POTSKETCH 2011
Online bidding now open!

POTSKETCH Gala is on April 23- click below to learn more!

| How Potsketch Works | Come to the Final Silent Auction Gala! | Potsketch History |

Adrian Arleo

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

James Bailey

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Maryann Bonjorni

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Courtney Blazon

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Renée Brown

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Eva Champagne

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Pamela Caughey

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>


Meagan Chaney Gumpert

Florida
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Danny Crump

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Nancy Erickson

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>


Donna Flanery

Florida
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Jill Foote-Hutton

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>


Emily Free Wilson

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Stephanie Frostad

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Mo Gary

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Bev Beck Glueckert

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Stephen Glueckert

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

George Gogas

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Arthur Gonzalez

California
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Matt Hamon

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Hanna Hannan

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Lady Pajama

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

David Hiltner

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Linden How

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Sarahjess Hurt

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Rebecca Hutchinson

Massachusetts
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Susannah Israel

California
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Jonathan Kaplan

Colorado
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Alex Kraft

New Mexico
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Dyna Kuehnle

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Donna Loos

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Marilyn Lysohir

Idaho
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>


Sten Lykke Madsen

Denmark
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>


Clay Mahn

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Cathryn Mallory

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Kicki Masthem

Oregon
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Ron Meyers

Georgia
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Leslie Van Stavern Millar

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Priscilla Mouritzen

Denmark
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Karl Neuroth

Pennsylvania
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Richard Notkin

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Jill Oberman

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

ones

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Larry Phan

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Jazmine Raymond

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Alison Reintjes

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Brandon Reintjes

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Audrey Roselek

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Lauren Sandler

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Richard Shaw

California
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50.00
Place Bid >>

Karen McAlister Shimoda

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Gretel Stoudt

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Akio Takamori

Washington
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Patricia Thornton

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Tim Thornton

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Bobby Tilton

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Phoebe Toland

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Shalene Valenzuela

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Rimas Visgirda

Illinois
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Patti Warashina

Washington
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Kurt Weiser

Arizona
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Janet Whaley

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>

Kensuke Yamada

Montana
View Artist Bio >>

Starting Bid: $50
Place Bid >>


Live Auction

(if interested in placing a proxy bid, please contact us!)

>

image coming soon

Doug Baldwin

View Bio >>

Renee Brown

View Bio >>

Orville Chigbrow

View Bio >>

Orville Chigbrow

View Bio >>

image coming soon

Danny Crump

View Bio >>

Hannah Fisher

View Bio >>

Jill Foote-Hutton

View Bio >>

Julia Galloway

View Bio >>

Mo Gary

View Bio >>

image coming soon

Martha Grover

View Bio >>

Clare Ann Harff

View Bio >>

Sarah Jaeger

View Bio >>

image coming soon

Jayson Lawfer

View Bio >>

Beth Lo

View Bio >>

Trey Hill

View Bio >>

Phil Mahn

View Bio >>

George McCauley

View Bio >>

Richard Notkin

View Bio >>

image coming soon

Jill Oberman

View Bio >>

Larry Phan

View Bio >>

Alison Reintjes

View Bio >>

Audrey Roselek

View Bio >>

image coming soon

Lauren Sandler

View Bio >>

David Smith

View Bio >>

David Smith

View Bio >>

Shalene Valenzuela

View Bio >>

Tara Wilson

View Bio >>

Artist Bios

ADRIAN ARLEO

Adrian Arleo is a studio artist living in Lolo, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. in 1979) and received her MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her sculpture is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections. In 1991 and 1992, Adrian received 2nd place and recognition awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and in 1995, was awarded a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship. Most recently, her work has been featured in American Craft magazine, Dec.'06/Jan.'07, 500 Animals in Clay, and The Figure in Clay; Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists, published by Lark Books, and Ceramics; Art and Perception, magazine issue #62, 2005..

Back to artist's work.

