Workshop Leaders 2022

Bill Griffith -Handbuilt Pottery:  Low Tech/High Results
September 25-30, 2022

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Bill Griffith is an artist, administrator, and educator who has worked at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as the Assistant Director, Program Director, and Outreach and Partnership Liaison.


Bill’s functional and sculptural ceramics continue to be exhibited and published in national juried/invitational exhibitions and publications.

His work is included in many private and public collections including the Tennessee State Museum, Asheville Art Museum, NC, the Arkansas Art Center, San Angelo Museum of Art, CA, the Tokoname Cultural Museum, Japan, and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China.


Griffith continues to lecture and teach as a visiting artist, juror, and workshop leader for craft schools, universities, art centers, and craft fairs throughout the United States.  He is a recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship. In 2018, NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) awarded him the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to the ceramic field.


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Lorie Nelson -Paperclay:  Fiber and Clay Mastery
October 24-28 , 2022

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Lorie Nelson is an artist, writer, and musician. Her lifelong love of ceramics, started with a summer scholarship to study ceramics in Lawrence Kansas as a teenager and continued throughout her life as a practicing artist. For many years, her work centered around collage, bricolage, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, and painting; however, in 1998 her primary focus became sculpture and ceramics. Lorie is self-guided in her artistic practice.


 Lorie discovered paperclay, by accident and decided to learn more about it by combining her own experimentations with learning directly from other well-known artists who were pioneers in the use of paper clay in their studio practice. In 2012, she was invited to attend the International Paperclay Sculpture Symposium at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary. During that time, she created the concept of a new traveling exhibition “Particle and Wave - Paperclay Illuminated” featuring artists from all over the world who use fiber and clay (paperclay) in their work which successfully ran for two years. Lorie has also been a contributing author and guest editor for The Studio Potter and manages the Ceramic Paperclay Artists group page on Facebook Lorie currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Jen Allen -Handbuilt Pottery:  From Slab to Fab
Nov 3-8, 2022


Jen Allen is a studio potter, mother and educator in Morgantown, WV. She received her BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Among her awards, she was a recipient of the Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation (2006-2007). In 2008, Jen moved to West Virginia to join her husband, Shoji Satake, who is a professor of ceramics at West Virginia University. They have two kids together. In 2019, Jen co-founded the Mo'town Studio Tour, an annual tour of art studios in Morgantown, WV. You can find her pottery in homes and kitchens across the globe. 

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