Current Residents


Crista Ann Ames

Crista Ann AmesCrista Ames workCrista attended Washington State University where she obtained her BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Art History. She attended Utah State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Ceramics, and recently completed the MFA program at the University of Montana. She begans a long-term residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula upon the completion of a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in October 2015.

I am a sculptor who works primarily in ceramics and textiles. I find that the integration of both permanent and impermanent materials conveys my interest in approaches to memory, loss and transformation. Just as the act of remembering transforms an experience into something different, time degrades some elements and leaves others to endure. Through the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative, my work explores how our own animal nature relates to the ways we establish and sustain personal relationships. I draw on my own experiences to explore pastoral life, animal husbandry, womenís craft and fertility. In bridging the gap between myth and experience, I utilize my artistic practice to create altogether new stories that tell contemporary tales of trauma, joy and womanhood.


Donna Flanery

Donna FlaneryDonna FlaneryDonna Flanery is a resident artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula, having recently moved from Asheville, NC. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in 2013 and her BFA in 2005 from the University of Montana. Between academic endeavors she has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT (2007-2009), The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN (2006-2007), The Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, China (2009-2010) and The Zentrum fur Keramic, Berlin, Germany (June 2013). She has been spreading the good word of clay through teaching classes in all of those places and at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, NC. (2013-2015).

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Miriam Griffin

Miriam GriffinMiriam GriffinMiriam Griffin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and has lived in Missoula since 2011. She received her BFA from The University of Montana in 2013, and has also studied at Bard College at Simon's Rock, Penland School of Crafts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work reflects interests in animal life, environmental destruction, and social injustice. Currently, she is a long-term resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

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Koral Halperin

Koral HalperinKoral Halperin workSpending the first half of his life in the United States Virgin Islands and the latter half in Chicago and New York, Koral’s work tends to reveal observations of the natural and manmade worlds. Koral received his AFA, Associates of Fine Arts at College of Dupage (IL), a BFA at Southern Illinois University, and was a Post Baccalaureate Student at Kansas State University. Most recently, he was a long-term resident at Red Lodge Clay Center.

I grew up immersed in the outdoors, in a time where technology began to live in our homes. The colors in advertisements and their products were mimicking those of native sceneries and festivals. And while a strong connection to nature began to fade, metropolises emerged. It seemed that the tribal idea of "order emerging from chaos" was reaching itsí peak. Many questions emerge from this thought and are the basis for my current body of work... Working with clay brings these questions alive. For me, coil building is an intuitive process, which lends itself to both very structural and organic forms. I can use the human touch in juxtaposition with structure, while maintaining the idea that these elements are one in the same. Architectural, gestural, abstract, conceptual, and landscape elements come together to create a composition that is relevant to both past and present.

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Marion Halsell - UM Resident

Marion HalsellMarion Halsell workMarion Halsell was born in Missoula, Montana as a sixth generation Montanan. She has recently graduated and received her BFA from the University of Montana and has studied at Penland School of Crafts, Archie Bray Foundation and will begin a Post Baccalaureate at the University of Montana in the Fall of 2016.

I enjoy how well-made pots can insinuate themselves into a space, enhancing personal experience and being an obvious part of a routine, without a need to be center stage. The presence of something hand made, cared for and beautiful can quietly amplify an experience in a gentle way. It is this type of calm, spatial experience I am looking to heighten with the pots I produce. I often, step back from the work I am making to ask myself if they would sit well in the kitchen of a cabin by a lake, if the answer is yes, I keep moving forward.

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Sarah McNutt - Community Resident (July/August)

Sarah McNuttSarah McNutt workSarah McNutt received a Dual Degree Bachelors of Science in Ceramic Design and Art Education from Buffalo State College, State University of NY. In 2015 she received her MFA from Kansas State University. She is currently an arts educator for the STREAM program in Solana Beach, CA.

As individuals we endeavor to assert our uniqueness, but in the same breath ask if our experiences are shared by others. The contact of two hands, the ritual mannerisms, the small indent of a hidden smile, I observe the subtle movements in life and through my work, ask you to do the same. Neuroticism defines the unspoken behaviors, the quiet actions of our private lives. They don't overtly intercede into our everyday, but they are a just as much a part of it. Performed, observed, yet unaddressed. The brevity and repetitiousness of these actions, laden with significance, is fascinating to me and through my choice of format and material I try to draw attention to the details we often overlook. I have great interest in studying behavior and in turn, make work that allows me to create a platform in which to observe, comment on, and engage others.

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