrate his legacy.

Schultze, Klaus (b. 1927, lives in Ueberlingen am Bodensee, Germany) At the turn of the 1940s, Schultze worked as a potter's apprentice in Konstanz.  He worked in Paris in the early '50s throwing pots in various ceramics studios and then opened his first ceramics studio for practical ceramics.  In 1969 he created his first brick sculptures and began to participate in many of the important salons in Paris, receiving state commissions.  In 1979 he became the Professor of Ceramics at the Art Academy Muenchen, and in 1993 established his studio and residence at Ueberlingen am Bodensee, where he is still actively fulfilling commissions and participating in exhibitions.

Scott, Paul (b. 1953 Matlock, Derbyshire, lives in Cumbria, England). He is currently undertaking a PhD fellowship at Manchester Metropolitan University. Through his book Ceramics and Print, his lectures, workshops, and internationally-curated exhibitions, he has been hugely influential in the establishment of print as an integral part of contemporary studio practice. His work has always had a political dimension.  Remediating engraved print with digitized photograph to create his Cumbrian Blue(s) series, these prints, plates, ceramic vignettes of contemporary landscape, and large scale installations in the actual landscape are all made in a "traditional" Staffordshire blue and white genre which giving the work a particular resonance that leans on a recognition of its roots.

Seeman, Bonnie (b. 1969, Huntington, New York, lives in South Miami, Florida) Seeman is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.  A two-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, she was recently awarded The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2005 Biennial Award.   She has participated in numerous international and national exhibitions including a solo show at Tongin Gallery, Korea; Art Basel, Switzerland; and Teapots of the World, the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005, Korea.  Her work is featured in many collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, and the Racine Art Museum. She received a MFA from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth ('96), and a BFA from the University of Miami ('91).  Her main gallery representation is Galeria OMR in Mexico City, Mexico.

Seigenthaler, Joseph (b, 1959, Nashville, Tennessee, lives in Chicago, Illinois) Having received a BFA in 1981 from the Memphis College of Art's painting department, Seigenthaler soon began freelancing realistic wax figures for various wax museums, primarily in Nashville and Tamworth, Australia.  From 1984 to 1986 he attended the Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts in Smithville, TN, and in 1987 he received a scholarship from the Northern Illinois University (MFA, 1990).  Seigenthaler has taught figurative clay and sculpture at the University of Montana, Missoula, Harold Washington College in Chicago, as well as the figure in clay at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He is a recipient of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation award, the Regional Fellowship Award in sculpture from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991, and a visual arts grant in sculpture from the Illinois Arts Council in 1990.  His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as numerous private collections throughout the United States.

Semmes, Beverly (b. 1958, Washington, DC, lives in NYC) Semmes attended the Boston Museum School and completed a BFA from Tufts (1982) and attended the Skowhegan Art School in Maine She received an MFA from Yale University in 1987.  In 1989 she was awarded an Artist's Space Grant; in 1991, a Mid-Atlantic Foundation Fellowship; in 1994, a NEA fellowship; and in 1997, a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist's Fellowship in Sculpture. In 1995 she designed costumes and sets for the French choreographer Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier, France.  Recent international exhibitions include Sonsbeek 9 (Arnhem, Holland); Regarding Beauty at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C); Rapture at the Barbican Museum (London); and New Material as New Media at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia).  She is currently represented by Leslie Tonkonow Art Works and Projects in NYC, Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, and Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer in Dusseldorf.

Shaffer, Matt (b. 1970, Fort Wayne, Indiana, lives in Gainesville, Florida) Shaffer is the father of two (Jack and Betsy) and husband of one (Jennifer).  He is a visiting professor at Santa Fe Community College and a Teaching Lab Specialist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  He received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida and his BFA in sculpture from Indiana University-Fort Wayne.  His work explores the ambiguous nature of the man/boy, arousing sympathies that the viewer might experience in front of a cowering dog.

