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Jennifer Allen

Montana
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Jill Allen

Oregon
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Christina Antemann

Oregon
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Adrian Arleo

Montana
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Lela Autio

Montana
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Rudy Autio

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Doug Baldwin

Montana
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John Balistreri

Montana
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Courtney Blazon

Montana
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Renee Brown

Montana
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Eva Champagne

Montana
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Patrick Coughlin

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William Daley

Pennsylvania
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Sanam Emami

Colorado
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Will Farrington

Montana
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Hannah Fisher

Montana
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Donna Flanery

Montana
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Neil Forrest

Nova Scotia
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Josh Friedman

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Stephanie Frostad

Montana
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Erin Furimsky

Illinois
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Mo Gary

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Bev Glueckert

Montana
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Stephen Glueckert

Montana
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Arthur Gonzalez

New York
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Gerit Grimm

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Keith Hardin

Montana
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Shane Harris

Illinois
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Daniel Hoffman

Ohio
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Rebecca Hutchinson

Massachusetts
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Nina Hole

New York
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Lisa Jarrett

Montana
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Alex Kraft

Montana
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Dyna Kuehnle

Montana
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Mike Kurz

Montana
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James Lawton

New Hampshire
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Aimee Lewis

Montana
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Koi Neng Liew

Montana
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Tyler Lotz

Illinois
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Warren MacKenzie

Minnesota
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Clay Mahn

Montana
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Janet Mansfield

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Tammy Marinuzzi

Florida
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Kiki Masthem

Oregon
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Ryan Mitchell

Oregon
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Priscilla Mouritzen

Denmark
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Mardis Nenno

Montana
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Jennifer Reifsneider

Montana
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Brian Rochefort

Montana
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Kerri Rosenstein

Montana
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Patti Sandberg

Maine
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Carin Sankus

New Jersey
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Shayna Schapp

The Netherlands
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Richard Shaw

California
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Karen Shimoda

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Edgar Smith

Montana
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Patricia Thornton

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Bobby Tilton

Montana
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Maynard Tischler

Colorado
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Shalene Valenzuela

Montana
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Ken Vavrek

Pennsylvania
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Rimas Visgirda

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Jason Walker

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Mikey Walsh

Louisiana
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Michael Wanzenried

Montana
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Patti Warashina

Washington
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Thomas Weber

Germany
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Kurt Weiser

Arizona
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Janet Whaley

Montana
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Paula Winokur

Pennsylvania
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Betty Woodman

New York
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Kensuke Yamada

Montana
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Doug Baldwin

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Renee Brown

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Eva Champagne

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Orville Chigbrow

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Blair Clemo

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Josh Deweese

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Mo Gary

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Hak Kun Kim

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Jayson Lawfer

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Beth Lo & Kiahsuang Shen Lo

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Phil Mahn

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Sam Manno

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George McCauley

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Rick Pope

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Shalene Valenzuela

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Kensuke Yamada

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Artist Bios - Potsketch

JENNIFER ALLEN

Jennifer received her BFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002. In addition to a formal education, she worked full time as a studio assistant for Bliss Pottery from 1998 to 2002. For post baccalaureate study, Jennifer attended Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts from August 2002 until June 2003.

In the summer of 2003, she was awarded the Eric Myhre Scholarship and summer resident position at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. In 2006, Jennifer received her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University. Following graduate school, she was awarded the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship to return to the Archie Bray Foundation where she is a current resident artist. Jennifer's work is represented nationally including The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN and Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT.

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JILL ALLEN

Jill Allen received a BFA from the University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana, IL, and an MFA from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. Allen is currently an instructor and studio manager in the ceramics departments at the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland and has shown her work in many exhibitions across the country, including the South Carolina Triennial 2004 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, and the Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2006 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. Allen’s work has been featured in The Ceramic Glaze Handbook by Mark Burleson, as well as in Handbuilt Tableware by Kathy Triplett.

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CHRISTINA ANTEMANN

Christina received her BFA in painting and ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, sponsored by the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artist Grant, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in ME, and the Art/Industry Program at the John Michael Kohler Factory in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Christina is currently the artist coordinator for the LH Project, a new residency program for the ceramic arts in Joseph, Oregon.

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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.

