Potsketch 2009

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Adrian Arleo

Montana
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Chris Autio

Montana
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Rudy Autio

Montana
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a photo reproduction
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Doug Baldwin

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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Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph

Florida
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Casey Clark

Nevada
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Blair Clemo

New York
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Hannah Fisher

Montana
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Donna Flanery

Montana
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Stephanie Frostad

Montana
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Mo Gary

Montana
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Bev Beck Glueckert

Montana
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Stephen Glueckert

Montana
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Gerit Grimm

Nebraska
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Jakob Hasslacher

Oregon
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Trey Hill

Montana
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David Hiltner

Montana
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Linden How

Montana
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Nina Hole

Denmark
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Rebecca Hutchinson

Massachusetts
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Lisa Jarrett

Montana
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Hak Kyun Kim

Kansas
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Alex Kraft

Montana
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Jayson Lawfer

Illinois
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Koi Neng Liew

New Mexico
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Warren MacKenzie

Minnesota
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Sten Lykke Madsen

Denmark
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Clay Mahn

Montana
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Sam Manno

Montana
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Tammy Marinuzzi

Florida
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Kicki Masthem

Oregon
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George McCauley

Montana
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Ron Meyers

Georgia
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Priscilla Mouritzen

Denmark
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Richard Notkin

Montana
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ones

Montana
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David Regan

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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Karen McAlister Shimoda

Montana
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Edgar Smith

Montana
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Travis David Smith

New Mexico
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Kyla Strid

Alaska
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Akio Takamori

Washington
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Patricia Thornton

Montana
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Tim Thornton

Montana
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Bobby Tilton

Montana
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Shalene Valenzuela

Montana
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Nina van Rensselaer

California
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Rimas Visgirda

Illinois
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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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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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Paige Wright

Montana
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Kensuke Yamada

Montana
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Christina Antemann

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Renee Brown

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Orville Chigbrow

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Casey Clark

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Charlie Davis

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Martha Grover

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Sarah Jaeger

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Jess Kane

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Beth Lo

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Phil Mahn

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Randi O'Brien

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Sam Manno

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Jack Troy

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Shalene Valenzuela

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Steve Wicklund

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Tara Wilson

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Kensuke Yamada

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Artist Bios - Potsketch

 

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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CHRIS AUTIO

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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.

This was a drawing that Rudy drew that his wife Lela has kindly offered a photo reproduction of for POTSKETCH 2009.

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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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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 has been featured in numerous exhibits in Missoula and and beyond. She was featured in the Western Edition of New American Paintings, released October 2007.

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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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CHEYENNE CHAPMAN RUDOLPH

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

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CASEY CLARK

Casey Clark is an aspiring potter, a bicycle mechanic, and a gypo carpenter, although not always in that order.

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BLAIR CLEMO

Blair Clemo is an MFA candidate at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. He received his BFA from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2006. Clemo has recently admitted hat he is powerless over his love of ornament. This admission proves an important first step towards getting help.

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HANNAH FISHER

Hannah Fisher has been the executive 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, and graduated with her BFA from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, OR.

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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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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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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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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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JACOB HASSLACHER

Jakob Hasslacher is the founder and current Director of the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon. he likes guns. he likes to shoot things..

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TREY HILL

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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

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NINA HOLE

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

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LINDEN HOW

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

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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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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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HAK KYUN KIM

Hak Kyun Kim completed his MFA studies in ceramics at the University of Montana in 2008. He received his MA and MFA at Seoul National University of Technology in Seoul, Korea. 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. He is currently an artist-in-residence at The Lawrence Arts Center in Kansas.

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ALEX KRAFT

Alex is a ceramic artist currently working at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. 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, and the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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JAYSON LAWFER

Jayson Lawfer is currently living between Italy and the United States while directing 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. 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. He was a Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois from 2006-2007.

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KOI NENG LIEW

Liew, originally from Singapore, studied painting and earned a fine arts diploma from the country's Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in 2001 from Alfred University in New York, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Liew sculpts large-scale figures, created out of his examination of life and universal human emotions. Drawing from his own experiences, Liew composes groups of humans and anthropomorphic forms, rendering metaphors of growing up in a male-oriented environment. He is currently creating work at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.

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WARREN MACKENZIE

American pioneer studio potter and teacher Warren MacKenzie went to Britain in 1949 to study pottery with Bernard Leach, who had a great influence on his philosophy towards ceramics, as did Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi’s Mingei philosophy.

His traditional, wheel-thrown stoneware vessels are simply glazed and reduction-fired, following the oriental aesthetic. His wife Alix decorated his pots until she passed away in 1962.

Warren MacKenzie taught at the University of Minnesota from 1952 and is now professor emeritus there. He continues to work at his studio in Stillwater, Minnesota.

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STEN LYKKE MADSEN

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

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CLAY MAHN

Clay Mahn is from Missoula, Montana. Being the son of a potter, he has been exposed to art his entire life. Naturally, he is intrigued by all forms of art, either through practice or simply visual stimulation and curiosity. He is currently working on a degree in fine art at the University of Montana.

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SAM MANNO

Sam Manno was born in Chicago, in 1960. 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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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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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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RON MEYERS

Ron Meyers is an emeritus professor of the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia where he taught for over 20 years. He received his BS and MS degrees in art education from the State College at Buffalo, New York and received his MFA degree in ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY in 1967. He presently resides in Athens, Georgia where he maintains his studio.