JAMES BAILEY

James Bailey has presented recent lectures and workshops through Frogmans Press; Louisiana State University; Blanden Art Museum, Missoula Art Museum and the Mid-America Print Council. As an artist, he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. These exhibitions include: his solo shows “James Bailey: Works on Paper” New England College, NH; “Avatars & Axioms”, SUNY- Geneseo, NY; “The Pixel Bound”, Francis Marion University, SC. Additionally, he has shown in over 100 group exhibitions. His work can be found in the collections of Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Sioux City Art Center, Missoula Art Museum, and the West Virginia University among others. He is currently a professor in the School of Art at University of Montana.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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, and recently had a solo exhibition at the Dana Gallery. She was featured in the Western Edition of New American Paintings, released October 2007

Back to artist's work.

MARYANN BONJORNI

Mary Ann Bonjorni is a visual artist trained with a modernist sensibility. She has taught at The University of Montana in the School of Art since 1992. As a native westerner, Mary Ann’s second career is that of a summer range rider for 1,100 head of cattle. As both artist and ranch hand, her art includes studio work and site works in the Nevada Great Basin.

Back to artist's work.

RENÉE BROWN

Renée 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 was a resident artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula from 2008-2010, and is currently maintaining a professional studio practice in Missoula and is owner of Double Happiness, a local interior design operation.

Back to artist's work.

SUSAN CARLSON

Susan is a local painter with an avid interest in ceramics and horses.

Back to artist's work.

PAMELA CAUGHEY

Pamela Caughey grew up in Grafton, WI and earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA at the University of Montana, Missoula. She had a two-person exhibit with Karen Shimoda in 2010 as well as her thesis exhibit at the Gallery of Visual Art, Missoula. Caughey's aesthetic is strongly rooted in beauty and accomplished in the rich, subtle layers of her encaustic painting style. Her work is housed in the permanent collection of Montana Museum of Art and Culture.. She resides in Hamilton, MT.

Back to artist's work.

EVA CHAMPAGNE

Eva grew up in Hong Kong, one of the great cultural melting pots of the world. She has traveled, studied and made work in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and North and Central America. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and completed Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. In May 2009 she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula. Since then, she has been a resident artist at AIR Vallauris in France and the cook at a fishing lodge in Alaska, a long term resident at Red Lodge Clay Center, and is currently a long term resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She recently participated in the 6 week long Project Network symposium at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Her peripatetic existence continually offers her proof of what Emerson called, “the Unity of Cause, the variety of appearance.”

Back to artist's work.

MEAGAN CHANEY-GUMPERT

Meagan received her BA in studio art with a concentration in sculpture from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She currently lives in Ocala, FL. In 2004, she was awarded an Artist Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Meagan has taught workshops on basic and advanced glass fusing techniques and mixed media sculpture at John C. Campbell Folk School (NC) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN). She was a summer artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula in July 2010. Meagan's sculptures are largely influenced by natural shapes and patterns, and she uses contrasting materials and surface textures to explore the relationships between form and color.

Back to artist's work.

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 .

Back to artist's work.

DANNY CRUMP

Danny Crump just completed a two-year residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. Along with firing a lot wood kilns he participated in many national group shows and two solo exhibitions in Missoula featuring both
functional and sculptural ceramic artwork.

He holds a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Utah State University, and studied porcelain at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. He was a studio assistant at Peter's Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey, and has completed residencies in Montana, Utah, and New Zealand. Currently Danny is going back to China to start a five-month residency at the Da Wang Culture Highland, outside of Shenzhen city.

Back to artist's work

NANCY ERICKSON

Nancy Erickson was born in the Midwest and raised on a cattle ranch in Livingston, MT. She holds a BA in Zoology and an MS in Nutrition from the University of Iowa, and an MA and MFA from the University of Montana. Her drawings and quilted works have appeared in over 500 exhibitions nationally, most recently in a fiber work invitational in Raleigh, NC and the Museum of Art & Design in NY. Erickson's works reside in nineteen public and several private collections. She is a full-time studio artist in Missoula.

Back to artist's work.

