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Workshop Instructors

Tip Toland -Facial Expression as a Mask

March 6-11, 2023


Tip Toland lives in Vaughn, Washington.  She received her MFA from Montna State University in 1981. Tip is a full-time studio artist and a part-time instructor in Seattle. She conducts workshops across the United States, Europe, Australia, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Middle East.  Traver Gallery in Seatle, WA represents her work.

Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including The Yellowstone Art Museum, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, Nelson Atkins Museum, The Crocker Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Eleanor Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Kohler Arts Center, Portland Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, Yingee Ceramics Museum, Icheon Museum of Ceramics.

More information about Tip and her work is available at:

Adrian Arleo -The Narrative Figure in Clay
March 27-April 1, 2023


Adrian Arleo has spent the last 29 years living outside Missoula, Montana, with her family and a menagerie of animals. Adrian studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. She works full-time as a ceramic sculptor, and says the following about her work:  


For 40 years, my sculpture has combined human, animal and natural imagery to create a kind of emotional and poetic power. Often there's a suggestion of a vital interconnection between the human and non-human realms; the imagery arises from associations, concerns and obsessions that are at once intimate and universal. The work frequently references mythology and archetypes in addressing our vulnerability amid changing personal, environmental and political realities. By focussing on older, more mysterious ways of seeing the world, edges of consciousness and deeper levels of awareness suggest themselves.

Adrian’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in numerous public and private collections.  Her work has been widely published in books, magazines, and on the internet. Adrian is a frequent workshop instructor across the US and abroad and enjoys teaching courses on figurative ceramic sculpture. More information about Adrian and her work is available at


Cristina Córdova- The Figure in Clay: Form and Surface - August 25-30, 2023

Cristina Córdova is a contemporary artist and sculpting instructor whose work is collected worldwide. Native to Puerto Rico, Córdova completed her BA at the University of Puerto Rico and received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Everson Museum, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico; and the Mobile Art Museum, among others. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including NC Arts Council Fellowship Grant, a Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Grant, several International Association of Art Critics of Puerto Rico awards, and the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship award. Her work is widely published in all major ceramics and arts media, including the cover of Ceramics Monthly, and was featured by Craft in America, on PBS, in their episode on Identity. In 2022 she published Mastering Sculpture: The Figure in Clay (Quarto Publishing).Cristina has taught and demonstrated around the world. Her residencies, workshops, and classes include Harvard University, the University of California, the University of Nebraska, the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ceramistas de Reñaca in Chile, the Australian National University in Canberra, Gaya Ceramics in Bali, Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Odyssey Center for Ceramics (NC), and Anderson Ranch (CO), among others. Find her online at:

Esther Shimazu - Who's Not a Good Boy? Sculpting the Dog - September 25-30, 2023


Born  and raised in Honolulu HI, Esther Shimazu is a studio artist and sometime workshop teacher now living in Kailua, Oahu.  Represented in galleries in Davis CA, Honolulu and Holualoa HI, Chicago IL and Switzerland and has taught workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Clay, Emily Carr Institute and The Clay Studio in Missoula, among others. Read more about Esther in this article from the American Craft Council and find her online at:

Antoinette Badenhorst - Understanding Porcelain
October 16-20, 2023



Antoinette Badenhorst is a ceramic artist who specializes in fine translucent porcelain sculpted vessels. Over the past 18 years, she has obtained international recognition for her porcelain, as well as for her instruction and technical articles.

She was born in Johannesburg South Africa, was raised in a semi-desert area of Namibia on the Southwest coast of Africa, and is currently a citizen of the USA. Her work has been exhibited on four continents and is showcased in both private and museum collections around the world.

Antoinette has presented workshops in many countries across the world. The demand for her teaching skills led to online porcelain classes for students in 43 countries. Her work is widely featured in magazines and ceramic books. Her expertise with porcelain contributed to a book published by Ceramics Monthly, Working with Porcelain.

Antoinette’s work is inspired by the rhythm of nature.

More information about Antoinette and her work is available at

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