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Camilla Ascher
Cami Ascher earned a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2012 and completed a Certificate of Ceramics in 2013. Cami has worked as a classroom & studio intern and instructor with Baltimore Clayworks for the 2014-15 year. She has completed visiting artist-residency at Tainan National University for the Arts, Taiwan R.O.C. in 2016. Her functional work has been exhibited in CraftBoston as well as the Post Bacc Show at UMass Dartmouth. She has completed summer residencies and attended workshops at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME) and Peter’s Valley School of Craft (NJ). See Cami’s work at http://camiascherpottery.weebly.com/

Deborah Bedwell
Deborah Bedwell is the founding executive director of Baltimore Clayworks and a past president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). She is a potter and has exhibited her work locally and in such national venues as the Renwick Museum Shop of the Smithsonian, The Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY., The Art Alliance Gallery in Philadelphia, and with Baltimore Clayworks in numerous settings. Her last solo exhibition, An Abundance of Cups, was hosted by Baltimore Clayworks in January 2011. She is frequently invited to jury and curate exhibitions, and has served on grants panels for Maryland and adjoining states. Bedwell’s teaching and her own work in clay focus on the making of utilitarian pottery – both handbuilt and thrown on the potters’ wheel. She uses a variety of clays to produce her ceramic work, primarily porcelain and red earthenware, both of which provide a receptive surface for a variety of color, brushwork and tool marks that make the pieces unique. From 1980 to 2016, Bedwell taught at least one class per term at Baltimore Clayworks (60+) In addition she has presented more than 22 workshops in various locations around the United States and in Taiwan. She has received numerous awards and recognition for both her work in clay and for the community-based programs that have become a hallmark of Baltimore Clayworks.

Brad Blair
Brad Blair is an artist, educator and gallery coordinator living in Baltimore, MD. In 2014, he earned an MFA from Florida State University (FSU) focusing on ceramics and sculpture. Prior to FSU, he graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a B.S. degree, majoring in Art & Design. Aside from making and exhibiting his artwork nationally, Blair is an adjunct professor at Towson University, gallery coordinator at Harford Community College and instructor of ceramic classes at Baltimore Clayworks and The New Phoenix Pottery. Using his sense of creativity, imagination and patience, Blair builds detailed sculptural monstrosities to open the minds of viewers into a different reality, the unknown. His unworldly artwork stems from interests in the biological sciences, cryptozoology and the future of genetic engineering. See Brad’s work at http://www.bradblairceramics.com/

Wesley Brown
Wes Brown has 10 years of wheel throwing experience. Brown’s passion for ceramics came from his introduction to the potter’s wheel in high school. Since then he has gained knowledge of the wheel from years of study and travel. He has worked at such places as the Pottery Workshop in Jingedezhen, China, Daniel Johnston Pottery in North Carolina, and Goertzen Pottery in Goshen, Indiana. Brown holds a Masters of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics from Indiana University, a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, and an Associate of Arts from Sinclair Community college. See Wes’ work at http://wesleytbrown.com

Melissa Hope Davis
Melissa Hope Davis has been working with clay since 2007. Davis earned her Associate of Arts Degree in 2009 from Harford Community College. Building upon her experiences at HCC Davis established her pottery business, Hope Pottery, in 2010. Davis continues to create unique works of art and hopes to strives to share her passion of clay with others.

Matthew Hyleck
Matthew Hyleck received a BFA from Xavier University in 1997. He is currently an associate artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks whose outstanding functional pottery has earned recognition by the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship award in Craft in 2018, 2011, 2007 and 2005. He has completed visiting artist-residencies at Tainan National University for the Arts, Taiwan R.O.C. in 2005, Ohio University’s Woodfire Symposium in 2010 and Watershed Craft Center’s summer 2012 AIA residency. He serves as the education coordinator for Baltimore Clayworks Mt. Washington campus, a position he has held since October 2000. See Matthew’s work at http://www.matthewhyleck.com/

Joanna Merry
Joanna Merry relocated in 2017 from the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York where she has been working with clay since 2008. Joanna has worked out of several ceramics studios during that time and enjoys the community and personal connection that form as a consequence of working with clay. She also really enjoys instructing others as they learn how to work with clay, as she believes in its therapeutic properties as well as its ability to a make distinct and invigorating forms.

Lynne Molner
Lynne Molner has been an artist and teacher for over 30 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and Master’s in Science, majoring in Clinical Psychology, from Loyola University. Lynne started her ceramics education at Baltimore Clayworks, expanding her skill-set through a variety of workshops with master potters at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME) and Penland School of Crafts (NC), Workhouse Art Center (VA) and Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts (NY). Her current body of work combines intuitive, expressive and incised paintings of familiar imagery on to utilitarian ceramics. She strives to imbue a personal quality of playfulness on to pots made for everyday use. Her instruction focuses on knowledge of fundamentals and inspired craftsmanship. Lynne encourages her students with exploration and technique to be open to the possibilities of their own creativity.

Eileen O’Donnell
Eileen O'Donnell pursued her love of clay and the art of ancient cultures at Moore College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Her ceramic sculptures have been shown in many juried exhibitions, and in 2010, she was awarded the Louisiana ArtWorks NOLA artist in residence grant. She is inspired to teach others what she knows because her work with clay and the mentorship of her own great teachers has made such a positive impact on her life. She makes her sculptures in the Springboard Artists' studio at the Baltimore Clayworks.

Jason Piccoli
Jason Piccoli is a native of Colorado and grew up moving between Littleton, Denver and Arvada. He spent his youth devouring sources of science fiction, fantasy, eastern thought, and obsessing about ancient cultures. He practiced painting, drawing, and lived with guitars. He studied Fine Art at Arapahoe Community College earning his Associate?s in Art, where he found his passion for clay and a fondness for the community that surrounded it. He earned his BFA in Ceramics at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and later his MFA in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In graduate school he wanted to explore the idea of bridging the functional, the sculptural, and the painted image. Water etching, underglaze painting, hand-built attachments and stacking wheel thrown porcelain forms are explored in his work. See Jason’s work at http://www.jasonapiccoli.com/

Hannah Pierce
Hannah Pierce is a ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist as well as the current Abilities Fellowship Artist at Baltimore Clayworks. She received her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of PA and her BA in Studio Art at Humboldt State University of CA. Before graduate school, Hannah worked as an educator for people with developmental disabilities at The Studio and Cheri Blackerby Gallery, located in Eureka, California. Within Hannah’s work, her background in illustration, painting, and printmaking has allowed her to incorporate experimental surfaces and an abundance of loaded imagery. She has exhibited her work nationally in exhibitions such as The Clay Studio National as well as the Graduate Student Biennial, the 50th and the 52nd Annual NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, and the Workhouse Arts Center’s 6th Annual Workhouse Clay International where she received the award, Best of Show. She was also awarded a Full Kiln God scholarship as a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. See Hannah’s work at http://hannahmpierce.com/

Shawna Pincus
Shawna Pincus is a ceramic artist living in Baltimore Maryland with her husband Michael, daughter Amelia and their two cats. She grew up right outside of Philadelphia and attended school at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned a BFA in sculptural studies and continued on to Towson University earning her certification in Art Education. Shawna currently teaches for the Art Education department of Towson University in addition to exhibiting her pottery in various galleries and craft fairs across the country. In 2010 Shawna was awarded "Best of Baltimore" for "Best Locally Made Pottery" by Baltimore Magazine and has been featured in several publications and blogs nationwide. See Shawna’s work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/pinkkiss

Volker Schoenfliess
Volker Schoenfliess is one of the founding member artists of Baltimore Clayworks and he is a graduate of Towson University. In addition to being an instructor with Clayworks for 30+ years Volker is an instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the JCC at Owings Mills. His narrative figurative ceramic work illustrates a wry sense of humor and whimsical take on human nature.

Hae Won Sohn
Hae Won Sohn is an artist working primarily in ceramics and a will be joinging Baltimore Clayworks starting in September as a Resident Artist. Coming from Seoul, South Korea; Sohn earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Prior to graduate school, she achieved her BFA in Ceramics from the College of Design - Kookmin University located in Seoul. Her South Korean background allows her to involve conventional ceramic skills as well as creative thinking in mold making and slip-casting techniques which she has developed during her time at Cranbrook. Sohn was the recipient of the Tony Hepburn Scholarship and the Chrissy Award of the year of 2017 at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited both in South Korea and throughout the States at venues including The Clay Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, David Salkin Creative and Kyung-in Museum of Fine Art. See Hae Won’s work at www.haewonsohn.com

Jeremy Wallace
Jeremy Wallace is a current resident artist with Baltimore Clayworks and was the Lormina Salter Fellowship artist for 2014-2015 . He earned his BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin Superior in the fall of 2009. A native of Minnesota, he has recently worked as an artist-in-residence at St. Petersburg Clay Company for 2013-14 and instructor at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg FL. He began work as the Noborigama assistant with Baltimore Clayworks in 2011-2013. Jeremy’s functional and sculptural vessels explore expression through line, texture and movement. See Jeremy’s work at http://jeremywallaceceramics.com/home.html

Samuel Wallace
Sam Wallace is a traditional Jamaican potter who became a resident artist and kiln technician for Baltimore Clayworks in 1993. His work has been featured in numerous regional and national exhibitions as well as being a featured demonstrator for the 1995 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts conference. Sam continues to teach and exhibit his work primarily through a wide range of artist residencies throughout Baltimore City, surrounding counties and the neighboring mid-Atlantic region including New Hampshire, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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