HANNAH FISHER

Originally from Western New York, Hannah Fisher finds herself in love with the Rocky Mountain ridgelines and big skies of Montana. Her past residencies include The LH Project (Joseph, OR), The Clay Studio of Missoula, and Guldagergaard - International Ceramic Research Center in Skælskør, Denmark.

Fisher received her BFA from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, OR. After four years as Executive Director of The Clay Studio of Missoula, she moved on to devote more time to her own artistic pursuits.

Using high fired porcelain and knit copper wire forms Fisher's current work is abstractly inspired by agricultural tools, natural formations and patterns. Fisher has exhibited around the country and her work is included in both public and private collections around the world.

Back to artist's work.

DONNA FLANERY

Donna currently lives in Gainesville, FL where she is pursuing an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Florida. She was a resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula last summer. She received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2005 and has done residencies at the Northern Clay Center (MN), the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), and the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. Her big plans for the future are to return to Missoula.

Back to artist's work.

JILL FOOTE-HUTTON

Jill Foote-Hutton became the Red Lodge Clay Center Gallery Coordinator last year, having just concluded her sixth year as Gallery Director and Anonymal Chair of Art at East Central College. Jill received her BFA in Sculpture from Webster University, St. Louis in 1994 and her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Mississippi, Oxford in 2003. An admitted ceramic nerd with an egalitarian perspective on the evolution of contemporary A-R-T, she is, “excited to be present in a time and location where traditional techniques and methods come together with contemporary ideals to create a new creature, more wholly reflective of our world.”

Back to artist's work.

EMILY FREE WILSON

Originally from Roseburg, Oregon, Emily earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin in 2001. The summer of 2002 took her to the Archie Bray Foundation where she is now the Gallery Director. The past five years Emily has explored different forms while challenging herself to constantly find new patterns and colors within the theme of dots that dance across the clay. Emily creates her ceramic art at her home studio in Helena, Montana. Her ceramics are a part of many private collections and can be found in Montana at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, ARTfusion in BigFork, the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at the Redlodge Clay Center in Redlodge, MT. In 2007 Emily was awarded a grant from the Myrna Loy Center and the Montana Arts Council, and was a featured emerging artist in the May 2007 Ceramics Monthly.

Back to artist's work.

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 throughout the United States and Canada, China, Italy and New Zealand. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the University of Washington Medical Center, the University of Victoria B.C., the Montana Museum of Art & Culture and the Missoula Art Museum. Frostad received a Montana Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship in 1994. Born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington, Frostad now lives and works in Missoula.

Back to artist's work.

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. In 2009 she moved to Missoula where she is a Professor of Ceramics and Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

BEV BECK GLUECKERT

Bev Beck Glueckert is a working artist and an educator in Missoula, MT. She holds a BA in Art from the University of Idaho, and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Montana. She has been teaching classes and workshops for adults and children for 20 years. Bev is adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at the University of Montana and is a member of the Montana Artists Caravan and the SALTMINE artists group. She is currently showing in a retrospective of past residents at the UCROSS Foundation Gallery.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

GEORGE GOGAS

George Gogas is a painter currently residing in Missoula, MT. He received a BA at the University of Montana in 1951 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1955. His work is featured in numerous collections, including the Seattle Art Museum, the University of Montana, the Missoula Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, the Holter Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Booth western Art Museum and 1st Interstate Bank.

Back to artist's work.

ARTHUR GONZALEZ

Arthur Gonzalez is an internationally exhibiting artist with over thirty-five one-person shows in the last twenty-five years, including seven in Manhattan, New York. He has received many awards including the Virginia Groot Foundation twice and is an unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship within a ten-year period. He is a Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) where he was chair of the ceramics program from 1995-2006. Gonzalez has been an artist-in-residence in many places including University of Georgia, Athens, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Penland School of Craft, North Carolina, University of Akron in Ohio, Tainan National University in Taiwan, and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.

Back to artist's work.

MARTHA GROVER

Martha Grover received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and has spent time as a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the 2008 recipient of the Bray's Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship and most recently has been awarded the Bray Taunt Fellowship for 2009–2010. Her thrown and altered porcelain forms emulate orchids, flowing dresses and the body, the work has a sense of both familiarity and preciousness.