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LELA AUTIO

Lela Autio is a Missoula artist whose life has been dedicated to making, teaching and exhibiting art. A retrospective of her work was shown at the Missoula Art Museum in 2002 and at the Holter Museum in Helena in 2003.

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RUDY AUTIO

Rudy Autio's long career in ceramics is international in scope. Born in Butte, Montana, Autio was the founding resident of the Archie Bray Foundation, along with lifetime friend Peter Voulkos. His work is in worldwide collections including Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Shigaraki Museum, Japan, and Taideteollisuusmuseo, Finland.

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DOUG BALDWIN

Doug Baldwin received his BA and MA from the University of Montana. His work has been featured in many exhibitions and publications. He is a retired professor from The Maryland Institute College of Art.

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JOHN BALISTRERI

John Balistreri is currently an associate professor of art and the head of the ceramic program at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Balistreri was born in 1962 and raised in Denver Colorado. He grew up in his parent’s greenhouses, where the family grew cut flowers - the source of his work ethic. In 1982 he received an Associate degree in business from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. He also built his ceramic studio on his parents property near Denver that same year. In 1983 Balistreri attended Alfred University and studied with Wayne Higby and Val Cushing. From 1984-86 Balistreri attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he received his BFA While at KCAI he studied with Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu and George Timock. From 1986-88 Balistreri worked with Kirk Mangus at Kent State University in Ohio where he received his MFA. During the summer of 1987 he returned to his studio in Denver and built a large Anagama wood burning kiln. After graduate school, Balistreri returned to the Denver studio and began to make large-scale work that was wood fired. During the period between 1988 and 1996 he worked as a studio artist and occasionally taught ceramics at the University of Denver and Front Range Community College. He also worked as a technician at the Robinson Brick Company. In 1996 Balistreri began his tenure at BGSU, a new era for his work.

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COURTNEY BLAZON

Courtney Blazon is an artist from New Hampshire, and 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 recently had a solo show in February 2008 at New West in Missoula and she was featured in the Western Edition of New American Paintings, released October 2007. Also, she has been participating in many group shows, and is preparing for a solo show in June 2008 at Tart Gallery in Bozeman, MT.

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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 Champagne lived on a small island in the Caribbean where her year-round activities included kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, running, lying around on the beach with her friends and dogs and enjoying incredible sunsets. After five years of this routine, she decided it was time for a change, so naturally she chose to move to Montana (sight unseen) and go to graduate school for ceramics. Now in her second year in The University of Montana's MFA program, and with two winters under her belt, she can state with confidence that it has indeed been a change.

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PATRICK COUGHLIN

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WILLIAM DALEY

Born 1925, in Hastings-on Hudson, NY. Lives in Elkins Park, PA. A veteran of World War II who spent time in a German prisoner-of-war cam, he attended the Massachusetts College of Art on the GI Bill (B.S. 1950) and Columbia University, Teachers College M.A. 1952). Taught ceramics, drawing and design at the University of The Arts, Philadelphia (1957-90), Which named him its first University Distinguished Professor (1989). National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1977); National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts Honorary Member (1983); American Craft Council Fellow (1988), trustee (1993-96). College Art Association, Distinguished Teaching of Art Award (1989); honorary doctorate, Maine College of Art (1989) and University of the Arts (1994). Regis Master, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis (1998). Traveling retrospective exhibition and catalog, Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia, Moore College of Art and design (1993).

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SANAM EMAMI

Sanam Emami received a B.A. in History from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from NYSCC at Alfred University. From 2003-2007, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at the School of Art & Design at Alfred University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Pottery at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. From 1998-2000, she was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana.

Artist lectures include Islamic Ceramic Traditions Symposium, at the Office for the Arts at Harvard in Massachusetts, the Kansas City Art Institute, Bennington College, ASU Art Museum-Ceramic Research Center, and NCECA in Louisville, KY. In 2003, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Craft. Recent exhibitions include: Inspired Utility: Exceptional Ceramic Vessels at the Main Line Art Center, Issues of Substance at the General Electric Company, Flower Power at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, and the American Pottery Festival at Northern Clay Center. Other group shows include exhibitions at Greenwich House Pottery, Sante Fe Clay Studio and Lacoste Gallery.

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WILL FARRINGTON

Will Farrington was an art professor at NYIT from 1965 to 1998. He now lives in Missoula and works with “Berkeley Pit” clay.