Shao, Ting Ju (b 1963, Taipei, lives in Taipei, Taiwan).  Also an illustrator and writer, Shao has worked with ceramics for 20 years.  "Scattered words on Shao's work serve as the titles of the pieces and themselves tell a tale like a scene in the movie. Within her figures, disparate elements such as emotion, the body, nature, and the human all confront each other. She take themes relevant to modern society, themes of humankind's threat to nature, usng the comical and appealing main characters to covey a serious and passionate message . . . ." (Hiroko Miura - Curator, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan).  To be a self-sufficient ceramist, Shao is very active in Taiwan and overseas and has won several international awards.  NCECA invited her for their "Six Interpretations of Clay - Handmade in Taiwan" in 1996, and she has been an IAC member since 2002.

Shaw, Janathel (b. Fort Pierce, Florida, lives in Oxon Hill, Maryland) For the last seven years Ms. Shaw has taught art to high school students in the DC Public School System.  She has been a member of the Art Department at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, has provided set designs for productions at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and works with younger students and adults at various schools within the system.  For her these have been probably the hardest jobs, next to parenting requiring  energy, tenacity,  spirituality, discipline and vision.  Her portfolio is  about social and political themes: the feminist's voice, racism, child genocide, etc.  They are genre from the African-American perspective and are intended enlighten and unveil inequities that still exist. She feels that it is an artist's role to inspire critical thought no matter how unpleasant.

Shaw, Richard (b.1941, Hollywood, California, lives in Fairfax, California) Shaw moved with his future wife, Martha, to San Francisco to study at the San Francisco Art Institute under Ron Nagle, Robert Hudson and James Melchert.  He attended graduate school at the State University of New York at Alfred in 1965 and finished an MFA degree in 1968 at the University of California at Davis where his professors were William T. Wiley, Manual Neri, and Roy De Forest.  After 20 years teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute, he presently teaches at UC Berkeley and plans to retire around the turn of this century or when his five children gain employment and leave home.  Shaw is known for his tromp l'oeil ceramic sculptures which appear as still-lifes of junk.  One of two National Endowment Grants allowed him to explore a photo-silk-screen method of reproducing images for ceramic decals.

Shimazu, Esther (b. 1957 Honolulu, Hawaii lives in Kailua, Oahu) The granddaughter of Japanese sugar plantation laborers, Shimazu grew up in a middle-class, very multi-cultural suburb in a large, noisy family.  She has been mad for clay since the age of five and, convinced that she was supposed to be a disgruntled housewife, is endlessly amazed that she gets to make a living from it off in the middle of the Pacific. Gallery information: John Natsoulas, Davis, CA.

Siegel, Elise (b. 1952, New Jersey, lives in NYC) Siegel initially gained recognition for her non-ceramic work based on abstracted images of clothing. In addition to having very specific emotional content, this work addressed ideas about the social construction of the body and the politics and psychology of identity. Returning to clay in the mid-nineties, she embarked on several large projects, creating groups of full and fragmented figures of children. Siegel's uncanny figures interact through subtleties of body language and facial expression, evoking moments of internal struggle and emotional chaos. Her most recent work was exhibited at the 2005 Third World Ceramic Bienniale, Korea.  Siegel has received an NYFA grant, as well as Macdowell and Yaddo fellowships.

Siler, Patrick (b. 1939,  Spokane, Washington, lives in Pullman, Washington) Siler studied under Peter Voulkos at University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1963 with a Masters in painting.  From 1973 to 2005, he taught ceramics and drawing at Washington State University, Pullman. Now retired from WSU, he divides his time between Pullman and Anatone, the smallest inhabited place in Washington state.  After many years working exclusively in painting and drawing, he has taken up ceramics again.  He looks forward to a creative retirement in which he hopes to undertake many new projects as well as fish with his son, Brian.

Simonsson, Kim (b. 1974, Helsinki, lives in Helsinki, Finland) Simonsson graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2000. He was awarded the prestigious Young Artist of the Year award in Finland in 2004, the first artist working in clay to do so. Hand-building and press-molding, Simonsson combines the tradition of ceramic figurines with popular culture imagery to create a haunting world. He is represented in NY by Nancy Margolis Gallery.

