Potsketch 2010 -Online bidding closed!

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April 2, 2011

The Potsketch 2011 event will take place Saturday, April 23 at the Missoula Children's Theater- save the date!!!!

Below are the works from the 2010 event

 

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Susan Beiner

Arizona
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Final Bid: $50.00

Nick Bivins

Montana
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Cynthia Bringle

North Carolina
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Final Bid: $60.00

Courtney Blazon

Montana
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Final Bid: $150.00

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Renee Brown

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Eva Champagne

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph

Florida
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Victoria Christen

Oregon
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Final Bid: $50.00

Sam Chung

Arizona
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Tom Coleman

Nevada
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Final Bid: $90.00

Danny Crump

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Caitlin Finley

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Julia Galloway

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00

Stephanie Frostad

Montana
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Final Bid: $105.00

Mo Gary

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00

Bev Beck Glueckert

Montana
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Final Bid: $75.00

Stephen Glueckert

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00

Nina Hole

Denmark
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Final Bid: $60.00

Linden How

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Sarahjess Hurt

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Rebecca Hutchinson

Massachusetts
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Final Bid: $50.00

Jess Kane

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Hak Kyun Kim

Kansas
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Final Bid: $50.00

Alex Kraft

New Mexico
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Final Bid: $50.00

Heidi Kreitchet

Nevada
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Stephanie Lanter

Kansas
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Final Bid: $60.00

Jayson Lawfer

Illinois
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Final Bid: $50.00

Brenda Lichman

Texas
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Final Bid: $80.00

Sten Lykke Madsen

Denmark
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Clay Mahn

Montana
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Final Bid: $130.00

Cathryn Mallory

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Ron Meyers

Georgia
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Final Bid: $60.00

Priscilla Mouritzen

Denmark
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Final Bid: $70.00

ones - 714

Montana
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Final Bid: $65.00

Joseph Pesina

Montana
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Larry Phan

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Liz Quackenbush

Pennsylvania
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Kelly Garrett Rathbone

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00

Patti Sandberg

Maine
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Lauren Sandler

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Carin Sankus

New Jersey
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Starting Bid: $50.00
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Amy Santoferraro

Pennsylvania
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Starting Bid: $50.00

Karen McAlister Shimoda

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Kevin Snipes

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Gretel Stoudt

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Cathryn Sugg

Montana
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Akio Takamori

Washington
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Final Bid: $225.00

Patricia Thornton

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Tim Thornton

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Bobby Tilton

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Shalene Valenzuela

Montana/Oregon
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Final Bid: $60.00

Rimas Visgirda

Illinois
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Final Bid: $55.00

Patti Warashina

Washington
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Final Bid: $60.00

Rebecca Weed

Montana
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Final Bid: $160.00

Kurt Weiser

Arizona
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Final Bid: $160.00

Janet Whaley

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Kensuke Yamada

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00

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Doug Baldwin

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Renee Brown

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Orville Chigbrow

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Nick Bivins

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Danny Crump

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Hannah Fisher

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Julia Galloway

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Mo Gary

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Sarahjess Hurt

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Sarah Jaeger

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Beth Lo

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Warren MacKenzie

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Phil Mahn

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George McCauley

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Richard Notkin

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Joseph Pesina

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Larry Phan

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Lauren Sandler

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Kyla Strid

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Tara Wilson

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Gwendolyn Yoppolo

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Artist Bios

DOUG BALDWIN

Doug Baldwin received his BA (1961) and MA (1965) from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. From 1969 to 2004 he taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work has been exhibited internationally. Currently, Doug is a Studio Artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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SUSAN BEINER

Susan Beiner received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 1993 and her BFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1985. Currently, she teaches ceramics in the Herberger College School of Art at Arizona State University. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has received several awards and residencies. Beiner's ceramic work has been exhibited at The Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, Holter Museum of Art in Montana, Princessehof Keramiekmuseum in the Netherlands, Wustum Museum of Fine Art in Wisconsin, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, as well as at numerous galleries and universities around the country.

In addition, she was an artist in residence at the European Ceramics Workcentre in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands in 2007, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia from 2005-2006, the International Ceramic Center in Guldagergard, Skaelskor, Denmark in 2003, The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in 2002 and 2004, and with the Arts/Industry program in 1997. She has been published in several books including Sexpots by Paul Mathieu, The Ceramic Surface by Matthais Ostermann, The Artful Teapot by Garth Clark, Teapots Transformed by Leslie Ferrin and Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-2000 by Jo Lauria.

Her work is included in The Long Beach Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Yixing Ceramics Museum, China as well as other permanent and private collections.

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NICK BIVINS

Nicholas grew up in the Northern California Bay Area. While in high school he found two important methods of personal expression, art and athletics. In the fall of 1997 he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, and compete for the Huskies rowing team. While there, he also developed his love of clay and graduated in 2004 with a BFA in Ceramics and a BA in Inter-Disciplinary Visual Arts.

Following college, he continued to make pots as a special student at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. After a year and half in Anchorage, he left for graduate school at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He earned his MFA in 2009 and is currently a yearlong resident artist at Red Lodge Clay Center.

Nicholas makes highly functional, uniquely handmade, pottery for use anywhere, anytime. The reductive minimal aesthetic found in his work is abstracted from his experience in endurance athletics, where all extraneous elements are eliminated. The pieces are made using a process that begins in the woodshop, continues with plaster mold making, is made ceramic via slip casting, fired once to bisque in preparation for glazing, glazed using multiple layers and colors, fired a second time to glaze maturation at 2235 degrees Fahrenheit, decaled meticulously, fired a third time, and finally sanded and cleaned.

