Meet the Artists

Meet the Artists
  • Kyle Bauer

    Kyle Bauer

    Kyle was a resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks from 2011 to 2014. A native of Southern Illinois, he graduated in 2003 with a BFA in Sculpture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and again in 2011 with an MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University.  Kyle’s work is an exploration of both traditional and alternative ceramic processes that are realized within the context of mixed media sculpture.

    • Deborah Bedwell
      Deborah Bedwell

      Deborah Bedwell is the former Executive Director (1980-2011) of Baltimore Clayworks and one of its founding artists. She has received much acclaim for her success in creating Clayworks’ community arts programs, which for more than 16 years have made the arts accessible to underserved individuals throughout Baltimore and the region. Her extensive knowledge of contemporary ceramics has taken her throughout the US and abroad where she has served as a panelist, curator, lecturer and workshop presenter. In addition she is an accomplished potter who continues to exhibit her clay work both locally and nationally.

    • Jessica Broad
      Jessica Broad

      Jessica Broad received her B.F.A. in ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1996 and her M.F.A. from the University of Arizona in 2003. In 2005 Jessica received the Lormina Salter Fellowship at the Baltimore Clayworks. She was an emerging artist in the May 2006 issue of Ceramics Monthly. Her work has also been published in Lark books Image Transfer on Clay and 500 Raku as well as being featured in the gallery sections of American Craft and Clay Times. She received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in 2006. Jessica has been a professor of ceramics since 2007. She currently teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

    • Amy Carnahan
      Amy Carnahan

      Amy Carnahan holds a BA in Architecture and minor in Ceramic Arts from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Amy began teaching at Baltimore Clayworks in 2010 after moving to Baltimore from Little Rock, AR where she worked as an architect for 5 years. Her background in architecture has led to an exploration of space and volume within the context of ceramic vessel while employing drafting and modeling as techniques for working through concept.

    • Ray Chen
      Ray Chen

      Ray Chen received his Master of Fine Arts in 1997 from The School for American Crafts, majoring in Ceramics and Ceramics Sculpture at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and BFA, Ceramics, from Ohio University, Athens, OH. Ray has been an Artist-in-Residence at Baltimore Clayworks in MD. Ray was an Associate Professor, the head of the Ceramics Department, at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, (2001-2007), as well as the head of the Ceramics Department at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, (2007-2011). He has juried numerous local, national and international ceramics and art competitions. He was the Executive Director at the Chian Zhan Ceramic Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan (1985-1990) and came to the United States in 1991 to pursue more contemporary issues in his ceramic work. Currently, he is the Executive Director at the Halcyon Art Gallery - Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, IN.

    Blaise DePaolo

    Blaise DePaolo earned her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Craft in 1997 with a minor in Glass. She did her undergraduate work at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. DePaolo’s travels in Mexico and Central America have been a defining influence on her work. She has exhibited nationally, is a member artist of Baltimore Clayworks, a faculty member of the Fine Art Department at Morgan State University and has created numerous public art projects in Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. She lives with her husband and two sons in the Idlewylde neighborhood of Baltimore County.

    • Jim Dugan
      Jim Dugan

      was a resident artist and wood kiln manager of Baltimore Clayworks from 2005-2015. He has been working with clay since 1995 where he attended California University of PA. Since that time he has spent 4 years as the studio manager at Touchstone Center for Crafts and 5 years as the kiln technician at Vermont Clay Studio. He currently teaches at Baltimore Clayworks.

    • Peggy Fowler

      Peggy Fowler is one of the newest members of the Clayworks community, becoming a resident artist in the fall of 2007. Her small scale sculptural vessels are inspired by her observations of nature found in the Maryland landscape, her garden and the local farmer’s market. Her work has been featured in regional and national exhibitions and she recently received a purchase award in the 2008 International Orton Cone Box Show hosted by Baker University in Baldwin, KS.

    • Brett Freund
      Brett Freund

      Brett Freund joins the Baltimore Clayworks community as the Lormina Salter Fellowship artist for 2012-13. He recently received his MFA from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2011 and was announced Emerging Artist 2012 by Ceramics Monthly. Brett has traveled far and wide across the country finding his voice and is excited to share his knowledge with the students at Baltimore Clayworks.

    • Bianka Groves
      Bianka Groves

      Bianka Groves received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art in 2012. She participated in a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in 2012 after receiving a Windgate Scholarship. Her goals as a ceramic artist are to seek new inspirations, ideas and to become a stronger artist. Her artwork displays a balance of design grounded in function. “I want to make pieces that are quiet and slow to balance out a fast paced world.”

    • Pat Halle
      Pat Halle

      Trained by friend and mentor Mary Nyburg, with periods of study at Penland and Haystack, Pat Halle has been a studio potter for over thirty years in Baltimore, making primarily functional porcelain pots. More recently her work includes porcelain and white stoneware clay forms fired at low temperatures in sawdust, copper, and salt; drums, funerary ware, covered containers, and wall pieces, whose surfaces are decorated by the smoke and flame.