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HANNAH FISHER

Hannah Fisher has been the director of the Clay Studio of Missoula since 2006. She has shown her work nationally. She went to a public art high school in New York State, Art School and Conservation School in Maine, Graduated with her BFA from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, OR. Currently her goal is to convert her 83 diesel Mercedes into a grease machine. She has just learned of the Constellation “Hydra” which contains a cup, a most significant discovery for her.

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DONNA FLANERY

Donna Flanery is a current artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and their 2009 Lillian Fellow. She received her BFA in 2005 at The University of Montana in Missoula, MT. She was a 2006 Folgelberg Fellow at The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN, where she also received a 2007 Jerome Emerging Artist Project Grant. Flanery's earthenware pots feature narrative and painterly surfaces of animal friends and foes. “I enjoy when my pots appeal to children, I want to share an appreciation of cartoons and mark making with them. This silly approach to the serious business of my own artwork is of great value to me ideologically. I hope to infect others with a similar playful irreverence.”

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NEIL FORREST

Neil Forrest is a Professor of Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Forrest has exhibited and lectured in Canada, the United States, Denmark, Holland, UK and Asia. He has had one-person exhibitions in Hong Kong, Toronto, Halifax and Detroit and has been included in numerous curated and juried group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has been awarded several Canada Council and Nova Scotia Arts Council grants for his work. Forrest's research on ornament encompasses craft and decorative arts, and the role for craft within contemporary architectural practice. His most recent exhibition was titled Wurzelwerk. Forrest studied at Sheridan College School of Crafts in Ontario, Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan for his BFA and Alfred University College of Ceramics in New York for his MFA.

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JOSH FRIEDMAN

Friedman holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. While an undergraduate student at Goucher College in Towson, Md., he was awarded a fellowship for independent study in Italy and France. He also studied for a semester at La Sorbonne in Paris.

Friedman has had solo exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Nebraska, as well as in Japan. His work has been selected for group exhibitions in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Detroit, Korea and China. He has served as a visiting artist for the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and as an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Center in Nebraska City, Neb., and the Spinning Plate Lofts in Pittsburgh.

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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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ERIN FURIMSKY

Erin Furimsky is a practicing studio ceramic artist in Normal, Illinois. She teaches at Illinois Sate University. Originally from Pennsylvania, she received a BFA from Penn State University and a MFA from The Ohio State University. Erin had the honor of being an Artist in Residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and The Archie Bray Foundation. Her work has been published in numerous books focusing on glaze and surfaces. She has participated in many noted national group shows, including the NCECA National. The NCECA organization also included her in the exhibition held at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan and has recognized her as a 2006 Emerging Artist. Erin recently had the privilege of being in SOFA Chicago represented by the Dubhe Carreño Gallery.

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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 by BFA from the University of Idaho and majored in Art Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He has taught art in Idaho, Washington and in 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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ARTHUR GONZALEZ

Three distinct phases have influenced the direction of Gonzalez's artistic career and expression. First, as a graduate student, at the University of California at Davis, under Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri, he entered the Master of Fine Arts program as a figurative sculptor during the late 1970's after completing a Master of Arts in painting at the California State University of Sacramento. His second phase was as an artist in residence at the University of Georgia, Athens from 1981 to 1982. Gonzalez's attitudes towards art changed through his exposure to a creative life-style that blended music and visual art. The third phase of Gonzalez's career was through his involvement in the early 1980's East Village Art Scene, in New York City, which fast-forwarded public recognition of his work.

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GERIT GRIMM

Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 1995, she finished her apprenticeship, learning the traditional German trade as a potter at the “Altbuergeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Buergel, Germany and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen, Germany. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001 studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany. In 2002, she was awarded with the German DAAD Government Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in 2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. Grimm is a widely traveled artist, and her work has been exhibited in America, Germany, Japan, and China.

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KEITH HARDIN (MT)

BFA University of Puget Sound 83 painting/ceramics
Post Bacholorate University of Washington 1985 Art History/ Ceramics
Worked and showed in NYC 1985-1992
Currently showing at Dana Gallery Missoula since 1996
Working in mixed media on paper or canvas
Also working as musician-new CD released in 2007

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SHANE HARRIS

A studio artist in Champagne, Illinois, Shane Harris has exhibited his small-scale works in numerous national exhibitions and is included in the Kinsey Institute Collection. He received his MFA from Indiana University in 2007 and was the recipient of the NCECA Regina Brown Graduate Fellowship in 2006.

