Artist biographies are alphabetical by last name.
Eleanor Anderson graduated from Colorado College, where she studied printmaking and fibers. She works across a broad range of media including ceramics, textiles, prints and collage. She has been a resident at the Textile Arts Center is Brooklyn, NY and the 9th Semester Fellow in Design at Colorado College. Most recently she finished a two year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. She sends work into the world with the optimistic intentions of enlivening and enriching objects and spaces for the user or the viewer.
Mark Arnold is a studio potter living and working in Elizabeth City, NC. Mark was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and began taking ceramic classes at a community college, shortly after he transferred to Edinboro University where he received his B.F.A in ceramics. In the spring of 2017 Mark received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Mark’s work is represented by multiple galleries around the country and was recently named one of Ceramics Monthly’s 2018 Emerging Artists.
Tom has been working with clay and sculpting the figure for over 30 years. He holds a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington. Tom is currently Ceramics Chairperson and Professor at Ohio University, Athens, OH where he maintains his studio.
Ken Bova is Associate Professor of Art at East Carolina University. He began at ECU in 2012 with a considerable studio art background in both academia and the private sector. He is a past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and his work has been published in American Craft, Metalsmith, and Ornament magazines as well as in a numerous exhibition catalogs, books, and articles. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Gallery, the Philadelphia PA, Racine WI, Tacoma WA, and Georgia Art Museums among others. Bova’s work has been exhibited in more than 40 solo exhibitions and over 200 juried group shows. He has presented lectures and workshops nationwide in institutions such as Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, Idyllwild, and Peter’s Valley art schools to name a few.
Kathleen Browne grew up in Los Angeles and received her BA in Crafts (Jewelry/Metals) from San Diego State University in 1983 and her MFA (Jewelry/Metalsmithing) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1986. She is Professor Emerita at Kent State University where she headed the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling Program from 1992-2015. Her artwork has been exhibited widely both in the U.S. and abroad (230 + exhibitions) at such venues as Schmuck, Munich (2003); Museum of Arts and Design, NYC (2014, 2018); The British Crafts Council (2011); and Sieraad International Jewelry Fair, Amsterdam (2013). Browne’s work has been published in 15 books and was a cover and article in Metalsmith Magazine in 2006. She is the recipient five Artist Fellowship Grants from the Ohio Arts Council and is a Distinguished Scholar at Kent State University.
Jason Burnett earned his degrees in ceramics, printmaking, and graphic design at Western Kentucky University. He then continued his education in the mountains of Western North Carolina at Penland School of Crafts. Shortly thereafter he was an Artist-In-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
He exhibits nationally, teaches workshops across the country, has been featured in multiple publications including Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and American Craft Magazine. Burnett is also the author of “Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfer Techniques (Lark Books)
Burnett currently lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky where he continues his studio practice, runs his online gallery called Mr. Benny’s Pot Shop, and has co-created an event called the Southern Crossings Pottery Festival.
Beth is a retired Fisheries Biologist and Fiber Artist who has lived on Roanoke Island for over thirty-six years. Her first fiber passion was and remains to be weaving. Beth’s work always included a strength in dying, and has more recently evolved into eco-dying and eco-printing on silk. Work often includes the integration of rust dye into the fabric, and/or may incorporate the delicate prints of flower petals. Her eco-print works have been displayed and sold at Dare County Arts Council, Manteo, NC, Greenwood Gallery, Asheville, NC, GreenHill Gallery, Greensboro, NC, and Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC. Education: B.S. in Zoology from NC State University; classes at Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC and Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Spruce Pine, NC, along with many various workshops country-wide.
Blair Clemo is an artist and Ceramics Area Head in the department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 2010. Clemo has been an Artist in Residence at The Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Da Wang Culture Highland (Shenzhen, China), the Zentrum für Keramik (Berlin, Germany), The Jingdezhen International Studio (Jingdezhen, China) and The International Ceramics Studio (Kecskemét, Hungary) funded by the 2013 NCECA International Partnership Grant. Clemo’s utilitarian and installation work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad.
Liz has have been a full-time artist for over 30 years, specializing in birds. She regularly teaches field sketching and drawing at various arts councils and Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Most recently, Dick Blick selected her bluebird for the back cover of Watercolor Magazine.
Michael is an internationally known artist that has traveled that world sharing and learning his craft. His work has appeared in major museum and gallery exhibitions from coast-to-coast and his work has bee published widely. His work ranges from pieces that can fit in the palm of your hand to monolithic work that requires a crane. His workshop is located in Northern California where he has been making furniture and sculpture for three decades.
Margaret Couch Cogswell
Margaret is a storyteller at heart. Over the course of her career she has journeyed from weaving to ceramics, fabric collage, artist books, and painting as a vehicle for my tales. Cloth, thread, paper, color and pattern have been constant connectors through the years. Her conviction that our greatest rewards often come from simple, everyday objects and moments is a recurring theme. Communicating with people through the objects she makes continues to be the primary and sustaining focus of her work. Margaret received my BA from Rhodes College and since that time has continued my education at Rhode Island School of Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts where she was a Resident Artist 2008-2011.
Daniel DiCaprio is a jeweler based in Lafayette Louisiana where he is a Professor of Metalwork and Jewelry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received a BS in Art Education from Nazareth College and an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. His work is represented by Charon Kransen Arts in NYC and can be seen at SOFA Chicago, NY Design + Art, and Art Miami. Images of Daniel’s work have been published in Metalsmith, American Craft, Ornament, and Essence. Daniel has taught workshops on woodcarving for jewelry at Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont, The Society for Contemporary Craft, and Eureka Springs School of Art.
John Donovan is a Nashville-based ceramic artist striving to maintain an active exhibition, academic and studio production career. John earned his BFA from Loyola University, New Orleans, in 1994 and MA & MFA degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas in 1996 & 1997, and presently teaches ceramics and 3-D design at Belmont University. John is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans and Zeitgeist Art Gallery in Nashville, with work regularly appearing in nationally and internationally juried and invitational shows. Noteworthy exhibits include the 2005 World Ceramic Biennale International Competition (3rd edition) in Icheon, South Korea, the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2008, and a major â€œmid-careerâ€ solo exhibition at the Huntsville Museum of Art in 2013. John received the 2011-12 Individual Artist Fellowship in Craft Media from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2016 John branched out from his sculptural career and established Tenure Ceramics LLC, focusing on the design and production of custom ceramic tableware for both restaurant and home.
Andrew studied art and ceramics at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, and more recently completed a 3 year apprenticeship with potter and installation artist Daniel Johnston. He currently lives in Seagrove NC, making pots and working for a company that makes ceramic and glass blowing kilns and furnaces. Andrew primarily a thrower, specializing in functional work and large vessels. He favors wood and salt firing in his current work.
Seo Eo received an MFA in Art from Indiana University, Bloomington, and taught at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis before moving to North Carolina in 1996 to join the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.
A Korean native, Eo has lived in Japan and Bolivia, and at age 19, relocated to the U.S. to pursue his education in art. His experiences in different cultures and languages have shaped Eo’s work, and emphasis is given to the relationship of materials and cultural conventions. His narratives are introduced through displays where participants are invited to investigate the familiar in a context otherwise absent within the secure habits of everyday exchanges.
Robert Ebendorf was born in 1938 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his BFA in 1960, his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967-71) and State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88). In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in crafts and Commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past -president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum (England), the British Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, National Museum of Wales, Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim, Germany, Museum of Art and Design New York, New York and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven Connecticut to name a few. He taught at East Carolina University (1998-2016) where he served as the Belk Distinguished Professor in the Arts for many of those years. The Smithsonian institution invited him to participate in its Archives of American Art Oral History Program. He was awarded the 2010 North Carolina Governor’s Award as well as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from SNAG. He is currently Professor Emeritus and enjoying “retirement” in Santa Fe, NM.
Fecho is a printmaker/surface designer with an M.F.A. from ECU and postgraduate studies from Humboldt Field Research Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Northern Illinois University and Penland School of Crafts. She has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally – with published images in several major collections: the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Washington, D.C.; the Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and the Museum of Women Artists, Washington, D.C.
Nancy Gardner has been and artist and educator for over 40 years. She holds a BFA and an MFA in Ceramics. She and her husband Burt Isenstein have been operating Nancy Gardner Ceramics since 1989, showing in art fairs and galleries.
Ashley graduated from the Metal Design program at East Carolina University and has since been an Artist-in-Residence at Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She has previously exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fuller Craft Museum, The Metals Museum and has been published by Lark Books and American Craft Magazine. Her jewelry and sculptural artwork explore relationships with family and personal objects. By collecting small artifacts of everyday life, she layers these materials to showcase her observations and fascination with inheritance, ancestry, and the passage of time.
Gabrielle Grace Graber is a figurative sculptor and installation artist from the United States. She received her BFA at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and her MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was the recipient of a Windgate Fellowship Award that allowed her to travel to various national and international art centers, participate in ceramic workshops, and be a resident artist in Vallauris, France. She has shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally. Gabrielle is currently an art instructor at the College of the Albemarle and is a resident artist at Pocosin Arts. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the world, where layers of experience and interactions collide into material form.
Sharron Parker has been a feltmaker for 38 years. She studied textiles at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where she has returned to teach. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and through the Art in Embassies program, in Armenia and Turkmenistan.
Anne Pärtna is a graduate of ECU (2007) and holds an MFA degree with concentration in Ceramics. She received her BFA degree from Estonian Academy of Art (2000), in her native Estonia where her family still resides on a farm on the Gulf of Finland. Even though functional tableware has taken over her studio time in the recent years, she always finds time for making sculptural and larger scale vessel forms which have been a constant throughout her career. Anne prefers the volatile atmosphere of wood firing and uses salt and simple glazes to bring the surfaces of her wide range of forms to life. Delicate line-drawings on cups, plates and covered jars and hand-built sculptural vessels are touched many times in multiple steps of forming, shaping, finishing, drawing and glaze painting. Anne and her husband Adam Landman live in Seagrove NC where they nurture a business called Blue Hen Pottery.
Jeanie Pratt works as studio artist on the Central Coast of California. She has been a fiber artist since learning to weave in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970’s and more recently has exchanged wire for yarn as the fiber of choice. Her metals education can be described as self-directed as she has sought out workshops and classes with a number of distinguished instructors. She has exhibited nationally in galleries, museums and shows. She currently shows at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA.
Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the 3-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Talya Kantro is a metalsmith working with enamels and traditional fabrication techniques. Her pieces frequently evoke humor and invite inquisition. Originally from New York, she has worked and shown pieces in galleries across the country and internationally. After receiving her BFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz, she was the Fine Metals Studio Assistant at Peters Valley School of Craft for the 2017 season, and is currently Artist-in-Residence and Metal Studio Coordinator at Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft.
Andrew Kuebeck received his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and his MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. He is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling Department at Kent State University. Andrew works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, and has lectured and has taught workshops nationally on the incorporation of photographic images into jewelry pieces and vessels. He has exhibited regionally & nationally and has had his work appear in numerous publications including 500 Enameled Objects, 21st Century Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Fold, and Rivet, and Metalsmith and Niche magazines. He was a 2012 SNAG Emerging Artist.
Stuart Kestenbaum is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and recently received the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance. He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for 27 years, where he established innovative programs combining craft and writing and craft and new technologies. He’s currently serving as Maine’s poet laureate. He is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions) and a collection of essays The View From Here Here (Brynmorgen Press). He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.
Bird Ross, a studio artist working and playing in Madison, WI received her MFA from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her work is in the permanent collections of The White House, Racine Art Museum, Open Chain Publishing, and UW-Milwaukee. She began as a textile artist and has since incorporated mixed media, quotidian objects, and performance into her studio practice. Her recent work includes collaborations with woodworker, Tom Loeser (reception desk for the Madison Children’s Museum & the Stoops Project, MMoCA); ironworker, Paige Davis (Bartram’s Boxes Remix); sculptor Brenda Baker & painter Derrick Buisch (Studio Relay); and 100 international artists at the Emma International Collaborative. She is Co-Founder of the Women Artists Forward Fund. Over the past 30 years, her work has been featured in exhibitions in Germany, Scotland, England, Japan, and the US. She teaches the art of manipulating materials to audiences of all.
Jonathan Seethaler is a board game enthusiast who has enjoyed homemade games since his childhood. He is inspired by strategy and euro games, functionality, and production. He has a BS in Art and Visual Communications, a BS in Secondary Art Education, and an AAS in Mechatronics from Utah Valley University. He is passionate about community, art, and lifelong learning.
Sarah attended East Carolina University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Art Education with a Concentration in Metal Design, in 1993. Sarah has also studied at Penland School of Crafts for eight sessions; glass blowing/casting, mixing different colors of gold, wood components for jewelry, hand working in clay, surface treatments in leather and canvas, and sculptural glass blown jewelry. After years of trying her hand at different art related jobs in different cities (gallery owner, jewelry design for a manufacturing company, and studio assistant), Sarah has once again settled in Raleigh, NC creating production, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind work in her studio, teaching others, attending residencies, and curating exhibitions.
Anthony began his career in the arts as a studio furniture maker in 1976. His furniture and sculpture have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Fair, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Fair, Funeria in San Francisco, and the John Elder Gallery in New York.
Later on, he began painting, studying with Elizabeth Lentz, Jacob Cooley, and Beverly McIver. Anthony’s work has been featured in arts magazines and on book covers. He currently continues woodworking, accepting commissions and creating new work for galleries and exhibitions and teaches woodworking and painting workshops. He has taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Arrowmont School of Crafts in Tennessee, Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey, Haystack in Maine, the Durham Arts Council, the Pocosin Arts Center in Columbia, North Carolina, and East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Greg Wilbur is known for hammering and raising metal into sculptural and vessels forms, and has done so for 40 years. A Vietnam veteran, Greggraduated from the University of Oregon in 1978, with degrees in Fine Art and Art Education. He has taught his art form all over America, and internationally in Canada, New Zealand and France. He has participated in 100+ Art and Craft shows all over America including the Smithsonian Craft Fair, Philadelphia Crafts Show and (many) American Craft Council shows. Greg has many solo and group art shows to his credit and currently is represented by Waterstone Gallery and Rowboat Gallery in Oregon.
Susan Webster is a visual artist and printmaker who lives in Deer Isle. She works primarily with an innovative printmaking technique–the gelatin plate process–which was developed by painter/printmaker Francis Merritt, with whom she studied and taught. Critic Philip Isaacson has written that her prints, “…have the formal complexity and, often, the chromatic depth of oriental rugs. There is invention, verve, gorgeous color and continuous freshness…” Carl Little has written, “Webster’s awareness of the preciousness of time on earth heightens both her personal sense of existence and the art she creates. Even as she acknowledges a ‘certain darkness, mystery, the unknown’ ⠀ she celebrates life. In a manner of speaking, she wears her passion in her prints.”