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COURTNEY BLAZON

Courtney Blazon is an artist from New Hampshire, and she currently lives in Missoula. She went to school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, where she received a diploma, and then to Parsons School of Design where she received a BFA in Illustration. Unlikely though it may seem, she felt that Missoula was an ideal location to begin the task of becoming a professional, working artist. She is currently doing freelance illustration for several magazines, doing commissions for personal and private use, and drawing to her own heart’s content. She has been featured in numerous exhibits in Missoula and beyond. She was featured in the Western Edition of New American Paintings, released October 2007

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CYNTHIA BRINGLE

Cynthia has worked as a full-time potter for over forty years. She received her BFA from the Memphis Academy of Art and her MFA from the NY State College of Ceramics in Alfred, NY. She has been living and working in Penland, NC since 1970. Her work is included in several private collections and museums and she has received numerous awards and honors.

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RENEE BROWN

Renee grew up in Conyers, Georgia, playing in a creek bed and catching crawfish. Clay has always been under her nails. In 2002, she left her design career to pursue clay full time. In 2007, she received her MFA from the University of North Texas, and has since completed several residencies in Montana. She is currently a resident artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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EVA CHAMPAGNE

Eva grew up in Hong Kong, one of the great melting pots of the world. Since childhood, her life has been a peripatetic one, taking her throughout Asia and on to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and North & Central America. She received her BA from Humboldt State University and completed Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. In May 2009 she earned her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana-Missoula. Since then, she has been a resident artist at A.I.R Vallauris in France and the cook of a fishing lodge in Alaska before at last arriving at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana for a one-year residency. Her journey thus far has convinced her that commonality far outweighs apparent differences in the world, and exploration of this idea is an ongoing inspiration for her work.

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CHEYENNE CHAPMAN RUDOLPH

Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph grew up in Paris, Tennessee- ‘Home of the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry.’ Paris is in the eastern part of the state, full of rolling hills, lush farmland and Kentucky Lake, where her family spent every summer camping, water-skiing and riding four-wheelers. She was raised on her “Mema’s” cornbread and white beans, and she grew to appreciate time spent in the kitchen, creating special dishes that became family, and even community, favorites. As the first in her family to graduate from college, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Art in 2004 from Murray State University in western Kentucky. In 2005, she married and moved to Bradenton, Florida where she maintains a pottery studio with her husband and teaches elementary and middle school art at a private Montessori school. She exhibits nationally and sells work through several galleries. Her pottery is informed by the relationships formed through food and the value of tradition taught to her by her Mema, who still makes cornbread and white beans.

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ORVILLE CHIGBROW

As a resident alien living in eight different countries over the last twenty years Orville is intimately familiar with being inside and outside of a culture. He decided to settle in one place for a while so he returned to Montana in 2000 to study ceramics as an undergraduate student. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2006. He occasionally teaches Ceramics at the University of Montana, and occasionally produces clay objects that are both calming and complex. His inside/outside perspective is reflected in his work and in his teaching philosophy .

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VICTORIA CHRISTEN

Victoria Christen lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a full-time studio potter. She has been a resident artist at Guldagaard, the International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark and the Archie Bray Foundation, in Montana. She has given many workshops across the United States. Victoria has been the recipient of an NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award, two Minnesota Arts Board Grants, and a travel grant to Japan. She received her MFA from the University of Montana.

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SAM CHUNG

Sam Chung was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1970. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in 1997 and BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1988. He taught at Northern Michigan University from 1998-2007 and is currently teaching ceramics in the Herberger College School of Art at Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous collections.

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TOM COLEMAN

Tom Coleman has worked as a full-time studio potter for over forty years. He received his BFA from The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon in 1968. Along with his wife Elaine, Tom opened operated Coleman Clay Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1994 to 2001. Tom now works in his studio at home and does many workshops and shows each year. The desert has greatly influenced his work just as the Northwest did when living there.

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DANNY CRUMP

Danny Crump started making ceramic objects in 2000. In 2003 he studied with Susan Harris at Southern Utah University. During the summers at Southern Utah University, he apprenticed with artist Russell Wrankle in Toquerville, Utah. In 2006 he traveled to New Zealand to work with artist Richard Parker. After New Zealand, he transferred to Utah State University. Prior to graduating in 2009, Danny was a studio assistant at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey, traveled to China on a study abroad, and completed a short-term residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. Currently, Danny is the Woodfire Artist-in-Residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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CAITLIN FINLEY

Cait Finley currently lives in Missoula MT and is pursuing her Bachelors in Fine Arts at The University of Montana, Missoula. Her ceramic work deals with the repetition of human nature, and the beauty and insanity created from such actions.

The artist was awarded the Freeman Asia Fellowship Award for her studies at Thammasat University in Bangkok Thailand (spring 2008). She has shown at numerous local exhibitions receiving awards from Lela Autio, Future Corporations of America Award (December 2008), and Honorable Mention (December 2007). She received The Montana Museum Of Arts and Culture Purchase Award (October 2008), and The Mansfield Fund Scholarship (December 2008). The artist has also shown at the Archie Bray Foundation (Spring 2009), and has received a Presidential Fund Scholarship twice for travel to The National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (April 2009).

Cait will graduate in 2010 and looks forward to pursuing higher education. Until then she will continue to work in the community that she has had the great pleasure to call her own.

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HANNAH FISHER

Hannah Fisher has been the executive director of the Clay Studio of Missoula since 2006. Fisher attended a public art high school in New York. She also attended art school, at the Maine College of Art, and conservation school, at Unity College, both located in Maine. In 2004, she received her BFA from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, Oregon. Fisher’s work has been shown nationally.