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DANIEL FORREST HOFFMAN

Daniel Forrest Hoffman received his BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. While there he received scholarships to study in Rome and at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Upon graduating he continued to show in many galleries in Philadelphia, New York City, Bethlehem, PA, and Harrisburgh, PA. He went on to receive a scholarship to study at Arrowmont School of Crafts. He is now the graduate fellow in ceramics at The Ohio State University. Most recently he was the recipient of the Fergus travel grant.

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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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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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LISA JARRETT

Lisa Jarrett was born in New Jersey. She received her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and she is currently working toward an MFA from the University of Montana-Missoula.

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ALEX KRAFT

Alex is a ceramic artist living in Helena MT. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana in 2006. Her work was recently featured in the prestige Ink and Clay 32 exhibition in California.

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DYNA KUEHNLE

Dyna Kuehnle is a local sculptor with an MFA from UM (1997). Her primary focus has been large scale installations combining found objects and cast bronze. Recently she has been transitioning to more portable mixed media work, continuing with her investigation into alchemical transformation and the unification of opposites.

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MIKE KURZ (MT)

Mike has an MFA from the University of Montana and is the founder of The Clay Studio of Missoula. It is because of his dedication, commitment, and dreams that the doors are still open today. He fires primarily anagama kilns and has been a major influence in educating people regionally about this process.

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JAMES LAWTON

James Lawton earned his Bachelors degree in Constructive Design at Florida State University, Tallahassee in 1976, and MFA in Ceramics at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 1980. In 1984 and in 1986, Lawton was awarded the National Endowment Visual Arts Fellowship, and the South Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant in 1990. Lawton joined the Artisanry faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 1998, where he is Associate Professor of Ceramics.

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AIMEE LEWIS

Aimee Lewis is a cabinet of sun-on-your-face. Her photography and stitchery live in Missoula, MT, where she is the gallery assistant at the Gallery Santonge.

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KOI NENG LIEW

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TYLER LOTZ

Tyler Lotz’s ceramic sculptures and vessels have been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad. He is represented by galleries including Chicgo’s Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Cervini Haas Gallery/Gallery Materia in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Harvey/Meadows Gallery in Aspen, Colorado. Tyler’s work has been acquired by significant private and institutional collections including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Missouri and the Icheon World Ceramic Center in Korea. His work has appeared in a number of publications including Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and The Clay in Art International Yearbook. In both 2003 and 2007 he was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Tyler Lotz received his BFA from Penn State and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2000. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the ceramics area at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

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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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CLAY MAHN

Clay Mahn was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, and has always been interested in art. He began painting in high school, stretching his own canvas and incorporating new medias into his pieces. Currently a fine arts major at the University of Montana, he’s aiming to expand his body of work and develop a distinctive style. He has had paintings shown at the Missoula Art Museum and will take part in the “Generations” exhibition at Gallery 16 in Great Falls this coming June.

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JANET MANSFIELD

Janet Mansfield has been a potter for 30 years. Her work is represented in major public collections in Australia as well as international collections. She has exhibited her work in many countries, acted as juror and has been an invited participant in symposiums, conferences and workshops throughout the world. She has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics since 1982 and has received awards for her work including the Medal of the Order of Australia. She is the author of a number of books on ceramics including Salt-Glaze Ceramics: An International Perspective published in 1991. Her latest book, Contemporary Ceramic Art of Australia and New Zealand was published in 1994. In 1990, she founded the international magazine, Ceramics: Art and Perception which has subscribers in most countries. For the past 20 years, her ceramics practice has concentrated on high temperature salt-glaze and wood firing.

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TAMMY MARINUZZI

Tammy has had work in a variety of national exhibitions and galleries including: “in our cups”-Lockhart Gallery, Geneseo, NY, “Girl Power” Mudfire Clayworks, Decatur, GA, “The Intimate Object III”- Charlie Cummings Gallery, FT. Wayne, IN, “strictly Functional” – Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA, “next Generation” – Santa FE Clay, Santa Fe, NM, and “The Fourteenth San Angelo National Ceramics Competion”- San Angelo Fine Arts Museum, San Angelo, TX. She has taught at Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry, India, the University of Florida, and the University of New Mexico while her work is in permanent collections in Yixing China, - Yixing Ceramics Museum, Skopelos, Greece- Skopelos Art Foundation, and in Jingdezhen China at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. Publications include both Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times Magazine. Tammy received her Masters of fine arts with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of Florida in May 2005. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City Florida.