He exhibits his work in many national gallery and museum exhibitions and also presents numerous workshops and lectures throughout the United States.

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PRISCILLA MOURITZEN

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

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RICHARD NOTKIN

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

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ONES

ones is a local grafitti artist.

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DAVID REGAN

David Regan's carved porcelain vessels are collected nationally and exhibited at the Garth Clark Gallery in New York and the Frank Lloyd Gallery in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1986 and MFA from Alfred University in 1990. In 1992 he was recipient of a Montana Arts Council Fellowship, and in 1993 he received a Western States Arts Federation fellowship. More recently, his work was included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Clay Into Art" exhibition. He lives and works in Montana where he keeps a studio and home in Missoula and teaches at The University of Montana - Western in Dillon.

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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 lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with her partner, poet Megan M. Garr. In addition to her work as an artist she runs Lately 3, a creative collaborative focusing on book projects and other printed matter. In 2008, she was a guest art instructor at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her work has frequently been exhibited in the U.S. and is a part of numerous private collections

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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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TRAVIS DAVID SMITH

Travis David Smith, a recent graduate of the University of Montana, examines the balances and stresses of human interactions. Smith’s work is defined by subtlety and separations, which convey a feeling of tension, isolation or distress similar to that which we feel in everyday environments. It serves as a description of the ways in which opposing forces have influenced human contact throughout history. In his work, restrained lines paired with a discriminate use of bold colors represent the delicate yet severe strain that takes place within common associations. Since 2003, Smith has had numerous group and solo shows around the country and, in 2005, earned the prestigious Artist Collective Award at the University of Montana..

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KYLA STRID

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AKIO TAKAMORI

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

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

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

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PATRICIA THORNTON

Art is the instrument through which 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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TIM THORNTON

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

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BOBBY TILTON

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

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SHALENE VALENZUELA

Shalene Valenzuela received her BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she left Oakland, CA to begin a long-term residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She has taught numerous classes and workshops, primarily in the Bay Area and Missoula. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions nationwide. She has participated in summer artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Upcoming exhibitions include several group exhibitions at NCECA/Phoenix and the LUX Gallery in Lincoln, NE, a two-person exhibit at the Guardino Gallery in Portland, OR, and a solo exhibition this December at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, CA.

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NINA VAN RENSSELAER

Nina Van Rensselaer is a graduate of Stanford University and received her MFA from University of California, Davis. She currently makes art and lives in San Francisco, CA

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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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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.

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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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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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PAIGE WRIGHT

Struggling with a reading disability in her younger years in Portland, Oregon, Paige developed a relationship with the story telling and expressive qualities of visual art. This partnership continued into college, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University Of Montana in 2006. The following year, Paige spent a year studying in a post-baccalaureate program in ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle. During this time, her drawings began being published in Dirt Rag magazine. Eager to continue her passion in clay Paige went to Carbondale Colorado for a nine-month artist in residency program at the Carbondale Clay Center. In 2008, Paige was accepted into the year-long artist residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Paige will be applying to grad schools to further her career in the ceramic arts and hopes "to catch some good skiing".

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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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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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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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CHARLIE DAVIS

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MARTHA GROVER

Martha Grover is a functional potter, creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. After going to Syracuse University in New York as a fifth year student in Ceramics, she decided to pursue a graduate degree in clay. In 2007, Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Since then she was awarded the Fogelberg Fellowship for a nine month residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Sage Scholarship for a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Currently Martha is a year long resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. Her work can be found at the Red Lodge Clay Center gallery, the Archie Bray Foundation, and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. Her work has been published in Clay Times, 500 Pitchers, and 500 Platters and Chargers.

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SARAH JAEGER

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

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JESS KANE

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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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RANDI O'BRIEN

Randi O'Brien is a local potter who recently joined the board at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and is embarking upon her first year as a graduate student at the University of Montana.

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JACK TROY

Jack Troy, teacher, potter, and writer, retired from Juniata College in 2006, where he taught for 39 years. He has led over 185 workshops for potters at colleges, universities, and art centers in the U. S. and abroad. His career has taken him to 13 countries, and his work is in many private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Japan), Auckland (NZ) Museum of Art and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

His first book, Salt Glazed Ceramics, was published in 1977. In 1978 he built Pennsylvania’s first anagama-style kiln at Juniata College, and personal anagamas at his home in 1987 and 2006. In 1995 he published Wood-fired Stoneware and Porcelain. His collection of poems, Calling the Planet Home, was published in 2003 and more than 60 of his articles, book reviews, and exhibition catalogue essays have appeared in the major periodicals in his field. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awarded him two Craft Fellowships for his work in ceramics, and a Fellowship in Literature for his poetry. He was selected by the Council to make the awards for the 2005 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

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STEVE WICKLUND

I was raised in a small town near Lake Superior so the ethics of community are strong in my ideals. It is the understanding of supporting one another, helping each other, and watching out for everyone that give a community its strengths and value. I find that these morels at base of historical and contemporary ceramic cultures, although I find my strongest influence from the Mingei pottery movement of Japan. With the objective of my work being to make simple pots for everyday use, I try to instill the thoughtfulness and philosophies of the Mingei folk movement into my pottery by creating the wares within a balance of intention and accident. This allows me to make work that engages the audience directly while creating an honest relationship between user and function with the purpose of bring value to daily life

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TARA WILSON

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

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