Back to artist's work.

MATT HAMON

Matt Hamon hails from a small, remote town in Northern California.  A sense of place informed by wandering the woods as a child inspires his enquiry.  Self-described as 'post-rural', Matt's creative endeavors take many forms, as he is un-prejudiced in his choice of media, embracing anything from drawing and painting to photography and video.  His work can involve a single medium or a combination of several disparate techniques.  The technique that is adopted simply needs to be the best method to represent a particular idea.  Matt is a featured artist in Scott Ligon's forthcoming book from Watson-Guptil/Random House, "Digital Art Revolution" and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Montana

Back to artist's work.

HANNA HANNAN

Founder of the Zootown Arts Community Center in 2008, and currently the Arts and Programming Director, Hanna lives, works, exhibits, and plays in Missoula. She is intrigued by transitory and out of the ordinary experiences that make life both significant and exciting. She has lived in the valley for eleven years and works as both an artist and educator for students and teachers in the valley. She spends her time working alongside various arts organizations in the Western Montana area. In 2010, She received the YWCA Salute to Women Award (Rising Star) for her work in the Missoula Community. Hanna is inspired by her golden retriever Hobbes.

Back to artist's work.

CLARE ANN HARFF

Clare Ann is one of the founding members of the Clay Studio of Missoula. Currently, she is an full time potter living in Corvalis, MT.

Back to artist's work.

TREY HILL

Trey Hill is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Montana. In addition to teaching, Trey has traveled and worked at many different residencies, including two years as a Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT and the LH Project in Joseph, OR. His international experienced includes time spent in Latvia building a public commission and also China, where he build work at the Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping.

Back to artist's work.

DAVID HILTNER

In the summer of 2005 David, Maggy and their daughter Sophie, moved to Red Lodge, Montana to establish the Red Lodge Clay Center. Prior to moving to Red Lodge David was an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Before joining the faculty at Wichita State University in 1999, he taught at Syracuse University, Northwest College, and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

David received his B.F.A. in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 1993 and completed his M.F.A at Syracuse University in 1997.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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

Back to artist's work.

SUSANNAH ISRAEL

Born in New York, Susannah Israel has a gritty yet passionate view of humanity, drawn from city life. Humor, love and struggle are always part of the message. Israel's expressive work is widely exhibited, appearing in catalogs and collections around the world. Career distinctions include the prestigious Fletcher Challenge Premier Award, a Virginia Groot Foundation Award, an MFA in Ceramics at SF State University, residencies at the Archie Bray, Mission Clay and the Doelger Art Center, and writing on contemporary clay artists. Israel has given many workshops, and worked in factory sites in California and Kansas, sculpting massive industrial clay pipe. At home in Oakland, California, she works in her studio at Vulcan and teaches college courses in art. Susannah was awarded the Jentel Critic at the Bray residency for 2011.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

JONATHAN KAPLAN

Jonathan received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Sothern Illinois University, Edwardsville. His formative years were spent as a production potter in Pennsylvania supplying a host of retail outlets with functional stoneware. Feeling restless and the need to be in the mountains, Jonathan moved to Telluride, CO and lived a large life skiing and mountain biking. Continuing this life in Steamboat Springs, the cathartic moment was making ceramics as a designer and a manufacturer with his company, Ceramic Design Group. Working with clients in diverse industry sectors, he brought domestic ceramic manufacturing back to the United States. During this time, he started the ceramics program at Colorado Mountain College and developed it into a major educational resource for both the college and the Steamboat Springs community. After 18 years of living in the Colorado high country, Jonathan closed Ceramic Design Group and moved to Denver to focus on his fine arts career. Jonathan also curates Plinth Gallery, the only venue in Denver specializing in contemporary ceramics.   