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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) , "Artist in Residence" at Watershed Ceramic Center for the Arts, ME (2004) and “Artist in Residence” at The Clay Studio of Missoula (2007). 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.

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RYAN MITCHELL

Ryan has been involved with The Clay Studio of Missoula since 2004. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Montana State University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Montana. He is an integral part of the spring wood firings here at the Clay Studio’s Hannagama kiln. Ryan is currently a resident at the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon.

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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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MARDIS NENNO

Professional ceramic artist and educator for 25 years, currently teaching at Spokane Falls Community College. BFA from Montana State University, MFA from Washington State University. Recently a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT. (2006.) Widely exhibited in the NW region, recent shows at Lorinda Knight Gallery, Jundt Museum, Art Spirit Gallery, CDA and Archie Bray Foundation, Current work is large scale ceramic sculpture based on the transformation of ordinary objects.

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JENNIFER REIFSNEIDER

Reifsneider’s sculpture have been exhibited and collected throughout the region. Public collections include the Yellowstone Art Museum; upcoming exhibitions include a contemporary fibers exhibit at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. This fall she will be relocating to California to attend a MFA program in sculpture.

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BRIAN ROCHEFORT

Brian Rochefort grew up in Rhode Island. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated with honors in 2007. He is currently the Lilian Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation.

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KERRI ROSENSTEIN

Kerri currently lives and creates work in Missoula, MT. Her drawings have been featured at the AAF Contemporary Art Fir in New York City and Art Basil in Miami. She is represented by Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque, NM.

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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 Gradate of The Maine College of Art, in Portland, Maine. And has done residencies at Watershed Ceramic Center, and The Archie Bray Foundation.

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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. She has most recently completed a short-term artist residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey.

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SHAYNA SCHAPP

Shayna currently lives and works as an artist and freelance graphic designer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with her partner, poet Megan M. Garr. She grew up in Upstate New York and lived in Missoula, Montana for a few years before moving abroad. She has determined that walks are important and the best days include photographs. In art, she most enjoys the unexpected.

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RICHARD SHAW

Richard Shaw earned a B.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1965 and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis, in 1968. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. His ceramics can be found in major collections across the country, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, as well as in collections in Europe and Japan. Shaw is currently an art professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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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EDGAR SMITH

Edgar is currently a drawing and painting instructor at the University of Montana. His paintings and drawings have received recognition throughout the United States and one of Smith's commissions include an album cover for Pearl Jam.

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PATRICIA THORNTON

Art is the instrument through which my ideas, life stories and observations take form. I work in a wide range of two dimensional media including, installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and photography depending on the needs of the peice. My approach to making art is process based; experimental and playful. While working and creating iconography I confront how how things should be made, what I believe in and why. I enjoy scribbling, scratching and erasing as well as allowing delicately rendered lines and shapes as they come. I combine 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 I am drawn to inexpensive, reusable materials for two reasons. One is my concern for the environment; and secondly, being resourceful and thrifty was a vital part of my upbringing, coming from a financially challenged family. Both are now deeply ingrained into my psyche.

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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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MAYNARD TISCHLER

Maynard Tischler was born in Syracuse New York in 1932. He received his graduate and undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, where he studied Art Education, Painting, and Interior Design. In the 1960s he returned to school at Alfred University and earned his second masters degree, this time in Ceramics, where he studied with Daniel Rhodes, Val Cushing, Ted Randall, and Bob Turner. In 1966, Tischler took a job at Denver University, where Vance Kirkland was the overseer of the program. Tischler is known for his low-fire glazes, as well as for his wood-fired ceramic sculptures. His work includes ceramic pop-art sculptures, which have become his trademark, such as trucks, Buck Rogers ray guns, books on a shelf, whimsical animals, which he initially produced to please his children, but he has also created vessels and pots, as well as hooked rug tapestries. He currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

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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. She recently moved from Oakland, CA to begin a long-term residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She has taught classes and workshops at Richmond Art Center, ASUC Studios at UC Berkeley, and CCA Extended Education. Her work is frequently shown in venues in the Bay Area and California, and has been featured in exhibitions in Washington, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Chicago, and Tel Aviv. She has participated in summer artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed. In January 2007, she had a solo exhibition at the Tinlark Gallery project space in Los Angeles.