    • Joann Kandel

      JoAnn Kandel has been a resident artist and teacher at Baltimore Clayworks since 1998. Her whimsical porcelain tableware illustrates a variety of bird, amphibian and insect life. She is an accomplished studio artist and her pottery career began more than 12 years ago as a student here at Clayworks. Her true joys in the studio are in the complexities found in the glaze application and in working with students new to clay.

    • Trisha Kyner
      Trisha Kyner

      Trisha Kyner has been awarded solo exhibitions at Baltimore Clayworks and Artemisia Gallery in Chicago. She teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art and the Community College of Baltimore County. Her work has been shown at venues such as Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, NCECA (2009 and 2010), and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, India. She is a past recipient of the Watershed Kiln God fellowship and twice been a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. In addition to her individual work, Trisha is a founder of the collaborative public sculpture group, Grendel’s Mother.

    • Sonya Meeker
      Sonya Meeker

      Sonya Meeker has been a resident artist for over 8 years with Baltimore Clayworks. She began her clay career first as a student in the Clayworks classrooms in 1996. Over the years she has pushed and refined her delicate stoneware and porcelain while continuing to explore and expand her glaze vocabulary. Sonya spends her days working as a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University while working in her studio late in to the night.

    • Debra Oliva
      Debra Oliva

      I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. I attended Northern Illinois University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting going on to work in the printing industry for more than a decade. Drawn to clay since elementary school it was not until I married and moved to Michigan that the opportunity to work with clay presented itself. I began taking classes at an area Potter’s Guild and continued my education attending over 80 workshops. I have been working in clay for 23 years and currently teach adults and children at area art centers. I maintain a studio in my Okemos, Michigan home and sell my work through galleries and group ceramic shows.

    • Nick Ramey
      Nick Ramey

      Nick was a resident artist at Baltimore Clayworks from 2010 to 2015. He also teaches classes at Clayworks


    • Justin Rothshank
      Justin Rothshank

      Justin Rothshank has been working as a studio ceramic artist in Goshen, Indiana since 2009. In 2001 he co-founded the Union Project, a nonprofit organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. Justin’s ceramic work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, including articles in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Studio Potter, The Log Book, and Neue Keramik. He has been a presenter, panelist, visiting artist, and artist-in-residence at numerous universities, schools, conferences, and art centers throughout the United States and abroad. His functional and decorative ceramic ware is available for purchase in more than two dozen galleries and gift shops around the country. Justin was presented with an Award of Excellence by the American Craft Council in February 2009. In 2007 he was recognized by Ceramics Monthly Magazine as an Emerging Artist. He has also been awarded an Alcoa Foundation Leadership Grant for Arts Managers, a 2007 Work of Art Award from Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the 2005 Decade of Servant Leadership Award from Goshen College, and was named to Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2005.

    • Janathel Shaw

      Janathel Shaw holds an MFA in Ceramic Art and a BFA in Fine Arts from George Washington University (1989 and 1996). She received an AA from Prince George's Community College in 1987. She has been exhibiting her work for over 20 years. Her work is a vehicle in conveying a narrative or ideas. They include themes of equality, self-actualization, anti-bigotry, spiritual examination, and feminist distress.

    • Tim Sherman

      Tim Sherman has been working with clay since he was a sophomore in high school where he became fascinated with the wheel. Since then, he has been making and selling functional pottery in the Baltimore area. Tim received a BS in art and design from Towson University in 2010 with a concentration in ceramics. His current work addresses issues of utility and wood firing; specifically the atmospheric effects of ash and salt on clay and glazes, while maintaining usability, comfort and beauty.  Tim has worked as a Baltimore Clayworks Noborigama assistant since December 2008.

    • Marlene Sokoloski-Sandler

      Marlene Sokoloski-Sandler is one of the founding members of Baltimore Clayworks. She is a long time resident of Mt. Washington, and has remained actively involved in the clay community. Marlene has been an art educator for over 30 years, and now teaches several children's classes at our Mt. Washington studios. Her own work, in porcelain and celadon, incorporates stamps and impressions made in the clay, inspired by her own work within the community.

    • Jeremy Wallace

      Jeremy Wallace has always felt the need to express himself and explore the creative process, because of this he is most interested in the act of creating rather than the finished vessel. He has chosen clay and the functional vessel as his medium for expression. The idea that these objects are functional helps determine where to begin and when the work is finished. His goal is to create pots that are approachable and can be appreciated both visually and for its intended purpose. All his recent work is made with a variety of stoneware clays fired to cone 11 in a two chamber Noborigama kiln. He employs both wheel and hand building techniques and relies on the process of wood-firing to achieve his desired surface.

  • Pam Worthington

    Pam Worthington is one of the founding members of Baltimore Clayworks.