Slee, Richard (b. 1946, Carlisle, England, lives in Brighton and London, England)  Originally studying Industrial Design at the Central School of Art and Design, London, Slee eventually graduated with a BA, Ceramics, and later an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1988. He became Professor of The University of the Arts, London in 1992.  He was awarded the 2001 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for work that expands the dialogue between ceramic tradition and visual culture, fusing popular culture and high art with questions of identity and consumption.  He is represented in the UK by Barrett Marsden Gallery, London and is Principal Lecturer in Ceramics at Camberwell College of Arts, London.

Smith, Keith Wallace (b. 1969, Yonkers, New York, lives in Atlanta, Georgia)  Smith has previously taught at the University of Florida, Georgia Southern University and Northern Kentucky University. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University where he directs and teaches in a growing ceramics program.  Inspired by how society, perception, spirituality and experience shape the lives of individuals, through figurative sculpture he provides the viewer with an opportunity to contemplate the circumstance and emotional state of another human.  His large-scale work, intended to magnify the issues they address, generally require internal steel armature support and use varied surfacing, from underglaze to bisque stain and encaustic.  In addition to teaching, he shares his methods and passion for clay through workshops.

Smith, Kiki (b. 1954, Nureumberg, Germany, lives in NYC) Smith grew up in New Jersey, developing her artistic eye from an early age by helping her father, Tony Smith, build models for his sculptures.  She has studied as an industrial banker, an emergency medical technician, has worked as a puppeteer, and made art in the Collaborative Projects  collective.  She is internationally recognized for her materially diverse work which tries to loosen society's grip on the human body.

Song, Jinsoo (b. 1974, Seoul, South Korea, lives in Tempe, AZ) While growing up in Korea, Song showed no particular promise in art and was pushed to pursue academics.  While studying biology at the University of Minnesota, he decided to take a ceramics class. His teacher encouraged him, and Song continued to take art courses for the next three years before finally convincing himself to declare an art major. In 2003, he attended Arizona State University and focused on the "Spoon" series which he began during his 2001 residence at Archie Bray.  He developed surreal, visual allegories by juxtaposing symbolic objects with altered spoons.  The work dealt with the human existence, intimate relationships, and death. He is now experimenting with the installation of larger scale pieces.  The primary focus of his work has always been on the recording of and the response to his own experiences through art making. Though the format of the work might have shifted from the teapot to the spoon to the installation, his desire to create true-to-life art remains.

Spaulding, Fred C. (b.1965, Manchester, Connecticut, lives in Arlington, Texas) Spaulding grew up in Ventura, California and attended California State University, Long Beach (BFA) and the University of Connecticut (MFA).  Influences on his art include: training for the 1992 Olympic Games, freeway travel, urban commercial culture, and artists Walter McConnell and James Melchert.  His recent work shows an interest in subverting the commercial/industrial intent of bricks: re-using them with printed icons of information, commerce, and construction, to create organic temporal structures.  Spaulding was chosen as an Emerging Artist at the 2006 NCECA conference.

Spinski, Victor (b. 1940, NYC, lives Newark, Delaware) Spinski spent his formative years in Kansas and received an MFA degree in ceramics at Indiana University in Bloomington.  He was hired at University of Delaware to develop the ceramics department, later considered by many professionals as liberal and progressive, where his philosophy and teaching approach were to master the technology, materials and history of aesthetics. Technically he developed various clay bodies that can be fired rapidly without any damage, glazes, photo-ceramic decals and novel slip-casting techniques. Most of his work concerns social commentary, addressing destruction, disorder, and chaos. However, upon a closer look, there is hope, order and humor.  Inspired by the Yixing tradition, Spinski is a master of replicating industrial society's utilitarian materials - Styrofoam, plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, metals, wood, etc. Where the Yixing aesthetic is for tranquility and order, Spinski focuses on chaos and the detritus of society.