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KEN VAVREK

Ken Vavrek has been a practicing ceramic artist for nearly 40 years. He teaches in Philadelphia at Moore College of Art and Design. In 1974 he helped found The Clay Studio with the help of four of his students. His clay work is primarily glazed stoneware, slab built and in many formats, the most prominent being wall sculpture. He has received a National Endowment for Crafts as well as several Pennsylvania Crafts Fellowships. He has been in many significant group and solo shows over the years, including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, NYC; The Everson, Syracuse, NY; The Renwick, Washington D.C.; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia and the Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia.

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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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JASON WALKER

Jason Walker received his MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 1999. From the fall of 1999 to June 2001, he was an instructional assistant in the ceramics program and an instructor at Napa Valley College. In 2002, he was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. His work was featured in 2007 at Ferrin Gallery in Massachusetts.

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MICHAELENE WALSH

Michaelene (Mikey) Walsh received her B.F.A. in Crafts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her M.F.A. in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, NY. She has taught at various academic and alternative institutions including The University of Georgia, Massachusetts College of Art, Haystack School of Crafts, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of California- Davis, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Santa Fe Clay and the University of Washington. Mikey is currently Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She lectures and exhibits extensively and her sculptural work is featured in various national periodicals and books. Upcoming shows include Confrontational Clay, as well as a solo show to be held in December, 2008 at Dubhe Carreno Gallery in Chicago, where she is represented.

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MICHAEL WANZENRIED

Michael lives in Missoula, MT. He is currently getting his masters in archaeology at the University of Montana and occasionally volunteers at the Clay Studio of Missoula. He would be happy to inspect your typewriter and ascertain for any injuries.

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PATTY WARASHINA

Born 1940, Spokane, WA
1964 M.F.A. University of Washington, WA, 1962 B.F.A. University of Washington , WA

2002 Twining Humber Award, Artist Trust, Seattle, 1986 & 1975 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Selected Exhibitions: 2000-02 SOFA/NY. Loveed Fine Arts, NY, NY / 2001 Mile Post Queens, Howard House, Seattle, WA / World Contemporary Ceramic Exposition 2002, Ichon, Korea / USA Clay, National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. / Selection from the Allan Chasasnoff Collection, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC / 2000 Color of Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA / 1998 Women in the Weisman Collection, F. R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, MN / 1996 Intimate Immensity: Recent and Classic Works by Patti Warashina, Texas Tech. University, Lubbock, TX

Selected Collections: American Craft Museum, NY, NY / Canton Art Institute, OH / Charles A. Wustum Museum, Racine, WI / Detroit Art Institute, MI / Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY / Henry Art gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA / Frederick Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, MN / John M. Koehler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI / Johnson Wax Collection, Racine, WI / Los Angeles County Museum, CA / Memphis Brooks Museum TN

Selected Publications: Ceramics in the Pacific Northwest, A History, LaMar Harrington, UW Press, 1979 / American Ceramics, “Patti Warashina Secrets,” Matthew Kangas, vol 13, #3, Spring 2000 / Intimate Immensity: Recent Works by Patti Warashina, Glen Brown, Texas Tech. University, 1996 / Patti Warashina: Ceramic Sculpture 1962-1991, Bellevue Art Museum, Vicki Halpern, 1991

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THOMAS WEBER

Thomas Weber was born is Ettlinggen-Spessart, Germany. He studied at the Staatlitlichen Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Stuttgart with Professor Rudolf Schoofs. Thomas has shown work in many international galleries and museums. He now lives and works in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

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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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PAULA WINOKUR

Paula Winokur is an artist and teacher. She has taught at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA for thirty years and has an extensive exhibition record. Her work is in several public and private collections including the Mint Museum of Craft & Design and the National Museum of American Art. Paula has also received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Art and National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts as well as many others.

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BETTY WOODMAN

Internationally recognized as one of today’s most important artists, Betty Woodman (b.1930) began her career in the 1950’s as a production potter with the aim of creating beautiful objects to enhance everyday life.

