Jason Burnett earned a BFA in ceramics and BA’s in both printmaking and graphic design at Western Kentucky University in 2009. He continued his education in North Carolina at Penland School of Crafts for two years. His work has been published in numerous publications including Lark Books “500 Ceramic Sculptures” and exhibited nationally. Jason now lives and works in Marshall, North Carolina.
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Fong Choo has taught workshops at Penland and Arrowmont and internationally in Israel, Canada and The Republic of Singapore. He currently teaches as adjunct faculty at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. His works have received many awards, including The Excellence in Ceramics Award at The Smithsonian Craft Show, Best of Show at The American Craft Exposition, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
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Cynthia Consentino received her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences. She has exhibited widely and received numerous awards. She has been a resident artist at the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, La Napoule Foundation, France, and Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. She is currently a studio artist in Holyoke, MA., where she also teaches as adjunct faculty at the community college.
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Susan Filley has worked with clay for over 25 years and has an MFA in ceramics from LSU. She served as President of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and has dedicated many years toward promoting education and developing community support for potters and ceramics. She has taught at Penland and Arrowmont and exhibits in many national and international exhibitions. Susan built her new studio and gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, where she has work on display year round.
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Alex Irvine is a former Odyssey Resident Artist and current member of Clayspace Co-Op in the River Arts District in Asheville. He received a BFA in Crafts: Ceramics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He recently collaborated with Asheville Artist Kathy Triplett to create Odyssey’s new mural.
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Curt LaCross earned a BFA at Central Michigan University, where he studied both 2-D and 3-D art. He then attended Michigan State University where he earned an MFA in Ceramics. He has taught workshops at Santa Fe Clay. Curt is currently employed by Holt Public Schools as a Professional Art Educator. He resides in Alma, Michigan with his wife Sandy and their three dogs.
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Suze Lindsay received her MFA from Louisiana State University in 1992, and was an Artist In Residence at Penland School of Crafts from 1992-1996. She owns and operates Fork Mountain Pottery with her husband and fellow potter, Kent McLaughlin. They live and work in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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Charlie Riggs has a Fine Arts Degree in Pottery. He has been featured in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, and Studio Potter as well as in several raku and alternative firing books. Charlie has exhibited extensively in the Southeast, the Western US, Canada and as far away as Norway. He also teaches workshops throughout the US and Canada in a variety of subjects including, Raku Methods, Saggar-firing, Pit-Firing, Raku Kiln Building, and Throwing Techniques.
Linda Riggs has Masters in Anthropology. She collaborates with Charlie to create some of the unique surfaces on their pottery including saggar-firing, naked raku, and carvings and slip designs. Linda has written a number of articles on pottery for Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times. She is also featured in magazine articles on saggar firing, and in several books. She co-teaches workshops with her husband Charlie.
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Sang Roberson‘s work is greatly influenced by her love of nature and its soft organic forms. She grew up on a lake in the Mississippi Delta where she was surrounded by natural beauty. Her goal in her art is to re-create the simple, soft and serene shapes of nature. Sang has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show and in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and South America. She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, our nation’s highest award for artists. She maintains studios in Florida and New Mexico.
Akira Satake was born in Osaka, Japan, and attended Osaka School of Visual Arts. He has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, NY. to Swannanoa, NC., where he built a Japanese Kyushu-style oil kiln and a wood-fired kiln. Recent and upcoming exhibitions and awards include: National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, The Smithsonian Craft Show and Israel Pottery Symposium. He is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen.
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