Srivilasa, Vipoo (b. 1969, Bangkok, Thailand, lives in Melbourne, Australia) Srivilasa received a BA (Ceramics) at Rangsit University in Bangkok before moving to Australia and obtaining a Master of Fine Art and Design (Ceramics) from University of Tasmania.  His most recent work is based on traditional Thai blue and white domestic ware and explores his concerns about the modern world's complex mixture of materialism, cultural mingling, Buddhist philosophy, and disposable culture.  He also known for his bizarre and beautiful mythical monster teapots which were inspired by his memories of the Hobart waterfront and his experiences snorkeling in Tasmania, Queensland, and Thailand.  Srivilasa's work also draws on traditional Thai costumes together with the flamboyant costumes worn in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parades. The juxtaposition of these two distinct cultural elements is inspired by his belief that different cultures do not have to come together in fear and loathing but can complement each other through the power of art and imagination.  Srivilasa is represented by Über Gallery, Australia.

Staschke, Dirk (b.1971, Huntsville, Alabama, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Staschke has maintained an ongoing studio practice and extensive national exhibition record for the last nine years. His work has shown with Garth Clark and Helen Drutt and is currently represented by The Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia. He has taught at several universities, notably Alfred University and New York University.  He has been published internationally and was recently a guest lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China. Exquisitely, classically modeled surfaces coupled with political undertones are the hallmarks of his work.

Stoliar, Lee (b. 1956, NYC, lives in upstate New York).  A 1978 graduate of Bennington College, Stoliar has exhibited her sensuous high relief sculpture nationally and internationally since 1985, when she emerged as part of New York's East Village scene.  Her work is in many private and public collections, has been written about in numerous publications, and she has been the recipient of several grants.  As a young woman she ran art programs for older adults in New York City and taught sculpture at New York University.  She now lives and works somewhat reclusively in a 19th Century farmhouse with her husband, painter Leonard Dufresne, and their teenage daughter, Abby.

Summers, Emma (b, 1971, Rushden, England, lives in Worcester, England) Summers completed an MA at the Centre for Ceramic Studies, University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 2002.  She has exhibited her work in a range of art galleries and alternative spaces, including the Ice House in Holland Park, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, and St Pancras Station, London. Between 2004 and 2006 she exhibited her touring installation, Anatomy of Exiles, in a variety of UK galleries to highlight the plight of international refugees. This work was featured in Ceramic Review in 2004. Emma's latest exhibition, at the Old Truman Brewery in London, was commissioned by international charity Christian Aid to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Asian tsunami.  Her current work centers on the need to explore issues not considered newsworthy by today's media.

Swentzell, Roxanne (b. 1962, Taos, NM, lives on the Santa Clara Pueblo Reservation, NM).  Swentzell is a self-taught sculptress who began working in clay at the age of four.  Because of a speech impediment, Roxanne used clay to speak for her.  By high school she was offered a one-woman show at The Institute of American Indian Arts.  She has won many awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and has pieces in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian (DC), Denver Art Museum (CO), Heard Museum (AZ), Museum of Arts and Culture (NM), Wellington Museum (NZ), the Joslyn Museum (NA), and the Poeh  Museum (NM).    Roxanne's sculpture has always been commentary on life as a woman, a Native person, an "American," a person of these times.  She is known to capture the emotional side of her human subjects.  Her work is represented by Roxanne Swentzell Tower Gallery, Pojoaque, NM; Hahn/Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Four Winds Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; and Faust Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

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Takamori, Akio (b. 1950, Nobeoka, Japan, lives in Seattle, Washington).  Takamori's earlier work from the 1970s and '80 of highly erotic imagery took full advantage of the clay vessel's surface, front, back and interior. Using bold black calligraphic lines and colored enamels, Takamori explored the myths of human nature and humanity. Love, sex and family are themes that he visited in his work, playing out his sincere exploration of human relationships. "How do we see others and ourselves in the changing global world?" is a question that Takamori repeatedly asks himself. His current work of free standing figures forces the viewer to ask the same question. East meets West through his pairing of European royalty and Tang Dynasty court woman. Takamori received three National Endowments for the Arts, was recipient of the Flintridge Foundation Award, and recently elected fellow to the American Craft Council. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Washington.