Since then, the vase form has become Woodman’s subject, product, and muse.

In deconstructing and reconstructing its form, she has created an exuberant and complex body of ceramic sculpture. Its signature is its reflection of a wide range of influences and traditions and an inventive use of color. Many of these traditions Woodman has experienced first-hand: she has traveled extensively, finding inspiration in cultures around the world.

One-person exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Institute of contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and the Fundcao Calouste Guldenkian, Lisbon, among other museums, and the showcasing of a series of her vases in the lobby of the museum of Modern Art, New York, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Muse des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, and Stedelijk.

From a Fulbright-hays Scholarship to study in Florence, Italy (1966) to Italy’s Premio Internazionale Vietri sul Mare, Fondazione Museo Artistico Industriale (2004) and the bestowal of an Honorary Doctorate by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), Halifax, Woodman has received many awards, fellowships, and grants. She also has contributed greatly to the field over the course of more than 45 years of teaching, including 20 years as professor, and later professor emeritus, at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Betty Woodman lives and works in New York City and Antella, Italy.

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KENSUKE YAMADA

Born in 1979, Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Kensuke is currently working on his MFA at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT. He received his BFA at The Evergreen State College, Olympia Washington. He is currently preparing for a show at the Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle WA.

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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 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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BLAIR CLEMO

A. Blair Clemo received his B.F.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2006. He is currently the Materials Technician and Resident Artist at The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the 2007 Red Wing Collectors Society Award Recipient. Clemo's work has been included in numerous regional and national exhibitions. He will pursue a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at Alfred University beginning in the fall of 2008.

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JOSH DEWEESE

Josh is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and former Resident Director of The Archie Bray Foundation. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

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HAK KYUN KIM

Hak Kyun Kim in an MFA candidate in ceramics at the University of Montana. He received his MA and MFA at Seoul National University of Technology in Seoul, Korea. He 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.

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JAYSON LAWFER

Jayson Lawfer is currently living between Italy and the United Sates. In 2008, he created and is the director of The Nevica Project (www.theNEVICAproject.com). The Nevica Project is an online gallery and art consulting business. From 2006-2007 he was a Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois.

After graduating from the University of Montana, Jayson completed an artist residency at Guldagergard (2002) in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation (2004), and A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France (2006). 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. He was selected for 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) and Gallery Director of its exhibition space.

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BETH LO

Beth was born in West Lafayette, IN 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 at 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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PHIL MAHN

As a child, I was drawn to ceramics. I had a compulsion to analyze my parent’s collection from regional potters. I was fascinated by every throw mark, the interaction of the trim tool on the feet, and the occasional finger mark. I 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, I was able to pursue hand-built projects. In high school I was introduced to the wheel. It wasn’t too long before I had started to procure my own wheel, electric kiln, and studio materials (of which my parents allowed me to set up shop in the basement). During my senior year, Gallery 16 first accepted my work.

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

My 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. I donated my reduction kiln, but their sights were set on the medium of vapor firing. I was inspired to sign up for a Soda class taught by their resident potter. In my progression of learning about soda firing, I was exposed to the age-old technique of firing with wood. I was inherently drawn to the process, results, and historical association of this type of firing. My 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. I am hopeful that my work conveys an undemanding balance of humanity and earthly warmth that transcends the commercial and industrial processes. I am inherently grateful to the Clay Studio of Missoula for gathering in this lost sheep.

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SAM MANNO

Sam Manno was born in Chicago, in1960. Higher Education was either encouraged or discouraged. He received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Photography and sculpture. In 1984 he moved to Missoula, MT to pursue a graduate degree in Sculpture at the University of Montana. This culminated in the exhibition “upon your belly you shall go” that explored snakes visually and culturally. Manno continues to photograph as part of his daily life, primarily focused on dead animals and Baker Commodities, a rendering plant located in Missoula. His work has been exhibited nationally and is in many public and private collections.

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GEORGE McCAULEY

George McCauley is an internationally respected artist who has been working in clay for over 35 years. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art and Perception, museums, books, and videos. He has been awarded several NEA grants. He maintains a studio in Helena, Montana.

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RICK POPE

Rick Pope is a professor of Art at Montana State University. He recently completed six weeks at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts where he was the visiting artist. He is currently working in his studio and looking forward to even more studio time when he retires in the near future.

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