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STEPHANIE J. FROSTAD

Stephanie J. Frostad studied at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, The Maryland Institute, College of Art (BFA 1990) and The University of Montana (MFA 1994). She has exhibited in Washington, Oregon, California, Maryland and Montana, and abroad in Canada, China, Italy and New Zealand. Born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington, Frostad now makes her home in Missoula.

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JULIA GALLOWAY

Julia Galloway was born and raised in New England. Her utilitarian pottery has been exhibited across the United States and Canada and she has demonstrated at the NCECA and the Utilitarian Clay Conferences. Her work can be found in the collations of The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, The Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and The Woodman Collection: The University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. She earned her undergraduate degree from New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University and Graduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. For nine years Galloway taught at the School for American Crafts at RIT and recently she moved to Missoula where she is a Professor of Ceramics and Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana.

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MO GARY

Gardening and art are her passions. Thirty years ago she started growing vegetables, making pottery and weaving baskets. Dirt, clay and plants consumed her as they kept her in the natural world. Mo has to have flowers with her always. Wood firing clay drives her wild. Mo’s work is diverse, organic, intricate and personal. She can’t keep her hands off of it. It speaks of growth and bloom.

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BEV BECK GLUECKERT

Bev Beck Glueckert lives and works in Missoula, MT. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Montana and the Western Region, as well as nationally. She has been an art instructor and workshop facilitator throughout the Montana arts community for over 17 years. Bev is an adjunct assistant professor in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana, as well as a teacher for The Flagship Project’s art program in the public schools. For eight years she was an art instructor and training facilitator for VSA Arts of Montana, working with a wide variety of individuals with disabilities. She also works as a trainer and therapeutic arts facilitator for survivors of traumatic brain injuries. She is a co-founder and past co-coordinator of Missoula’s Annual Festival of the Dead. She is also a member of the SALTMINE, an active group of Missoula artists, and The Montana Artists Caravan, which traveled in 1995 and is beginning a new series of projects. She holds a BA degree from the University of Idaho and a MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Montana.

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STEPHEN GLUECKERT

Stephen Glueckert was born in Missoula, Mt. He received his BFA from the University of Idaho and his Masters in Art Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He has taught art in Idaho, Washington, and Montana. He was a recipient of an Individual Artist's Fellowship in Montana and has conducted workshops in Australia and was Lecturer at UPNG in Papua New Guinea. He has been Curator at the Missoula Art Museum since 1992 and has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Montana in the Art Department. Since the 1970's his work as a visual artist has emphasized audience participation. He has participated in over 200 group and solo exhibitions in the region.

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NINA HOLE

Nina Hole, born in Denmark, trained at the Art and Craft School in Copenhagen and at Fredonia State University in New York. She is cofounder of the ceramic museum “Grimmerhus” and International Ceramic Centre Guldagergaard were she serves on the board of directors. Nina’s work links the American and Danish ceramic traditions. With its free expressive style, indicative of her years as a student in the US, her work represents a unique international current in the Danish ceramic tradition—a tradition firmly based on form and function. Nina calls herself a “clay architect”. In recent years she has become best known for her monumental fire sculptures.

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LINDEN HOW

Linden How likes thinking about the aesthetics of hazy memory and forgotten things. Her photographs are about this periphery of recollection, and how it relates to identity. She received her BFA in Photography at the University of Montana and now works at the Missoula Art Museum.

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SARAHJESS HURT

Sarahjess Hurt was born in Atlanta, and grew up in Canton, Georgia. She received her BFA from Georgia State University in 2008 and has also studied at Reinhardt College. She has exhibited at the Reinhardt Student Show as well as at the Soda Salon. Sarahjess has also been awarded the Georgia State Research Award as well as the Reinhardt ARC Association Award and Scholarship. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ceramics from the University of Montana. .

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REBECCA HUTCHINSON

Rebecca Hutchinson joined the Artisanry faculty at UMass Dartmouth as Assistant Professor of Ceramics in 2001. Her BA in Ceramics is from Berea College and she received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia. Rebecca Hutchinson was a New England Artist Award recipient, fellowship recipient from the Virginia Commission of the Arts, has been a NEA fellowship finalist for the Southern Arts Federation and previously was awarded grants from University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Kalamazoo College, Myrna Loy Art Center and the North Carolina Arts Council. Prior to coming to UMass Dartmouth, she held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Washington, Seattle, and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has also participated as Resident Artist at various art centers throughout North America including the Banff Centre for Fine Art, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, the Greenwich House Pottery, The Archie Bray Foundation and Vermont Studio Center

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SARAH JAEGER

Sarah Jaeger is a studio potter in Helena, Montana. She received a BA (in English literature) from Harvard and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1985 - 1987 and the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council. She was a United States Artists Target Fellow in 2006, and in the spring of 2007 she was one of the artists profiled in the PBS documentary Craft in America. She has taught at Pomona College, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has given workshops at schools and art centers nationally. Her work is in public and private collections and, most importantly, in many kitchens throughout the country.

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HAK KYUN KIM

Hak Kyun Kim completed his MFA studies in ceramics at the University of Montana in 2008. He received his MA and MFA at Seoul National University of Technology in Seoul, Korea. His work has been shown at The Gold Dust Gallery in Missoula, MT; the Carroll College Art Gallery in Helena, MT; the NTID Dyer Arts Center in Rochester, NY; and at Bularm Gallery in Seoul, Korea. He recently completed a residency at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas.

