Pocosin Arts Gallery – Artist Bios

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LORENA ANGULO grew up in Mexico, and the time she spent amongst the beautiful and traditional Mexican Folk Art shows in her amazing body of work that she loves to create. Each of Lorena’s intriguing creations seems to hold an untold secret that keeps you guessing its true meaning with each glance. Lorena started taking metalsmithing classes at Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; it was there where she was introduced to metal clay by the hand of Claire Holliday. Since that day she fell in love with this new wonderful medium and has been creating most of her work with it. Nowadays, Lorena is an adjunct faculty member at Southwest School of Art in the Metals Department. She has become a very active artist in wearable art. Her work has been featured in several books, magazines, and publications, and countless online articles and industry websites. Her work has also been part of gallery exhibitions in the U.S.A. and Europe. Lorena is one of the authors of Metal Clay in Color. Lorena is the author of a book called Behind the Brooch, published in May 2014 by Schiffer Publishing.

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 transferring 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. Mark is a former Pocosin resident artist

TAEHYUN BANG is a native Korean metalsmith and recent resident artist at Pocosin Arts. Bang received his M.F.A. for Metalsmithing & Jewelry from The University of Kansas, and received his B.F.A. for Metalwork & Jewelry from Kookmin University (Seoul, South Korea). Notable awards that he received include; “First Place” from World Championship Belt Buckle Competition, “Honorable Mention” from Society of North American Goldsmith competition (2017), and “One of Three Finalists” from Midwest Metalsmiths Competition two years in a row (2017, 2018). Moreover, Bang received “Juror’s Choice” from Lewton-Brain Foldform competition (2018), and Honorable Mention from Hangju Craft contest in Korea (2012).

JESSE BERT is a studio artist creating primarily sculptural jewelry, which crosses the boundary of mediums by incorporating many different dynamic materials and techniques. In addition, he has a strong interest and appreciation for fine hand made tools, spending a good portion of his time creating unique tools and equipment that help give the works distinction with delicate texture and design.

LAURA CAROLINE CASAS grew up in Columbia, NC, and is a potter and illustrator currently based in Raleigh, NC. Laura attended Western Carolina University, where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art (2018).
“Every piece of pottery I make is one of a kind. I use hand-building and surface decorating techniques that have been practiced for centuries. I aim to create wares that resonate with the user while expressing my individual inherited cultural memory through narrative and latent energies.”

LAUREL FULTON was born and raised in Colorado, where she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado in photography and art education. After graduating, she then taught high school art for four years before deciding to focus her time on her own artwork. For the past seven years, Laurel has focused on metalsmithing, integrating photography to show how her objects function on the body. Laurel recently completed an M.F.A. at the University of Georgia Athens and is a former Pocosin resident artist.

MEAGHAN GATES was born and raised in Northern California and received her Master of Fine Arts Degree at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth as a Distinguished Art Fellow in the field of ceramics. At the completion of her undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico, she worked at the Guldgargaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark as an assistant and resident artist. She was also the recipient of a Windgate Fellowship that allowed her to work with a production potter in Seto, Japan and participate in residencies in Japan and China. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. Along with her artistic work, she has aided in the creation of a ceramic-based curriculum that has been used by the Ammachi Labs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyaeetham (Amrita University) in Kerala, India. She currently teaches ceramics at the University of West Florida while maintaining her studio practice. 

GABRIELLE 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. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the world, where layers of experience and interactions collide into material form. 

KYLE GUYMON “My work is relief carved with no additional clay added to the surface. I work in a subtractive manner because I am looking for the illusion that clay has been added to get the detail and depth within my work. I am intrigued by pushing the limits to see how far I can carve the clay on the outside and inside before potentially pushing or breaking through. With my porcelain work, I am motivated by the challenge to achieve a certain thinness and translucency at every stage from greenware, bisque, glazed, and fired without distorting the form or image. The passage of light through my work is one aspect I am working to highlight right now – the piece changes depending on what light source is around, giving the viewer a chance to interact with the piece outside of a normal setting.”

TALYA KANTRO is a metalsmith and currently pursuing her M.F.A. at RISD.  She hods a B.F.A from Suny New Paltz and is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist.

ZACHERY LECHTENBERG Born and raised in the Midwest, Zachery Lechtenbergreceived a B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois, and M.F.A. from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he studied with jewelry master Robert Ebendorf. An accomplished illustrator, Zachery covers his jewelry with a personal lexicon influenced by contemporary cartoon imagery, particularly the work of Matt Groening, best known for the comic strip Life in Hell and animated series, The Simpsons. His work can be found in several significant personal collections. Zach is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist. 

KYLE LEE was born in White Plains, NY, and currently resides in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He creates voluptuous vessels and well-turned cups that provide the canvas for his unique hand painting and surface treatments. Kyle’s practice has included teaching over the years at Educational Alliance Art School and other institutions. Kyle has studied ceramics in multiple studios throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY and has exhibited in solo and group gallery exhibitions in New York City and abroad. His work can also be found in private collections in London, France, New York, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina. Over his 15 years as a ceramicist, Kyle has developed his unique style of ceramic art incorporating traditional shapes with a colorful and abstract sense of Design and glaze application. Kyle is a founding and active member of BKLYN CLAY and the first recipient of the BKLYN CLAY Residency. He is currently creating work for West Elm and Paul Smith and is preparing for the 28th Annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, coming in 2021, which is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters.

MAX LIVERMAN was raised in Gum Neck, North Carolina with his grandparents. It was during those years at GumNeck Landing that Max developed his love of the land, water, and wildlife near his  home. Growing up Max enjoyed hunting, trapping, and working on the farm with his grandfather. Max taught himself how to draw. Drawing, painting, and carving became Max’s life-long relaxation activities. After military service, Max worked with is dad in the surveying business where his drawing skills were helpful in the creation of maps. When Max met his wife, Nan, they shared their love of arts and craft by carving wooden birds and other animals. In 1995, when Pocosin Arts opened Max offered his original drawings of the local wildlife to help support the organization.

CAITLIN MCDONALD Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Caitlin McDonald is a Design Thinking Coach at the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies in Elizabeth City, NC. Caitlin received her MFA in metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and her BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Caitlin is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist.

BARBARA MCFADYEN is a metalsmith and enamelist who has been designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for over four decades. She has become nationally recognized through exhibitions with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, and the Enamelist Society.

CANDICE METHE is a full-time studio artist originally from Falmouth, MA. Currently she lives in Helena, MT, where she is a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. She received a BFA in ceramics with a minor in Art History from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ and an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center and at Santa Fe Clay.

MARIAN MILLER is a jeweler and metalsmith who works with various repurposed materials, including tin cans, to create her work. Marian lives in Santa Fe, NM, and is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist.

CLARE MURRAY ADAMS was born in Canton, Ohio. She received a B.F.A.from Kent State University and an M.F.A from Vermont College. She is a Professor Emeritus of Art and former Chair of Visual Art Department at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She n ow lives in rural Southington Ohio where she maintains as active studio practice. Clare uses found objects and clothing as vehicles for the content of her work allowing her to comment on emotional human qualities and feminist issues. Work in layers and with a variety of media enables her to work both two-dimensionally and sculpturally. 

JOE PAGE Born and raised in Northbrook, IL, Joe received his M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008 and his B.A. from Knox College in 2003. A childhood spent immersed in Legos, and video games left him incurably obsessed with building and making things. After teaching ceramics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA from 2009-14, he now an Associate Professor and Area Head of Ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His “Flow Chart” series of installations have been featured at various galleries, universities, and art centers throughout the United States.

NASH QUINN is a metalsmith who works with a variety of material and formats. Originally from Wyoming, he received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Wyoming and his M.F.A. degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Since then he has worked, taught, and exhibited his artwork at craft institutions nationwide.

MATT REPSHER Raised in the woods of Pennsylvania, Matt’s exposure to art, Design, and ceramics started early learning from his father about making pots. Matt earned his B.F.A. in Ceramics from Penn State and then went on to receive his M.F.A. from Indiana University in 2003. Eventually moving to Santa Fe, NM, from 2005-2008, he was the Studio Director at Santa Fe Clay. After his time at Santa Fe Clay he returned as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University teaching ceramics and 3-D Design. Matt then returned to New Mexico to teach part-time at the University of New Mexico and set up a Santa Fe studio with his metalsmith wife, Marian Miller. Matt is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist.

