2020 Workshop Artists

February 3 - 7

Michael Terra has worked as a studio artist since 1975, the last 20 years in clay.  He shows 20-30 times each year around the United States and has work in galleries from the Bahamas to Alaska.  His sculptures are always emotionally charged and engaging.  Michael teaches workshops regularly and focuses on developing emotional vocabulary that works in any artist’s style..

March 9 - 13

Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian artist based in the United States since 1987.  She has received awards and grants such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant , the United States Artists-Knight Fellowship, the Pew Fellowship in Visual Arts, the

Anonymous is a Woman Award, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, among others.  She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and it is found in collections worldwide.  

April 6 - 10

Caroline Douglas has worked with clay since spending summers as a teen at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina.  She received a BFA in Ceramics at the University of North Carolina and has worked with clay for over 40 years. Her work has been exhibited in art fairs and galleries during that time and has been included in many publications.  Her work is in the National Museum for Women in the Arts and other private collections.

May 4 - 8

Natasha Dikareva Natasha Dikareva was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and studied art in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The narrow standard of approved art inadvertently pushed Dikareva to develop her own symbolic language. She immigrated to the US in 1995 and received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She now lives and works in San Francisco, California. She won the Grand Prize at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in 2012. She has exhibited at the Shanghai Art Expo, as well as at numerous galleries across Europe and the USA and Shanghai. Her work is held in public and private collections. She exhibits locally and internationally.   


July 6 - 10

Kelsey Duncan received his BFA from the University of Montana and his MFA from Ohio University. He has been a Long Term Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, a resident artist at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY, the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary and Resident Director at Pioneer School Zanesville. Ohio.  He has taught ceramics at Ohio University, the Archie Bray Foundation, the 92Y and the Clay Art Center in NY. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Eastern Europe. 

August 3 - 7


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.

October 5 - 16

Michele Collier received her degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, applying her knowledge of figurative art to clay sculpture. Countless hours spent working with live models allows her to sculpt easily from memory. She intentionally distorts bodies to give her pieces a unique sense of movement.

Having honed her style over two decades of clay work, Michele’s innovative methods give rise to towering slab work with no visible means of support. Her figures seem to take shape as if by magic, grounded in the texture of the clay while simultaneously lifting in defiance of gravity.

October 26 - 30

Deborah Bridges, who lives inNorthern California, began her art career in a studio specializing in monumental bronze sculpture. She established a career in classical bronze figuration,  then developed a line of garden sculpture that is currently being sold across the U.S. Currently, she is creating thought-provoking ceramic figurative sculpture,  teaching advanced sculpture,  and running a studio that includes three apprentices.  Her work has won national and international awards and is represented in galleries in the US.

November 9 - 13 


Cheryl Tall received her BFA at the University of Central Florida, and her MFA at the University of Miami.  Her present studio is in Southern California, where she creates large-scale sculptures and paintings and teaches art classes.  She coils large figurative sculptures and wall pieces. focusing on the relationships between people and their surroundings, especially their homes or workplaces.  Her work is in national and international private collections and museum collections.  She has had exhibitions and residencies all over the world