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JESS KANE

Ceramic artist Jess Kane studied ceramics at the University of Michigan, Northern Michigan University and The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She moved to Helena in 2006 to work at The Archie Bray Foundation. In 2008, Jess was the recipient of an artist grant from The Myrna Loy for her vegetable oil burning kiln design. She has spent much of the last two years building a home studio and growing with her daughter. Her current work plays with different types of memory; contrived, nostalgic, actual, biological, physical, and how the way we catalog our experience informs the future.

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ALEX KRAFT

Alex is a ceramic artist currently working in Roswell, New Mexico. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana in 2006, and since then, has been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the Clay Studio of Missoula, and Roswell Art Center West.

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HEIDI KREITCHET

In the summer of 1999, Kreitchet was accepted to Northern Arizona University’s art program. Under the direction of ceramic wizard, Don Bendel, and new arrival, Jason Hess, Kreitchet explored wood firing for the next five years. She was greatly influenced by Hess’s innovative approach to wood firing. She also credits the influence of Paula Rice, Ellen Tibbets, and Ted Adler who encouraged her to experiment in all areas of ceramics.

After graduation, Kreitchet was fortunate to assist renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz. During the two-year assistantship in Clarkdale, Arizona, working and living on “the ranch” was a challenging experience for Kreitchet--physically, mentally, and spiritually. By watching and absorbing Reitz’s skillful techniques with hand building, Kreitchet was inspired to push her own ideas with clay.

In 2006, Kreitchet joined the Masters of Fine Arts program at Utah State University under the guidance of John Neely and Dan Murphy. At USU, Kreitchet continued to pursue wood fire and her ceramic muse. She received her MFA in May of 2009.

Currently, Kreitchet is living in Las Vegas, NV, where she is assisting Amy Kline who is the owner of Pottery West and continuing her pursuits in wood-fired ceramics.

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STEPHANIE LANTER

Prior to beginning her residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center, Stephanie was a Visiting Artist and Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics for three years at Wichita State University in Kansas. In 2004, she was the first 'Jentel Critic at the Bray,' and also completed residencies at the Anderson Ranch and Mendocino Art Center. She received an MFA from Ohio University in Athens in 2002 and a BA from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1998. She has exhibited her ceramic, fiber, and mixed media sculpture nationally and published articles in journals such as Kerameiki Techni and Ceramics, Art and Perception.

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JAYSON LAWFER

Jayson Lawfer is the creator and director of The Nevica Project (www.theNEVICAproject.com). The Nevica Project is an online gallery and art consulting business. After graduating from the University of Montana, Jayson completed an artist residency at Guldagergard (2002) in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation (2004), A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France (2006), and Lillstreet Art Center (2007). His work has been featured in prestige American exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art ( Pennsylvania), Missoula Art Museum ( Montana), Cedar Rapids Museum of Art ( Iowa), and New Hampshire Institute of Art. His pottery has been selected for the Totally Teabowl exhibition in England, the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramic Award in Australia and The Salzbrand 2006 competition in Germany. The American Society of Ceramics awarded Jayson one of the "2005 Emerging Artists of the Year". From 2002-2006, he was the Executive Director of The Clay Studio of Missoula (USA), Gallery Director of its exhibition space and Resident Director of its artist-in-residence program. He was a brief Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois in 2007. During most of 2006, 2007, 2008, Jayson resided in Rome, Italy.

Jayson’s talents of being an artist and holding positions of directorship have granted him the opportunity to present lectures and lead workshops in Mexico, Italy and in the USA.

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BRENDA LICHMAN

Brenda Lichman is a studio potter located in Denton, Texas.  Brenda was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin and received her BFA-Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998.  She then moved to Denton, Texas in 1999 to attend graduate school at the University of North Texas where she received her MFA in Ceramics and a Minor in Drawing.  Since graduating in December of 2002, Brenda has been teaching Ceramics and Drawing at a number of the community colleges in the North Texas area, and working at Eastfield College in Mesquite as the Instructional Specialist/Lab Technician in Ceramics.  As of November of 2005 she was hired back at her graduate school as the Lab Technician for the University of North Texas Ceramic Department.  Brenda has exhibited her work regionally and nationally and continues to produce pots in her studio.

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BETH LO

Beth was born in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1949; she took her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Montana in 1974. Lo currently teaches at the University of Montana-Missoula. She has received numerous awards and grants for the development of her work during the nineties. Her work has been included in numerous invitational exhibitions since 1980, among them the “NCECA Cup Show” at SOFA Chicago Art Exhibition, Navy Pier, Chicago (1996); “Drawing on Clay” at the Baltimore Clay Works (1998), and “Ceramic Arts Millennium Invitational in Beijing, China (1999). She has had both gallery and museum solo shows, most recently at the J. Maddux Parker Gallery in Sacramento (1996) and the Gallery Two at Washington State University (1997). Lo showed at the Mia Gallery in Seattle until it closed in 1997. Lo’s ceramic work as been informed by her personal experiences as a child, parent, and Chinese-American. According to Lo, her work has become “more literal, narrative, and figurative” over the years. She works with both porcelain and “Sheetrock” depending on the scale and intention of the piece.

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WARREN MACKENZIE

American pioneer studio potter and teacher Warren MacKenzie went to Britain in 1949 to study pottery with Bernard Leach, who had a great influence on his philosophy towards ceramics, as did Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi’s Mingei philosophy. His traditional, wheel-thrown stoneware vessels are simply glazed and reduction-fired, following the oriental aesthetic. His wife Alix decorated his pots until she passed away in 1962. Warren MacKenzie taught at the University of Minnesota from 1952 and is now professor emeritus there. He continues to work at his studio in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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STEN LYKKE MADSEN

Sten Lykke Madsen was born in 1937 in Copenhagen, Denmark and was educated at The Danish School of Arts and Crafts, in Copenhagen from 1954-58. Madsen was employed by Kahler, Naestved in 1958. He also opened a workshop in 1959, was employed by Bing & Grondahl from 1962-86, and by Royal Copenhagen from 1986-2003.