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

DYNA KUEHNLE

Dyna Kuehnle is a sculptor and installation artist currently living and working in Hot Springs, Montana. A longtime Missoula resident, she received an MFA from the University of Montana in 1997 and has shown regionally and nationally. She was the recipient of a Percent-for-Art grant and has completed several large commissions. Because she normally works with cast bronze, large found objects, and mixed mediums, Dyna is always relieved and delighted to make a small work on paper for Potsketch. "Contain", with waxed fabric, lichen,bronze powder, and pigment, was inspired by a recent spring day.

Back to artist's work.

LADYPAJAMA

Ladypajama is an artist, writer, lover of life. She is a self taught artist who believes that the act of creating is more important than the products produced from creating. Using art to grow, emote, and meditate are essential in her life. Ladypajama publishes a monthly zine that she sends out via the mail. She likes to think of this zine as a memoir in real time. She is also an avid journaler. And is constantly making art. When asked what kind of art she makes she usually responds, "flat art." She mostly works in two dimensional art. Mixing paint, pencils, pens, and collage materials, she often builds scenes with awkward looking people and mutated animals. Always interesting and always changing ladypajama's art hopes to inspire and interest all who view it.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

BETH LO

Beth Lo was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to parents who had recently immigrated from China. She studied Art under Rudy Autio and assumed his job as Professor of Ceramics when he retired in 1985. She has exhibited her work internationally, and has received numerous awards including The University of Montana Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant in 1994, the Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1989, and an American Craft Museum Design Award in 1986.  Beth was selected as one of the 2009 USA Fellows for United States Artists, a four-year-old organization, which includes supporters such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Prudential Foundation, and the Rasmuson Foundation.

Back to artist's work.

DONNA LOOS

Loos was born in Wyoming, one of eight children of a homesteader mother and Metis father. She began teaching art in the Billings Public Schools system in the early 1960s while simultaneously carving out a reputation as a prolific and exhibiting artist. In addition to these accomplishments, Loos has held state-level positions in the Montana Art Educators Association, The Montana Institute of the Arts, and the Montana Institute of the Arts Foundation.

Back to artist's work.

MARILYN LYSOHIR

Lysohir lives and works in Moscow, ID, and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Washington State University and is co-owner of Cowgirl Chocolates. She has exhibited throughout the United States and has been an Artist in Residence and Visiting Artist at the Kohler Foundation, Kansas City Art Institute, and Kent State University. She received her BA at Ohio Northern University, studied at the Centro Internazionale Di Studi in Verona Italy (1970-71) and received her MFA at Washington State University.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

CLAY MAHN

Clay Mahn is an undergraduate at The University of Montana’s School of Fine and Performing Arts. He is a native of Missoula and enjoys art, history, music, and being able to share a studio space with his father. He recently held a solo exhibition at the Zootown Arts Community Center and plans to graduate next spring with his BFA in painting.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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. Her solo exhibition Levitate/Gravitate, is currently on display at the Missoula Art Museum.

Back to artist's work.

KICKI MASTHEM

Kicki Masthem is a sculptural clay artist who works out of her studio in Portland, Oregon. She has received awards such as the "Individual Artist Fellowship" from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (1999), "Halvorsen Residency" at Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery (2001) and "Artist in Residence" at Watershed Ceramic Center for the Arts, ME (2004). Her work is featured in "500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form", Lark Press (2004) and "Image Transfer" by Paul Andrew Wandless (2006). Kicki's clay figures explore gesture as a means of expression where everyday actions inform her work.

Back to artist's work.

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. His work has been featured in several books and periodicals. 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.

Back to artist's work.

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 University 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. His work is featured in many museums and private collections in the country. Ron was a 2007 recipient of the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award and a 2008 recipient of the Regis Masters Series Honors by the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. The Regis Masters Series honors senior artists that have had a major impact on the development of the 20th and 21st century ceramics in the United States.

Back to artist's work.

LESLIE VAN STAVERN MILLAR

Leslie is a resident of Missoula and Arlee, Montana.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Studio Art and Biology, she has been painting in gouache on paper for 30 years.  These paintings reflect Leslie’s early exposure to Persian miniature painting.

Her Potsketch - #38 - Thoughts of Libya - is the most recent painting in Twenty-seven Amphora a series of gouache paintings. The large clay storage amphorae Leslie saw as a child at the Palace of Delos on Crete in 1958 inspired her to begin working with 2D images of ceramic vessel forms in 1997. 