Tall, Cheryl (b. 1946, Atlantic City, New Jersey, lives in San Diego, California).  Earlier work combines architectural and figurative forms to explore domestic issues, while her most current work of large-scale guardian/goddess figures illustrates ways of coping with the tensions of overcrowding, information glut, violence, and alienation in our modern world.  One of her contributions was developing a way to build up highly textured coils to create a scale-like surface, and to devise a way of working in stacked, box-like sections.  She was the Grand Prize Winner of Sculptural Pursuit's Sculpture Competition in 2004 and serves on committees for several arts organizations.  She has curated eleven exhibitions concerning social and environmental issues and served on the board for selecting Public Art for Martin County, FL. In 2004, she and her husband, Bruce Tall, founded an art center in 2004 in North County San Diego to provide a gallery, art studios, classes, and a future museum.  

Tashima, Hirotsune (b. 1969, Hiroshima, Japan, lives in Tucson, Arizona) Tashima received an MFA from Alfred University, NY and a BFA from Osaka University of Art.  He has taught at Pima College in Tucson since 1999.  He has received numerous grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NCECA, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Phoenix Art Museum, Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, and the Japanese government.  Ha held more than 20 solo exhibitions in various locations include NY, Tokyo and Tucson Museum of Art.  He has participated in over 120 group exhibitions, and his artwork is held in various public and private collections including the Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Barrick Museum, NV; Everson Museum of Art, NY; Jingdezhen Museum of Ceramics, China; The Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; and the singer David Bowie.

Tavella, Leo (b. 1920, Gálvez, Santa Fe [Argentina], lives in Argentina) Tavella began his studies in painting and sculpture in San Francisco, Córdoba (Argentina), where he immediately became involved in sculpture.  He discovered that clay constituted his best expressions, which he combines with non-conventional materials such as wood, iron, or any other element he finds.  In Argentina he has been awarded the "Great Honor Prize" in National, Provincial and Municipal level for Ceramics and Sculpture, and in 1982 he received the Konex Platinum Prize for excellence as a ceramist. Internationally he has been awarded prizes in the USA, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Belgium.  He is a member of the IAC.

Tetkowski, Neil (b. 1955, Buffalo, New York, lives in NYC).  The Common Ground World Project kept the artist busy for the better part of five years. His recent projects confirm his continued interest in art reflecting cultural, ecological and geo-political exploration, and his work is in collections of 35 museums including the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Smithsonian Institution and the Victoria and Albert in London. He has received many awards including a Ford Foundation Grant. Recently, Tetkowski has exhibited in Korea at the World Ceramic Biennale and in China at the Beijing Art Biennale 2005.

Thompson, Jack (b. 1946 in LA, California, lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania) In the beginning of his career, Thompson used the pseudonym, Jugo de Vegetales, and once on the artistic map he had to keep the name, which he still uses as an AKA. He has produced commissions for Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the River Walk in Philadelphia and was included in installation exhibitions in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.  For Thompson, the new millennium has been a time of reflection and resistance to art world fads and "movements" characterized by Post Modernism's obsession with the new.  What remains constant for him is the desire to challenge norms and redefine the search for the numinous and the profane.  Jungian Psychology continues to be a resource, and although Surrealism is out of favor in the US, he believes there will always be a place where it can thrive (currently it is alive and well in Meso and South America.)  He has been a professor at Moore College of Art and Design for three decades. He continues to see the artist's role in society as visionary and interpretive

Toland, Tip (b.1950, Philadelphia, PA, lives in Vaughn, WA) Toland received an MFA from Montana State University in 1981 and is now a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in the Seattle area.  In 2005 she was awarded first-place Virginia Groot Foundation grant.  Her work has been shown at numerous galleries, including Nancy Margolis in NYC, Pacini-Lubel in Seattle, and William Traver in Seattle.  Her figures are represented in both private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Kohler Art Center, and a promised gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   She is fascinated by nuance of expression in a face or gesture and thinks they reveal volumes about one's nature.