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CLAY MAHN

Clay Mahn is a local artist from Missoula, Montana. Currently, he is a third-year student at the University of Montana in pursuit of his BFA with an emphasis in painting. His paintings have been included in numerous juried shows and displayed at locations such as the Missoula Art Museum and the University of Montana’s Gallery of Visual Arts.

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PHIL MAHN

As a child, Phil was drawn to ceramics. He had a compulsion to analyze his parent’s collection from regional potters. Phil was fascinated by every throw mark, the interaction of the trim tool on the feet, and the occasional finger mark. He was captured by the thought that the potters’ movements were permanently captured in time. With the encouragement of some exceptional art teachers in the Great Falls Public Schools, Phil was able to pursue hand-built projects. In high school he was introduced to the wheel. It wasn’t too long before he had started to procure his own wheel, electric kiln, and studio materials (of which his parents allowed him to set up shop in the basement). During Phil’s senior year, Gallery 16 first accepted his work..

Secondary education in the arts was never considered due to an apparent lack of academic aptitude. However, a good trade was an option and it would surely pay the bills and allow him to pursue ceramics on the side. So, this was the path Phil set upon. To follow was the birth of his first son. At this time the studio in the basement was all but abandoned and his life’s pursuit shifted to a different kind of Clay, his son. Max, then Isaac, followed Clay.

Phil’s hands had not touched clay in over ten years when a group of UM ceramic art majors decided to open a local clay studio, which eventually became a non-profit group called the Clay Studio of Missoula. He donated his reduction kiln, but the group’s sights were set on the medium of vapor firing. Phil was inspired to sign up for a Soda class taught by the studio’s resident potter. In his progression of learning about soda firing, Phil was exposed to the age-old technique of firing with wood. He was inherently drawn to the process, results, and historical association of this type of firing. Phil’s current work is a reflection of the historical past, the discovery and adaptation of forms and surfaces, and the unrestrained interaction of stoneware and porcelain with the fire. He is hopeful that his work conveys an undemanding balance of humanity and earthly warmth that transcends the commercial and industrial processes. He is inherently grateful to the Clay Studio of Missoula for gathering in a lost sheep.

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CATHRYN MALLORY

Cathryn Mallory is currently a Professor and Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts for the School of Art at the University of Montana-Missoula. Originally from the Chicago area, she received her BFA in fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions on a regional and national level, and is featured in the permanent collections of the Missoula Art Museum; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, University of Montana-Missoula.

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GEORGE McCAULEY

George McCauley, a Greek/ American potter, has had 23 solo shows and has been included in 164 exhibitions. He has taught and conducted workshops internationally. He is the recipient of 3 National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesille, TN. Similarly, his pottery and sculpture are included in 47 international collections in 10 countries. He was the first non-Asian artist to be shown and included in the permanent collection of the Ajo Museum of Asian Art in Seoul, South Korea. Among the books and periodicals to feature his work are: Teapots, 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, The Best of Pottery (editions 1 and 2), Contemporary Ceramics, Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly, The Chinese Potter’s Newsletter, Ceramics Monthly of Korea, Ceramics: Art and Perception, and The International Teapot Exhibition in Shanghai. Additionally his work has been included in film, television, radio and most notably the National Endowment for the Arts film, The Big Bang. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, horse trainer, fulltime cowboy, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter. In 2007 he was invited to participate in the International Lucky Pig Teapot Exhibition in Zhugiagiao, China where he was the guest of the Government, he also received a grant from the Jerry Metcalf Foundation for his film project about Archie C. Bray Jr.

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RON MEYERS

Ron Meyers is an emeritus professor of the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia where he taught for over 20 years. He received his BS and MS degrees in art education from the State College at Buffalo, New York and received his MFA degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY in 1967. He presently resides in Athens, Georgia where he maintains his studio. He exhibits his work in many national gallery and museum exhibitions and also presents numerous workshops and lectures throughout the United States.

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PRISCILLA MOURITZEN

Priscilla was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied at the School of Art, Durban, South Africa. In 1979 she moved to Denmark where she serves on the board of directors for Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center. Pricilla’s recent shows include Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa, Mexico, 20 +1 Tozan Kilns, Arizona Presenters Exhibition, and The Clay Studio of Missoula, a solo exhibition in 2006

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RICHARD NOTKIN

Richard Notkin is a full-time studio artist who lives and works in Helena, Montana. He received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, and an MFA from UC Davis in 1973. His series of Yixing inspired teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the LA County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan. He has held visiting artist positions and conducted over 250 workshops throughout the world. Richard has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

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ONES - 714

A hairy man on a quest to spread the knowledge of Foot Leg Toe .

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JOSEPH PESINA

Joseph was born and raised in Door County, Wisconsin. It was as a young man in secondary school that Joseph became interested in the art of ceramics. Joseph began his career in earnest in 1999 when he fulfilled an apprenticeship with Brian Fitzgerald, later he would also apprentice with artists Abe Coehn, and Larry Thorson. Joseph was an artist in residence for the Peninsula Art School for three years, teaching ceramics, giving workshops and working on his art from 2000-2003. Joseph became an associate potter at Gills Rock Stoneware in Door County before re-locating to Whitefish, Montana. In Whitefish, he had the opportunity to perfect his craft through working as the production potter at Whitefish Pottery. Joseph is currently fulfilling a nine-month residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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LARRY PHAN

Larry was raised in the desert of the southwest. He received his BFA from Northern Arizona University, where he mainly focused on atmospheric utilitarian wares. Larry’s passion for cooking and sharing food with others has influenced the direction of his work. His goal in making utilitarian pottery is for each piece to have a connection to the user in a way that enriches their experience. Larry is currently serving a yearlong residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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LIZ QUACKENBUSH

Liz Quackenbush received her BFA from the University of Colorado and her MFA from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has exhibited extensively: the George Gardener Museum of Ceramic Arts , Toronto; the Renwick Museum ,D.C.; The Aberysthwyth Art Center in Wales, UK; John Elder Gallery NY; Works Gallery, PA; Materia, AZ; to name just a few. Liz’s work is included in permanent collections including the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Arizona State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the George Gardener Museum of Ceramic Arts, NECEA Permanent Collection, the Archie Bray foundation, Islip Art Museum and others. Residencies include the Archie Bray Foundation, the John Michael Kohler Arts foundation, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Chataugua, and the Abeysthwyth Arts Center. She has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Ohio State University, Columbus, Portland School of Art, Haystack, Penland, Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont and done many additional workshops nationally and internationally. Liz was awarded the PCA fellowship for Individual Artist in 2005.

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KELLY GARRETT RATHBONE

Kelly Garret Rathbone was born in Singapore to American parents. She grew up living all over the world and now calls Texas home. Kelly has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and The Florence Academy of Art in Itlay. She was the 2008 Howard Kottler Scholarship recipient for a winter residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine and most recently is the 2009–2010 Bray Matsutani Fellow. Her work bridges processes in both ceramics and glass.

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PATTI SANDBERG

Patti Sandberg lives in Portland, Maine, where she has a great collection of cats and is really tolerant of the hornets that live outside her porch. When Patti is not in the studio producing ceramic figures and animals you can find her drawing her deceased frog Rufus. She is a graduate of The Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine. She has also completed residencies at Watershed Ceramic Center, and The Archie Bray Foundation.

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LAUREN SANDLER

Lauren’s work explores the metaphoric malleability of clay through both sculptural and functional ceramics. She has undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Ceramics and an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University. Lauren is currently serving a yearlong residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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CARIN SANKUS

Carin Sankus received her BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in May of 2007 with a concentration in wheel thrown functional ceramics. Her post-graduate activities include traveling throughout the United States and the Mediterranean. More recently, she has completed residencies at The Clay Studio of Missoula and at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey.

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AMY SANTOFERRARO

Amy Santoferraro is currently a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in Akron, Ohio, Amy earned her BAE (Art Education) and her BFA (Ceramics) from The Ohio State University in 2004. While at Ohio State, Amy was an apprentice and Undergraduate Research Scholar. Amy has been a Summer Resident and Studio Manger at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. She spent a year at Louisiana State University as a Special Student and employee of Southern Pottery Equipment and Supplies. Amy also spent a year as a Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Amy has taught hand building and mold making to children and adults in classroom and workshop settings. Amy’s work is exhibited and housed in permanent and private collections nationally and internationally.

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KAREN McALISTER SHIMODA

As a child in Southern California, Karen spent most of her time living in imaginary rooms constructed from ordinary spaces; building landscaped houses out of shoeboxes and weeds; gazing at decorative Asian objects in her maternal grandfather’s living room, and touching them when no one was looking; wanting to read the classics on her paternal grandmother’s bookshelves, but being told she was too young; jumping off the garage roof into the ivy; and longing for snow at Christmas. These experiences, many decades and locations ago, shaped who she is, what she does, and where she lives today. These experiences also encouraged her to observe, question, challenge, listen, and the respond with what she creates.

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KEVIN SNIPES

Kevin Snipes exhibits nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2006. He completed his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994 and his MFA from the University of Florida in 2003.

Kevin’s artwork is a combination of atypical pottery forms and quirky figurative drawings. His pieces are influenced by an array of traditional and nontraditional art forms, including street art, architecture, contemporary painting, the avid love of art history and even children’s drawings. His work has an underlying sophistication, which is based in existentialist thought.

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GRETEL STOUDT

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Gretel is a local artist, primarily working with graphite, printmaking, and beeswax. She earned a BA in History from the University of Montana, and is inspired by folk, children’s art, and cultural history.

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KYLA STRID

Fishing, skiing, boating, and running up mountains were a part of Kyla’s childhood in Anchorage, Alaska. While studying engineering at Colorado School of Mines, Kyla was kick-started onto a new career path by a Monet painting. Transferring to the University of Alaska Anchorage for art, she graduated in 2007 with a BFA in ceramics. She continued on as a Post-Baccalaureate student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Last year she worked for Andy Brayman in Kansas City and as a summer resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Kyla is currently a long-term resident at Red Lodge Clay Center. Applying to grad schools to further her career in ceramics and skiing are on Kyla’s to do list this year.

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CATHRYN SUGG

Cathyrn grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada; spending her time either running through the prairie, in her father’s studio, or enduring a small town education.

At 16 she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, which led to her attendance at UNLV, where she earned her BFA. Upon graduating from The University of Montana, Missoula with her MFA, she will return to Glasgow, Montana where she has a husband, a studio, and a surplus of time and space waiting for her artistic disposal.

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AKIO TAKAMORI

Akio Takamori’s ceramic sculptures evoke an eerie sense of reality and presence. Often drawn from childhood memories of small-village life in Japan, his standing and sleeping figures depict ordinary people going about their day-to-day existence. Another body of Akio's work consists of ceramic vessels, often painted with erotic images.

Takamori was born in 1950 in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan. He studied art at Masashino Art College, Tokyo, before moving to the U.S. in 1974. He received a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and an MFA at Alfred University in New York in 1978. Since 1993 he has been a faculty member in the University of Washington School of Art.

Examples of Akio's work can be found in the Carnegie Institute Art Museum ( Pittsburgh), the Victoria & Albert Museum ( London), the Kansas City Art Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum, among others. In 2006, the Arizona State University Art Museum created a touring "mid-career survey" of Akio's work, Between Clouds of Memory. The exhibit was shown at the Tacoma Art Museum in 2006; the UW's Henry Art Gallery presented Akio Takamori: The Laughing Monks that same year.

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PATRICIA THORNTON

Art is the instrument through which Patricia’s ideas, life stories, and observations take form. She works with a wide range of two-dimensional media including, installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and photography depending on the needs of the piece. Her approach to making art is process based, experimental, and playful. While working and creating iconography Patricia confronts how things should be made, what she believes in and why. She enjoys scribbling, scratching, and erasing as well as allowing delicately rendered lines and shapes as they come. Patricia combines a personal inventory of imagery, images appropriated from past and present, and images from popular culture, with an innate sense of silliness, optimism, anger, confusion and/or guilt. Lastly, when making art pieces she is drawn to inexpensive, reusable materials for two reasons. One is her concern for the environment; and secondly, being resourceful and thrifty was a vital part of her upbringing, coming from a financially challenged family. Both are now deeply ingrained into her psyche.

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TIM THORNTON

Tim Thornton is a local artist who has exhibited work at both the Catalyst and the Ceretana.

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BOBBY TILTON

Bobby Tilton was born in Great Falls, Montana, and raised on a cattle and wheat ranch in the Little Belt Mountains. Her mother was a home economics and English major and her father was a fisheries biologist. She and her siblings were taught about ecology long before it became a popular concept. She lives with a Magpie named Lucy. Her interest in Art began with her ability to draw as a second grader and was honed over the years by many gifted and caring teachers. She began her career as a fulltime kindergarten teacher and taught Art K-12 for 9 years in the Missoula public schools. She has a Masters degree in Administration and an MFA in Sculpture. She is currently a full professor in the Art Department at the University of Montana.

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SHALENE VALENZUELA

Shalene Valenzuela received her BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts, and spent several years in Oakland making work at her studio at Cricket Engine Studio and Gallery, where she also served as gallery manager. In June 2007, she left Oakland to begin a two year residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula, where she learned the art of riding a bike in the snow. She is currently teaching at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland, OR for the 2009/10 academic year, and plans to return to Missoula at the end of the term.

Shalene has participated in summer artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT) and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME). She has taught classes and workshops at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula Art Museum, Richmond Art Center (CA), ASUC Studios at UC Berkeley, and CCA Extended Education. Additionally, she has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally, and has been featured in several publications.

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RIMAS T. VISGIRDA

Born Kaunas, Lithuania; U.S.A. Citizenship: Naturalization Certificate No. A-441216. Rimas began his academic career in science with a degree in physics. He went on to complete his M.F.A. in ceramics and sculpture at Washington State University. He has exhibited and lectured internationally and has been pictured in many books and periodicals on ceramics.

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PATTY WARASHINA

Ceramic sculptor, Patti Warashina, was born in Spokane, Washington in l940, as Masae Patricia Warashina. Her father, who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan, married her Mother, a second-generation Japanese American woman. Patti Warashina was the youngest of three children. She went to college in Seattle and received her Bachelor 's and later her Master's of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in l964. While in college, she studied with sculptors, Robert Sperry, Harold Myers, Rudy Autio, Shoji and Shinsaku Hamada, and Ruth Penington. Her first solo exhibition was in l962 at the Phoenix Art Gallery. Warashina later married fellow student Fred Bauer, and from l964 to l970 exhibited as Patti Bauer.

Early influences in Warashina's art include California Funk, Surrealism, and experimental West Coast ceramic sculpture from the 50's and 60's. Her work is best known for satire, humor, and dream state figures, expressed through low fire polychrome ceramic material. Together with fellow artists, Robert Sperry, Howard Kottler and Fred Bauer, she brought national recognition to the department of ceramics at the University of Washington's School of Art in the late l970's.

Patti Warashina has received several awards for achievements. She received the Twining Humber Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002, granted by Seattle's Artist Trust, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences in 2003. She received the Governor's Award of Special Commendation for the Arts in l980, in addition to grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both l975, and l986. In l978, Warashina was awarded through the World Craft Council Travel Grant, and Japan/U.S. Friendship Committee, and Ford Foundation to participate at the World Craft Conference in Kyoto, Japan, with travels in SE Asia. Warashina's teaching career spans over 30 years and includes positions at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville; Eastern Michigan University; Cornish Art Academy in Seattle; and at her alma mater where she has taught for over 25 years. Her work is featured in museum collections in both the U.S. and abroad, including the American Craft Museum in New York, the Seattle and Tacoma Art Museum; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Los Angeles County Art Museum; the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC.; the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth; Ichon World Ceramic Center in South Korea; and Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art. Since her marriage to Robert Sperry in l976, she has used Patti Warashina as her professional name. Patti Warashina currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She is represented by Howard House Contemporary Art in Seattle and Loveed Fine Arts Associates in New York City.

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REBECCA WEED

Rebecca Weed was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming. She received her BA from MSU-Billings in 2006. Currently she is a graduate student at the University of Montana who lives next to the best sledding hill in Missoula County with a trebuchet in her back yard.

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KURT WEISER

Kurt Weiser was born in 1950 in Lansing Michigan. He studied ceramics under Ken Fergusen at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1972-76 and then completed an MFA at the University of Michigan. In 1988, after a stint as Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, Weiser started teaching ceramics at Arizona State University, where he has held the position of Regents' Professor of Art since August 2000. His work has been acquired by many institutions around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of History in Taiwan, the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art and Institute of Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, the Carnegie Mellon University and others.

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JANET WHALEY

Born in Idaho and raised in Missoula, Janet Whaley started her art studies at the university of Montana in 1966. After a time, she switched gears and began a twenty-six year career in nursing. During this time, She continued her art studies and finished an MFA in Ceramics in 1996. She recently retired from nursing in order to devote herself to making art.

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TARA WILSON

Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MFA degree from the University of Florida. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference and was a presenter at the 2006 International Woodfire Conference in Flagstaff. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States; and her work has been exhibited internationally.

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KENSUKE YAMADA

Born in 1979 in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Kensuke recently received his MFA from the University of Montana-Missoula, and is now an Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. He received his BFA at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington.

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GWENDOLYN YOPPOLO

Gwendolyn received her MFA from Penn State University in 2006.  Since that time she has served as Assistant Professor of Art at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and also as a Studio Technician at Alfred University. She was the 2008 Archie Bray Myhre Scholar and most recently the 2010 Lincoln Fellow. While at Penn State she received two fellowship awards for her research using the scanning electron microscope and continues to work with this instrument to photograph the tiny landscapes of beach rubble, sugar cereals, plant seeds and insect parts. This photography work is visually stimulating and opens up thoughts about the scale of human life.  These thoughts infuse her imagination as she works with porcelain.

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HOW POTSKETCH WORKS:

Bid Online

You are able to bid online by clicking PLACE BID on this web page and filling out the required information. You will receive a Proxy number for your bids. Once you have registered to bid, click PLACE BID and your bid will be sent to our office e-mail address at info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org, an office attendant will then register your bid.

Proxy Bids: By using a proxy, The Clay Studio of Missoula can confidentially bid for you up to the maximum price you set. This way you don't have to keep an eye on your auction as it unfolds. Be assured that we will only use as much of your maximum bid as is necessary to maintain your position as high bidder. If your bid prevails, the final price might even be less than your maximum! Please feel free to call our office at (406) 543.0509 if you have any questions or problems. E-mail bids will be accepted through 5pm MDT, Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Contact Hannah Fisher (Executive Director) to make arrangements once you have decided the maximum you are willing to pay. Her direct line is (406) 543-0509 or info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org.

On April 17th The Clay Studio invites you to the POTSKETCH GALA where you are welcome to enjoy food by Paige Pitzer of Riversong Gourmet Organic Catering, libations, music and opportunity to bid on the ceramic works as well as place finial bids on your favorite POTSKETCHes.

PICK-UP OR DELIVERY OF ACQUISITIONS. For those unable to attend the closing celebration, artwork will be available for pickup or shipment after April 19th, 2010. Those requesting shipment will have to make arrangements with the studio. It will be shipped via postal services with insurance up to the selling value. The buyer will be responsible for shipping and handling.

Bid in Person

The minimum bid for all POTSKETCHES is $50 and increases in increments of $10. We use assigned proxy numbers to identify bidders. Bids can be made at The Clay Studio of Missoula beginning April 2, and at the POTSKETCH Opening Reception through April 15.

The Clay Studio is located at 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A
Our phone number is 406.543.0509

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FINAL SILENT AUCTION GALA

When: Saturday April 17, 2010 from 6:00-10pm
Where: Missoula Children’s Theater, 200 N. Adams Street.

The evening, catered by Riversong Gourmet Organic Catering, includes live music, beverages, great spirits and an opportunity to make final bids on POTSKETCHES and one-of-a-kind ceramic works.

It’s best to order tickets in advance at The Clay Studio of Missoula, by phone (406.543.0509) or email info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. You can also buy tickets the night of the event.

Tickets for non-members are $45/person or $80/couple.
Member prices are $40/person or $75/couple.
Tables available on request.
Contributing artists receive complimentary tickets.

* Most all of the artists used the 5”x5” piece of archival paper. Some of the artists used their own materials.

See you there!

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POTSKETCH history

In 2004, Jayson Lawfer (former Clay Studio Executive Director) designed and created POTSKETCH. It was conceived as a fundraiser to further develop and expand The Clay Studio of Missoulaís facilities. Jayson, Mike Kurz (Clay Studio Board President), and the rest of the Board of Directors wanted to incorporate local, national and international artists in a unique fundraiser. Because most artists draw, the idea to invite artists to take 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 hours to draw a pot or an image that has had an impact on them seemed novel. To facilitate this, The Clay Studio board and staff selected a group of artists and sent out packages including a 5"x5" piece of Italian paper, a pencil, and a return mailer and asked the artists to donate an original work. By including the materials with the invitation it was the Studios intention to make it easy for these artists, but they also encouraged them to manipulate the material and use any medium they were comfortable with including ink, paint, wax, etc. Well, the results were outstanding. Within a matter of days, the first drawings began arriving - Warren MacKenzie, then Akio Takamori, and the list of artists who participated kept going. The generosity and companionship from artists around the world was deeply felt. In its first fundraising year, The Clay Studio of Missoula was able to auction these drawings and raise $11,000. Now, in our sixth year, the artists' work has arrived with remarkable presence. This year's artists include past participants as well as many new submissions, and have arrived from America, Canada, Denmark and Germany.

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