2019 Workshop Artists

January 7 - 13

Cynthia Consentino received a MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY.  She teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Holyoke Community College.  Cynthia has received multiple grants and has exhibited widely. She is represented by Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA, and has participated in several art fairs with Black and White Gallery in New York.  She has done residencies in the United States, France and Japan. She completed a tile commission for the John M. Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin with over 2000 relief and hand painted tiles.

February 25 - March 1

Nadine Gay was born in France and moved to New York in her early 20's to study at Pratt Institute.  She has been an artist and art facilitator for most of her life.   She works in a variety of media, including clay, painting, assemblage and fused glass.  Her assemblage pieces combine ceramic figures with natural and found objects.  Her work has been exhibited in France and the United States.

March 18 - 22

Gerit Grimm was born and grew up in Halle, Germany. She did an apprenticeship and worked as a Journeyman in pottery. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001 in ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein and was awarded a grant and MFA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University  in 

2004. She has done residencies in Canada and the United States and taught at CSULB, Pitzer College, Doane College and MSU Bozeman.  She is now an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

April 1 - 14

Adrian Arleo  is a studio artist living in Lolo, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. in 1983) and received an MFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Her work is exhibited internationally, and is in numerous public, private, and museum collections. Adrian received awards from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation  in 1991 and '92, and a Montana Arts Council Individual Fellowship in 1995. Her sculpture has been widely published in books and magazines. Along with making her own work, Adrian is a frequent workshop leader across the US and abroad,and has been a guest juror for numerous national exhibitions. Her work is currently represented by Abmeyer and Wood Fine Art in Seattle, WA. 

April 14 - 21

Kelly Garrett Rathbone was born in Singapore and has lived in Indonesia, Norway, Italy and the US. She studied at Parsons School of Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts, and The Florence Academy of Art. She began working with clay as an apprentice for sculptor Cristina Cordova. Kelly has been awarded ceramic residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, the Archie Bray Foundation, the LH Project in Oregon and the Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen China.  Her work can be found in national and international collections.


April 29 - May 3

Natasha Dikareva 

was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and studied art in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the narrow standard of approved art pushed Dikareva to develop her own symbolic language. She immigrated to Minneapolis in 1995 and later received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She now works and teaches workshops Adventures in Clay in San Francisco, California.

Natasha won the Grand Prize at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in 2012. She exhibited at the Shanghai Art Expo, as well as at numerous galleries across Europe and the USA. Her work is featured in various publications and is held in public and private collections. She exhibits locally and internationally.

May 6 - 12

Tip Toland has a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado and an  MFA from Montana State University.  She has taught art, ceramics and sculpture for 37 years.  Tip has been awarded numerous national and international awards, residencies, fellowships and grants. She has been published in multiple books and magazines and has been exhibiting in galleries and museums for 37 years.  Her work is in public and private national and international collections.

May 27 - June 2

Magda Gluszek lives in Show Low, Arizona, where she is art faculty and gallery director at Northland Pioneer College. She received her MFA from the University of Florida and has been an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Roswell Art Center West in Roswell, GA, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece and at La Fragua in Belalcazar, Spain. In 2010, Magda was an Invited Artist at the Figurative Association Symposium at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and in 2011, an NCECA Emerging Artist. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

June 10 - 21

Kirsten Stingle has a degree in theater which influences her use of gesture as a powerful expressive tool as well as her imagery.  Her mixed media creates an intriguing dialogue of materials and suggests the figure’s journey within each narrative.  She has had multiple gallery and museum exhibitions, including  international exhibitions such as SOFA, Art Manila, and Art Palm Beach, Kirsten has received numerous juror awards including Best in Ceramics and Best in Sculpture and is part of the permanent collections of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Kapp Foundation, and Cafesjian Foundation.

Christine Kosiba began her career as a sculptor while teaching students with trauma and/or mental health issues.  Clay became the great equalizer. While her class was learning to heal and developing a love for clay, so was she. Christine set up a home studio and began selling at small craft shows. These shows grew into commissions and gallery representation. Christine left teaching to sculpt full time. 

August 11 - 16

Claudia Olds Goldie received her BFA from Boston University College of Visual Arts.  She teaches sculpture at Harvard’s University’s Ceramic Program.  She was a 2017 Mass Cultural Council finalist and has received a Kiln God Residency from Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, a residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a nomination for a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas fellowship. She has shown nationally in shows such as the NCECA Biennial in Houston, SOFA Chicago, numerous State of Clay National Juried exhibitions, Ohio Craft Museum’s “Figure It” Invitational, and “Contemporary Figurative Sculpture” at Santa Fe Clay Gallery.  Boston Sculptors Gallery represents her work. 

September 9 - 20 

Esther Shimazu was born and raised in Honolulu, HI.  She studied at the University of Hawaii/Manoa and has BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  She is a studio artist, represented in galleries in Hawaii, California, Chicago and Switzerland and has taught workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Clay, Emily Carr Institute, The Clay Studio/Missoula, Idyllwild Arts, The Honolulu Museum, Hawaii Potters’ Guild and The Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture.

September 28 - October 4

Michelle Gregor is an artist and educator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her figurative sculptures in bronze and ceramic range in scale from large architectural installations to small scale work with subtle and decorative surfaces derived through multiple kiln firings.  Her sculptures are in private homes, offices, and gardens of private collectors.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University.


Francoise LeClerq has been working with clay for eight years and raising sheep for two.   She owns LeClerc and Sons Pottery in Petaluma, CA, and sculpts using ceramics and found objects. Often depicting horses, her work evokes themes of emergence and transformation, sensitivity and trust.  
The reclaimed tool boxes and rusty parts bins (into which she mounts her sculptures) provide a tangible and metaphoric connection to the past. Together, they suggest a searching; a desire to reconstitute and understand experiences and histories that were not adequately explained.

October 28 - November 1

Debra Fritts 

is a studio artist working in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Debra currently conducts figurative sculpture workshops at her studio, and master classes nationally and internationally.  Debra has national recognition for her work in ceramic sculpture through invitational exhibitions and awards, museum exhibitions and collections, gallery representation, private collections andpublications. Her one of a kind sculptures are hand-built and multiple fired with a painterly glazed surface. The work is a continuous story of awareness and the celebration of daily living.

Lisa Clague sculptures are inspired by her dreams, delightful fancies or feverish horrors, as well as nature, ancient art, and antique toys.  Her father was a metal sculptor, her mother a potter.  She has combined the two mediums with her own inner journeys to create a distinctive and unique body of work.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her Master of Fine Art degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.  She is a studio artist and teaches workshops across the country and in her studio, as well as occasionally at Appalachian State University.