Tool, Ehren (b. 1970, Charleston, South Carolina, lives in Berkeley, California). Tool spent five years, three months, and twenty days in The US Marine Corps. He served with 1st Marine Division in Desert Shield and Storm then served 30 months of hardship duty as a Marine Guard in Rome and Paris after which he was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. Tool studied at Pasadena City College with Phil Cornelius, then at the University of Southern California with Ken Price, John Mason, Karen Koblitz, and Kevin Meyers. After completing a BFA, he received an MFA from UC Berkeley under Richard Shaw.   Although Tool is 6'2" and weighs over 300 pounds, he rarely makes anything bigger than his fist.  Between 2001 and 2006 he has made and given away over 6,500 cups to politicians and CEOs in a pathetic attempt to make some kind of connection with the people who have such influence over our lives. Tool thinks it is unfair that only veterans and refugees should carry the burden of the horrors of war.  Civilians, especially those who support a war, should have to look at the corpses.  From his dirty hands to the hands of others, through time and war and horror to some distant point in the future, he thinks it is very powerful that the cups he makes will last thousands of years.

Tsuboi, Asuka (b. 1932, Osaka, Japan, lives in Kyoto, Japan) Tsuboi is one of the most highly respected female ceramicists in Japan due of her courageous leadership in organizing undervalued women ceramicists in Japan.  Her pioneering effort enabled them to be recognized and taken seriously, particularly after World War II.  In 1957, along with seven other women, she formed the Joryu Tougei (Women's Association of Ceramic Art).  She has always been at the center of the group's activities and still leads it today as the sole remaining founding member.  Her trademark is a fabulous technique using gold and silver overglaze which she has perfected to a high art form.

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Vatn, Gunhild (b. 1969, Inderřy, Norway, lives near Oslo, Norway). Vatn's technical objects, in smooth, shining white porcelain, give room to a range of discomforting associations. Her body-related objects create a dual attraction appealing both to our sensual and intellectual imagination and have drawn internationally attention and have been published in several books and magazines. She has lectured at international conferences and universities/art academies in Scandinavia and has received several grants

Verbruggen, Marc ( b. 1967, Puurs, lives in Puurs, Belgium)  Between 1986 and 1995, Verbruggen studied ceramics and sculpture at several academies, concluding at HISK-Antwerp.  He received a gold medal from the government for sculpture and has won a silver medal in the Sixth International Ceramics Biennial in Taipei.  In 2006 he won first prize in the Basque Country (Spain) in Euskadi for mixed media.  Recently he sculpts with more social concern, in the ways people react to or disregard the signals which surround us, such as personal situations, world news, and human behaviors which all have a certain influence on us. He is a fellow of ICCA and a full time teacher in the ceramic art department in Belgium.

Vicini, Christpher (b. 1973, Frostberg, Maryland, lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Providence, Rhode Island)  BFA from Wheaton College; MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Vicini has enjoyed long-term artist residencies at Watershed in Newcastle, ME, and Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and directs the glass program at The Steel Yard Art Center in Providence.  He thinks of himself as a mad scientist: his creations develop lives of their own and evolve from within. He is particularly interested in the processes of growth, adaptation, and evolution. The endless struggle of survival, the triumphs and failures, intrigue him.  As an enthusiastic student of human history, he often borrows shamelessly from artistic traditions of the past to create cultural strata.  His current body of work centers around the memento mori and utopia or paradise.

Villaverde, Vilma (b. 1942, Buenos Aires, lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina) Villaverde began working with clay in the 1970s, not yet realizing it would become such an integral part of her life.  And that is what ceramic means to her: completely dedicated to this material, so rich in possibilities, she considers it her life.  Her work has been highly valued in her country from the start.  A member of IAC, she has won the National Great Prize for Ceramics, the most important prize given by the government to prominent artists. She also received the Great National Prize for Sculpture, a recognition only obtained before by her teacher, Leo Tavella.  Her work is admired and appreciated in all parts of the world, and all she is in art and life she owes to "earth - mud - clay - ceramic."

VisGirda, Rimas (b. 1942, Kaunas, Lithuania, lives in Champaign, Illinois) VisGirda began his academic career in science, earning a degree in physics from California State University at Sacramento. He later received an MA in Art from the same university and completed an MFA in ceramics and sculpture at Washington State University. He has taught at colleges and universities on the West Coast and in the Midwest since 1973. In his art, he addresses common issues in contemporary society - experiences and emotions, whether positive or negative, and often mundane, that we all experience on our journey through life. His work allows us to examine our life and the culture in which we live, through eyes slanted with wit and humor.

Voulkos, Peter (b. 1924, Bozeman, Montana, d. 2002, Bowling Green, Ohio) Voulkos received a BS from Montana State College and an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts.  Instrumental in emphasizing the aggressive, vigorous, and energetic sculptural qualities of the material, his years as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley (1959-1985) and his vast body of work have influenced nearly every ceramic artist in his wake.

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Walsh, Michaelene (Mikey) (b. 1969, Niles, Illinois, lives in Baton Rouge, Louisana) Walsh grew up in Illinois and received an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred in 1995. After graduation, Walsh toured the country for several years as an itinerant ceramic artist and teacher, landing jobs and studios at Massachusetts College of Art, the University of Georgia, the University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of California-Davis. Walsh now holds a more permanent teaching position at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she currently lives with her husband and three dogs. Her figurative ceramic work can be seen nationally at Grover Thurston Gallery in Seattle, Santa Fe Clay, Dubhe Carreno Gallery in Chicago as well as in the recent publication The Figure in Clay by Lark Books.

Warashina, Patti (b. 1939, Spokane, Washington, lives in Seattle) Warashini earned both a BFA and an MFA from the U. of Washington, Seattle in 1964, and after 30 years teaching there, is presently Professor Emeritus.  Her awards include: "Fellow" in the American Craft Council; two NEA Grants; a "Lifetime Achievement Award/Woman of the Year -2001" given by Artist Trust in Seattle; and a "Distinguished Alumnus  Award /2003" -  from  the U. of Washington,  Seattle.  She has received governmental cultural exchange travel grants from Japan, China, and Korea, and has been commissioned awards both from King County and Seattle Arts Commission, with a commendation from the Governor of Washington State.  Her public collections include works in the Smithsonian, Wash. DC; Museum of Art and Design, NYC; Mint Museum; L.A County Art Museum; ASU Art Museum, Detroit, Seattle, Tacoma Art Museum; and well as international  museums such as the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Australia's  Perth Cultural Center;  Korea's Icheon World Ceramic Center.

Webster, Maryann (b.1947, San Francisco, CA, lives in Salt Lake City, UT). The use of china paint in Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" inspired her to change from painting to ceramics with political and social commentary in mind. West coast figurative influences and environmental concerns infuse her imagery with issues of mortality, healing, and the environment. Concern for these issues in her work also inspired her to become an anti- nuclear waste activist, appointed by Utah's governor to a coalition to stop pollution from nuclear waste in Utah.

Williams, Gerry (b.1926, India, lives in Dunbarton, New Hampshire) spent his early years in India, where his parents were educational missionaries who knew Gandhi, who has had a profound influence on Williams' decision to be a potter, a profession where ethics in life is a consideration.  Gerry attended schools in Darjeeling and Mussoorie before coming to the United States in 1943 to study at Cornell College in Iowa.  Williams has taught at Dartmouth College, Willimantic State College, Haystack School, Penland School, the NY State College at Cortland, and the Tasmanian College in Hobart, Australia. He has lectured in Austria, Japan, India, Finland, China and Croatia. He has been a panel member for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC. He is the co-founder of the Phoenix Workshops. He was the subject of a film called "An American Potter," by Charles Musser, Yale film historian.  He is an elected fellow of the American Craft Council, from which he received a gold medal, is an honorary member of NCECA, and an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He has honorary doctorates from his alma mater Cornell, and from Notre Dame College in New Hampshire. In 1972 Williams founded Studio Potter, a magazine for professional potters. In 1998 he was made the first Artist Laureate of New Hampshire, and in 2005 was named Living Treasure by the governor of the state. He and his wife Julie recently traveled to India to visit his high school, where he was given the honor as Distinguished Alumnus.
Some principles used to govern his work are:
-An essential belief in functional aesthetics.
-Education as the discovery of self.
-Reverence for old masters and new talent.
-The practice of first-person writing.
-The support of archival scholarship and preservation.
-Ethics as a service to others.
Commitment to great humanitarian values.
-Finding common ground in globalism.
-Life becoming not more comprehensible, but more mysterious.

Wunderlich, Janis Mars (b. 1970, Akron, Ohio, lives in Colombus, Ohio).  As a full-time, at-home artist and mother of five, Wunderlich has spent many years trying to balance art and family matters. Her deeply personal, narrative works capture the exhaustion and excitement of a busy family life, full of creativity, domestic obligations, and nurturing responsibilities. Adapting to the frequent interruption of family duties, and with children working alongside her in her studio, Wunderlich has managed to create an impressive and excessive body of work. While older work often shows the darker struggles of parenting, her newer work focuses on the humor, intensity, and intricacy of family life.  A recipient of several honors and grants, her work has been in hundreds of exhibitions, and can be seen nationally and internationally in public and private collections. In any spare time she finds, she lectures and conducts workshops at several universities and art centers in the U.S. and Canada.

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Yiannes (Iordanides)
(b. 1943 Athens, Greece, lives in NYC) Yiannes has taught at Brooklyn and Queens College City University of New York.  In his recent work of thrown, altered, and ceramic mosaic treatments, he creates work as a resident artist at international art studios and transfers his pieces to New York for the final surface treatment.  He is represented by Loveed Fine Arts NYC.

York, Julie ( b.1972, Toronto, Canada, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) York received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC and an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Garth Clark Gallery, NYC, the 2004 -2005 Fleisher Challenge, at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, 2005, and "objectsymbolanguage" at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, 2003.  York is the recipient of a number of grants including an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts,  A Window of Opportunity Grant from the Leeway Foundation for the Arts, and two Creative Production Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.  From 2002 - 2003 she was the recipient of the prestigious Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA where she remains today as a Resident Artist.  Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Schein -Joseph International Museum of Art, Alfred, and the Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY.

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Zhang, Wanxin
(b. 1961,Changchun, China, lives in San Francisco, California) At 18, Zhang entered the LuXun Institute of Fine Arts and spent five years studying traditional sculpture. An established metal artist in his homeland, Zhang rediscovered clay when he relocated to San Francisco, where he earned an MFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 1996. For nine years he has been working on his reinterpreted Terra Cotta Warriors, for which he received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2004 and the Virginia A. Groot First Place Grant in 2006.  Zhang's work has been shown in Miami, San Francisco, New York, and Vancouver galleries, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

Zimmerman, Arnie (b. 1954, Poughkeepsie, NewYork, lives in Brooklyn, New York) Zimmerman apprenticed in the Alvingham Pottery, Louth, Lincolnshire, England (1972); graduated with a BFA (1977) from The Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City. MO; and received an MFA from Alfred, NY (1979).  His conceptual arc has traveled from abstraction to narrative sculpture using the figure. Zimmerman is best known for the series of monumental vessel form series made throughout the 1980s, which are in public and private collections throughout the world. In the '90s, he moved away from large size sculpture, and while still abstract, the forms and the content became more figurative.  Throughout the last 25 years Zimmerman has worked and traveled across the USA, Europe and Asia. He has an on going working relationship with artists, galleries, and educational institutions in Portugal arising from participation in a Ceramics Symposium in Alcobaca, Portugal, 1987. He has also worked in Korea; Japan; the Kohler Company, Kohler, WI; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME; the Omaha Brickworks, Alternative Worksites, Omaha, NE; and the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.  Zimmerman has been awarded several prestigious grants, including three from the NEA; three from the the NYFA; Arts International; and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund International Artists Grant for residency in Portugal. In 2005 Zimmerman was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant.