Past Ceramic Residents
Camilla Ascher is a ceramic artist from Natick Massachusetts and currently residing in Baltimore Maryland. She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Art Education and in 2013 with a Certificate in Ceramics, both from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Camilla has recently completed a four month residency in Taiwan. Her work consists of wheel-thrown functional ware. Pattern is an important element to her surface design. She strives for patterns that are very organized and calming to the human eye with leaving an area of exposed clay. The feeling between surfaces of the rougher bare clay and the raised edge of the glossy or satin glazed surface brings tactile awareness when you hold the piece. Her goal is to create harmony between form and surface that has balance and a calm sense of equilibrium.
Jena Merrill is a ceramic artist born and raised in New York City. She received a BA in Studio Arts & Educational Studies from Swarthmore College in 2016 and completed a Special Student Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Starting with her commitment to the form of the pot and the importance of domestic spaces, Jena combines a delicate, formal sensibility with a playful and personal visual and tactile language. She focuses on using shape, form, line, and texture to create a kind of material poetry that fulfills an open approach to function, and she draws inspiration from hard-edge and minimalist painting, the natural world, and the relationships we forge with our surroundings.
Aly Yote Leone is a ceramic artist working in the Greater Hartford area of CT. Aly received her BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Sculpture from the University of Hartford in 2015. She is currently making work, traveling, and studying with local shamans.
Sarah Southwick was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Bennington College in Vermont and recently completed a Post- Baccalaureate Certificate in Artisanry at UMass Dartmouth. Sarah has participated in residencies both nationally and internationally, including Watershed Center for the Ceramic arts in Newcastle, ME and Porcelain City Abroad in Jingdezhen, China. Often site-specific, her sculptures seek to transform space and perception around Earth’s ever changing landscapes while contemplating the relationship between society and the natural world.
Shelsea Dodd is a ceramic artist born and raised in Binghamton, New York. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD in 2013. Her work has been shown nationally and she has worked with a number of artists and lived in various cities across the US. Through symbolism, narrative, and nostalgia, Shelsea's sculptures investigate the relationships between humans and animals on a biological, philosophical, and psychological level. Shelsea currently lives in Baltimore, MD, where she maintains a studio practice, teaches, and works as a studio technician at a local college. Follow her on Instagram @shelseadodd.
Giselle Peters was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She completed a BFA in Ceramics from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and a BA in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. She now resides in Lethbridge, Alberta where she makes and teaches ceramic arts. Although originally coming from a painting background, she now works primarily in clay, making both functional pottery and figurative sculpture. Initially drawn to clay because of its long history and inherent relationship to archaeology, her work reflects themes of history, culture and artifact.
Liz Hafey was born and raised in Fairfield, CT, and has lived in the New England/Massachusetts area her whole life. She received her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013 where she studied ceramics, under Ben Ryterban, Janna Longacre, Kathy King, Sarah Williams and many others within the MassArt community.
Liz focuses on creating pieces of work that mimic industry as well as political, social issues that we deal with on a daily basis. For more information please check out her website: www.lizhafey.com
Drew Johnson is a Florida based artist that received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2012. Since graduation, Drew has been selected for several artist assistantships as well as the studio assistant scholarship program at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. His sculptural work is exhibited nationally and is part of the permanent Rosenfield Collection.
Chris Allen is from Sparta, New Jersey. He received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in December 2013. Chris uses clay to create sculptural objects that are inspired from life, continually experimenting with the properties of the material.
Born and raised in Kansas, Julia Polidoro graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Awarded the Angelo C. Garzio scholarship for studio pottery as an undergraduate. Working with thrown and slip cast forms she takes inspiration from textiles and sewing.