JO DEAN SARINS has always been interested in creating art. Since graduating from college, she has studied and worked with china painting, ceramics, watercolors, acrylics, and oil. From the early 1970s through the 1980s, she painted folk art. Jo taught acrylic painting, and she showed her folk art at juried shows. Jo’s jewelry education is rooted in both classes and books. She has a passion for learning new techniques and developing new ideas for her jewelry. Jo began learning lapidary skills that she uses today, but she is even more excited about enameling, melting vitreous glass onto metal. This combines both science and art, which works well for Jo, having a master’s in science and loving to use her hands to create. Her enameled works are small pieces of abstract art or larger cloisonné pieces. Each is fabricated by hand and is one-of-a-kind. Using gold or sterling silver, Jo sets her creations into wearable art.

JAKI SHELTON GREEN is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. Her collegiate and professional experiences include currently teaching Documentary Poetry at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Over the last 40 years, she has taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes at public libraries, universities and community colleges, public and private schools with literary organization across the United States. She is the owner of SistaWRITE and co-partner with Dream Yourself Awake and Vertikal Creative Verntures providing writing retreats and travel excursions for women writers in Sedona Arizona, Ocracoke North Carolina, Agadir Morocco, and Tullamore Ireland. 

ALEXIS SPINA has a B.F.A. degree in studio art from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in jewelry/metalsmithing, and minors in printmaking and ceramics. In 2018 she obtained her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. Since 2017, she has been an assistant to Lola Brooks in her personal studio. 

LIZ STEINER received her M.F.A. in Metal Design at East Carolina University and a B.F.A. in Jewelry/Metal/Enameling from Kent State University in 2006, where she also earned a minor in Geology. She currently teaches for Pitt Community College and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge while maintaining her studio practice as a member of the ArtLab: Innovation Station.  Liz is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist.

ALEX THOMURE is a St. Louis native working out of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s ceramic studio. A non-traditional undergraduate student, Alex began his journey with clay through the local Kruger Pottery studio in St Louis during his middle school years, through high school, then onto Meramec Community College. After a few years at Meramec, he transitioned to SIUE to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He is currently exploring wheel-thrown vessels and atmospheric firings, including salt, soda, and wood. Alex’s work has been featured in exhibitions at Charlie Cummings Gallery, Dog’s Eye Gallery, and Companion Gallery. He has won multiple awards for his work in the Kansas City Clay Guild Tea Bowl National.

MARLENE TRUE an artist, metalsmith, and Executive Director of Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, NC. Marlene creates her work using a variety of repurposed materials and enjoys giving them a new function. She holds an M.F.A. from East Carolina University. She has work in the Museum of Art and Design in N.Y., The National Ornamental Metal Museum in Nashville, TN, and the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI. You can also find her work in many publications, including the Fine Art of the Tin Can, Lark Books, and Little Dreams in Glass and Metal, U.N.C. Press. Marlene loves to share the creative process with others and has taught workshops at Arrowmont, Penland, Haystack, and West Dean College in Chichester, England. Marlene is a former Pocosin Arts resident artist.

JAMES LEE WEBB grew up heavily artistically involved with drawing and painting, until taking a ceramics class for non-majors at Eastern Kentucky University as an undergrad. After becoming immersed in wanting to work with clay seriously, he acquired a B.F.A. in ceramics accepting an offer from Southern Illinois University, James moved to Carbondale and achieved a M.F.A. in ceramics in 2017.

JENNIFER WELLS is a studio artist and educator who has completed several artist-in- residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC, and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY. She has taught for Universities throughout the U.S. and for study abroad programs based in Italy. Currently, Jennifer teaches workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. Her work is in the collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and the Racine Museum. She is currently living and working in Italy, where the textures of everyday life leave an impression on her work.

STEPHANIE WILHELM is a ceramic artist from Maryland who holds a B.F.A. from Elizabethtown College and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida. She was a 2018-2019 Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and is a dedicated educator with experience in outreach, community, and university studios. Stephanie references the history of decorative ceramics through her forms. She uses floral patterns and texture to evoke nostalgia and a sense of belonging and provide visual direction and emphasize depth. Currently, Stephanie is a long-term artist in residence at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana.