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Resident Artists

Ceramic artists are at the heart of Baltimore Clayworks. Artists are at the center of the mission of Baltimore Clayworks, and provide the organization with sufficient talent, innovation and human capital to inspire our community and to enliven the artistic impact of ceramics in our region. Their professional and personal networks provide a kaleidoscope of interactions with peers, galleries, and academic institutions, which keep the organization at the forefront of contemporary ceramic art.

Seong Weon Lee, 2021/22 Lormina Salter Fellow

Seong Weon Lee in studio

Originally from South Korea, Seong Weon (Joanne) Lee received her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with a concentration in Ceramics in 2015. After graduation, she moved back to South Korea for Artist in Residence program at Korea Ceramic Foundation: Icheon Cerapia, where she achieved 3rd place at Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale as the youngest artist in 2011. She complete MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2019 and recently achieved Franz Rising Start Project Scholarship: Outstanding Performance in Porcelain Design.

Isolina Minjeong Alva  

Isolina Minjeong Alva was born in Chicago, IL in 1997 to a professional tennis player and untamed Coyote! Based in Baltimore City, they received a BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art. With their all-American HOO-RAH studio rhythm, Isolina’s work has been the subject of the solo exhibition, “Pink Mountain” (2020) at Baltimore Clayworks and included in the “NCECA Juried Student Show” (2020) amongst others. Along with these experiences, Isolina completed a studio assistantship with Victoria Jang in the summer of 2019, and an internship with Cristina Córdova in the fall of 2020. In the Spring of 2020, Isolina initiated an open-source cross-cultural artist archive called the Holy Compendium, whose mission is to question and build upon previous art historical methods. This project ultimately put Isolina in contact with ceramic activist Ayumi Horie, who Isolina is currently a research assistant for. When Isolina is not holding weekly art history research marathons with Vinutha Venkatesh and Rachel Austin, working at Home Depot, assisting Ayumi Horie, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, or petting their puppy Charlie, you can find Isolina sculpting a dreamland of multicultural ceramic protagonists in their Baltimore Clayworks resident artist space. To check out their work & research, visit isolina.party & theholycompendium.cargo.site.

Emily Lamb

Lamb is an artist who explores questions regarding the human body, both physical and metaphysical, in her experimental mixed-media sculptures. She is from Denver, Colorado and came to the East coast to earn her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She is a recipient of the TOAST Grant, multiple VCU scholarships, as well as partial/full scholarships to Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Pilchuck Glass School. Her art has taken her across the country, to Denmark and Norway, and now to Baltimore. See more of Lamb’s work on her website emilyreneelamb.myportfolio.com.  View a gallery talk with Emily Lamb.

Clarissa Pezone

Clarissa Pezone is a ceramic sculptor originally from Sacramento, CA, and now residing in Baltimore, MD.  She received her BA in 2013 from Humboldt State University in northern California and an MFA from Indiana University Bloomington in 2021.  Her current work depicts realistic figurative sculpture and found objects in installations that center in private space and moments. Her practice includes the construction of trompe l’oeil objects that depicts the power of personal objects to hold memory, legacy and self-hood.  Clarissa has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Young Sculptors Award, the Christyl Ann Boger Memorial award, as well as a Windgate University Fellowship to attend Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including the NCECA Juried Student Show in both Minneapolis (2018) and Pittsburgh (2019), The Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis, IN), The Morris Graves Museum of Art (Eureka, CA), and the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA).

Jason Piccoli 

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. See more of Piccoli’s work on his website jasonapiccoli.com. Artist Spotlight feature with Jason.

Vanna Ramirez – Short Term Residency

Vann Ramirez sculpting

Vanna Ramirez is an artist with a passion for clay who also explore various other mediums. She holds a BS in studio art from Skidmore College, and has attended the NCECA’s 53rd annual clay conference as a Multicultural Fellow, a residency at the Red Lodge Clay Center, and workshops at Penland School of Craft and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  She recently began her new journey as a self-employed artist in Baltimore, Md.  See her portfolio at her website.