Back to artist's work.

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, and maintains a studio north of
Copenhagen. Pricilla''s work has been shown at the Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa, Mexico, 20 +1 Tozan Kilns, Arizona Presenters Exhibition, and The Clay Studio of Missoula, where she had a solo exhibition in 2006. Most of Priscilla’s work is pinched in porcelain clay and woodfired. The scale is intimate, as demanded by the pinching process.The works show a use of pattern that echoes memories of her childhood in Africa.

Back to artist's work.

KARL NEUROTH

Bio coming soon!

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

JILL OBERMAN

Jill Oberman is currently the Executive Director of the Clay Studio of Missoula. She has worked as the Programs and Administration Director at the Archie Bray Foundation, and the studio manager of the ceramics program at the Anderson Ranch. Jill earned her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts and her BA from Hamilton College. She has completed numerous artist residencies, notably at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. While in her studio Jill focuses on creating minimal, architectural ceramic sculptures that have been widely exhibited throughout the United States, as well as sharing her passion of ceramics through conversation with anyone and everyone who will listen.

Back to artist's work.

ONES

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

Back to artist's work.

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 a resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Back to artist's work.

JAZMINE RAYMOND

Jazmine has been an intern at The Clay Studio for two years, and is now the 2011 VISTA. She has a BFA in Visual Art from Bennington College but her heart and native home is in Missoula. She loves kittens and making things.

Back to artist's work.

ALISON REINTJES

Alison Reintjes recently began a residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula where she is developing a new body of wall-based installations. She returned to Montana in 2009 with her husband and twin children after three years in Ohio and Kentucky, where she worked as an instructor for the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft. She first moved to Montana in 2001 for a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena and has completed additional residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, and Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts in Portland, AKAR Gallery in Iowa City, Museu de Ceramica de l'Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center in Tempe, and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, among others.

Back to artist's work.

BRANDON REINTJES

Brandon Reintjes is the Curator of Art at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. He has previously worked at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio, and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana.  He received his undergraduate degree in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MA in curatorial and critical studies from the University of Louisville.  He has published articles and criticism in the Surface Design Association Journal, The Resource Library Magazine, Black Robin Press, Drumlummon Views, the National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Journal and Edible Missoula.  He has upcoming exhibitions at A&E Architects, Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek, and the Brink.

Back to artist's work.

AUDREY ROSELEK

Audrey Rosulek was born and raised in the state of Montana. She received a BFA from the University of Montana in 2002. Audrey's functional ceramic work has been featured in juried exhibitions throughout the nation. She was awarded first place in The National Cup Show at Barrett Clay Works in 2010, and was selected to participate in the Beyond the Brickyard juried exhibition at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2011. Audrey currently resides in Lolo, MT with her husband and son.

Back to artist's work.

LAUREN SANDLER

In creating work, Lauren finds herself "drawn to the space where the visceral and structural meet, to objects with an obscure line between body and architecture. In the interstice between the two exists the opportunity to symbolically explore paradoxical states of the prodigious and intimate; the monumental and vulnerable; the absolute and the fallible."

Lauren received undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Ceramics and an MFA in ceramics from Penn State University. She is currently in the second year of her residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

RICHARD SHAW

In the world of contemporary ceramics, Richard Shaw is the master of trompe-l’oeil sculpture. He has developed an astonishing array of techniques, including perfectly cast porcelain objects and overglaze transfer decals. By combining the commonplace with the whimsical, the humorous with the mundane, Shaw captures the poetic and the surreal with the sensibility of a comedian.

Shaw is one of the most respected and collected artists in contemporary ceramics. He came out of the San Francisco Bay Area art scene in the late 1960's and he continues to add to his skills and appropriate from mass culture. He has developed a vocabulary of found objects that form intimate still life sculptures, complex figures, and personally referential assemblages. He brings life to the detritus of the studio, as a cartoonist animates the page. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of California at Berkeley.

Back to artist's work.

DAVID SMITH

David Smith is originally from Spokane, and received his B.A. in English Literature from Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA), and his M.F.A. in Ceramics from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA). He currently teaches Ceramics and Design at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northwest, New England, and the South. He enjoys the outdoors, puppies, hurricane parties, and ceramic foolishness. He is relieved to find delicious crawfish here in Montana.

Back to artist's work.

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. Her work has been featured in many local exhibitions, including the Missoula Art Museum Auction.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

TIM THORNTON

Tim Thornton, born in California, currently resides in Bozeman, and has exhibited work at both the Catalyst and the Ceretana. One of his works was featured in the Missoula Art Museum's annual auction.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

PHOEBE TOLAND

Toland was born in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (1975) and an MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana (1983). She has received numerous awards, including the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship (2005).  Her work is closely connected to architecture, responding to urban sprawl and rapid growth in cities-issues that are indicative of community dynamics as an expression of larger systems or networks.  Toland says "My work has always been closely connected to architecture. But structure goes beyond buildings and cities. It lies at the heart of all activity, and speaks about patterns and hierarchies within societies. Structures that may seem unique within a culture are often seen elsewhere with slight variations; the teepee circle in Wyoming and an ancient Celtic circle in England. The cultural similarities and differences that unite us as a people provide a link to our history and continue to inform and inspire my work."

Her art is in permanent collections at the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana; the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana; and private collections across the country. 

She has been featured in such exhibitions as the Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane, WA with Richard Notkin in 2008; the Printmaking Invitational, Turman Gallery, Helena, MT in 2006; and various exhibitions over the years throughout Montana, with several features in Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, California and Arizona. Toland has received awards such as the Artist's Innovation Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2005; the Meadowlark Foundation Education Grant in 2001; and the Purchase Award, Equinox at the Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT in 1999. Her solo exhibition High Impact, is currently on display at Missoula Art Museum.

Back to artist's work.

SHALENE VALENZUELA

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In June 2007, she moved from her longtime home of Oakland, CA to begin a two year residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She spent the 2009/10 academic year as visiting faculty at Oregon College of Art and Craft, and returned to Missoula last summer. She currently has a studio at the Brunswick Building and has taught classes in the School of Art at the University of Montana. She recently served as Interim Director at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and is now a member of the board of directors.

Shalene has participated in summer artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT) and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME). She has been a guest artist at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities and her work has been shown in several national exhibitions. She recently had a solo exhibition at the Plinth Gallery in Denver, CO and will have a solo exhibition this summer at Paris Gibson Square Museum in Great Falls, MT.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

PATTI 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.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

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.

Back to artist's work.

 

 

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 events@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! E-mail bids will be accepted through 5pm MDT, Thursday, April 21, 2011. Proxy bids may be accepted for Live Auction works as well.

Contact the office to make arrangements once you have decided the maximum you are willing to pay by calling (406) 543-0509 or emailing events@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or problems.

On April 23, 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 by the Discount Quartet 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 25, 2011. Those requesting shipment will have to make arrangements with the studio. It will be shipped via Fed Ex 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 1, and at the POTSKETCH Opening Reception through April 22.

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

Top of Page

FINAL SILENT AUCTION GALA

When: Saturday April 23, 2011 from 6-10pm
Where: Missoula Children’s Theater, 200 N. Adams Street.

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

It is best to order tickets in advance at The Clay Studio of Missoula, by phone (406.543.0509) or email events@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. You can also purchase tickets by filling out the form in the link below and mailing in your payment so we receive it by April 20. If the event is not sold out prior, you may purchase tickets the night of the event.

Tickets Prices:
Member prices are $40/person or $75/couple.
Non-members are $45/person or $85/couple.
Tables of eight available on request.
Contributing artists receive one non-transferrable complimentary ticket.
Click here for the form to purchase tickets by mail

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

Hope to see you there!

Top of Page

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.

Top of Page

COPYRIGHT © 2008, DAVID P. REESE & THE CLAY STUDIO OF MISSOULA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED